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Re: Robertson drive [OFF TOPIC]

To: Matt Liggett <>
Subject: Re: Robertson drive [OFF TOPIC]
From: Phil Ethier <>
Date: Fri, 8 Nov 1996 13:15:07 -0600 (CST)
On Thu, 7 Nov 1996, Matt Liggett wrote:

> At Thu, 07 Nov 1996 03:54:28 -0500, Trevor Boicey writes:
> >   Worth mentioning to this is the Robertson screwdriver.
> > 
> >   It's sort of a Canadianism. As best I heard the legend, it's
> > a patented system that apparently the rest of the world wasn't
> > interested in paying the patent rights for. I've only been
> > able to verify it's absence in the US, but it's bizarre.
> These are available at atleast one hardware store in my town 
> (Bloomington, Indiana, USA).  They are also available from a mail-order 
> company called McFeely's.  Very useful, though they are primarily used 
> in woodworking applications.  They also have a small following in the US 
> furniture and mobile home trades. > 

Small following in the US mobile home trade?  If this is the same one 
with the little square hole in the screw head, its not a small following 
at all.  Every camping and travel trailer I have ever been in is littered 
with them.  And I almost never see one anywhere else.  My dad bought a 
24" Coachmen trailer used.  The only tool it came with was a 
square-tipped screwdriver a kitchen drawer.  We were careful not to lose it.
I'll bet people in Elkhart, Indiana know what they are.

Phil Ethier <>

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