Awhile back we reviewed some of Wera’s Kraftform screwdrivers. The handles were incredibly comfortable in the hand and the amount of science that went into them was remarkable. If you missed it, no worries, you can check out our Kraftform review.
Kraftform handles are available on many types of drivers. Today we’re taking a look at another Wera Kraftform driver, a multi-bit driver known as the Kompact 25 or the “James Bond Driver”. If you’re anything like me, at this point you’re wondering why they call it the “James Bond Driver”. I asked Wera the same question and they simply replied “you’ll see”. By the time the tool arrived I was anxious for an answer and I had it opened before the UPS man got back in his truck. It didn’t take long for me to realize exactly how it got it’s name.
As I said, the Kompact 25 is a multi-bit screwdriver. At first glance it looks like any other multi-bit driver, but there is more to it than meets the eye. A quick push of a button on the butt of the handle and the handle itself snaps open to reveal on board bit storage of up to 6 bits. It’s clever, and it sure beats the old school screw on cap most other drivers with on board storage utilize. Out of the box it comes with 3 Phillips and 3 Flathead bits, but you could certainly use whatever bits you like. The “Rapidaptor” chuck locks bits securely in place and allows for easy insertion and ejection of the bits. It’s light years ahead of most magnetic retention methods. The included case is nice too. The heavy grade nylon with velcro closure is quality made and looks professional. It’s something you won’t mind having on your belt.
While the short stature, combined with the Kraftform design allows you to put crazy torque on the fastener, it may be a little short for some applications.
Not a problem. A quick pull of the collar and the Kraftform 25 springs into action. A spring loaded shaft takes this awesome little driver from 6″ to a full 8″ with a simple flick of a finger. Check it out
As an added bonus, further depression of the collar allows the shank (Wera calls it a “bayonet blade”) comes completely out of the handle. It is power tool rated as well, so you can use it in any powered 1/4″ hex driver.
Wera is renowned for quality and innovation and the Kompact 25 appears to carry on that tradition. It works great, feels great in your hand, and looks great. I guarantee you’ll carry it around for at least a day or two just springing it into action. As multi-bit screwdrivers go, the Kompact 25 is as cool as it gets. It isn’t going to replace all of your other drivers, and the “Rapidaptor” chuck limits its use with recessed fasteners with the included bits, but as a general purpose driver it’s pretty sweet. In a glove box, desk drawer, kitchen drawer, or anywhere else where you’re looking for a lot of functionality without taking up a lot of space, the Kompact 25 has you covered. If James Bond were a real person, I’m sure he’d have no problem lending his name to this.