There are lots of ways to keep tools organized, but there’s something very satisfying about custom-cut foam dividers that hold tools perfectly in place. The guys at Shadow Foam make that kind of dense foam, and recently used a huge sheet of it to create an epic wall for mounting and organizing all their Makita power tools.
THE BEST Tools
Designed by Terry Lee Renner for CRKT, the Deviation has a great hyper-modern look, with a blue and silver stainless steel handle. Its modified tanto blade has a two-tone mirrored / matte finish. It has a liner lock mechanism, and a ball-bearing pivot for quick opening. Measures 7.6″ overall, with a 3.1″ blade.
This stubby little flashlight is small, but mighty, pushing out up to 900 lumens of brightness, while measuring in at 2.36″ long. Its CREE XPL-HI LED offers clean and bright light, and its Neodymium magnetic tail means you can stick it to metal surfaces.
Keep your hand tools organized and at the ready with Carhartt’s series of durable tool bags. They feature a metal structure to keep from collapsing, quick-access exterior pockets, and an enormous center section with even more pockets. Available in 14″, 16″ and 18″ sizes, with the larger sizes offering a rigid molded base option.
Designed by tool and knife expert Jesper Voxnaes for CRKT, the Pryma combines a pry bar, bottle opener, wrench, glass breaker, and multi-wrench on a single, ultracompact gadget. It’s made from stainless steel with a black stonewashed finish, and has a spring-loaded carabiner clip for carrying versatility.
It may be designed for plumbers, but this versatile tool belongs in far more toolboxes than just those. At its heart are 1/2″ tube-cutting pliers, but it also includes flat and phillips screwdrivers, stepped hex and square seat wrenches, a knife, a saw, a flashlight, and more. Plus, it folds down to just the length of its handles.
Holtzman’s survival kit looks like an explosive device, but this grenade is packed with tools to help you survive in the event of an emergency. It includes 48 items, including a fire starter, LED flashlight, razor blade, fishing line and hooks, needle, thread, pocket knife, compass and more, all wrapped up in about 45 feet of versatile 550 paracord.
StatGear’s smartly-designed stainless steel tool belongs in every vehicle. It includes two essential safety functions – a seatbelt cutter, and a carbide glassbreaker tip. It also comes with a visor-mounted carrying case for quick access in an emergency. Sold in a pack of two, so you can keep one on each visor or in two cars.
This aluminum and zinc alloy bit driver can carry up to six hex bits. Its interior compartment is waterproof, and its magnetic tip securely holds a bit for driving. You can also adjust its dividers to hold other items like pills, toothpicks, or emergency cash. It’s got a belt clip and a keychain loop for carrying versatility.
Montana artist Hbar N Craftworks makes these sturdy and substantial tool rolls from Martexin “Gridwax” Army Duck waxed canvas. They come in 8″, 10″, 12″, 15″, 18″ and 24″ wide versions, each with 16 tool pockets and two spacers. They’re also available in a heavy-duty olive drab canvas.
Thanks to its CREE XHP 70.2 P2 LED and a 5000mAh rechargeable battery, Klarus‘ tactical flashlight cranks out up to 4000 lumens of brightness, with a beam reach of over 1000 feet. It’s made from mil-spec hard-anodized aluminum alloy, and is IPX8 waterproof. Measures just 6.34″ long, so it goes anywhere.
This handsome gift set from Wild and Wolf’s Gentlemen’s Hardware collection contains titanium-coated steel tools including a hammer, tape measure, wooden ruler, pliers, and a multi-ratchet screwdriver. They all come packaged in a handsome wood carrying box, along with a carpenter’s pencil for marking measurements.
This version of Leatherman’s versatile multitool is designed for military use. It has tools for everyday tasks, along with firearm maintenance including pliers, wire cutters, a blade, screwdriver, pry tools, a carbon scraper, and a front sight adjuster. Its has Cerakote handles, and comes with a MOLLE-compatible sheath.
This portable hand tool uses human power to slice quickly through tree limbs, cutting through a 3-inch branch in as little as 15 seconds. Its flexibility means you can get it into places that a conventional chainsaw won’t reach, requires no fuel, emits no harmful exhaust, and packs up small. Save 23% in The Awesomer Shop.
This value-priced pocket knife from Kershaw features a SpeedSafe assisted-opening mechanism for quick, one-handed deployment, and a liner lock for securing it once its blade is open. In addition to its 3.5″ stainless steel blade, it has a carbide glass breaker and a seatbelt cutter built in, making it a great tool for emergencies.
This compact handheld power tool makes quick work of metal, wood, PVC, concrete, and even tile. Plus, its handy laser guide helps make sure you make straight cuts. It’s light enough to guide up a wall, can slice through 2″ boards, and can even make plunge cuts in the middle of sheet goods.
Prometheus Lights’ compact flashlight has a reliable and reassuring keychain quick release, and is equipped with a clean, natural light source that produces a 92+ CRI (Color Rendering Index) for optimal image viewing. They come in a variety of metal case colors, as well as a variant with a 635nm red light.
Multitool maker Leatherman is offering up limited edition variants of four of its best tools, in a special black-and-silver combination, rather than the standard monochrome variants. Choose from the 19-tool Signal, 7-tool Skeletool, 21-tool Surge, or the 18-tool Wave+. You can also now customize colors on the Leatherman site.
The Prylobite is a keychain knife with a unique profile. Its blade is machined from S35VN steel, while its handles are made from black G10 or stonewashed titanium. In addition to its snub-nosed 1.7″ long blade, it has a suspension clip, bottle opener, pry bar, screwdriver, and hex driver built in.
This compact pocket tool’s main function is a retractable utility blade. But it also can be used to drive flathead screws, strip wires, pry nails, cut cord, and of course, open bottles. It features a lanyard hole for easy hanging from paracord, but we wish it had a pocket clip. Measures 4.25″ L x 1.25″ W, and comes in grey or green.
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