3 point Phillips head screw driver

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3 point Phillips head screw driver

Is a phillips head screw driver ever referred to as a 3 point in the US?
I am arguning with a Canadian.
I have never heard the term 3 point when reffering to a philips in the US.
 
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I've never heard it called a 3 point, that doesn't even make sense to me since a phillips has 4 grooves/points.
 
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Nope, makes no sense, why would you call something with 4 points a 3 point?
 
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Old 09-03-19, 04:52 PM
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Because their Canadian? Eh!

Just kidding to my Canadian friends to the north.
 
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They do make tri-wing security screws, maybe that is what he is thinking of.

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The Canadian arguer is just looking for an excuse to brag on square-drive screws, invented by a Canadian called Robertson. And he has cause to brag- i'd rather use a square drive than a flat blade screwdriver any day.
 
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His claim is the point is the size of the head. 3 would be smaller then a 4 point.
Instead of the single digit system we all know for phillip sizes, he claims Americans use a point system.
He posted links to companies advertising a 3 point phillips screw driver, but i can't figure out where these were marketed. One was listed in Canadian dollars.
I cant find anything online explaining a point system.
Lots of info for the number system.
Lots of charts showing different screw heads.
All i can think of is, it is a regional thing. A city somewhete in the US uses a point system for phillip head screw drivers.
Also, the companies that advertise it as a 3 point, dont offer any other sizes.
Like there is only one size.
If you search for a phillip head screw driver you will get a variety of lengths and sizes and 90 degree ones and ones for rachets.
But for a 3 point, you only get one.
 
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https://www.stanleytools.com/products/american-heritage-tools/usa-screwdrivers/3-pt-x-6-in-vinyl-grip-phillips-screwdriver/65-903
 
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Old 09-04-19, 04:32 AM
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I know what you are talking about now. Phillips size heads come in different sizes most common are #2 but they come in size 0 to 4. I think they also come in jeweler sizes.
 
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Ya, but I've never heard them call number point but rather a number 3 or whatever size it is.
 
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