@LiketoBike: That screwdriver set should be one of the sets with umpteen billion bits...because you WILL need esoteric bits sooner or later.
The problem is that when the time comes you'll need different esoteric bits because the best-known manufacturer of hard-to-disassemble technology -- let's call it "Brand A" -- makes it a point that each new product (or so it seems) uses a new type of fastener :-)
Max don't forget the "X-Acto" knife (with the #11 blade) for trace cuts and small roll of kapton tape (its expensive so go small!). The tape allows you to break a connection to a SOIC pin without mangling it and still allow a small #30 wire to be soldered to it. This is of course only necessary until your board is perfect ;-)
I second the motion! And, having recently entered my eightth decade (seventh in elctronics design and construction), I am STILL doing it that way. I even did that until recently (when our lab tech bought an "approved" crimper for them) with FAKRA RF connector center pins and sockets! It does take a bit longer, as I have hardly any "feel" left in my fingertips, but it does work. I've raised the ability to solder the connections with the absolute minimum of residue on the outside to a new level, so contacts will still fit in the housings and lock in place. Having not only my own substantial collection of hand (and power) tools, i also inherited my father's many years ago, and so have at least duplicates of nearly everything!
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