The original Picquic screwdriver design made it to Archibald McKenzie’s drawing board in 1984. But the idea was hatched years earlier, in thin air, at around 30,000 feet.
“When I flew aeroplanes in those days, I was either scared stiff or bored to tears, so I had a lot of time to think,” said McKenzie, affectionately called Mac by his friends, a career pilot and self-taught aircraft engineer.
Mac had little patience for things that would break. After all, his life depended on the equipment he flew. So when his old-fashioned, hollow-handled, multi-tip screwdriver broke—the kind with the screw-cap that gets lost or broken, causing the bits to suffer the same fate—he decided to fix the problem once and for all.
Patent and prototype in hand, Mac made his best effort to license his invention to an established Canadian multi-bit screwdriver company, but the royalty offered to him wasn’t to his liking. He decided to license the invention to his son, Paul instead and Picquic Tool Company was born.
In August 1988, the first SIXPAC came out of the mould. Sure enough it didn’t break or lose its bits. The design was an instant hit and the SIXPACA soon became the dominant Canadian multi-bit screwdriver on the market, and was recognized by The Canadian Hardware and Housewares Manufacturer’s Association and Popular Mechanics.
Today, with millions of the original SIXPAC sold and many different models made, Picquic truly has become the one-stop-shop multi-bit screwdriver company.