THE BEST Tools

EDC Belt Tool Pouch

EDC Belt Tool Pouch

This handsome and structured leather pouch from Shulga Studio provides the perfect home for pocket tools and accessories. Its main compartment is great for compact multitools, while its side pocket is just right for a flashlight or a short pen. Available in a variety of colors, with optional personalization available.

One80 H2 Headlamp

One80’s second-gen headlamp uses 16 LEDs to output 360 lumens wherever you aim your face. It weighs just 4oz, including its battery pack, and can run for 3 to 7 hours, depending on brightness. It’s waterproof and dustproof too. Save 25% in The Awesomer Shop for a limited time.

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HUNT 3.0 Flashlight Tool

HUNT 3.0 Flashlight Tool

This teensy titanium flashlight is small enough to carry on a keychain or as a zipper pull, but it’s way more versatile than its size might lead you to believe. In addition to its light, it can open boxes, pry things, split pills, and turn screws. Its LED module is available in white, red, or UV.

How Wrenches Are Made

How Wrenches Are Made

Go inside of Italy’s Beta Utensili factory, where they take pieces of raw steel, heat them, hot roll, and machine hammer them into their rough shapes, before cutting them out, sand blasting, grinding, tumbling, and refining their openings before hardening and plating each piece into a finished combination wrench.

Chowlite Mealtime Multitool

Chowlite Mealtime Multitool

This lightweight tool is the perfect utensil for dining while in the great outdoors. The folding, stainless steel gadget incorporates a fork, spoon, bottle opener, can opener, a dull serrated edge, and a flat head screwdriver in one. Measures 4.5″ long closed and 7.75″ long opened.

Heikio Stubby Hammer

Heikio Stubby Hammer

These compact claw hammers might not have the leverage or heft of traditional hand tools, but they’re great for working in tight spaces, and small enough to carry in a pocket. Measuring just 4.7″ long and weighing only 8oz., you can even keep one in your EDC pack. Sold in sets of two.

DeWalt Right Angle Flex Shaft

DeWalt Right Angle Flex Shaft

Trying to install or remove screws in a tight spot is a common problem. This drill accessory from DeWalt is a must in every toolbox, offering easy access to confined spaces with its 12″ long flexible shaft and right-angle bit holder. Its Rapid Load head makes for easy bit changes, and is backed by a strong magnet for holding screws.

EST 18-in-1 Shovel

EST 18-in-1 Shovel

EST Gear’s shovel weighs just 2.5 lb, but it also works as 17 other tools. That includes an axe, a saw, a wrench, a screwdriver, a knife and a fire starter. It’s made of high quality carbon steel and aluminum alloy, and comes with a lifetime warranty.

xDrill Smart Drill

xDrill Smart Drill

While the white and gold the aesthetics of Robbox’s xDrill aren’t our favorite, we’re definitely intrigued by the technology it offers. The 21-volt cordless drill has a built-in digital level, distance and height laser measurements, angle guidance, and the ability to automatically stop when it reaches a set depth or torque.

StatGear Off-Grid Survival Knife

This 5-in-1 pocket knife packs in a partially-serrated 420 stainless steel blade, along with a seatbelt cutter, a glass breaker tool, firestarter rod, and a removable LED flashlight. Save 28% on StatGear’s useful multifunction tool in The Awesomer Shop.

Lever Gear Toolcard Pro

Lever Gear Toolcard Pro

This TSA-compliant multitool packs 40 functions into a credit card form. It includes metric and imperial wrenches, rulers, an angle gauge, screwdrivers, a cord cutter, 1/4″ hex bit holder, can and bottle openers, and an optional money clip. It’s made from stainless steel, and comes in bead-blasted silver or black finishes.

Gerber Gator Combo Axe II

Gerber Gator Combo Axe II

Gerber’s versatile tool combines two useful functions in one. It looks like a regular axe, but its grippy handle conceals a saw which is held in place magnetically when not in use. It’s a great way to save space when packing for camping trips. Plus, its steel axe head and elongated, glass-filled nylon handle provide great striking force.

Nextool XPH50.2 Flashlight

Nextool XPH50.2 Flashlight

Nextool’s perfectly-sized flashlight kicks out up to 2,000 lumens of brightness, visible from up to 380 meters (~1246 feet) away. It’s got an IPX7 waterproof aluminum body, and a 5000mAh rechargeable battery that’s charged via a USB-C port. Special pre-order price available from Drop through 8.9.2020.

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Leatherman Raptor Shears

Leatherman Raptor Shears

Designed for professional first responders, but a great tool in any emergency bag, Leatherman’s shears make quick work of gauze, tape, and seatbelts, and can also cut off a ring, break glass, or operate an oxygen tank’s valve. Made from durable stainless steel and glass-filled nylon.

UPK-M2 Multitool Knife

UPK-M2 Multitool Knife

UPKnife’s unique multitool packs a 3-position, bolt-action hybrid tanto blade with OTF operation. Functions include a saw, bottle opener, box wrenches, a 1/4″ bit driver, a wire stripper, and a tungsten carbide glass breaker. Each one is made in the U.S. entirely from stainless steel.

ToughBuilt C700 Sawhorse

ToughBuilt C700 Sawhorse

Get rid of those cheap sawhorses, and upgrade to heavy duty steel. ToughBuilt’s folding sawhorses hold up to 1300 lb each and offer support arms that hold 2x4s or 4x4s, adjustable height legs, and side brackets for holding sheet goods. Buy two, and create a work table by inserting 2x4s into their end slots. Sold individually.

Keter Technician Tool Case

Keter Technician Tool Case

This sturdy and inexpensive carrying case from Keter is made from weather-resistant polypropylene, and offers plenty of space for organizing small tools inside. It’s got tool holders in its lid, along with adjustable dividers in its main compartment, and a removable bin for small parts. Measures 18.9″L x 14.96″W x 6.89″H.

CRKT Knife Maintenance Tool

CRKT Knife Maintenance Tool

CRKT’s keychain Knife Maintenance Tool packs in a ceramic honing edge and tungsten carbide sharpener, so you can sharpen your pocket knives on the go. It also packs folding T8 and T6 Torx heads, a flathead screwdriver and a bottle opener.

PockeTool 2.0

PockeTool 2.0

This stainless steel folding multitool packs an impressive 30 functions into something you can fit in your pocket. In addition to the usual screwdrivers, pry tools, wrenches, and blade tools, it has a spoke wrench, wire cutter, saw, protractor, firestarter flint, and even a built-in pulley.

WE Knife Gesila Pry Bar

WE Knife Gesila Pry Bar

This substantial pocket tool is made from durable 6AL4V titanium, and provides three useful functions. It works as a pry bar, nail puller, and bottle opener. Its long handle and scalloped sides are designed to optimize leverage. It has a built-in pocket clip, and comes in antique bronze or stonewashed finishes.

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Weltool M6 Mini Flashlight

Weltool M6 Mini Flashlight

This pen-style flashlight is optimized for reading documents or performing close-up tasks in the dark. It’s got a high-CRI LED that produces a warm white 3000K light, with a perfectly circular field of light without dark spots. Its 3.46″ long body is made from anodized 6061 aluminum alloy, and includes a reversible steel clip.

Keyport Anywhere Tools Bundle

This modular pocket tool set offers 12 functions, including a bottle opener, knife, wrenches, flat and phillips screwdrivers, box opener, cord cutter, and flashlight. The bundle includes a pair of pocket clips, along with paracord zipper pulls. Save 31% in The Awesomer Shop. (WeeLink module shown in video not included.)

Best Lightweight Pocket Knives

Best Lightweight Pocket Knives

Just because you carry a pocket knife doesn’t mean it needs to be bulky or heavy. These days, there are lots of great options made with materials like carbon fiber and aluminum, or with skeletonized frames that reduce weight. Everyday Carry shares their top 12 lightweight knives for 2020.

C13 MicroKnife

C13 MicroKnife

Carbon13’s nifty keychain tool might just be the smallest knife you can buy. The tiny knife features a double-edged knife that remains safely under a rubber guard until you need it. Available in carbon fiber, titanium, brass, or a mix-and-match combo pack.

Fix Manufacturing Wheelie Wrench

Fix Manufacturing Wheelie Wrench

This compact tool packs 10 fold-out bits, including hex, torx, flat, and phillips drivers. Its removable outer clip adds wrenches, a tire lever, spoke wrenches, a bottle opener. It measures just 2.2″ x 1.3″ x 0.4″, so it’s easy to carry in any pocket. Fix also makes a belt that can hold the tool in its buckle.

CRKT Spark’N Sharp

CRKT Spark’N Sharp

CRKT’s convenient lanyard tool makes quick work of starting campfires, with its magnesium spark rod and striking surface. It also doubles as an in-the-field knife sharpener, perfect for putting a new edge on your pocket knife in a pinch.

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