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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True Utility Keyring Lighter ($16). LaCie 16G USB Key ($26). Boker Plus Vox Access Tool ($27). True Utility Keytool ($7). PocketToolX Piranha Pocket Tool ($23). Leatherman Squirt ($25). Leatherman Style ($15). ResQMe Car Escape Tool ($11). True Utility Stainless Corkscrew ($10). Telescopic Pen ($7). Swiss+Tech Nail Clipper, LED Light, and Knife Tool ($9). Swiss+Tech Utilikey ($13). Solar Powered LED Flashlight ($2). nanoSTRIKER Ferrocerium Fire Starter ($24). PocketToolX Brewser ($13). Streamlight Nano LED Flashlight ($6). Kingston 16G Data Traveler ($10). ReadyGear Paracord Key Chain ($9). Vigilant Aircraft Cable ($7). Gerber Shard Keychain Tool ($6). Swiss+Tech 19-in-1 Multitool ($7). Lucky Line Key Ring ($3). IDL Multi-Tool ($10). FREEKey Easy Open Key Ring ($8). Schrade Pry Tool and Seatbelt Cutter ($24). True Utility Cash Stash ($11).
Hopefully you'd never have to use it, but should the need arise, you'll certainly be glad to have the Leatherman Raptor ($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.
Have some stuff you need kept safe — and we mean really, really safe? Place it inside a Ti2 Sentinel ($25-$200). Available in small, medium, and large versions with differing interior diameters, these titanium tubes are completely waterproof and corrosion resistant, can easily be hooked to rings, clips, or lanyards, and offer a three-piece design to ensure you can get everything out of them when the time comes. Great for caching survival tools, cash, and medicine, and also serve as stylish pen, key, or flash drive storage.
"The World's Thinnest Watch" is a bold claim to make — but at just 0.8mm thick, we're inclined to believe it. The CST-01 Watch ($130) achieves this by packing its guts — a battery, E Ink display, and controller chip — into a 0.5mm pocket etched into the single-piece stainless steel band. That doesn't leave much room for controls, of course, which is why they're mounted on the recharging base — although with a 10 minute charge time and month-long battery life, you're not going to be visiting the base very often. Available in white or black.
Whether you're just getting into the every day carry lifestyle or are simply tired of your current mis-matched gear, Gerber GDC Tools ($TBA) are coming to help. This lineup of keychain- and pocket-friendly tools includes a zip blade (think utility knife), a driver with Phillips and flat head drivers, a hex driver with 5 metric bits, and LED light/bottle opener, a striking black pocket knife, and a hook knife, all designed to look good together while playing nice on the same keychain.
It's a question we've often asked ourselves: "Why not give our iPads something to do while they spend their sad days in docks next to our Macs?" Well, the guys a Panic must have been thinking the same thing, because they've created exactly what we've been looking for. Status Board ($10) gives you an at-a-glance overview of the time, weather, your calendar, email, Twitter timeline, and RSS feeds, plus three Pro options to turn your JSON or CSV data into graphs or tables. You can even design your own panels using HTML. Have a TV hanging on the wall, doing nothing all day? Hook your iPad up via HDMI or via AirPlay to an Apple TV and Status Board will use it to display your info instead — which is way more useful than just watching reruns of SportsCenter all day.
Trying to maximize the versatility of your pocket contents while maintaining a slim profile can be challenging. Stat EDC Multitools ($70-$110) are here to help. Available in four different models, each tool offers the ability to cut, measure, and pry, while keeping a low profile and offering a hole at one end for attaching to a keychain to clip. Made from knife-grade stainless steel and finished with a military-grade anticorrosive ceramic coating, they're ready for any job you throw at them.
Believe it or not, in the early 1900s much of our knowledge of the strange and exotic came from one man. A curious man, if you will. A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert "Believe It or Not!" Ripley ($15) takes a look at the life and times of the cartoonist, millionaire, and champion of the weird, wild, and unexplainable. From his eponymous museums to the celebration of the weird in pop culture, Ripley's legacy is far more than you might think — dare we say it, even more than you might believe.
As technology advances and our gadgets and tools become more complex, the little pieces that make everything work seem more and more abstract. Things Come Apart: A Teardown Manual for Modern Living ($19) explores the interior of fifty classic designs through more than 180 color photographs. The objects are arranged first by size and then by complexity, and are accompanied by essays from noteworthy minds in the restoration, DIT, and design innovation fields. A great addition to the library of any curious mind, be they an engineer, tinkerer, or just plain ol' repairman.