Barbara K.'s Power Tools and Power Tips for Women

Barbara K.'s Power Tools and Power Tips for Women

Heather Blaha
May 2, 2006

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.

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