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With the introduction of their little pocket notebooks, the Field Notes brand brought back the outdated notion of “jotting something down” on paper.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.
If you’ve heard of legendary Swiss climber Ueli Steck, you know that any tool bearing his name must be badass. If you don’t know Ueli, imagine the demands placed on tools in world-record alpine speedclimbs. Yeah, heavy. His pro model Titanium knife from Wenger features blades twice as thick and half as heavy as the normal stuff. Features include a saw blade, hex keys and screwdrivers.
Yard work gathers mountains of leaves and mower clippings that you really ought to be composting. Make it easy on yourself (and your helpers) with Dsolv compostable yard waste bags. Fill these 45-gallon mesh bags with yard waste and throw ‘em on the compost heap. Made of a vegetable-based polymer, the bags will break down quickly on their own.
A compact cordless drill is handy to have, but most of your choices are nutless, down-sized little weaklings. Don’t screw yourself buying some chintzy tool made for “household” jobs. The new Festool CXS is a little beast, a pro-grade cordless drill with an array of interchangeable chucks to tackle a wide variety of screwjobs around the house.