THE BEST Tools

LifeStraw Water Filter

LifeStraw Water Filter

Made by Vestergaard Frandsen, the LifeStraw is a durable, long lasting and user friendly water filter that doesn’t use chemicals. One unit can filter 99.9% of bacteria from 264 gallons of water.

The Birth of a Tool

The Birth of a Tool

John Neeman Tools is a small Latvian-based team that specializes in making woodworking tools and knives by hand. This video shows how they make an axe. The song is Holocene by Bon Iver.

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Apocalypse Tactical Tomahawk

Apocalypse Tactical Tomahawk

With its wide, upswept axe blade, penetrating spike and paracord-wrapped reinforced handle, ThinkGeek’s lightweight ATT is a great tool to decapitate walkers. Bonus: karambit coming soon.

Joby UltraFit Sling Strap

Joby UltraFit Sling Strap

A camera strap made of flexible webbing with a pivot ring, so you can quickly and easily adjust it for a snug fit. No more cameras swinging precariously from your neck or shoulders.

Beer Hammer

Beer Hammer

A hammer that will get you hammered. This functional tool doesn’t come with beer, but it does have the next best thing. Its nail claw has been converted to a bottle opener. Don’t build & drink.

Invisible Magnetic Connectors

Invisible Magnetic Connectors

The Lamello Invis Mx is an innovative fastener, which allows wood to be joined without any visible screws, and for parts to be assembled without clamping, thanks to a special magnetic driver.

Flexi Flash Flashlights

Flexi Flash Flashlights

7″ flashlights with flexible silicone bodies meant to wrap and attach to a variety of objects. Use them as bike lights, on repair jobs and more. The LEDs can be steady or set to flash.

SOG Blade Light

SOG Blade Light

A folding knife that doubles as a flashlight. The Blade Light has 3 LEDs on either side of the handle, eliminating shadows when the blade is unsheathed. The handle has a waterproof rating of IPX-7.

Zai Higo Pocket Tools

Zai Higo Pocket Tools

More from Zai and Kacper Hamilton. These two tools – a pocket knife and a screwdriver – are based on the Higonokami, a 19th century Japanese knife. Made from steel and anodized aluminum.

KeyShark Bottle Opener

KeyShark Bottle Opener

Thumbs up to the discreet, aerospace aluminum Keyshark bottle opener; the tiny, highly engineered tool is lightweight and can open all sorts of microbrews thanks to its shape. (Thanks Bob!)

Quikdraw

Quikdraw

Invented by Riley Kimball, the Quikdraw is a lens holster that allows you to carry lenses on a belt. You can change lenses quickly and with just one hand. Works with Canon EOS or Nikon F lenses.

Drill Gun Power Screwdriver

Drill Gun Power Screwdriver

While we wouldn’t trust this thing to stop an armed attacker with a real gun, this power screwdriver that looks like a revolver should be able to take down philips and flat-blade screws with its six bits.

Quik-Chek Tire Pressure Indicator

Quik-Chek Tire Pressure Indicator

Insert the Quik-Chek into a tire’s valve stem then press and hold its button. A green line means the tire is properly inflated, red means the tire is under-inflated and orange means it’s over-inflated.

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Compact Chopsticks

Compact Chopsticks

The Hobo Knife for chopstick users. Pull out the Compact Chopsticks’ bamboo half from its stainless steel half, flip it and clip it back to make a full-sized chopstick. The clip doubles as a chopstick rest.

Ideaboard

Ideaboard

Most of us use mobile devices or notebooks for jotting down ideas, but if you prefer using whiteboards, the Ideaboard may be for you. It comes in two sizes and should go on sale soon.

Zai Core Axe

Zai Core Axe

Designed by Kacper Hamilton for ski gear company Zai, the Core axe has a wood and carbon fiber helve and interchangeable carbon steel heads. This thing will surely split your wallet in half.

Slobproof! Paint Pen

Slobproof! Paint Pen

An ingenious receptacle for household paint. Fill it via the included syringe then snap its brush head on to vacuum seal it. Good for small paint jobs or making the most out of leftover paint.

The Nax

The Nax

The makers of the Crovel return with their latest in survival tools – a kukri knife, machete and hatchet in one. Made of 4140 chromoly steel, it’s sure to slice through the deadliest zombies (and melons).

PLY90 Brackets

PLY90 Brackets

Invented by Micah Black, PLY90 brackets are aluminum and stainless steel connectors meant to connect pieces of sheet-wood or plywood, allowing you to create your furniture and other DIY projects.

Your/Mine Sticky Tape

Your/Mine Sticky Tape

Junk Skull’s vinyl tape is perfect for roommates, couples, siblings or packing boxes when you’re moving; just make sure you remember who marked what. If only pets could read.

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Zippo 4-in-1 Woodsman

Zippo 4-in-1 Woodsman

A convenient tool which combines a sturdy bow saw, mallet, stake puller and hatchet in a single gadget. A great idea for serious campers and outdoor types.

Bar10der

Bar10der

If you’re behind the counter more often than on top of a mountain or in the jungle, this is the Swiss army knife for you. It’s 10 tools – from a bottle opener to a reamer – in one compact package.

BladeX5 Cut Resistant Gloves

BladeX5 Cut Resistant Gloves

A must-have glove for chefs, gearheads and tinkerers. The BladeX5 offers protection from cuts, slashes and abrasion. The gloves are made from nylon, lycra as well as glass and HPPE fibers.

Tube Wringer

Tube Wringer

You can make your own toothpaste tube squeezer, but quality aside, the heavy-duty Tube Wringer won’t just be handy in the bathroom. You can also use it to wring out other substances like adhesives.

Maker’s Apron

Maker’s Apron

It’s not as badass as the chain mail apron, but Field Aesthetic’s Maker’s Apron is still durable and practical. It’s made from re-purposed military tent canvas and has adjustable leather straps.

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