Tools and Their Discontents

Ratchet set

Tools are good. A well-designed tool makes a task easier, or sometimes, possible in the first place. But like most things tools exist on a continuum of quality and a tool’s shortcomings are not always obvious. If you’ve only ever built IKEA furniture with the tiny included hex wrench you’d never know how much faster it can be with a good ratcheting screwdriver. Worse still, a bad tool can shape how we approach a task, define a process, or build a project.