Since Silca’s re-launch a few years back, everything they have produced has been absolutely top-shelf. The Silca HX-One Home Essential Tool Kit comes with Allen keys that have been hardened to S2 and have a chrome-like finish with a red polymer grip so you can hang onto them if you are, perhaps, a bit sweaty.
The wrenches are L-shaped with a ball-end on the long side. Sizes included are 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10mm, plus a 6mm to ¼” adapter for Torx bits: T8, T10, T15, T20, T25 and T30, plus screwdriver bits PH1, PH2, SL4 and SL5.
It all comes in a handsome, machined Beechwood box. I’m an absolute sucker for tools that work this well AND look good.
While it’s not meant as a travel set, I have slipped the case into the pocket behind the driver’s seat of my car, and they are readily at hand any time I need a wrench for something. Relative to my needs for almost any trip, this kit has everything.
Compared to the plastic, slip-in holders that a great many Allen wrenches fit into, this is a much easier dispenser to work with. With those plastic holders, I would inevitably tire of slipping each wrench back in after using them, so they’d end up loose on the bench. With the HX-One pressing the tools back into their individual snug perches makes more sense than not returning it into its rightful home, which eliminates that whole looking-down-at-the-bench-and-grabbing-the-wrong-wrench experience.
This is not a cheap set of tools at $149, but it these are the best-quality wrenches I own, and I own a bunch. Any time something is stuck and I want to make sure of a precise fit and a wrench that won’t get rounded, I use these.
As a word person, I could quibble with the name of this toolkit, but I have zero complaints about the actual contents of the box. In a perfect world, I’d have a set in my workshop and one in the car, and heck, as long as we’re dreaming, one in my back pocket for on-the-go adjustments. Anyone who’s looking to build a collection of bike tools that will serve them for the long haul, might consider investing in this handsome set.
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