Advances in high-temperature metallurgy may result in safer, more efficient hand tools for do-it-yourselfers and professionals.

Screwdrivers are the first to be improved by a new technology called Grrip that bonds superheated tungsten carbide grit to their tips. This lets the screwdrivers bite into and hold screws, preventing slip-out that can cause injuries and damage work surfaces.The same process has application to wrenches, clamps, vises and mountain-climbing gear.