I don’t remember when I first heard about the Robertson screwdriver, nor when it first came to my attention that its inventor was a Canadian: Peter Lymburner Robertson. Back in the early 14th century, I expect.
I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that before working on this piece, I never thought about the need to manufacture screws and screwdrivers in matched sets: given the screwdriver, I just sorta took the screws for granted, if you see what I mean.
It seems the idea of the square-headed screw was someone else’s. Yet a good idea only gets you so far. P.L. figured out how to make it a manufacturing and commercial success, saving countless people from the cuts caused by the dreaded slip-prone slotted screwdriver.
This is one of a series on Canadian national treasures – my sesquicentennial project. They reflect people (living and dead), places and things that I think are worth celebrating about our country, and are done in no order of precedence.