In addition to its twist-action ballpoint pen, this hexagonal aluminum tool packs six other useful functions. It’s got metric and inch rulers, a removable touchscreen stylus, mini flat and Phillips screwdrivers, and its back end doubles as a phone stand and a bottle opener.
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This digital measuring gadget calculates distances as you roll it across a surface. It can measure straight lines and curves with precision, and displays its measurements in inches (decimal or fraction), or centimeters on its bright blue OLED display. Available in stainless steel or a black and gold designer edition.
These alligator-jawed power garden tools make quick work of cutting branches and logs, while minimizing the safety risks of working with a chainsaw. The LP1000 is a 4.5-amp corded version, while the LLP120 is a cordless version that runs on a 20V MAX rechargeable battery. Both can saw through branches up to 4″ in diameter.
Topeak’s versatile multi-tool is like a Swiss Army knife for bicyclists. It includes 25 useful functions, including a variety of wrenches, hex keys, and screwdrivers, as well as specialized tools for spokes, valves, tires, and chains. It also packs a knife and a bottle opener.
This rugged, pistol-grip flashlight offers up to 1000 lumens of light for up to 6 hours of continuous use, or 100 lumens for 20 hours. It’s got a 7.4V, 18500 lithium-ion rechargeable battery, and an 18-watt LED light source, and is housed in an impact-resistant, waterproof ABS shell that’s designed to float if dropped in water.
Klein Tools’ Tradesman Pro Tool Master Backpack lets you carry and organize numerous tools in a convenient and portable package. It has 48 pockets, including ones in a removable caddy with a carrying handle, as well as a d-ring and metal hook for easy hanging.
This hefty stainless steel multitool offers 14 functions, encompassing both everyday uses and lifesaving tools. It’s got two kinds of glass breakers, a seatbelt cutter, wrenches, screwdrivers, a box cutter, oxygen valve opener, and a bottle opener, among other features.
This version of Victorinox’s wallet-sized tool kit includes a an emergency blade, scissors, magnifying glass, tweezers, a pen, flat and Philips screwdrivers, a stainless steel pin, a CM and inch rulers, plus a built in LED flashlight. Available in ruby red, sapphire blue, or onyx grey.
KeySmart’s nifty little pocket knife isn’t designed to intimidate. Instead, it’s just the perfect tool for everyday tasks, like opening boxes, cutting rope, and whittling wood. It’s got a 2.38” long 420 stainless steel blade, and a machined aluminum handle. Measures 6″ open / 3.5″ closed. Save 27% in The Awesomer Shop.
Kershaw’s compact multitool combines eight useful functions in one keychain tool: a bottle opener, flathead and Philips screwdriver tips, wire scraper, a pry bar, and three hex head drivers. Made from sturdy 8Cr13MoV stainless steel with a textured glass-filled nylon grip.
This blacked-out knife has a unique wharncliffe style blade, and a great handle shape with an ergonomic notch for optimal grip. We love the stonewashed finish on the CPM-S35VN steel blade, which blends seamlessly with the titanium frame and carbon fiber scales. Blade measures 3.625″, with an overall length of 8.625″.
This keychain tool has a ratcheting 1/4″ hex drive, which makes it easy to turn screws without having to lift and reset it. It also packs a bottle opener, hex wrench, box opener, and more. Available in stainless steel or titanium versions in The Awesomer Shop.
Olight’s compact flashlight might be only 2.48″ long, but it kicks out an impressive 1000 lumens at its brightest setting. It’s IPX8 waterproof and submersible to 2m, and recharges using a magnetic charging cable. Available in black or red, as well as limited edition titanium versions that celebrate spring, summer, and fall.
Italian knifemaker Maserin’s pocket tool is substantial and versatile. It starts off with a 2.6″ stainless steel knife blade, and adds to that a tool blade with a can opener, bottle opener, screwdriver, wrenches and more. It’s all set into a handsome body with sturdy G-10 handle scales. Available in black/black, black/silver, blue, or orange.
We’re digging the minimal styling of CIVIVI’s straight-lined knife. It’s got a 3.22″ clip-point 9Cr18MoV stainless steel blade, with an ambidextrous flipper tab and ball bearing for easy one-handed opening. The G10 scales round out the clean look, with just enough texture to give a reassuring grip. Available in black, blue, or grey.
This impressive 12″ survival axe from InvictusEdge not only chops wood, but it also packs a nail puller and a hex head driver on the back end of its head. It’s constructed from 440C stainless steel, with a durable and grippy G10 handle. Save 21% in The Awesomer Shop.
This versatile flashlight features a head that can rotate 90º, as well as a heavy duty magnet in its tail. Its 800-lumen LED casts a beam visible up to 670 feet away, and can output red or green in addition to its clean white light. It’s IP65 waterproof and USB rechargeable. Available in black or in a 950-lumen camouflage version.
Virginia Beach tool shop Teale Designs handmakes a variety of useful pocket pry bars, each of which features a bottle opener and a lanyard hole. Some models also hold a screwdriver bit, too. We particularly like the perforated designs, which not only look cool, but reduce weight. They come in stainless steel or brass.
This ultra-light, but sturdy aluminum alloy shovel makes quick work of digging latrines when camping. It travels easily in your backpack, and can be used standalone in soft soil, or attaches to sticks with reusable heavy duty ties for extra leverage in hard soil. Now don’t forget to pack plenty of toilet paper.
This collapsible carbon steel and aluminum shovel fits inside of a compact carrying bag, yet offers 16 functions. In addition to shoveling, it works as a saw, hammer, axe, wire cutter, screwdriver, hacksaw, knife, hook, hoe, ice pick, firestarter, whistle, disgorger, ruler, and even a bottle opener. A must-have in every car trunk.
This folding steel multitool features a pair of sturdy locking pliers, a pin vice, wire cutters, a wire stripper, a file, ruler, serrated knife, a hex-bit driver, various screwdrivers, and a bottle opener. It also comes with Leatherman’s legendary quality and a 25 year warranty.
MecArmy’s X7S is a kit that comes with a 130 lumen flashlight and a refillable lighter. The great thing about the kit is that you can connect the two tools and carry them as one, or you can use them separately, thanks to the included connecting capsule, which doubles as a storage cache.
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