We learned about Ms. Fix-it, Barbara Kavovit, in Chicago's Venus zine a couple months ago. Her mission is to provide women with home improvement know-how (website includes a how-to project of the week), knowledge of tools and uses, and ways that every woman can become her own handywoman. Many of us consider ourselves self-reliant, creative, and "handy," but that one problem project never fails to creep up and diminish our confidence. Kavovit, a veteran of the construction industry, is here to change all that. Kavovit has designed a line of power tools and general tools for women, focusing on comfort, durability, and ease of use. She says: Working in the construction business taught me that most tools can be challenging for a woman to use. So I designed my own to better fit a woman's size and strength. My tools weigh a little less and the grips are sized to better fit a woman's hand. I've also built in extra features to make them better suited for women, like patented spring-loaded handles on my pliers and built-in thumb rests on my screwdrivers. But just because my tools are lightweight, doesn't mean they're light duty. My screwdrivers and hammers, for example, have induction-heated tips and faces for extra hardness. And all my tools are stylish and guaranteed forever!
Just a few price points to ponder: A Barbara K. 30-piece tool set is only $39.99, a quick change utility knife will cost you $6.99, and a roadside safety kit is $29.99.