When the weekend rolls around and you're finally ready to tackle that project you've been putting off, a trusty sawhorse always makes things easier. Sawhorse Pro Brackets are even better, allowing you to create a makeshift worktable that is easy to assemble. All you need to add are 2x4's, and you'll have the ability to create custom Sawhorses that are tough, adjustable, and able to hold up to 2,000 pounds. Adjust the height, length, or width and dive in for a workday that even Dad would be proud of.
It's about time someone finally upgraded the conventional tape measure. With three measuring modes and a digital display, the Bagel Smart Tape Measure will make counting tiny ticks and fighting a metal blade a thing of the past. Use the retractable string for when you're measuring more than just straight lines, like a waistline, or flip it on its side and wheel it along any surface with one hand. For really hard to reach areas, point the ultrasonic sensor at a wall or ceiling to track the distance up to 16 feet. The Bagel will automatically save up to 100 measurements or can send them directly to your smartphone. A mobile app will organize and analyze your measurements and can help you create virtual blueprints, purchase the right size clothes, and keep track of weight loss. Its lithium polymer battery lasts up to 24 hours and can be recharged with any micro USB cable.
When you're in a survival situation, the less you have to carry, the better. The Timahawk can take a chunk out of your tool bag by combining many tools in one. This well-balanced implement measures 27 inches long yet weighs under four pounds, with a hardened steel core, heat-treated head, and recycled plastic handles. As for the jobs it can do, it's a capable crowbar, a powerful axe and tomahawk, and can also work as an ave hammer, a hoe, and a breaching tool. Crafted in America, it'll be ready for anything, even if you're not.
Carry one less tool on the job with the Craftsman Flex Claw Hammer. Thanks to an intelligent design that lets you rotate the claw and lock it in one of four positions, it works as both a traditional hammer and as a pry bar. When pulled all the way down, it makes the head thinner from front to back, useful for tight spaces, while the most forward position turns the tool into a crowbar. The hammer itself weighs 18 oz., has a large face with a magnetic nail starter for one-hand use, a comfortable dual-material grip that reduces vibrations and slippage, and a lifetime warranty.
You already know you should try to buy tools that'll last a lifetime. But what about your toolbox? Handmade from 75-year-old reclaimed tropical walnut from Nicaraqua, our latest collaboration is finally complete, and it's one you'll want to keep forever. The Poritz & Studio x Uncrate Toolbox is a handsome tool carrier that's been ebony stained on the outside and left a natural walnut on the interior. A simple storage system keeps smaller items in the top tray and larger items down below. It's also a woodworking wonder in its own right, using intricate finger joints for all corners, and a slotted lid and tray that are perfectly integrated with a sleek handle that emerges from the bottom of the box. Standing at a manageable 18 x 8 x 10 inches, this isn't an 8-foot-tall garage beast with speakers and a phone charger, but more of a home for the tools and gear you need quick access to as you maintain your Money Pit. And actually, this toolbox might just make you want to keep your tools even handier — like on a shelf in your living room.
A saw can be a very handy thing to have when you're in the wild. The Filzer Buckster Bow Saw lets you pack one along with you without securing an unwieldy blade to your bag. It has an all-aluminum frame, with a stainless steel tensioning system and a comfortable rubber handle, and can handle trees and logs over a foot in diameter. Yet the whole thing packs into a single tube measuring 19 inches long and less than an inch and a half around, and it weighs just 1.3 pounds so it's easy to pack along with you.
24 tools and functions, one piece of steel. The 5.11 Operator Axe promises to help in a multitude of situations without the need for a full toolbox. It's crafted from 435 stainless steel and given a black oxide finish, and is able to function as a ruler, wrench, hammer, pry bar, and axe, and has both metric and standard hex wrench openings for mechanic duty. Yet it weighs under two pounds, and comes with a two-piece sheath that offers an adjustable carry angle, a rubberized retention strap, and ambidexterity.
If you look at your urban environment as a survival situation, you should probably consider pocketing the EvadeClip Escape Multi-Tool. It attaches easily to your pocket or bag and comes equipped with a stainless mini-saw, a carbide rod saw, and a 3-piece lock pick set. It's tiny and easy to hide, so when you're finished escaping a chain-link prison you can fold it up and run to safety.
Be prepared for your next outdoor adventure with the Nomad Survival Multi-Tool. An essential addition to your everyday carry, this multi-tool packs just about everything into a small, lightweight, stainless steel package. It's a bottle opener, wrench, compass, flashlight, and blade — giving you what you need when you need it. It also features a scraper that pops out and becomes a mini tool in itself, with a 1/4" bit adapter, nut adapters, and can also serve as a flat head screwdriver. You can even use the scraper on the built in ferrocerium rod to start a fire, making the Nomad an easy choice for your next trek into the great beyond.
Keep your plastic bottles out of the ocean and turn them into something useful instead with this Plastic Bottle Cutter. This simple, pocket-sized tool slides around and around your juice, soda, and water bottles, turning them into thin plastic ropes that have a myriad of uses — including everything from securing plants to towing cars. Even if you don't end up using the rope, it takes up way less space than the bottles that birthed it, making more room for other stuff on the way to the recycling plant.
It's described as being for "outdoor sports lovers", but something tells us this Survival Shovel is just as useful for keeping yourself alive. Made from 420 high-carbon steel, the blade can serve as a shovel, saw, axe, or ruler, while the multi-piece aluminum handle houses a multi-purpose knife, a magnesium firestarter, a tourniquet, a dual-head screwdriver, wire cutter, and bottle opener. Able to fit into the included bag, it's easily packed along in an emergency situation.
Inspired by the original skull that helped name the company comes this SOG MacV Multi-Tool. It features 3 different screwdriver heads, a blade sharpener, bottle opener, and much more. It has 12 components in all, and is small enough to slip into your pocket or add to your keychain. Either way, it's an easy choice to add to your current everyday carry.
When it comes to items you're going to carry everyday, the more functionality you can fit into a smaller package, the better. The TPT Titanium Pocket Tool takes this seriously. Measuring three inches long, an inch tall, and just 4mm thick, it's made from grade 5 titanium alloy, and manages to pack in a mini pry bar, flat head screwdriver, 1/4" hex bit driver, an opening for attaching a lanyard or keyring, a bottle opener, scraper, measurement cues, camping fork, finger-safe box opener edges, and 15 sizes of SAE and metric wrenches. It's compatible with standard utility blades as well, making it one of the most versatile chunks of metal you can keep in your pocket.
Driving nails all day can take its toll. Make it hurt a little less with the Fiskars Isocore Hammer. It uses a hollow design with a hidden insulation sleeve to reduce vibration by up to four times, making each strike more comfortable without sacrificing power or accuracy. Available in multiple sizes and in framing, general use, or finishing guises.
Tackle your next project with less effort thanks to the Stiletto TiBone Titanium Hammer. It weighs just 15 ounces, yet drives like a 28 oz. steel model thanks to a 17 1/2" handle. There's also a patented side-mounted nail puller that jerks out 16p nails in just a single motion, and the magnetic nail starter. Available with either a smooth or milled replaceable face, and your choose of a straight or curved handle.
Wherever you carry a blade, it needs to be sharp. So keep it in top form with the Work Sharp x Ken Onion Knife & Tool Sharpener. Hall of Fame knife maker Ken Onion teamed up with Work Sharp to create the sharpener, which features a variable speed heavy duty motor, an adjustable precision sharpening guide, and premium flexible abrasive belts. The belts are the same ones Onion uses when he's making custom knives, and they'll keep each knife strong and sharp without overheating the steel.
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.