Leave the wrench set in the toolbox and tackle your next handyman job with the Craftsman Figure Eight Wrench ($20). Available in standard or metric varieties, each wrench can deal with eight common sizes. With four different fastener sizes on each end, you can deal with 6pt, 12pt, 4pt, spline, external torx, and partially rounded hex fasteners — all with a single tool.
Hopefully you'd never have to use it, but should the need arise, you'll certainly be glad to have the Leatherman Raptor ($TBA) at hand. Developed for uniformed medics, this scissor-like multi-tool features 420HC stainless steel shears, a strap cutter, a carbide glass breaker, a ring cutter, a ruler, and an oxygen tank wrench. Available May 2013.
Like to carry your keys on a carabiner? Upgrade from the climbing gear to something more refined... like the Keysquare ($36). Designed specifically for carrying your keys, it's cut and machined from a solid block of stainless steel and hand finished for durability. While it sports a long slit for attaching to a belt loop, it's still small enough to easily slide into a pocket, and like any good piece of metal, it also doubles as a bottle opener.
When spending time in the outdoors, it helps to have company — but if you lack for human companionship, at least bring along the Woodman's Pal ($70). This multi-tool features a sickle hook blade that can cut branches up to 1.5 inches in diameter in a single stroke, a 10.5 inch carbon steel blade for normal cutting, an ash hardwood handle for comfort, and a nylon wrist strap for keeping it handy. Also, it's potentially the first multi-tool to appear on Uncrate not to feature a bottle opener. [Scouted by Brian]
Multi-tools can sure be handy — but with most of them, you'd best have both hands available for operation. The Leatherman OHT Multi-Tool ($70) is the company's first full-size tool to be designed with one-hand operation in mind, meaning you can get to the pliers, cutters, knives, screwdrivers, saw, can and bottle openers, and wrench without taking your other hand away from
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Not satisfied with the shovel/crowbar/axe combination of the original Crovel? The Crovel Tactical ($110) should sate your multi-purpose weapon/tool hunger. Boasting a steel shovel head, the Tactical offers a saw tooth edge, a threaded hollow steel handle that lets you screw in a slingshot attachment or a deadly sharp spike, 15 feet of 500 paracord wrapped around the handle, weighting that makes it an effective throwing weapon, and, of course, a bottle opener — because who cares how many people you kill if you can't enjoy a beer afterwards.
Get multiple projects done without multiple trips to the tool shed with the Crescent Odd Job Multi-Tool ($20). This relatively petite tool serves as a hammer, mallet, ratcheting bit driver, screwdriver, utility knife, and nail puller, all while measuring less than a foot long. The real surprise? A multi-tool on Uncrate that doesn't include a bottle opener.
Sure, there are more powerful drills — but few can go where this one can. The Bosch 12-Volt Max Pocket Driver ($105) sports a compact, lightweight design that allows it to fit into areas most drill's can't while making it easy to keep nearby on a belt loop or in a holster. Lithium-ion batteries ensure that it'll have the juice to finish the job and recharge quickly once it's over, and thanks to a motor that supplies up to 265 inch-pounds of torque, it's got more than enough muscle to tackle nearly any task.
Cordless drills are great for around-the-house chores, but they can be overkill for a lot of tasks — and keeping track of all their bits can be a pain, besides. Enter the Worx Semi-Automatic Screw Driver ($50). This crazy/handy tool comes with two rapid reload cartridges that hold six bits a piece and uses a slide action system to change the bit selection, letting you go from drilling a pilot hole to Philips to flat head in no time flat — and no bits lost.
If an axe is going to have interchangeable heads, it'd better have a solid core — and the Zai Core Axe ($TBA) doesn't disappoint. The 28-inch helve is made from carbon fiber sandwiched in Ash wood — giving it a light weight and striking looks — while the two forged high carbon steel heads fell or split trees with the best of them and can be swapped out easily using the integrated quick release system. Whether you use it on trees or zombies is totally up to you.
Just because a tool is meant for work doesn't mean it has to be ugly. That's the idea behind the new line of Hardcore Hatchets ($45). Each handcrafted-in-the-USA axe has an 18-inch American Hickory handle that's painted or stained, giving each a unique look, while a sturdy 19 oz. head chops through firewood, small trees, and limbs with ease.
Most modular tool systems we've seen simply let you use the same battery packs for lots of different tools, virtually ensuring that you'll have one ready to go when a chore calls. The Black & Decker Modular Matrix System ($30-$70) instead lets you choose from one of three base units that connect to a variety of attachments, including a drill, impact driver, oscillating multi-tool, jigsaw, sander, router, and trim saw. Thanks to lithium-ion batteries that hold a charge up to 18 months, you can rest assured you're powered up and ready with the right tool for the job. [via]