The surprisingly robust OttoLock is mainly designed for cyclists, but it’s so light and easy to use you’ll be locking down other items with it as well. It weighs just 4oz (115g) but is harder to cut than cable locks, thanks to the layers of metal and Kevlar inside its plastic sleeve.
You never know when you need to measure something. Nick Mankey Designs created this handy leather wrist strap, which can be worn solo, or as a watch strap. It includes both metric and imperial measurements up to 9.6″ long. Available in sizes from 18 to 24mm wide.
Elk is an iOS app that provides currency conversion at a glance. It shows conversions in multiples of ten, hundreds, thousands etc. You can tap on a value to see smaller increments. It also has a very convenient companion app for the Apple Watch. $4 unlocks all currencies.
This flashlight may be small, but it is mighty. When you install the 14500 Li-ion battery, its CREE XP-L LED can push out 700 lumens. It also can take a AA battery, but the brightness drops to 330 lumens. It looks best in titanium, but can be had in anodized aluminum for less money.
Do you still open bottles with two hands? What are you a caveman? The Gropener is a precision-engineered bottle opener which lets you easily pop bottle caps with one hand. It’s made from anodized aluminum, and has a rare-earth magnet for sticking it to your fridge.
Fully equip your bag, belt loop, or keychain with this set of useful tools, murdered out in black. There’s the Nano Cache Short for storage, SOG’s sharp key knife, Gerber’s multipurpose Shard keychain tool, and the bright INOVA XS flashlight, all on a sturdy R-109 keyring.
One of the most necessary tools in any woodworker’s toolbox is the drawknife. Watch as blacksmith Torbjörn Åhman walks us through every step of the process to turn a hunk of steel into a useful tool. We love how one of the tools he uses in his craft is a log. (Thanks Victor!)
There’s nothing worse than reaching into your utility drawer or emergency kit to find that your flashlight is out of juice. Everyday Carry rounds up a dozen of the best flashlights you can recharge via USB. We’re gonna go buy that Olight S1R Baton right now.
This 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.
The VH-80 can emit lasers from either or both ends to quickly measure and record length, area or volume. It has built-in levels and can be mounted on a tripod. You can also control it via its companion smartphone app, which also lets you overlay measurements on a photo.
A highly versatile builder’s tool, it combines the functionality of a T-square, bevel, protractor, level, and speed square in one. The Roofus can measure angles and level at the same time, and its metal straight edge lets you mark precise spots for a variety of challenging cuts.
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 fending off the undead while keeping them at more than arm’s-length, making you far less susceptible to being turned.
At first glance, this gadget looks like just another USB charger for your car’s cigarette lighter outlet. But this smartly-designed device also packs a spring-loaded glass breaker and a seat belt cutter, which can save your life if you’re ever in a car crash.
Think that old washing machine in the alley is junk? Just give it to Jeremy Fielding, and he’ll tear it down and reuse its components to upgrade power tools, build clock mechanisms, or even make desk toys. He also builds stuff from vacuums and microwave ovens.
Rather than casting a sharp and focused beam, the Nebo Lil Larry is designed to work like a pocket-sized lantern, projecting a wide and super bright 250-lumen flood of light. It’s water and impact resistant, has a red emergency mode, and a magnetic end. Want even more light? Check out the Big Larry.
The perfect multipurpose tool for yard work and outdoor living. This 3-in-1 tool combines an axe, a 7″ serrated blade folding saw, and a hammer. The 12″ tool is made from titanium stainless steel, and has a sturdy glass-filled nylon handle. The included sheath also packs a bottle opener.