Staying prepared for an emergency doesn't have to mean keeping a gaudy red box around. Born from the aftermath of the Great East Japan earthquake of 2011, the Minim Aid Emergency Kit offers a number of useful items in a sleek package. The tube-like waterproof case, light enough to be buoyant and available in three colors, holds a series of tube-shaped tools — a hand-crank radio that can also charge other USB devices (like the included lantern), a simple raincoat, a water container/cup, and a multipurpose case. There's a removable strap for carrying it with you, and the whistle hidden in the cap makes sure you can get the attention of rescuers should you need it.
Inspired by survival tools and field weaponry, this special edition EDC Card is an ideal travel companion. It's crafted from military-grade S35VN blade steel, coated in weapons grade ceramic, and equipped with over 30 functions, keeping you prepared for a host of situations. At 2.84 mm thick, it's a durable and discreet way to travel with 23 hex wrenches, a phillips, a bottle opener, a pry bar, and a straight edge, with each function laser-etched on the surface. As a result, it's compact enough for your pocket or wallet, and also TSA compliant, so you don't have to worry when trekking through security.
Sporting an all-black paintjob and completely devoid of logos, the Nemo Special Ops Underwater Drill was made for use by special forces — but that doesn't mean it can't help you get things done around the house. It's powered by a 1000-watt brushless motor and a 6Ah battery pack, has dual LEDs for nighttime work, is water resistant down to 328ft, and comes with a diving headlamp, a diving tool belt, and a waterproof bag to keep the charger dry.
Most handheld weather stations are digital these days, but there's something beautiful about this analog Weather Station from Best Made. Built in Germany and housed in solid brass, it contains a thermometer and hygrometer that team up to let you know what to expect as you step outside. And the untreated brass will patina over time with proper care, making it look even more appealing as it provides climate information on a daily basis.
As our phones get larger, space in our pockets lessens. Thus was born the Wildcard Multitool, a way to keep yourself prepared with absolute minimal bulk. It uses a proprietary new pivot system that lets the entire tool stay under 2mm thick while providing you with a serrated blade that can be completely detached if necessary. The wallet-friendly tool also integrates a bottle opener into the wolf cutout, and packs a flathead screwdriver and pry tool, as well. Made in the USA from hardened stainless steel.
Sure, there are smaller multi-tools, but few pack as much punch into as small a space as the Swiss Advance Pocket Multi-Tool. Weighing just over an ounce and measuring just 0.2 inches thick, it still manages to offer four different hex wrenches, a fork, a square, an awl, a bradawl and sewing, a fish scaler, a bottle opener, a wire stripper, a nail puller, a screwdriver, and a traditional knife blade in a single package. Made in Switzerland from stainless steel, it comes complete with a protective nylon pouch.
You don't need to be big to do a good job. The Pygmy Titanium Multi-Tool proves it by packing four different functions into a tool that's no bigger than a coin. Machined from your choice of aerospace-grade stainless steel or titanium, each one carries a flathead screwdriver, a Phillips screwdriver, a scraper, and a quarter-inch hex wrench and bit driver, and lets you lets you apply far more torque than you can with your bare fingers despite its diminutive size. Quarter not included.
Handle simple cutting jobs without adding extra bulk to your toolbox with the Boreal21 Folding Saw. This smartly-designed tool has a 21-inch blade, an anodized aluminum frame, and a nylon handle, and folds almost completely flat for easy transport and storage. Available with an all-purpose, dry, hunter, or Sidney Rancher blade.
We've seen some really nice axes over the years. But aside from adding extra functionality to the blade and/or handle, we haven't really seen a complete rethink of this ancient tool. Until now. The Leveraxe was designed from the ground up for splitting wood, with an asymmetric iron alloy head that has a side hook to reduce the chance of hitting yourself, and a counterweight to turn it to the side, splitting the log in the process. In addition, the handle is made of a hollow composite, meaning it takes even less effort to get results.
Forget pocket knives — the Screwpop Utlity Knife 2.0 is the thinnest, most compact way to keep a blade on you wherever you go. This simple EDC tool uses standard 2 or 4 step blades, and has a lever system to allow for up to four different cutting depths. It uses a neodymium magnet to hold the blade in place so you're not stabbing yourself in the leg every time you put it in your pocket, weighs under an ounce, even with a blade, has a bottle opener at one end, and a hole on the other end for attaching to a keychain or carabiner. And it's very travel-friendly, since you can throw the current blade away before your flight and just pop in a new one after you land.
It doesn't have the range or the expandability of the X15. But the XM42 Handheld Flamethrower also doesn't require any oversized tanks or harnesses to use. Instead, this self-contained fire-breather fills up just like any other lawn tool, but instead of letting you cut, trim, or blow things, it sets things ablaze from distances of up to 25 feet, all while looking like something out of a fictional WWII video game. Made in Michigan.
Unless you're a master carpenter, odds are you foul up a screw or two in pretty much every project you tackle. The BullseyeBore Laser Drill Guide is designed to ensure you drill straight into whatever material you're using. It does this by projecting a series of circular measurement patterns onto the work surface that let you easily identify when you're not lined up correctly, and have the added benefit of serving as a depth indicator.
One of the smallest multi-tools around, the Fly Pry is way more than meets the eye. Made from military grade titanium, it packs loads of functionality into a frame that's the size of a zipper. Use it to open bottles and cans, pry a loose nail, open up a box, or use the 1/4 hex bit for a quick handyman assist. Easy to attach as a zipper pull or to your keychain and available in three models and six different colors.
Lighters and multi-tools are both common things to take with you on an outdoor/camping adventure. The Coleman Multi-Tool Lighter combines both of these into one. In addition to the refillable, Colibri-made torch, you get a rugged stainless steel build with rubber grip, a knife, a saw, a file, and the always-handy bottle/can opener.
Whether you're opening up a bike shop, looking to expand your current business, or just want the craziest at-home setup imaginable, the Bike Mechanic In A Box has everything you need. This 246-piece set from Park Tool is an exhaustive collection of tools, lubricants, fixtures, gauges, and accessories, providing pretty much anything you could ever want when servicing a pedal-powered two-wheeler. All you need is a garage, a bike, and a seriously large toolbox.
Call it a paperweight. Call it a wrench. Just don't call it useless. The TKM Hex Tool features six identically-sized openings that can technically be used for turning bolts. But they also make it incredibly easy to grab it from either direction should the situation call for something a little more... serious. Available in four different colors and armored with Cerakote, the same stuff they use on firearms to make them resistant to rust.
Your average, sale-priced mechanics tool set, this is not. The Wohngeist Tool Set is an heirloom-quality collection of 24 tools made to last a lifetime and beyond. Included in the set is a ruler, chisel, file, hammer, multi-tool, multiple drivers, wrenches, and more, all made with high-quality materials by Germany's WohnGeist, and held in place with magnets so they don't spill everywhere. All of the wooden-handled tools have Swiss pear wood handles, which resist warping and splintering when exposed to moisture, and pear wood is also used to craft the included carrying case.
Weighing in at just over four grams — roughly half the weight of a normal house key — the Titanium Pocket Bit makes a versatile addition to your keyring that will be virtually unnoticeable in your pocket. The titanium alloy bit offers a #2 Phillips head on one side and a 6mm flat head on the other, and works with the titanium keyring to let you drive or loosen screws by turning it like a key.
The common crescent wrench: versatile, necessary, but ultimately inefficient. The Craftsman Mach Series Adjustable Wrench is designed to change this. It uses a slide-based adjustment and built-in ratcheting to offer 5X the efficiency of a traditional adjustable wrench, and combines this with the company's well-known reliability and lifetime guarantee to give you a tool that you'll buy once and keep in your toolbox forever.