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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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’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.
Named after both its inventor and the term associated with makeshift work, this handy strap can be wrapped around roof rails, roll cages, bumpers, closet rods, bike frames, and more, providing a secure and scratch-free tie-down point that can hold up to 3,000 lbs.
Gerber’s pint-sized cleaver is designed for scraping and cutting, and looks great doing either. It’s got a 7Cr17MoV steel blade, wrapped in machined aluminum scales, and comes with a durable multi-mount sheath with a quick-release button. Available in black/stainless or green/black.
Victorinox’s hefty survival and emergency rescue knife packs in 15 tools, including a serrated locking blade, window breaker, Philips screwdriver, wire stripper, seat belt cutter, disc saw, and more. It’s available in black or fluorescent yellow. Comes with a nylon belt pouch.
Tactica’s TSA-compliant tool kit is small enough to stash on your belt loop, or even your pocket. It carries up to 14 hex bits in its magazine, offers more torque than other pocket drivers, and packs inside its own magnetic-backed holster clip. Comes with 12 bits, and a 2″ extender.
Check out this crazy invention – the awesomely named “Multi Headed Nut Wizard.” It’s a garden tool designed for easily picking up fallen tree nuts and small fruit on the ground, even when they’re scattered in leaves. It appears to be an amped-up version of this tool.
Ever put your tool down in a dark room and then have trouble finding it? These hand tools from Klein glow for up to 30 minutes after 5 minutes in light, making them much easier to locate. They’re available as various cutting pliers, as well as a wire stripper/cutter. They also make flexible glow rods for fishing wires in dark spaces.
We always enjoy watching craftspeople turn objects intended for one thing into something entirely different. In this clip from My Mechanics, offers up one off the more impressive transformations we’ve seen, reworking an ordinary stainless steel bolt and a brass rod into a working combination lock.
A very special edition pocket multitool from Swiss knife and watch maker Victorinox. The SwissTool BS is murdered-out in black oxide steel, and includes 29 useful functions in one, including pliers, screwdrivers, saws, wire tools, openers, knives, rulers, and more.
Not to be confused with the popular WordPress plugin of the same name, Vital Carry’s Super Cache is the perfect keychain accessory, offering a safe home for pills, matches, or other small objects, with two bonuses: 1) it’s got a built-in match striker, and 2) it doubles as a Sharpie Mini holder. In Titanium, Copper, Brass, or Aluminum.
Even if you think your toolbox is complete, you can always use another specialty wrench. Ares‘ 8″ adjustable wrench can grip objects up to 1-1/4″ wide and has an alligator-style jaw at the bottom the can firmly grip pipe and rounded-head fasteners. Made from forged chrome vanadium steel.
Sharpal’s pocket-sized tool offers tungsten carbide blades for coarse sharpening, carbide blades for fine honing, and a diamond rod for fish and gut hooks, as well as an emergency whistle and a firestarter. Bring one on all of your fishing and hunting expeditions.