For many years now, I have always used the black handle Xcelite Phillips screwdrivers with the chrome shaft & black tip. I outfitted my electronics bench with a fresh set a few years ago, and the #1 Phillips tip is already toast. I took apart a dead stick vacuum cleaner today that had a dozen screws down in holes, and I had to get my other #1 driver from my woodworking toolbox to finish the job. It is also showing signs of excess wear on the tip.
One problem is that the #1 tip is very pointy, and I think it is bottoming out on some screws, which increases its tendency to slip. This accellerates the damage & makes it more likely to slip the next time. The #2 tip is definitely rounded and no where near as pointy. The #0 seems to have a some of the same issue, but not as pronounced.
I'm going to have to replace the #1's (and may get another #0 as well), and was wondering if folks have a favorite brand that grips screws well and holds up better. I've had good luck with Wiha drivers in the past, but mostly for smaller stuff (jeweller's screwdriver size).