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Bookmark II

Bookmark II

Propaganda’s Bookmark II has us wondering, “Why didn’t I think of that?!” it’s a rubber band that straps around your book with one killer feature: an arrow to keep your place in the text.

BucketVAC

BucketVAC

5 gallon buckets are a dime a dozen on job sites, but BucketVAC turns them into commercial-grade wet/dry vacuums; it uses the bucket’s own handle as a lock and weighs 7 lbs.

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SwissChamp XAVT Knife

SwissChamp XAVT Knife

Slightly more manageable than Wenger’s Giant Knife, Victorinox’s SwissChamp XAVT gives up little, managing to cram a ridiculous 80 tools into a relatively compact 3.5″ frame.

Lotus L42 Lighters

Lotus L42 Lighters

If the Elise is out of your budget, these Lotus L42 Lighters mix European design and feature triple wind-resistant torch flames, a fuel level gauge and integrated 8 mm punch.

Stay Key Designer Keys

Stay Key Designer Keys

Stat Key’s Designer Keys are an elegant solution to a age-old problem: they let you distinguish one Kwikset key from the next with easily recognizable shapes.

Gorillatorch

Gorillatorch

Hot on the tentacles of the Gorillamobile, the Gorillatorch is a 65 lumen LED flashlight on a tripod; it comes with magnetized feet and rubberized surfaces to prevent scratching.

Screw Key

Screw Key

The screwdriver-on-a-keyring idea isn’t new, but it’s tough to beat this pair of Screw Keys: it’s affordable, low-profile and made out of durable blackened steel that’s been heat treated.

Jumbo StickIt Pad

Jumbo StickIt Pad

Forget those sissy Post-Its, real men use Jumbo StickIt Pads which are 36x larger than normal and include 80 12″x12″ pages. Still not convinced? Listen to Vat19’s We Do It Jumbo Rap.

Pocket Pal Sharpener

Pocket Pal Sharpener

Smith’s Pocket Pal is a multi-function compact sharpener for tool and tackle boxes; it features reversible and replaceable carbide and ceramic stones, plus a diamond coated rod.

Striker Folding Multi-Blade

Striker Folding Multi-Blade

The Striker Folding Multi-Blade is a utility knife done right: a big but pocket-friendly handle, striking cap, crosscut file, and on-board blade storage make drywalling a cinch.

Wicked Lasers PRO Series

Wicked Lasers PRO Series

Coming soon: Wicked Laser’s 2010 PRO Series increases safety and power for their Spyder, Evolution and Executive lasers, with the Spyder III going Class IV with 500 mw of output.

Brewzkey Bottle Opener

Brewzkey Bottle Opener

The Brewzkey essentially sells itself: the key-shaped bottle opener is designed to be carried on your keychain, and is durable; it’s as thick as a nickel and made out of stainless steel.

Victorinox Heritage Knife

Victorinox Heritage Knife

It may not have as many tools as modern knives, but Victorinox’s 125th Anniversary Heritage Knife is a historical treasure: it’s a replica of an 1884 Swiss Army Soldier’s Knife.

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8-in-1 Utili-Key XT

8-in-1 Utili-Key XT

Light, portable and designed to be hung from your keychain, Swiss+Tech’s Utili-Key XT is an 8-in-1 stainless steel multi-tool with a wire cutter, screwdrivers, knife blades, and more.

Concept: Neolithic Knives

Concept: Neolithic Knives

Designed for the modern caveman, Matthias Kaeding’s ceramic Neolithic Knives will turn you into very old-school chef–minus the loincloths, bad teeth and grunting, of course.

Lightsaber Flashlight

Lightsaber Flashlight

Darth Vader’s Lightsaber Flashlight is the ultimate fake-out: instead of slicing you in half it’ll light the way with four red LED bulbs, leaving you to scare Jedi with its sound effects alone.

LX2 LumaMax Flashlight

LX2 LumaMax Flashlight

Made out of Mil-Spec hard-anodized aerospace aluminum and virtually indestructible, the LX2 LumaMax flashlight packs a potent 200 lumen LED; it’s also waterproof and weighs just 3.7 oz.

SD1 Flint Lighters

SD1 Flint Lighters

First made in 1976, Japanese lighter manufacturer Sarome’s SD1 is their oldest model in production; each is assembled by hand with a solid brass case and traditional flint design.

Grillslinger Sport

Grillslinger Sport

Packed with quick-draw pockets for your tong, spatula and even a brewskie, the Grillslinger Sport is a belt for BBQ cowboys that conveniently puts all your tools at waist level.

Survival Bracelets

Survival Bracelets

A good, strong length of rope comes in handy for emergency situations, so these Survival Bracelets are no mere fashion accessories: you’ll get up to 26′ of 550 lb mil-spec paracord.

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$2,500 Shoulder Plane

$2,500 Shoulder Plane

This 25th Anniversary Foxtail Shoulder Plane is signed by John Economaki and made from solid stainless steel, but at a cost of $2,500, it proves that even carpenters have their fanboys.

Windmill Delta Lighter

Windmill Delta Lighter

Now this is what we call firepower: the Windmill Delta Lighter is stormproof and able to sustain a 2000¬âˆž F flame in 70-80 mph winds using a catalyzer coil; it runs on butane gas refills.

PPS Prometheus Knife

PPS Prometheus Knife

Designed for maximum versatility, PPS’ Prometheus Knife features a Tungsten DLC coating, four separate faces, and a large, guarded grip with twelve+ possible holding positions.

Sport Aluminum Pencil

Sport Aluminum Pencil

One of the most comfortable writing tools ever, Kaweco’s AL Sport Aluminum Pencil is unibody like a MacBook; it’s made from one solid aluminum with a finished, anodized surface.

Mini Functioning Drill

Mini Functioning Drill

Made using the motor from a pager (sans the vibrating weight), Flickr user S8’s Mini Drill actually works- a button, a battery and a plastic case are the only other components used.

Becker TacTool

Becker TacTool

Ideal for the next zombie outbreak, KA-BAR’s Becker TacTool is a hybrid crowbar and blade made from 1095 cro-van carbon steel which smashes, bashes, prys, hammers and cuts.

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