I still have a 'Bib Wire Stripper & Cutter'. Made in England by Multicore Solder in probably about 1966 when I was just 10. It still cuts and strips wires and if I recall right, cost 3 shillings and sixpence (about a dime for you in the USA). You can't have enough tools IMHO!
A correction - on page 4 between the first and second pictures please read knurled screw (not gnarled). Max and I are gnarled (def: knobbly, rough, and twisted, especially with age) - though Max may take issue with this - but that adjusting screw is knurled (def: having a rough surface that can be gripped). Apologies for the error.
I used to have another very good screwdriver that boasted a spring-loaded grip that held the screw onto the blade, but alas that got lost during a move. I've yet to find one that works for Philips screws...
I find these are pretty common. I have two from Weidmuller. Just google "screwdriver with screw holder". Here is one with an explanation of how it works.
Great collection! Let me show you something I'll bet you don't have. Made by my previous employer (Weidmuller) it is an attachement that fits onto a screwdriver blade that allows you to snip a wire without putting the screwdriver down. It is called a "Swifty". Because it probably violates some DIN standard because it will nick wire strands, you are not supposed to use it to strip wire, but it is just as effective as using side-cutters. Just don't use it for inspected work.
To be honest I have found it a little less useful that its original promise, but it surely should appear as an addendum to your list.
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