cas398 Think your torque ratchet came in a box of it’s own too that’s because it is supposed to be treated with that bit more care than a regular ratchet / breaker bar. Reasons I believe are if you drop it - that can mess the calibration up, but also if you’re trying to loosen a bolt and it is too tight you’ll probably exert more (torque) force than what the torque ratchet is designed to handle. From my limited experience tough bolts successfully approached with wd40 and leverage which a breaker bar will give you.
Still wouldn't use it to undo things. I even have to calculate NM to LBS in my head.
Blast from the past. ;)
I'm guessing it's made like that so you can loosen in reverse. Perfect for wheel nuts, and most others probably.
Its not crap, there's just different types of torque wrenches. A lot has changed in the last 50 years.