In a drawer I found an old friend,
"Mr. Mitchell", who has been with me for many years and I wish
to share him with you.
I can remember that when I bought
this tool back in the 1960's that it was the most marvelous
design for a screwdriver I had ever seen. It reminded me of a
spear point or dagger. I paid less than $5.00 for it back then
and it was in the condition you see in the photos.
All I have done over the years is
simply wipe it with an oily rag when I put it away. It is
difficult to assign a date to it but I believe it must date from
the first half of the 19th Century.
It is 14 1/4th inches in length and
was forged from a file by a person who was quite skilled. His
eye for pleasing forms carried over into the wooden handle he
made to fit to the blade.
On the blade is an owner's stamp,
"D. MITCHELL" but Mr. Mitchell may not have been the maker. Not
only is this turnscrew very aesthetically pleasing, after at
nearly two centuries it remains an exceptional tool to use.
James E. Price