Awesome Wrenches

Torque Multiplier Lug Nut Wrench

Torque Multiplier Lug Nut Wrench

Getting lug nuts off of a wheel can be hard work. This ingenious gadget makes easy work of the job using a crank and gearing that amplify your input by a 15:1 ratio to turn stubborn lug nuts without power tools. Just be careful not to overtighten them going the other direction. The set includes 17mm, 19mm, and 21 mm sockets.

PICHI X2 Pocket Tool

PICHI X2 Pocket Tool

The highlight of this compact titanium multitool is its adjustable wrench which grips more than 20 different sizes of nuts and bolts. It also has a flip-out utility knife with replaceable No.11 surgical blades, a pry bar, a 1/4″ hex driver, and a bottle opener. It also includes a handmade leather holster.

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Rusty Wrench Restoration

Rusty Wrench Restoration

We always enjoy watching rusty old things made to look like new. In this video from KILO Restoration, they take the process to the extreme, scrubbing off caked-on rust from a mid-20th-century socket wrench, then painstakingly polishing it back to an amazing mirror chrome finish.

IKEA Giant Allen Wrench Flashlight

IKEA Giant Allen Wrench Flashlight
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As part of its 2021 Art Event, IKEA is selling this playful flashlight which pays tribute to the humble Allen wrench, the tiny tool required to assemble much the company’s furniture. The flashlight measures 7-3/4″ long and comes in either shiny silver or blue finishes.

Universal 48-in-1 Socket Wrench

Universal 48-in-1 Socket Wrench
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This versatile hand tool is basically a complete set of socket wrenches. Its dual rotating heads can turn both metric and standard hex bolts in 16 different sizes, as well as 12-point, round hex, square, spline, and Torx bolts. It can even dig in and turn damaged bolt heads.

How Wrenches Are Made

How Wrenches Are Made

Go inside of Italy’s Beta Utensili factory, where they take pieces of raw steel, heat them, hot roll, and machine hammer them into their rough shapes, before cutting them out, sand blasting, grinding, tumbling, and refining their openings before hardening and plating each piece into a finished combination wrench.

Engineer DR-07 Twin Wrench Driver

Engineer DR-07 Twin Wrench Driver
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This handy compact driver from Japanese tool company Engineer is great for getting into tight spaces. It has both straight and 90ยบ bit holders and includes an assortment of 10 metric bits. It doesn’t ratchet though. For that, check out the DR-55.

Making an Industrial Wrench Table

Making an Industrial Wrench Table

Builder Hassan Abu-Izmero had a little time on his hands and decided to build himself a piece of furniture that celebrates his craft. He made the rustic wooden table from rough pieces of timber and steel, then used a Shaper Tools Origin handheld CNC to route out precise insets for five wrenches embedded in its tabletop.

Gearwrench Gimbal Ratchet

Gearwrench Gimbal Ratchet
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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.

Powerbuilt Finger Ratchet Driver

Powerbuilt Finger Ratchet Driver
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If you ever have to access a screw or bolt in a really tight spot, Powerbuilt’s low-profile driver could be a big timesaver. Its ratcheting design and thumb notches increase leverage and minimize hand cramps. Comes in 1/4″ and 3/8″ socket sizes, with a 1/4″ hex driver on its opposite side. A great addition to any toolbox.

MetMo Grip Tool

MetMo Grip Tool

This beautifully constructed, stainless steel adjustable wrench is as eye-catching as it is useful. When not being used to tighten or loosen bolts, or to clamp objects together, it doubles as a fidget toy and a desktop conversation piece. Its design is inspired by a classic monkey wrench, but using modern manufacturing techniques.

Immix 20X Bionic Wrench

Immix 20X Bionic Wrench
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Loggerhead’s multitool packs in 34 functions in one, with its self-adjusting “bionic wrench” that covers 14 different metric and Imperial sizes, along with a 1/4 driver and 20 bits that stow inside of its handle grips. Its handles are designed to maximize torque, allowing for confident turning of even stubborn nuts and bolts.

Wrench into Tomahawk

Wrench into Tomahawk

We rather enjoy watching tools being recycled to serve another purpose besides their original use. In this clip from Hassan “Habu” Abu-Izmero, he takes us through the process of transforming an old steel box wrench into a razor-sharp axe.

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Palm Socket Wrench

Palm Socket Wrench
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This puck-shaped tool lets you carry a set of socket wrenches anywhere. Its universal Cr-Mo steel sockets fit 15 different SAE and Metric socket sizes, and can turn hexagonal, Torx, spline, square, and even damaged bolt heads. It also can hold hex driver bits with its magnetic 1/4″ holder.

Wrench Helmet and Coat Racks

Wrench Helmet and Coat Racks
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Motorcycle riders, proudly display your helmets by hanging them on your wall on Those Once Loyal’s hand-forged wrench helmet racks, then hang your jacket on one of their matching coat racks, which also look great in any gearhead’s garage.

Kobalt Rapid-Adjust Wrench

Kobalt Rapid-Adjust Wrench
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Unlike regular adjustable wrenches, there’s no fumbling around with that spinny dial with these. Instead, this wrench adjusts to the size of nuts and bolts from 1/16-inch to 1-1/8 with a squeeze of its handle. Simply push the release button to pop it back open.

Swiss+Tech Micro-Slim Wrench M2

Swiss+Tech Micro-Slim Wrench M2
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A super compact tool you can carry on your keychain. It packs 10 different metric wrenches, a 1/4″ wrench/hex driver, a 3/8″ wrench, two spoke wrenches, as well as a nail puller, metric ruler, flathead screwdriver, and a bottle opener.

Drill-Powered Thru-Wrench

Drill-Powered Thru-Wrench

Carpenter Izzy Swan demonstrates a neat invention of his – a gadget which attaches to a standard power drill, allowing it to tighten bolts on long threads way faster than you can do it by hand. He plans on producing a version you can buy soon.

WRENCHit

WRENCHit

A compact wrench which fits in your pocket, and uses interchangeable blades to provide different size openings for a variety of nuts, as well as bicycle spokes. It’s even got a bottle opener blade. Made from stainless steel, and holds up to five blades at a time.

Pocket Wrench

Pocket Wrench

We have seen micro wrenches before but this Pocket Wrench design that comes in at the size of a key may be the smallest. It comes in SAE and Metric, and also works as a ruler, socket driver, screwdriver and, yes, bottle opener.

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