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Tools

Loowoko Carabiner Knife

Loowoko Carabiner Knife

A value-priced alternative to the spendy Gatekeeper, this oversized carabiner-style clip offers three hanging points for keys, and has a built-in utility knife. It’s made from stainless steel and aluminum, and its buckle offers a high-elasticity spring tested to 10,000 uses. Available with orange or green accents.

Screwpop Tether Key Organizer

Screwpop Tether Key Organizer

Unlike other compact key organizers, Screwpop’s design requires no tools to open. Adding and removing keys is as easy as unhooking its stretchy O-rings. Its body made from durable CNC machined aluminum, holds up to 24 keys, and includes a bottle opener blade.

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Wooden Tool and Pen Rack

Wooden Tool and Pen Rack

DreamFactoryKR’s handmade birch plywood rack is great for keeping pens, pencils, and small tools in order on your desk. It also has a built in dock for phones which has an acoustic amplifier integrated into the wood. Measures 15.35″ x 5.31″ x 2.99″ and is perfect for leatherworking or clay tools.

Cergol Forge

Cergol Forge

Headed by blacksmith Aaron Cergol, Cergol Forge makes axes, knives and other hand tools. It’s most famous for its beautiful hammers, which often have forged, carved or burned details. In addition to its in-stock pieces, the shop accepts custom orders.

Prometheus Design Werx PB&J Tool

Prometheus Design Werx PB&J Tool

PDW’s PB&J includes no peanut butter or jelly, but the titanium keychain tool does pack a multi-size wrench, pry bar, bottle opener, oxygen tank wrench, nail puller, battery compartment opener, and 1/4″ hex bit holder. Its stainless steel spring wire gate ensures secure attachment to your bag or belt loop.

110-in-1 Precision Tool Kit

110-in-1 Precision Tool Kit

Never be caught without the proper driver again. This kit includes 90 magnetic bits to fit just about every small screw head, with bits for flat, philips, micro-torx, pentalobe, tri-wing, square, Posidriv, and triangle heads. It also includes a flex extender, tweezers, mini metric sockets, and other tools for working with small parts.

Forging Scissors from a Spring

Forging Scissors from a Spring

Blacksmith Torbjörn Åhman walks us through the painstaking process of creating a pair of handcrafted scissors, using an old coil spring as the starting point for his work. We never get tired of looking at red hot steel as its shaped into useful things.

MOLLE Sticks

MOLLE Sticks

Vanquest Gear’s useful accessories make it fast and easy to attach and detach packs from bags equipped with MOLLE-compatible webbing. They thread in and lock into place, then can unlock and slide out with a tug for quick removal. Available in Coyote Tan and Wolf Grey colors. Sold in 4-packs.

Swiss Safe Firestarters

Swiss Safe Firestarters

These firestarter rods include a few bonus features which could come in handy in an emergency. In addition to a magnesium rod and striker tool, they’ve got a built-in compass and whistle, and hang on a length of 450lb. paracord. Comes two to a pack, so you’ll always have a spare. Available in several colors, including glow-in-the-dark.

How Ratchet Tools Are Made

How Ratchet Tools Are Made

Take a tour of the Matco Tools factory for a look at how they make their incredibly durable ratcheting wrenches. As part of the assembly process, they incorporate high-tech processes like friction spin welding and induction heating to increase the durability of their hand tools.

MagHold V-Pad Adjustable Magnets

MagHold V-Pad Adjustable Magnets

Magnets are extremely useful for welding steel, as they can be used to hold pieces securely together without clamps. Strong Hand Tools magnets are unique thanks to their double-jointed design, which allows them to hold round, flat, or square metal parts at any angle, and in a snap.

Low Profile Ratchet Driver

Low Profile Ratchet Driver

Need to tighten or loosen screws in a tight space? MulWark’s 4″ long ratcheting wrench is just 20mm (~.79″) thick with its bits in place, so it can fit into tricky areas where you can’t use a long driver. Its 1/4″ drive socket magnetically holds bits, which are made from durable CRV6150 steel, and come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Micro Keychain Knife

Micro Keychain Knife

D&Kmall’s tiny knife is a great add-on to any keychain, providing quick access to a sharp, scalpel style blade anytime. It’s available in brass or titanium, and can be easily disassembled and reassembled for cleaning and to replace its #11 hobby blade.

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Topeak Alien III Bike Tool

Topeak Alien III Bike Tool

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.

Griffin Pocket Tool

Griffin Pocket Tool

A versatile compact tool for your belt loop or keychain. It packs 4 to 7mm and 5/16″ wrenches, 1/4″ driver, a bottle opener, pry tool, screwdriver, and scoring clip. The XL version gains extra wrench sizes, a ruler, and a nail popper, while the mini version is, well, mini. Available in brass, copper, titanium, and stainless steel.

Trending Gear: July 2019

Trending Gear: July 2019

Every month, our friends at Everyday Carry tally up the the most clicked-on gear and gadgets submitted by its readers. This particular collection includes some sweet pocket knives, a slim recycled wallet, and a couple of nifty multi-tools, most notably the unique SOG Sync II.

Sharpal All-in-One Sharpener

Sharpal All-in-One Sharpener

This incredibly versatile sharpener can put a new edge on all kinds of garden and outdoor tools. Its double-beveled blades work on knives, mower blades, pruners, loppers, hedge shears, axes, machetes, hatchets, scissors, and other edged tools. Its oversized handle makes it easy to hold while wearing gloves.

Book into Hammer

Book into Hammer

After reading Adam Savage’s book Every Tool’s a Hammer, maker Peter Brown was inspired to try and use the book itself as a hammer. To turn it into a useful tool, he had to coat each and every page of the book with resin to harden it into a sturdy laminate known as Micarta – often used for knife scales.

D-Cache Storage Container

D-Cache Storage Container

TEC Accessories‘ watertight aluminum storage capsule isn’t quite TSA-friendly, but as long as nobody thinks it’s an actual stick of TNT, we think it’s dynamite, since it looks cool and holds more than most. Optional bottom caps include a compass, glow light, a tripod thread, and a glass breaker.

5.11 Operator Compact Axe

5.11 Operator Compact Axe

5.11 Tactical’s 10″ long tomahawk-style Operator axe is great for throwing, cutting firewood, or other chopping tasks, but packs a few other handy features, including a hammer, ruler, wrenches, hex bit holder, nail puller, and an emergency metal cutter.

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Great Classic Knife Designs

Great Classic Knife Designs

We like sleek, modern blades as much as the next guy, but there’s nothing quite like the classics. The guys over at Everyday Carry take a look at 10 great production knives which are inspired by classic designs, in some cases still made by the original manufacturer.

Fenix PD36R Flashlight

Fenix PD36R Flashlight

Fenix’s insanely bright, but pocketable metal flashlight is the latest addition to our everyday carry. It cranks out up to 1600 lumens to a distance up to 928 feet, and charges quick thanks to a USB-C port and a high capacity battery. It’s IPX 68 waterproof, and offers 5 brightness levels plus a strobe mode. Full review on Technabob.

OutSmart Titanium Spork

OutSmart Titanium Spork

Always be prepared (to eat) with this durable lightweight camping utensil, which combines a fork, spook, and knife in one. The fork has a serrated edge, while the spoon on back has a flat tip, making it perfect for digging out melons, ice cream, or other scoopy stuff.

MRF Universal Multi Tool 3.0

MRF Universal Multi Tool 3.0

The latest version of MRF’s credit card-sized multitool packs 60 survival functions in one, including knife edges, an axe head, firestarter, sundial, wrenches, a hex driver, and more. Made from 440c high carbon hardened stainless steel for durability. Available in natural or black finishes, and comes with a leather carrying case.

Ti EDC Wrench

Ti EDC Wrench

Big Idea Design came up with a versatile screwdriver in the Bit Bar. Now they’re doing the same for wrenches. The spendy, but awesome little Ti EDC Wrench is based on a Swedish wrench design that allows it to work with 25 different bolt sizes. It has a pocket clip to make it easy to carry.

Wowstick 1F+ Cordless Screwdriver

Wowstick 1F+ Cordless Screwdriver

The updated version of the Wowstick Mini power screwdriver now comes with 56 aluminum alloy bits for a wide variety of screw heads. Its electric drive and slim profile are ideal for handling the numerous small screws found on electronics these days. It’s also got a manual mode for when you need extra torque.

Surviv-All Outdoor Knife

StatGear’s useful folding knife has a sturdy 440 stainless steel, drop-point blade, and a non-slip rubber grip with a built-in knife sharpener, firestarter, and fishing line cutter. Save 26% off the MSRP in The Awesomer Shop.

How Micro Drill Bits Are Made

How Micro Drill Bits Are Made

In this clip from Science Channel’s How It’s Made, they take us inside a factory that makes ridiculously small and precise drill bits – the kind that might be used by a dentist to put holes in your teeth. The flutes on the bits are so small that a microscope must be used to view them.

Zippo Emergency Fire Kit

Zippo Emergency Fire Kit

Zippo’s compact fire-starting kit is a great travel companion for any outdoor adventure. It includes five compressed discs of easy-to-light paraffin coated cotton tinder, and a large flint spark wheel, all packed inside of a water-resistant, floating container with a lanyard hole.

MBT3 Compact BBQ Tool Set

MBT3 Compact BBQ Tool Set

Roxon’s versatile, yet compact tool offers up six useful features for outdoor cooking: fork, spatula, knife, tongs, bottle opener, and wine corkscrew. It’s made from food-grade 430 stainless steel, and comes with a nylon carrying pouch. Measures about 11″ long when folded.

Dremel VC60-01 Velocity 7.0 Tool

Dremel VC60-01 Velocity 7.0 Tool

Dremel’s versatile power tool can quickly rip through a variety of materials. It works as both a rough cutting machine and an oscillating tool, and can handle cutting, as well as scraping, sanding, grinding, and grout removal, making it the perfect multitool for remodeling jobs.

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