Gimlet Hand Drills

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Product: Gimlet Hand Drills

Set of 4 steel hand drills. Annealed metal with a sturdy machined flute that bites into wood and drywall. Lets you screw without an electric drill. Made in France.

The gimlet (or gibelet in French) is the perfect tool for when you’re hanging up pictures or putting up a shelf – apartment jobs that don’t warrant dropping $200 on a fancy new electric drill that you’ll use once a year and will hog up space in your cabinet.

These are just the little guys to do some fiddling and tinkering around the house – putting up framed posters, mounting coat hooks, and fixing the odd wobbly stool. This probably won’t be the drill you’ll reach for to build a gazebo – but technically you could. Hand drills like these were used during the colonial era to build entire houses. (That seems very, very difficult now that electricity has been invented.)

But these gimlets aren’t just for amateur hour, they’re also still the tools professional woodworkers use for making the most precise holes in their most precious woods.

The gimlets fit easily into the same drawer of your house reserved for wine corkers, candy thermometers and turkey basters – instead of being shoved into a corner of the closet, saving you much needed space.

The set comes with four sizes: 3 mm, 4mm, 5mm and 6mm and are made of hand-forged, unbreakable steel.

  • Contains 4 Gimlets
  • Diameter sizes 3 mm, 4 mm, 5 mm, 6 mm (0.118”, 0.157”, 0.196”, 0.236”)
  • Material Hardened Steel
  • Made in France