Garrett Wade offers generally-nice hand tools, photographed for their catalog with the same level of obsessive photographic dedication as the more artistic variety of pin-up calendar. They usually have a few handy-but-inexpensive offerings, too, picked with care and worth the price.
The latter group can be a bit of a gamble; their most recent batch of hand drills wasn't all they'd hoped but rather than scrap them, they're selling them at a huge discount: cast iron, single-speed hand-cranked drills for nine dollars American. Here's the thing: the finish on the wooden handles isn't pretty and the chucks are kinda wonky. But hey, nine bucks.
Me, I prefer a keyed chuck even on a hand-cranked drill, at least the smaller ones. I can't promise you these things have a standard thread, but I have swapped out the chuck for a keyed one (a nice Jacobson, found at Hedlund's Hardware) on a drill very like these and it threaded right on. Have a look. They're not giving me a dime, it just seemed of interest.
(N. B. There are several different standard threads for hand drill/drillmotor chucks -- measure your threads or take your drill along when shopping!)
T. R. MCELROY'S STREAMLINED TELEGRAPH KEYS
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