DreamFactoryKR’s handmade birch plywood rack is great for keeping pens, pencils, and small tools in order on your desk. It also has a built in dock for phones which has an acoustic amplifier integrated into the wood. Measures 15.35″ x 5.31″ x 2.99″ and is perfect for leatherworking or clay tools.
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PDW’s PB&J includes no peanut butter or jelly, but the titanium keychain tool does pack a multi-size wrench, pry bar, bottle opener, oxygen tank wrench, nail puller, battery compartment opener, and 1/4″ hex bit holder. Its stainless steel spring wire gate ensures secure attachment to your bag or belt loop.
Never be caught without the proper driver again. This kit includes 90 magnetic bits to fit just about every small screw head, with bits for flat, philips, micro-torx, pentalobe, tri-wing, square, Posidriv, and triangle heads. It also includes a flex extender, tweezers, mini metric sockets, and other tools for working with small parts.
Vanquest Gear’s useful accessories make it fast and easy to attach and detach packs from bags equipped with MOLLE-compatible webbing. They thread in and lock into place, then can unlock and slide out with a tug for quick removal. Available in Coyote Tan and Wolf Grey colors. Sold in 4-packs.
These firestarter rods include a few bonus features which could come in handy in an emergency. In addition to a magnesium rod and striker tool, they’ve got a built-in compass and whistle, and hang on a length of 450lb. paracord. Comes two to a pack, so you’ll always have a spare. Available in several colors, including glow-in-the-dark.
Take a tour of the Matco Tools factory for a look at how they make their incredibly durable ratcheting wrenches. As part of the assembly process, they incorporate high-tech processes like friction spin welding and induction heating to increase the durability of their hand tools.
Magnets are extremely useful for welding steel, as they can be used to hold pieces securely together without clamps. Strong Hand Tools magnets are unique thanks to their double-jointed design, which allows them to hold round, flat, or square metal parts at any angle, and in a snap.
Need to tighten or loosen screws in a tight space? MulWark’s 4″ long ratcheting wrench is just 20mm (~.79″) thick with its bits in place, so it can fit into tricky areas where you can’t use a long driver. Its 1/4″ drive socket magnetically holds bits, which are made from durable CRV6150 steel, and come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
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.
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.
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.