Converting to hex

For many years, I’ve maintained a small stock of screws. They come in an array of shapes – countersunk, cheese-head, round-head, the oh-so-Canadian fillister-head, and hex. I never stocked the hex-headed ones because I didn’t have the appropriate tools to turn them.

The trouble with most of these screws is that they have a simple slot for a flat screwdriver. There are reasons why we have invented the Robertson and Allen head screws: they stay on the tool and the tool doesn’t slip. Heck, even the Philips head is preferable, but not by much.

As I was using the nut driver to screw M0.6 screws into 622’s crank pins, it dawned on me that hex-head screws have all the same benefits as Robertsons. Not only that, but they look less screwish if they sneak into view on a model.

So for Christmas, I asked Santa to bring me a set of nut drivers, and she duly filled my stocking with them. It’s taken me half a pandemic year to get some packets of screws, but these will be the new standard. Unless I need a countersunk screw, it will be hex from now on.

6 thoughts on “Converting to hex

    1. Thanks Craig. These ones came from Central Hobbies. I didn’t write about it, but the real reason I got them was because for some reason I wanted to go into my local hobby store.

      1. When I read the title I thought the post would surely be about printed nut driver’s… You’re keeping us on our toes. You mention hex heads sneaking into view. If you need a custom head to be more faithful you can always forge a nut driver to what ever size or shape needed. Just add heat.

      2. Ah yest a local hobby shop. I remember those days. Now my LHS is defined as the local hardware store… 😉

        But if your serious about hex bolts, they have you covered. I’ve gotten some really small hex brass bolts in the past.

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