Tacray’s tiny utility knife is the perfect addition to any keychain and makes quick work of opening boxes, cutting paper and twine, and other everyday tasks. Its body is made from titanium in a blue-tint finish, while its replaceable knife blade is made from 440C stainless steel. Spare blades are available in a 10-pack.
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Black Diamond’s compact lantern is perfect for backpacking. Its top packs warm white LEDs beneath a diffuser for up to 150 lumens of smooth area light and a single LED on its other end for a directional flashlight beam. It runs on four AAA batteries and has a collapsible hook built-in for hanging.
This wall-mounted pegboard rack makes it easy to keep all your hand tools organized and ready to use. It includes 4 feet of powder-coated steel pegboard, along with a variety of pegs, hooks, bins, shelves, and drill bit boxes to keep everything tidy. It even includes a wrench organizer and a paper towel holder.
Belarus-based leather shop Egor Store makes these handsome and functional rolls for storing pocket knives or other small tools. They come in various sizes, ranging from 6 pockets all the way up to 24 pockets, which we imagine would be quite heavy once full. Available in black, dark brown, or caramel.
ThruNite’s palm-sized flashlight kicks out up to 693 lumens in its top setting and looks great in its army green aluminum alloy case. It offers five brightness modes and a strobe mode, and runs on a rechargeable 16340 battery. It also has a two-way clip, and a magnetic tail cap so you can stick it to steel surfaces.
5.11’s stainless steel pocket tool might be small, but it’s quite useful, incorporating a nail puller/pry bar, hex wrench, flat head screwdrivers, bottle opener, wire stripper, and metric and imperial rulers. It clips easily onto your bag, belt loop, or keychain, and comes with a tiny Kydex sheath.
This folding steel multitool features a pair of sturdy locking pliers, a pin vice, wire cutters, a wire stripper, a file, ruler, serrated knife, a hex-bit driver, various screwdrivers, and a bottle opener. It also comes with Leatherman’s legendary quality and a 25 year warranty.
This unique cutting tool is made from incredibly hard tungsten carbide, typically used for industrial machining. The skinny CIZOR can be gripped like a pen and offers a razor-sharp cutting edge and a pointy rear that can break glass. They come in two sizes with a silicone cap on paracord, with an optional aluminum desk stand.
While he could have just bought a cheap jigsaw, Hassan Abu-Izmero enjoys a challenge, so he got to building himself a fully-functional jigsaw that’s driven by the rotating action of a power drill. It took a simple yet clever bit of engineering to convert the drill’s circular motion into the saw’s longitudinal motion.
Shortly before last year came to an end, the editorial staff at Everyday Carry picked out a handful of items they hoped to get in their stockings for the holidays, and there’s some pretty sweet gear on the list. We’re particularly fond of the heat-tinged Kaweco Liliput Fireblue fountain pen.
This soft-sided tool bag is made from durable 1000D PVC, which resists tears, punctures, water, and UV damage. Inside, you’ll find a large main compartment and eight small tool pouches, along with two pockets on front. Its high-visibility orange design is easy to spot, and has reflective stripes on its shoulder strap.
This versatile measuring gadget is great for anyone who needs to cut wood or other stock. It combines a square and protractor and has templates for dovetail joints, circular holes, parallel lines, drill positioning, and a variety of common miter angle markings. It’s made from aluminum alloy and has easy-to-read markings.
Simplicity is the name of the game with this compact knife from CRKT and T.J. Schwarz Design. It features a fixed 1.74″ 5Cr15MoV steel blade, set into a textured ABS thermoplastic handle. Rather than needing a separate sheath, its body has a built-in pocket clip, and a snap-on cap protects its blade when not in use.
Industrial hydraulic presses are designed to compress metals, so we’re not surprised that HPC’s 150-ton press was able to make quick work of these steel axes. Place your bets now as to how much pressure will be needed to bend or break these normally sturdy hand tools.
KeySmart’s inexpensive keychain multitool incorporates a bottle opener, wrench, ruler, cutter, spoke wrench, flat- and Phillips-head screwdrivers, and a wire cutter. Its built-in carabiner clip attaches easily to a belt loop or bag too. They sell versions in other animal-inspired shapes, but they include fewer tools.
Milwaukee Tools‘ portable, rechargeable light uses ten LEDs to provide a smooth and bright light for your projects. It has 100, 250, and 550 lumen modes, and can pivot 210o to direct light where you need it. It’s got a built in carabiner clip for carrying, and a magnetic base for attaching to car hoods and other metal surfaces.
At first glance, RovyVon’s carabiner looks like it’s just for holding keys. But look closer, and you’ll see that the titanium tool has a pocket knife built into its edge. It takes standard #11 scalpel blades, which are great for opening boxes, cutting twine, or hobby projects.
This handy pocket tool features a similar blade setup to a Swiss Army knife but comes packaged in a rectangular handle. Its functions include a pocket knife, spring-action scissors, can opener, bottle opener, nail file, Phillips and flat screwdrivers, and a SIM card tool. It also has a loop so you can hang it from your keychain.
Forgot a Christmas gift for someone? Looking for something useful but inexpensive? Look no further than Everyday Carry for their list of 15 great little gifts that cost less than 15 bucks. We were surprised to find some great little flashlights, knives, organizers, and even a watch on the list.
The versatile Dremel Ultra Saw is one of our go-to power tools. Now it comes in a cordless version, so you can use it anywhere. It runs on a rechargeable 20V battery pack and can make quick and easy cuts through wood, metal, PVC, masonry, tile, and more. It can even do plunge cuts in the middle of materials.
This palm-sized ratcheting socket wrench helps you turn bolts in tight spaces. Its center has a gimbal design which allows it to pivot on two axes, so you can squeeze into traditionally tricky locations and still turn it. Available in a 1/4″ or 3/8″ drive to fit a variety of standard sockets.
This mid-sized pry tool offers greater leverage than pocket-sized pry bars, but at 10″ long, it’s still small enough to toss in a backpack. It includes a sharp cutting and prying blade, ripper hook, multi-wrench, and nail puller, all set into a full tang stainless steel bar with 6″ textured handles for maximum grip.
When it comes to cutting a range of heavy-duty materials – aluminum siding to soffit, fascia, gutters, tin, and more – the Fiskars PowerArc Easy Action Aluminum Tin Snips are the right tool for the job. The design of the curved blades give you 40% more power, and the ergonomic, spring-assisted handle reduces hand fatigue.
By moving its battery to an outside dock, this portable rotary is slimmer than other units. It offers variable speed control, with a top speed of 35,000 RPM. Plus, its 20-volt Power Share base station can be used to power a variety of other tools, including a woodburner/soldering iron, an airbrush, a heat gun, and an angle grinder.
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