Hi Crusty.. Don'tcha hate it when one of your tools passes on to tool heaven and you can't find another one? I will keep my eyes open and let you know if I find one.. I can thoroughly recommend the drill-accessory ones but I see your point, my hand one is also more suited to square holes, though it is going the way of yours I fear.....
Most of the time, it's just a nail and a hammer . It's the breakable medium (e.g. glass) when you have to get creative. Microtorch (and anything combustible) gets me excited easily but I couldn't use it as much as I'd like to. Old soldering iron could be used to make holes in PVCs - of course, you wouldn't use the tip directly, you would wrap metal wire of needed diameter on it . And then there are chemicals - lovely sulfuric acid made more holes in my clothes than in the objects of my experiments.
It looks like not everything is made in China; for example, on Amazon I found a German made Bosch drill (for >$400) and a German made Fein drill (>$800). I believe that Proxxon rotary tools are still made in Germany, but they're not drills.
BTW, just about everything is "globally sourced", including a lot of stuff that's "Made In China". For example, most memory (DRAM, flash) isn't made in China.
Also off topic: my vacuum is a German-made Bosch canister vac. The price was reasonable (unlike Miele and some others). It's 8 years old and still going strong; the Dyson canister vac was more expensive, made in Malasia, and had a lot of quality complaints.
Hi Wayne. Sorry we can't satisfy your patriotism! But go into a store and have a look at DeWalt - I am really impressed by the quality of the one I have. It has an aluminium body, not plastic, and gives the appearance of being built "like a brick outhouse". Of course I have only had it for a couple of years now and I don't know if it will last 35 years. But then you gain features as well when you get a new one.