Set of Seven Steel Twist Gimlets

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Bestseller Set of Seven Steel Twist Gimlets
Faster and more convenient than an electric drill
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37J03.04 Set of Gimlets (7)

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37J03.10 Two sets of Gimlets (14)

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Gimlets are probably among the most underrated hand tools in the modern workshop. They are easily used for quickly making pilot holes for screws sized from #2 to #9. At this price, these gimlets are a terrific value. They will really speed up your work. Made In France. Set of seven: 5/64" to 3/16" (2mm to 5mm)

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  • Precision Drilling

    JcWilliamson, 8/7/2015 On the day that they arrived I was able to drill two precision screw holes for strap buttons on a very high dollar Ukulele without any slips or scratches and one of the holes was into Ebony.
  • Very Usefull

    Alan Price, 7/3/2015 Using these for putting screw eyes and hooks for hanging planters on my eaves and pergola. So nice not to have to use a drill (when on a ladder) to start them. I know I'll be using them on a regular basis. Great product and great service - as usual!
  • Gimlet w/ a Twist

    John, 3/15/2015 I had been looking for a set of gimlets for a while, and finding Garrett Wade's product, I immediately purchased two sets. I have used each size and find that each size works perfectly.
  • Great For Grilling

    Matt B, 3/8/2015 I used these to make spits for grilling and they worked great.
  • Twist Gimlets

    Graham, 3/1/2015 Exactly the tools I needed at a reasonable price. Excellent quality and performance just as expected from GW.
  • Handy Hand Tools

    Mike Wasson, 2/16/2015 A well made gimlet is aesthetically a very nice tool to have in your arsenal but they are so much handier than fetching a drill and a finding the right size counter sink just to make one small hole. Let alone if the battery is down, now you have a whole new problem. Pick the right gimlet, do the task, and continue with your work. With a gimlet it is one and done. It is threaded to start easy,It is twisted to help complete the hole quicker,and it has a very well made handle. Hang it back on the hook or nail and your done.What could be easier?
  • Great Additions To My Hand Tools

    Scott Runnion, 2/7/2015 Bought 2 sets (have a tendency to lay a tool down and forget where). These are finely crafted and valuable additions to any tool box.
  • Twist Gimlets

    Debbie Laird, 12/17/2014 These appear to be quite the unique tools and hopefully they will come in handy.
  • Small Tube Unplugged

    Carlton Davies, 12/11/2014 Great little tool to unplug real small tubes. The screw tip allows you screw it in the clog and pull it out.

    Marvin Howard, 12/7/2014 I KNEW that I would use these if I got them... and I WAS RIGHT! These simple tools are TERRIFIC for starting a screw into most any size hole. Creates a far better pilot hole than just drilling alone would. By pre-threading the hole, screws are far less likely (impossible?) to fall out while you're upside down at the top of a ladder and down to your last Screw"! I keep these in my tool belt held together with a twist tie and am ready for just about any "piloting" situation". A VERY simple but ELEGANT set of inexpensive tools!"
  • Give Me The Gimlets!

    Kathy Caldwell, 12/3/2014 I purchased the gimlets for my husband. He thought they were a unique & hand tool. I adore them because they remind me of times gone by, and of watching my dad in his workshop. The tool is pretty enough to hang as a decoration, and kept close is always hand for a quick fix me up.
  • Indispensable

    Melanie, 11/19/2014 I've now purchase a set of these for every family member and friend. The gimlets are great for starting a hole that you don't want to mess up--I highly recommend these to everyone!
  • Gimlets

    R. Whiteman, 11/19/2014 Great for starting all screws.
  • Work With A Twist

    Jarod Hillyard, 9/1/2014 What's a gimlet I first thought when someone said he used them in his hand made projects? Well, a quick internet search later yielded Garret Wade as having the highest rated gimlets out there, and I just had to try them. See, I'm an artisan knife maker who does everything by hand. And I drill lots of holes, I mean hundreds a day. These WILL NOT disappoint you. They are arguably one of the most handy tools you can have on your person. I like to carry them on a carabiner so they don't get lost. I had tried a set before these that belonged to a friend but they had trouble getting started and going through deeper wood. Not these little babies. The more pronounced screw on the end of these French made wonders must be the key, because they start with ease, and don't have to be forced in with a hammer like cheaper sets to get them started. Don't be without them. You don't have to be a craftsman to enjoy these, just an everyday person who likes to do a few things for themselves. Need a pilot hole in sheet rock, no problem. Need to start a pilot hole in a precarious position where you'd rather not be carrying an expensive and dangerous power drill, try hanging these on your belt. I'm a homeowner, business owner, a craftsman, and jack-of-all-trades. If you know one of the above, please do him/her a favor and get one of these fantastic sets. It got me hooked on Garret Wade's products. They offer quality over quantity. Get a set of these while you can!
  • Great Tool

    Carlton Davies, 6/22/2014 This tool works like cork screw. I had a very small tube that was stopped up. I was able to remove some paper with this tool.
  • Great Drills for Precise Drilling

    T. Lafferty, 5/5/2014 These dills are great for precision drilling. If you are uncomfortable with the speed of a power drill, these drills are perfect - I am able to slow down and focus on drilling clean, straight, pilot holes. The drills feel solid and I have had no trouble drilling through poplar, chestnut, and red oak. It would be nice is the drills had the but size marked on them, but that's certainly a minor criticism.
  • Twist Gimlets

    Dom Scimeca, 3/6/2014 Great little tools for small jobs or intricate jobs or if you just don't want to get your drill for one starter hole.
  • Craftsman

    Scott, 2/19/2014 As soon as I received these Gimlets they were put to the test. Wow I was amazed went through pine with ease even apple wood and maple. Also great for starter holes. And of course would finish up with the Garret Wade mini hand drill that I also purchased. These Gimlets are tough and sturdy and will hold up with continuous use. Another great purchase Thank you Garrett Wade. Scott Glenfield New York
  • Out of Stock?

    Joe Glosson, 2/12/2014 This product was advertised as being on sale for inventory reduction." Why then was it out of stock when ordered and still missing three + weeks later?"
  • Perfect

    Steve Wolfe, 12/13/2013 Perfect replacement for very old worn set!
  • Incredibly Useful

    M. Hrynick, 12/5/2013 I bought one of these high-quality sets for myself a few years ago. This time they're a present for my son, who is setting up on his own. These are great for starting screws or any sort of pilot hole; having one hooked to a carabiner on my belt saves a whole lot of switching drills for drivers. And they look neat hanging in a row on my wall!
  • Quick & Easy

    Joe Beaton, 11/25/2013 My buddy was looking for a set to replace his father's old set; found these at G.W. and thought I'd try. Easy way to start holes in soft woods if you only have a couple of holes to do. Good add-on to my tool arsenal!
  • Twist Gimlets

    Bill Anderson, 11/17/2013 A good range of sizes in this set. Excellent for staring screw or hinge holes, etc. It would be nice to see wooden handles on these, but even so these will be invaluable in my tool chest!
  • Grand Dad's Gimlets

    Richard Nortman, 10/9/2013 These gimlets are exactly what you said they are and do exactly what they are supposed to do. I remember when I used gimlets like these while I worked alongside my Grandpa at his workbench. Perhaps you can imagine my pleasure and joy when my Granddaughters, 8 and 10 years old, were excited when they saw the gimlets and gleefully used them to make screw holes on a new project. And thank you for the prompt service.
    Rate & Review Honorable Mention $50 Winner October 2013 Rate & Review Honorable Mention $50 Winner. Congratulations, Richard!!
  • Gimlets

    Kurt Luginbyhl, 9/29/2013 These well made Gimlets were exactly what I was looking for and they arrived before the date promised! I will continue to shop and buy from Garrett Wade.
  • Another great find from the past!

    Richard Munson, 9/12/2013 Very high quality gimlets. Useful every time you have to start a screw in hardwood or soft.
  • Functional Works of Art

    Jane Curtis, 7/21/2013 These aren't simply functional, they are beautiful pieces of craftsmanship that harken back to the days before cordless drills. Sturdy material, well-made. There's a kind of joy in using a tool like this.
  • Who knew?

    Mike H., 6/24/2013 I never knew this product existed, nor did I realize that I needed them. They looked like they might be handy, so I bought them. WOW! Excellent! VERY handy. Well made and work like a charm. I'm glad I invested in a set!
  • Screw Starter Gimlets

    Bob, 1/14/2013 I have found these to be very useful when needing to start a few screws. I keep these on my bench and in less time then it takes to get out my drill and chuck a bit I can make starting holes for 4 or 5 screws. They perform great and are a time saver when driving a few screws.
  • Great Gimlets

    Heather, 1/1/2013 Great for starting the holes for cup hooks!

    MARY ANN WAGNER, 11/4/2012
  • Reasonably priced gimlet set

    Cstar, 1/18/2012 Nice little set of gimlets for a very good sale price. I use them all the time.
  • unsurpassed for their job

    Jeff The Bear, 1/10/2012 This set of gimlets will be a huge help. I have a terrible time drilling pilot holes at the proper angle but these gimlets let me do it right every time. And they suit the pace of my mostly handtool approach to woodworking. They are easy to use and are far more robust than I expected. If you have a friend who likes woodworking, a set of these would make a great (and inexpensive) gift.
  • Great tools to have

    Jim S., 9/2/2011 I bought this set about 5 years ago, and it's been going strong ever since. Easy to use, well-made, and they hang up nicely on my peg board in the shed so they don't get lost. These gimlets make your job easier every time!
  • Gimlet

    Felix Ruiz, 7/17/2011 I have started to lean more towards hand tools over the last two years, rather than power tools. There is something cathartic and heartfelt about the process. I am also much more proud and satisfied with the finished product. Augers are my new favorite tools. I have many, however, I've never owned a gimlet. These are very useful in assembling my birdhouse projects that I build with my 5 year old son. We both love these little hand held tools for piloting holes and they peak my sons interest when starting new projects. We also build little wooden models of trains, tractors, boats, etc. and these are perfect for, again, piloting the holes. The gimlets do take some time to get used to and as with any hand tool, patience is key. The quality of the product is very good and I highly recommend them. I believe these are a great starter gift for anyone interested in using hand tools.
  • Yes

    GDS, 7/14/2011 They do what they do very well. The self-tapping is smooth and easy. And, they're beautiful.
  • Eureka!

    anon, 4/24/2011 I bought a set of three of these when I was living in France 15 years ago... One has gone missing so I was delighted to find this 7-piece set. They are among the most useful tools I own! And the batteries never go dead!
  • Loving the old tech

    Aaron, 3/5/2011 Man, I'm loving old tech stuff such as this ! Brings back good memories and making new ones.. These worked great for the 3 projects I used them for.. Thanks !!
  • Gimlet Screw Holes

    Larry Tichenor, 3/2/2011 The set of seven gimlets arrived in a couple of days after my order; of course I had to try them out right away. After first hole I made with the gimlet I wondering why I did not purchase the set before now. The holes I drilled were clean and I was able to bore the holes quickly. I would recommend the gimlet to anyone to keep in there arsenal of cool tools.
  • Easy to see why they are not well known

    Theodore Vahl, 2/21/2011 I have wondered about this tool ever since I found out they are different than the alcoholic drink. Since wine is fine, but liquors quicker" I also understand the naming of the drink. After using the tools several times I now also understand why they became obsolete. If no one had invented twist drills they might still be useful. They are totally inferior to using the proper size twist drill. If you don't care about the correct size and don't care how they tear up the material and you don't own twist drill bits and a drill, and you like having a tool around for namesake and curiosity purposes they are nice to have around. Sorry five star people."
  • great tools

    ann, 1/2/2011 I purchased these for my son and husband. They are thrilled! I'm actually fairly handy, so I think they are great too. Worth owning!
  • wonderful

    Roy, 12/28/2010 I discovered Garrett Wade in 1989 and bought these gimlets at that time. I keep them in a small essential tool box for small jobs where I don't need to/want to carry a drill and the bit box. They are wonderful and easy to use and STILL SHARP after 22 years!! They drill through all sorts of stuff. Plus, when a tool marries beauty, elegance and functionality .... this makes me happy. Buy them!
  • Something Old, Something New

    Pam, 12/26/2010
  • Great

    Ted, 12/23/2010 They sure help ouy alot. Very glad I bought them,
  • Old School Hole Starters

    BK, 12/23/2010 Sometimes old school is the best school and these rustic looking gimlets are no exception. They are indespensible when working on a ladder and driving screws. They make perfect pilot holes quickly, easily and, if needed, with one hand. They are just as handy when working at a workbench. The look great and work even better.
  • Great Gimlets

    Peter Rosen, 12/10/2010 At first, gimlets appear to duplicate a drill and bit. However, since I usually need to make one hole at a time, usually as a pilot for a screw, using a gimlet makes the hole in less time that it takes to get the drill out of the cabinet, or to put a bit in the chuck. Once you get used to reaching for them, they get used all the time. As well, they are beautiful examples of old-style tools, since they are made of a single steel rod bent to form the handle and then machined to form the bit end.
  • Gimlets

    James Hicks, 11/30/2010 Ever messed the head of a brass screw up even after drilling a pilot hole? Use a Gimlet to cut some threads and you will find that a brass screw goes in a whole bunch eaiser. Nice tool. Wish I had bought a set long before now.
  • A pleasure to use

    John Beatty, 11/2/2010 Impossible to break, efficient, grabs any surface the first twist. Beats a cordless screwdriver for small holes any day.
  • Great

    Tim, 8/4/2010 Wow! These guys make life so much easier, I would not leave them behind for any kind of screw driver job I might have to do. Great!
  • Gimlets

    jay Peck, 6/16/2010 This is a tool that I thought that I wouldn't really need and had put off buying the set for several years but now that I bought the set and have used it I wondered why I had waited so long. The set now is an indispensable part of my handy man kit.
  • simpe can be effective

    rfs, 4/17/2010 Sometimes something of simple quality can be most effective....keep them close at hand.
  • Great Gimlets

    Ray, 4/17/2010 This is probably the most useful tool ever. It sure beats misusing other tools such as a screwdriver when you don't want to use a drill. I haven't had to even think about using a drill since I got the set.
  • innovative

    I.White, 4/17/2010 This is a very useful and versatile set of tools and they are easy to store
  • Handy

    D. L., 4/16/2010 After the hammer, screwdriver, or pliers, I use the gimlets more than any other tool. They can get wet or dirty, unlike a drill but are just as effective for small or quick jobs. Get yourself some.
  • Superb Tools!

    Rory, 4/15/2010 I received a set of these as a gift, and cannot possibly be more pleased! Sturdy, convenient, and simple to use: what more could one ask from a tool! And here you have 7 of them! My advice: buy at least 2 sets, though! These have a tendency to walk off" in other folks' pockets! I know I'll be back to pick up another set myself, later on!"
  • Fast and easy

    R. Sumida, 4/15/2010 Very simple tool to use for making small holes. You don't have to drag out your power drill, drill bits and extension cord just to make a few holes.
  • Gimlets

    Jazz, 4/14/2010 Great for starting a pilot hole and much faster than a drill.
  • Gimlets

    VF, 4/14/2010 Whenever I need to fasten a screw for a simple project, I always turn to my set of Gimlets. They allow me to drill a suitable hole for whatever size screws I am using, quickly, without dragging out my drill and bits. This is a wonderful, simple tool.
  • Gimlets!!!!!!

    Ken, 3/13/2010 Fantastic Tool. They are sharp. They go thru the hardest of hardwoods. They don't break or flex. They are great for the repair job that requires you to drill a couple of holes for screws. You avoid over drilling on the wood project for hinges ect. I give them out as gifts and all my woodworking friends love them. One used his to do an emergency repair on his sailboat while out on the ocean!!

    John Beatty, 2/21/2010 Small drills that don't break
  • Too cute to pass up

    Ninny, 2/11/2010 I have always wanted a set of gimlets as it's such a bother changing the drill bit just to start a hole. Not to mention that this set looks like tool art.
  • My kids and I love these

    Mark, 11/18/2009 I bought these hoping my two young boys could use them to drill pilot holes on small projects. They work remarkably well and make a very nice hole. We love them, and I got a reminder that good work was done before there were power tools.
  • A MUST !

    Ken, 11/17/2009 These gimlets are sharp and do a great job even in hardwoods. Nice for drilling just a couple of holes without worry of over drilling the hole. Perfect for finish work. They do not bend or flex even with the hardest of woods. Ken
  • Handy Gimlets

    Harold Yang, 4/15/2009 Convenient and perfect for starting pilot holes of all sizes. Easy to carry and easy to use. Would not be without them.
  • Art for Arts Sake!

    Steve Klass, 4/14/2009 I bought the gimlets to use on the clocks I make as well as a diverse set of hanging characters. They are handy, easy to size and make just the right starter for the hooks I use to hold the pieces I make. They simplify the job!
  • Set of Gimlets

    John Samaras, 3/31/2009 This is truly a handy set of screw starters. Whenever I need to start a screw, I reach for one of these little gems. I have each one marked for the proper screw size (#4, #6, #8, etc.) and they are so much easier to use than a drill and bit. The funny thing though is that after a day in the shop making pilot holes with this set of gimlets, I have an odd thirst that only a gin and lime juice satisfies. Can't understand why....
  • Set of Gimlets

    Steven Engen, 3/29/2009 I was amazed at the quality and how well these worked. Talk about ease of handling and the drilling results. They will be a part of my tool kit forever. I also use them for starting holes for small screws. Thanks for a great set of gimlets.
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