Now, we're not suggesting you're up to anything nefarious, but given the proper tools, there are few locks that could keep the determined man from entering. Whether you have a frequent problem locking yourself out of your apartment, or you're getting into something a bit more sinister, the Gentleman's Bogota Lock Picks ($35) are exactly the tools you need to gain entrance just about anywhere. Made to pin discretely under a lapel, collar, sleeve, or hat, these lock picks are light, yet sturdy, made from high-quality, precisely-cut stainless steel — so they'll never let you down in a pinch.
Whether you're tearing something down, or building something up, there are few tools more handy than a reciprocating saw — and the DualSaw Dual Blade Reciprocating Saw ($200) takes your standard reciprocating saw and turns it up to 11. As the first and only dual blade reciprocating saw, the DualSaw will make quick work out of just about any cutting task. With the ability to cut at two stroke lengths, it is the safest, smoothest cutting reciprocating saw available. It has less kick back, better stability, less vibration, and better control than any other reciprocating saw you can find.
There's nothing better for whatever project you have going than the right tools, but when they start to lose their edge, they become little more than an expensive paperweight. Keep a razor's edge on all of your blades with the Work Sharp Ken Onion Knife & Tool Sharpener ($150). An adjustable sharpening guide lets you produce consistent results time after time without any set up or calibration. A variable-speed motor and a multi-position module lets you sharpen all different types of blades, from a variety of angles. Whether you need to sharpen scissors, knives, or otherwise, there's nothing you can't sharpen with this versatile tool.
Anyone who has ever built a deck knows what a pain fastening board after board can be — what with stripped screws, dropped nails, banged fingers, and pre-drilling holes. With Outlaw Fasteners ($30-$55), all of those frustrations become a thing of the past. They are made with an innovative multi-level hex head and a custom bit that creates 18 points of contact, eliminating stripped heads, making driving easier, and holding onto fasteners without the need for magnets. A self-drilling cutting tip helps get rid of screw wobble, while removing the need to drill a pilot hole. Available in a wide range of sizes, these fasteners are ready for any job you can throw at them.
No matter how prepared you think you are for the day the dead begin to walk the earth, your zombie apocalypse arsenal just isn't complete without the Gerber Downrange Tomahawk ($285). This tomahawk is built with a triple-purpose ax head featuring a sharp beveled edge that can tear through drywall, doors, or pretty much anything that stands in your way. The other side of the ax head works as a hammer, letting you smash off door knobs, locks, and more. The cutaway grip on the ax head gives you excellent leverage to use the pry bar found on the other end — perfect for getting into heavily-fortified spaces, or getting out of a jam.
There's nothing worse than when you're halfway into a project and you realize your power drill or driver can't make an angle — it can be frustrating, and even dangerous. With the Milescraft Orbiter 360 Degree Drill Attachment ($24), no angle is too extreme, and no space too tight. This handy device attaches to the chuck of your drill, and both halves rotate 360 degrees, allowing it to face virtually any direction. It accommodates any 3/8-inch or larger drill bit, has a keyless chuck for fast changes, and sports a soft-grip design for comfortable working.
Let's face it, no one likes to spend their weekend doing chores — Saturdays are for sleeping and Sundays are for football. But the Makita LXT Cordless Autofeed Screwdriver ($420) makes quick work out of your household tasks, so you can get back on the couch where you belong. Its compact, ergonomic, lightweight design makes it easy to use, even for long periods of time, while its high capacity and screw compatibility suits it for a variety of tasks. The 4,000 RPM four-pole motor has plenty of speed, making it great for decking, drywalling, and more.
Fall is the perfect time to gather around a campfire in your backyard, share stories, listen to music, drink spiked cider, and keep off the chill of a crisp night. Build yourself a pile of firewood that will last well into the winter with these Trust Co. Restored Axes ($125-$225). Each single- or double-bit steel axe has been ground, sharpened, and polished in their Portland, Oregon shop, returning them to their original condition. They fix each axe head to a high-quality seasoned hickory handle that will last for years. The axes come with a custom-fitted leather sheath, and are available in a range of lengths and styles.
It's hard to argue against the benefits of cordless, electric power tools — but sometimes batteries just don't cut it for a yard tool facing a bigger task. The Makita X2 LXT Cordless Chainsaw ($370) features two 18V LXT Lithium-Ion batteries instead of just one, giving it the power of corded tools, while still running on the same battery packs as the rest of your Mikita toolkit. Thanks to battery operation, this chainsaw is quiet, produces no emissions, and requires little maintenance. It has a 12-inch guide bar length, a chain speed of 1,650 FPM, and weighs in at just over 11 pounds with the battery packs attached.
For those of you who put a lot of thought into your everyday carry, you know exactly how important it is to make the best-possible use of your limited pocket space. The creators of Tuls ($22 and up) had just that in mind when they came up with the Stan, the Lucy, the Roul, the Ollie, and the Opie. These credit-card-sized tools are perfect for slipping into your wallet or money clip, giving you a huge variety of important gadgets without taking up much space. Whether you need a set of hex wrenches, rulers, bottle openers, or a smartphone stand that doubles as a cord wrapper, they've got you covered.
Whether you're framing a house, building a deck, or just hanging up some wall art in your apartment, it's important to have a tool that does most of the work for you. For that reason, a hammer with a heavy head can be your best friend — but also a source of fatigue if you're lugging around a bunch of tools. The American-made Vaughan Stealth Hammer ($50) gives you the best of both worlds: a lightweight hammer that swings with the force of a tool twice its weight. It features a 17-ounce, smooth-faced steel head with a magnetic nail starter, a side nail puller, and a straight claw that can handle just about any carpentry-related task you throw at it.
The ultimate tool for trail workers and backcountry enthusiasts alike — whether you bike, hike, backpack, climb, or camp — the Trail Boss ($520-$565) is as versatile a tool as it is portable. This modular workhorse fits into most packs, and comes with either three or four handle pieces (16" each for three or 12" each for four) that connect to build a shaft to suit your needs. Three useful tools join with the handle, a mattock/axe combo, a rake/hoe combo, and a shovel, making it the ideal tool for a range of tasks: from filling washouts, to removing roots, and everything in-between.