a month ago
My disappointment in current Bondhus quality.
I have many sets of hex L keys/wrenches. Just as auto mechanics have many ratchets and sockets, I have just as many hex key sets. But among them all, I value my 17 year old set of Bondhus SAE and Metric L keys. And I value them even more today. You see, some years ago, Bondhus changed production in the manufacturing of the L keys. I'm not sure about the other products, but the L keys are now different. The precision and fit of these wonderful hex keys are still one of the best, but no longer THE best in my humble opinion.
Bondhus has changed over to a drawn chamfer in the L keys, a dramatic change from a ground chamfer that the older L keys had. They did this change to reduce production cost (time=money). The result is an ugly L key, although Bondhus has claimed that this has no change on the fit and performance of the L key. -
The chamfer is made to remove burrs after the cutting process.
If you look at a 5mm key that I pulled (left is a new production, never used Bondhus L key, right is the 17 year old L key) you'll see the difference between drawn (left) and ground (right) chamferring. Now I realize that they both will still work as they should, but it bothers me that the new keys aren't even made to look somewhat decent. It shows a drop in quality and detail in terms of manufacturing. Bondhus, please. Please step up your game and put that extra step back in for ground chamfer. I'll even pay a little more for it.
For now I have ordered my last Bondhus L key set, a Prohold that I've been wanting to try. And in the meantime, I'll be keeping my eye out for some NOS Bondus sets. ☹️
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