Second only perhaps to the persuasive powers of the trusty sledgehammer, locking pliers are a tool we can all agree on as “indispensible.” Crusty, rusty nuts and hard to reach hexheads are no match for a pair of vise-grips. And now C.H. Hanson Tools have updated the design, eliminating the adjustment knob on the handle. Now they automatically lock on to whatever you grip. Easier is better.
You pull out your headphones desperate to escape the wail of that screaming baby a few seats over. How bad does it suck when the cord is a rat nest of tangles? Fix it. This handmade wooden wheel will keep your headphone cable in a neat little spool, so you can escape the pain-in-the-ass of reality without ever wasting a single moment. Just unroll and rock.
We were pretty stoked when the new iPad 2 came out, but when we laid eyes on the Miniot Cover, we got wood. Is that weird? It’s a three-way stand for your pad, but most importantly, it provides protection for your easily scratched screen. Light & slim the cover features an Ultrasuede microfiber lining. The wood comes from managed, sustainable forests and Miniot even offers free engraving. Made in Holland.
If you’re a regular doodler, sketch artist, scribbler, poet, or planner you’re constantly looking for a pen, right? Maybe a mechanical pencil, whatever. The point is, you need to keep an implement handy. This journal bandolier does just that. Handmade and available in a wide array of colors & styles, these elastic straps wrap around your journal with Velcro and feature loops to hold your writing utensils. Various sizes to fit all Moleskine and standard journals.
It would take an Indiana Jones-type adventure to get your leather luggage looking this beat up. But you don’t need to go hunting for a holy grail—the Alpha Bravo collection from Tumi comes pre-thrashed. Made from full-grain Lejeune leather burnished for a distressed look, the collection offers heavy-duty designs in an array of styles: tote, backpack, duffel & a messenger bag.
With the introduction of their little pocket notebooks, the Field Notes brand brought back the outdated notion of “jotting something down” on paper. Over the past few years, they’ve expanded their offerings to include special seasonal colors and other coolness. Now they’ve got a new style: you design the cover using dry-transfer stencils. Get crafty.
Your girl may already have plenty of junk in the trunk, but this is something you should stick in there anyway. When her car decides to die & strand her on the roadside, it’s always in some middle-of-nowhere hellhole. But with an Eton Safety Hub in the trunk, the situation is under control. This unit features a bright white LED flashlight, a red-flashing safety beacon, AM/FM/NOAA weather radio bands, AC power inputs for charging things like cell phones.
Five thousand bucks may seem like a lot to pay for a laser level, but not if you’re dropping $100K in exotic marble flooring for your home—or any other high dollar precision project. This self-leveling unit is an advanced three-plane line laser machined from aircraft aluminum, brass & surgical steel. Its matrix of three laser beams creates pinpoint accuracy for measurements in all three dimensions. The kit includes the laser, tripod, targets, charger, etc.
Extreme grindcore bands and horror movie killers alike have used the metal saw for making all kinds of cuts. Imagine the slashing & thrashing you could do around the job-site with this cordless, pro-grade M18 model from Milwaukee Tools. Light and powerful, the M18 weighs just 5.8 lbs with battery life lasting for 200+ cuts. The 5-3/8” carbide-tipped blade will rip through angle iron, EMT, sheet metal, threaded rod, rebar and more. Go ahead & shred some metal.