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Tool Time

How one entrepreneur built a better screwdriver--and used smart networking to get it into Sears stores nationwide

This story appears in the July 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

The entrepreneur: Allen Kenner, 43, of Ashland, Oregon

Product description: The Grip-N-Drive is an upgrade from the typical ratcheting screwdriver. Kenner patented the product's rubber grip mechanism: It spins freely in either direction, but then deforms to grip down on the screwdriver's handle when squeezed. A package of five Grip-N-Drive screwdrivers (two Phillips and three slotted screwdrivers) sells for $19.99 at Sears stores nationwide under the Craftsman label.

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