A table saw is one of the most useful tools in the shop when it comes to cutting long pieces of wood. Maker KJDOT decided to see if he could build a working model of one in miniature, and the result is impressive enough that we’d love one for our workbench. It turns out that MicroMark sells something similar, but it’s very pricey.
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This versatile pocket knife combines a drop-point, partially serrated AUS-8 hardened steel blade with four other tools – an LED light, a firestarter wand, a seatbelt cutter, and a glass breaker. It’s got fiberglass-reinforced nylon scales with a great grippy shape, and a reassuring liner lock mechanism.
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.
Stellen’s DOER kit packs a dozen power tools inside a single, compact storage box. It includes a hammer drill, drill press, jigsaw, scroll saw, circular saw. table saw, hotwire cutter, table sander, mini lathe, work light, and lantern. Its tools are powered by an interchangeable battery pack, or optional AC/DC adapter.
This extremely loud whistle pushes out an ear-splitting 143db at full volume, making it great as a survival or emergency tool for drawing attention quickly and from a distance. It even works when wet. Keep in mind, it’s so loud, you’ll want to wear the included earplugs when blowing it.
Axeadelphia’s keychain bottle opener was inspired by the design of Kratos’ primary weapon in the PlayStation 4 game God of War. It’s made from antique silver-plated steel, with enamel details. Measures appx. 4″ long and makes a great pendant too. It’s too bad you can’t open a beer with Blades of Chaos without breaking the bottle.
SOG’s B66N is a plier-style multitool with a pocket knife designed for one-handed opening. It packs 16 tools including screwdrivers, bottle and can openers, string cutter, wire cutter, and even a blasting cap crimper, each with a locking mechanism. Made from sturdy 420 stainless steel with a black oxide finish.
A stainless steel multitool designed to be operable by one hand, the Leatherman OHT has 16 tools, including spring-loaded pliers and wire cutters, knives, strap cutters, screwdrivers and can and bottle openers. Available in black or coyote tan, and comes with a matching MOLLE-compatible sheath.
This rugged and substantial carabiner has a few useful tricks up its sleeve. It has a flip-out boxcutter blade, Phillips and flat-blade screwdrivers, a pry tool, bottle opener, and a secret cache capsule built into its spring-loaded gate. Available in aluminum, stainless steel, or titanium.
MRF’s latest multitool has so many cutouts that it packs in 50 tools on one wallet-size card. It includes numerous wrenches, a 1/4″ bit driver, screwdrivers, spoke wrenches, a line cutter, firestarter, can opener, bottle opener, and much more. An optional handle increase torque. Available in steel or titanium, and TSA-friendly.
Amenitee’s aluminum ruler is designed to make it easy to measure and mark unusual layouts. With its locking bolts, you can mark the position of angles and repeating patterns, making templates for complicated placements such as matching holes for pipes in cabinets and walls. Available in six-sided and 12-sided versions.
Hand-built in Oregon, the 496 Vector is a versatile, no-BS knife with strength and style. Benchmade’s first compound grind blade is crafted from CPM-20CV and uses the AXIS Assist flipper mechanism for one-handed open and close. 3.6” blade length, 8.42” open length. Includes’s Benchmade’s lifetime warranty and Lifesharp service.
Edcfans’ compact knife combines a removable boxcutter blade, a bottle opener, pry tab, 1/4″ hex driver, wrenches, and a scraper into a supremely compact tool. It’s made from durable stainless steel, and comes with a pair of driver tips which can be kept on your keychain as well. Available in silver or black.
UST’s rugged gadget is the perfect addition to any adventurer’s kit. Not only does it contain a plasma arc lighter for starting campfires without butane, but also doubles as a 3000mAh emergency charger for your USB-A or USB-C powered devices. Comes with a paracord lanyard with a red core that doubles as tinder.
Acebeam’s substantial L30 Gen. II flashlight cranks out up to 4000 lumens of bright white light, thanks to a Cree XHP70.2 LED. It offers USB recharging, five brightness modes, and a strobe mode. It’s IPX8 waterproof, and has two switches – one on the side for all modes, and one on its tail for quick turbo mode access.
While its extensive list of functions basically boil down to a flashlight and flat blade variants, the HUNT23 still looks like a great keychain addition. Measuring just 34mm (~1.34″) long and weighing only 0.24 oz., this tiny titanium tool is waterproof, and can be had with either a 100 lumen white light or a UV LED.
Rugged Material’s sturdy and compact wallet won’t fall apart. Its body is made from powder-coated steel, in either tan or black, and has enough room for 8 cards and cash. Its elastic strap is as sturdy as they come, and it includes a tool card with various wrenches, a 1/4″ hex driver, and a bottle opener.
Whether you’re in the market for a knife, pocket tool, wallet, flashlight, or watch, our friends at Everyday Carry have you covered with their readers’ most popular gear during the month of August. We’re particularly fond of the metal and leather Dango T01 tactical wallet.
This useful pocket-size gadget uses a laser to accurately measure distances up to 130 feet away. It can automatically do the math to calculate distance, area, volume, horizon, and more. The included right-angle mirror makes measuring table heights a snap, and its built-in 6-axis sensor allows it to measure angles too.
We’re digging the compact, foldable design of the Delta adventure shovel from DMOS Collective. Built with the off-road and overland community in mind this tough tool was designed for the backcountry, whether to plant a tree, repair a trail, or dig out a stuck vehicle. Available with an aluminum or cold-rolled steel blade.
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