Milwaukee Tools‘ portable, rechargeable light uses ten LEDs to provide a smooth and bright light for your projects. It has 100, 250, and 550 lumen modes, and can pivot 210º to direct light where you need it. It’s got a built in carabiner clip for carrying, and a magnetic base for attaching to car hoods and other metal surfaces.
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At first glance, RovyVon’s carabiner looks like it’s just for holding keys. But look closer, and you’ll see that the titanium tool has a pocket knife built into its edge. It takes standard #11 scalpel blades, which are great for opening boxes, cutting twine, or hobby projects.
Forgot a Christmas gift for someone? Looking for something useful but inexpensive? Look no further than Everyday Carry for their list of 15 great little gifts that cost less than 15 bucks. We were surprised to find some great little flashlights, knives, organizers, and even a watch on the list.
The versatile Dremel Ultra Saw is one of our go-to power tools. Now it comes in a cordless version, so you can use it anywhere. It runs on a rechargeable 20V battery pack and can make quick and easy cuts through wood, metal, PVC, masonry, tile, and more. It can even do plunge cuts in the middle of materials.
This palm-sized ratcheting socket wrench helps you turn bolts in tight spaces. Its center has a gimbal design which allows it to pivot on two axes, so you can squeeze into traditionally tricky locations and still turn it. Available in a 1/4″ or 3/8″ drive to fit a variety of standard sockets.
This mid-sized pry tool offers greater leverage than pocket-sized pry bars, but at 10″ long, it’s still small enough to toss in a backpack. It includes a sharp cutting and prying blade, ripper hook, multi-wrench, and nail puller, all set into a full tang stainless steel bar with 6″ textured handles for maximum grip.
By moving its battery to an outside dock, this portable rotary is slimmer than other units. It offers variable speed control, with a top speed of 35,000 RPM. Plus, its 20-volt Power Share base station can be used to power a variety of other tools, including a woodburner/soldering iron, an airbrush, a heat gun, and an angle grinder.
Designed by Terry Lee Renner for CRKT, the Deviation has a great hyper-modern look, with a blue and silver stainless steel handle. Its modified tanto blade has a two-tone mirrored / matte finish. It has a liner lock mechanism, and a ball-bearing pivot for quick opening. Measures 7.6″ overall, with a 3.1″ blade.
This snowflake-shaped tool manages to pack in 20 features on your keychain. It’s made from stainless steel and includes multiple screwdrivers, hex wrenches, Allen wrenches, a bike wrench, box cutter, bottle opener, and more. Available in a natural or black finish.
If you’re ever in a car accident and can’t get your door open, smashing the window may be the only way to escape. This emergency tool can easily shatter a window and cut through seat belt webbing. It also packs a white LED flashlight, a red SOS light, and a built-in 2200 mAh battery pack for recharging your phone in a pinch.
Laser measuring devices can really come in handy when you need to measure a large space and don’t have someone to hold the other end of the tape. Magpie Tech’s laser measuring tool can project beams in both directions, so you can measure space by standing in the middle of it. It’s great for measuring heights too.
Acebeam’s chunky handheld flashlight blasts out a retina-burning 32,500 lumens at its top setting. It’s machined from aircraft-grade aluminum, waterproof to IPX8 standards, and has a built in tripod mount. It’s so powerful at its highest settings that you need to wear gloves to protect from the heat it throws off.
This specialized pocket tool from Titan Talon Tool Co. makes quick work of stuck wingnuts, and can also turn 9/16″ and 15/16″ regular nuts in its grip. It also has a built-in bottle opener and can hold 1/4″ hex bits as well. Small and light enough to keep on your belt loop. We also like their titanium key clip.
This versatile set of tools includes Off Grid’s Survival Axe, which incorporates 31 functions including a saw, hammer, glass breaker, belt cutter, and wrenches, plus the Survival Companion, which combines a knife sharpener, emergency whistle, firestarter, compass, and thermometer. The bundle includes a nylon axe sheath.
Victorinox’s special-purpose knife is a great everyday carry for wine lovers. It’s got a 5-coil corkscrew that’s long enough to cleanly extract corks, a straight-edged locking blade, bottle opener, and a foil cutter. Its wooden handles are available in olive or walnut, and can also be engraved.
This pocket-sized flashlight emits a high-efficiency 365nm ultraviolet beam, perfect for charging up glow-in-the-dark items, as well as looking for dust, dirt, and other things not always visible to the naked eye. Features a waterproof body with a unique double-helix knurled texture. Note: Staring directly into UV light is not recommended.
Panther Vision’s unique flashlights feature a pistol-style grip instead of a cylindrical one, offering a more natural and ergonomic grip, and preventing them from rolling. Each one is made from aircraft-grade aluminum and tactical polymer, and are available in brightness levels from 300 to 2100 lumens.
This bright gun-style flashlight can crank out 6000 lumens of brightness in its max setting, projecting a spotlight beam that’s visible up to 1/2-mile away. In addition, it has a side-mounted flood light, red and blue warning lights, and includes a folding tripod stand. Its 10000 mAh battery can also be used as an emergency charger.
Powered by Worx’s interchangeable PowerShare battery packs, the WX027L is a versatile source of illumination. It combines an LED flashlight, a desk lamp, a 360º lantern, and an emergency light in one. Its top telescopes and is hinged so you can adjust its angle as well. Available with or without a battery pack.
Adam Savage’s company Savage Industries teamed up with Bay Area bag maker Mafia to create the ideal tool apron. It’s made from 18oz cotton canvas with oil-tanned leather, nylon webbing and plastic buckles, and has easy-access pockets for pens, pencils, and hand tools. The leather under the hammer holders is a nice touch.
The James Brand’s pocket tool offers a smooth-spinning, magnetic hex-bit driver at one end, and a storage chamber at the other. Use it to hold bits when not in use, or use it as a cache for pills or rolled up cash. Made from aluminum with a black anodized finish, and includes Phillips, Torx, and slotted bits.
SOG’s small, fixed-blade knife is perfect for carrying on your belt, boot, or around your neck. It has a 2.3″ satin-polished sheepsfoot blade, while its single-piece steel body has finger holes and a grip notch. Includes a snap-fit hard sheath and ball-chain lanyard. Great for cutting rope, opening boxes, and other everyday tasks.
Whether you’re a DIYer or a construction pro, understanding math and geometry is critical. DEWALT’s reference guide includes 42 pages of useful equations and rules which will help you measure twice and cut once. Made from durable, toolbox-friendly materials with a spiral-bound edge. Also available for plumbing and wiring.
This quick-deploying hobby knife opens in less than half a second, and its blade locks firmly in place. It features a durable, lightweight frame made from grade 5 titanium, and accepts replaceable CKB-2 utility blades. It can also be equipped with a “tactical” comb and has spots for two optional glow-in-the-dark tritium tubes.
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