ef37a wrote:There every bugger above the shop floor thinks they have a divine right to borrow your kit and they NEVER bring it back.
When I first started work I was sent to the stores where they gave me a tool box and a standard set of decent tools. However, after a few years I worked for someone who thought that all tools should be communal - the problem was they all seemed to end up in his office! So I ended up buying a bunch of those cheap (£90-ish) electronics toolkits that you can buy from CPC and keeping one of them hidden under my desk so that I knew where I could find a certain tool if there were none left in the lab. While they may not be the absolute best quality, most of the tools were certainly usable.