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4x JIS Screwdrivers, Moody Chromium Vanadium Steel $17.50 @ Amazon
Posted By: dcshooter, 08-27-2015, 02:01 PM

Saw this on Amazon deals and thought it might be of interest to forum members interested in lens/camera body repair on Pentax or any other Japanese cameras or lenses.

As you might know, the screws used on most Japanese camera gear since the 1970's are not regular Phillips screws but are rather Japanese Industrial Standard (JIS), and will strip out if you attempt to use a regular Phillips driver on them.

I have a lot of experience doing this kind of work, and in my opinion, Moody makes the absolute best JIS drivers for working on vintage gear.

This very nice chromed set, which usually goes for $23, is on sale for $17.50 at Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004PGO1T6/ref=pe_64730_148035630_em_1p_8_ti

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09-12-2015, 03:54 PM - 1 Like   #16
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If you don't want the fixed handle set the 5 piece set is only $12.35 with free shipping from Micro-Tools on eBay:

JIS Type s Driver Set 5pc Steel | eBay

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QuoteOriginally posted by Not a Number Quote
If you don't want the fixed handle set the 5 piece set is only $12.35 with free shipping from Micro-Tools on eBay:

JIS Type s Driver Set 5pc Steel | eBay
Wow, great deal! Suggest a new thread for that one.
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I bought a set of the Hozans

Hozan JIS-4 JIS Screwdriver Set (NEW 3rd. Gen) - - Amazon.com

and love them. The #1 and the #2 have the same size handle so I scored the butt end of the #2 in order to tell them apart at a glance.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dcshooter Quote
Saw this on Amazon deals and thought it might be of interest to forum members interested in lens/camera body repair on Pentax or any other Japanese cameras or lenses.

As you might know, the screws used on most Japanese camera gear since the 1970's are not regular Phillips screws but are rather Japanese Industrial Standard (JIS), and will strip out if you attempt to use a regular Phillips driver on them.

I have a lot of experience doing this kind of work, and in my opinion, Moody makes the absolute best JIS drivers for working on vintage gear.

This very nice chromed set, which usually goes for $23, is on sale for $17.50 at Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004PGO1T6/ref=pe_64730_148035630_em_1p_8_ti
$15.33 now!
Just bought a set to do some work on my lenses.

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QuoteOriginally posted by wombat2go Quote
DcShooter had recommended them earlier to another member when I was doing a bellows and mirror foam job on the RB67.
So with the help of a drop of acetone and a tap on the head of each of about 20 1.6mm flat head screws, I was able to get them all out and back in without damage. Some of the 40+ year old screws were really tight, so a lathe dog helped.
I like the look of that lathe dog, that'd be very helpful. Thx
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I like the larger plastic handles on this set https://www.amazon.com/Hozan-JIS-4-JIS-Screwdriver-3rd/dp/B00A7WAHTU/ref=sr_...crewdriver+set and they weren't much more expensive.
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I have the four piece Hozan set and I like them.
The handles of the #1 and #2 are identical so I carved one notch across the butt of the #1 and two parallel notches across the butt of the #2.
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Note that the smallest Hozan (#1) is equivalent to I believe the second largest of the Moody drivers, so if you are working with very small screws, the Moody might be the better choice. The Hozan should be fine for K mount screws and the like.

The smallest in the Moody set is a #00

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QuoteOriginally posted by dcshooter Quote
Note that the smallest Hozan (#1) is equivalent to I believe the second largest of the Moody drivers, so if you are working with very small screws, the Moody might be the better choice. The Hozan should be fine for K mount screws and the like.

The smallest in the Moody set is a #00
The Hozan set is #00, #0, #1, and #2. They are marked on the handles, though I imagine that will wear off eventually.
I have yet to find a JIS screw the Hozan set won't unscrew, but my repair work has been limited to Pentax M and Nikon F (pre-AI) lenses.
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Ah, thanks for the correction. I ordered a set form Hozan last year through Amazon and received much larger screwdrivers. My current faves are the Moody Pollicis with interchangeable plastic handles, which have a nice rotating butt.

QuoteOriginally posted by AquaDome Quote
The Hozan set is #00, #0, #1, and #2. They are marked on the handles, though I imagine that will wear off eventually.
I have yet to find a JIS screw the Hozan set won't unscrew, but my repair work has been limited to Pentax M and Nikon F (pre-AI) lenses.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dcshooter Quote
My current faves are the Moody Pollicis with interchangeable plastic handles, which have a nice rotating butt.
Some of the Amazon reviews said the Moody plastic Pollicis handles had a tendency to break (covered under lifetime warranty). Still they are a must if static or conductivity is a concern. I prefer the metal handles which have a rotating butt too. The thick handles on the Hozan give you better grip when you need to apply leverage/torque.
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I am still kinda ticked off by the #0 shattering. This is the set I use at work, love it!
http://amazon.com/Moody-Tools-56-Piece-ESD-Safe-Interchangeable/dp/B004PGO1WI
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QuoteOriginally posted by Tom S. Quote
FYI, like gunsmithing screwdrivers, these are no doubt hardened to the point where they will intentionally break to prevent them from chewing up the screw instead.
Didn't think about that, makes sense.
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I ordered this and I got mini hex head drivers.
this suggests to me that these might very well be "knockoffs" and not the real thing.

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