THE BEST Tools

S.H.O.V.E.L. Spork

S.H.O.V.E.L. Spork

SparkFun’s titanium Semi-Horned Oblong Versatile Eating Ladle combines a spoon, fork, serrated knife, bottle opener, and paracord wrap in one. Best of all the S.H.O.V.E.L’s plans are open-source, so you can make your own, and even extend or modify the design.

Olight I3T Flashlight

Olight I3T Flashlight

Olight’s small-but-mighty pocket flashlight features a water-resistant aluminum body with a unique knurled grip design. It offers 180 lumens of brightness from a single AAA battery, and has a TIR optic lens for a smooth beam. The zig-zag pocket clip offers carrying versatility. Available in desert tan and black.

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Rockwell BladeRunner X2 Saw

Rockwell BladeRunner X2 Saw

Weighing less than 15 pounds, Rockwell’s tabletop power saw is light enough to carry between workspaces. It makes quick work of wood, tile, plastics, and metal, and makes curves, cross, rip, and miter cuts. We recommend ponying up the extra 13 bucks and grabbing the version with the 10-blade set.

Kershaw PT-1 Keychain Tool

Kershaw PT-1 Keychain Tool

An inexpensive, yet versatile little tool, Kershaw’s PT-1 packs a flathead screwdriver, pry bar, and bottle opener on your keychain. It’s made from durable 8Cr13MoV stainless steel with a bead-blasted finish, and has a textured glass-filled nylon handle for grip.

Milwaukee M12 Bluetooth Radio

Milwaukee M12 Bluetooth Radio

Milwaukee Tool’s 2951-20 job site audio system features a rugged housing that’s water and dust resistant. It has AM and FM radio tuners, a backlit LCD clock, and Bluetooth connectivity for mobile devices. When plugged in, it doubles as a charger for M12 batteries for Milwaukee’s cordless power tools.

Lumintop EDC18 Flashlight

Lumintop EDC18 Flashlight

This palm-sized, aluminum alloy flashlight cranks out a peak 2800 lumens from a single 18650 battery. It has three Cree XP-L LEDs with optics engineered for a smooth and wide beam. It’s IP68 waterproof, and has a magnetic tail, and built-in multifunction clip for mounting versatility.

DIY Mechanic’s Creeper

DIY Mechanic’s Creeper

I Like to Make Stuff has another project that’s incredibly useful yet fairly easy to build. His take on the mechanic’s creeper is mainly made of plywood, casters and foam, though he did add a tray for tools on the side as well as small flashlights on flexible mounts.

The Bottle Opener 2

The Bottle Opener 2

Discommon’s bottle opener is the most expensive opener we’ve featured, but it’s a beautiful work of art for the everyday carry aficionado. Thanks to precision machining, they were able to perforate its grade 5 titanium body, then hand-stitched leather in place for an elegant grip. Choose from orange/satin or navy/shiny finishes.

The Sawyer Utility Bracelet

Whether you need to open a package, slice up an apple, or tighten a screw, you’ll always be prepared with Higher Objects’ wristband, which packs a knife with a flat head screwdriver tip. It’s made from stainless steel and leather, and comes in black/black or stainless/brown color combos. Save 25% in The Awesomer Shop.

Benchmade Mini Bugout Knife

Benchmade Mini Bugout Knife

The cute-as-a-bug Mini Bugout is an everyday carry pocket knife small enough to pack inside an Altoids tin. Scaled down to a closed length of 3.7” and weighing in at just 1.5 ounces, Benchmade’s baby is made of CPM-S30V blade steel with a Grivory handle, making it tough enough for adventures big and small.

M48 Kommando Survival Hammer

M48 Kommando Survival Hammer

United Cutlery’s long-handled, spiked stainless steel hammer will tear through just about anything you smack with it, making it the perfect tool for demolition work, or fending off the undead while keeping them at more than arm’s-length, making you far less susceptible to being turned.

Shadow Foam Tool Wall

Shadow Foam Tool Wall

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.

Neiko Car Work Light

Neiko Car Work Light

This skinny, cordless light is designed to attach underneath a vehicle’s hood, providing bright and even illumination while you work. It has 202 LED lamps which output up to 1200 lumens. It adjusts from 47″ to 76″ wide to fit a variety of hoods, and its spring-loaded, padded clips reduce the risk of damaging paint.

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ChowPal Multitool & Utensil Set

ChowPal Multitool & Utensil Set

Outdoor Edge’s ChowPal is a set of stainless steel utensils. You get a fork, a spoon and a knife that folds into the spoon. The fork is also a wrench, a flathead screwdriver, a can opener and a bottle opener. The fork and spoon can be locked into each other when not in use.

Gerber GDC Money Clip

Gerber GDC Money Clip

Gerber’s money clip is designed to hold cash and up to five cards, and packs a secret – a 1.75″ fine-edge stainless steel blade for everyday cutting or emergency needs. Its body is made from rust-proof titanium-coated steel with a G-10 front plate. Measures 3.6″ long when closed.

Magnetic Lighted Pickup Tool

Magnetic Lighted Pickup Tool

If you’ve ever been working on a repair project and dropped a screw into a tight, dark space, you know what a pain that can be. This flexible metal tool has both a flashlight and a strong magnet on its tip, eliminating frustrations when you lose hardware into the abyss. It measures 24″ long and its magnet can lift 4 lb.

Trending Gear: April 2020

Trending Gear: April 2020

Every month, our friends at Everyday Carry monitor trends to see the kinds of gear their visitors are most interested in. Click through for the watches, tools, pens, flashlights, and other everyday accessories that generated the most buzz in April 2020.

Enigma Titanium Pocket Tool

Enigma Titanium Pocket Tool

Pangea Designs‘ keychain tool can open both twist-off and pry-off bottle caps with ease, and also packs a stepped hex wrench in SAE or metric sizes. Made from sturdy 6al4v titanium alloy with a stonewashed finish.

Castillo Navaja Knife

Castillo Navaja Knife

Handmade in Spain, Castillo Knives‘ Navaja model is notable for its beautiful wooden handle scales, crafted and polished from curly birch or olivewood. It features a lock-back style blade crafted from 14C28N stainless steel, and comes with a leather sheath and sharpening stone. Its blade measures 3″ long, with a 3.5″ handle.

Kitchen Multitool

Kitchen Multitool

Sick of digging around your overcrowded kitchen drawer for that one thing you need? Check out this handy kitchen tool with 12 folding culinary utensils, including zester, can opener, multiple knives, and more. Separates down the middle so you can use a tool in each hand too.

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The Reverse Axe

The Reverse Axe

Normally, an axe has a steel head and a wooden handle. But in the case of this unusual build by metalsmith Bonn Factory, it’s the other way around. The voiceover is in Russian, but the language of making things is universal.

Dozop Collapsible Dolly

Dozop Collapsible Dolly

This compact dolly is perfect for moving around furniture, boxes, and other heavy items without taking up lots of space. It weighs less than 5 pounds, and folds up small enough to store in your car trunk or on a bookshelf. It rolls on smooth-gliding rubber skate wheels, and can carry up to 250 pounds.

iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit

iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit

Extend the life of your gadgets with iFixit’s toolkit. It comes with an extendable 4mm driver and 64 steel screwdriver bits that fit even the most unusual screwheads, along with tweezers, spudgers, a suction handle, and other tools that will help you disassemble and fix most laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

Cleankey Antimicrobial Hand Tool

KeySmart hops on the personal safety bandwagon with their version of a remote touch tool. The Cleankey puts distance between your fingertips and public surfaces using germ-resistant brass. It can push buttons, pull levers, and open door handles without touching them. Save 33% on this 3-pack in The Awesomer Shop.

Bibury Garden Multitool

Bibury Garden Multitool

This unique multitool is designed for making life in the garden easier. Its main tool is a pair of stainless steel pruning shears, complemented three other useful tools: a utility knife, a wood saw, and a bark remover. The shears fold inside so you can carry it like a pocket knife. Cuts twigs up to 0.25″ thick.

Bora Centipede Workstands

Bora Centipede Workstands

Bora’s lightweight, folding workstands provide a stable structure when open, but fold up small for carrying. They work with the included clamps and clips to secure plywood or 2x4s to its top. Available in 4×4, 4×8, 2×4, and 2×2 variants, each including a carrying bag. If there’s any question about how strong they are, watch this.

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