I think this is the most loved tool of my collection. It belonged to my grandfather Stan Hodgson (Pop), and possibly his father James. It was painted red by Pop, this was his most excellent method of retaining tools.
This ‘brace and bit’ has no makers mark, but plenty of other marks from years of thorough use. It operates very smoothly allowing for control with power. Surely the utopian tool wields precise force?
What is the best use of a ‘brace and bit’ in today’s world? Power driving long screws or screws made of soft metals (brass or bronze) or old screws with dodgy heads. You will revel in the leverage and control this provides.