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.
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.
Cops know a few things. Among these: donuts, coffee & flashlights. Police forces have been shining big, black Maglites on the guilty and innocent for decades. The heavy, durable lights also double nicely as a billy club. At only 5” long and 1” in diameter, this new, mini LED model won’t knock you out cold with one shot, but it will light things up nicely. Powered by three AAA batteries.
Behind all the products at Triple Aught Design is Patrick Ma. He’s a designer and proud ex-U.S. Army soldier. His military experience informs his every design. Everything made by TAD is designed for durability, function & versatility. For instance, their BRATT tool. The “Be Ready Always Titanium Tool” does it all: open a beer, tighten a loose screw, pry the top off a paint can, etc. This dense little slab of titanium can even be used for self-defense. Kinda like brass knuckles only lighter. Bam!
This thing is the bomb. The Light Mine Professional is a super-bright LED task light with a unique design. Using magnets, this baseball-size light will stick to any metal surface for tricky jobs under the car, the house or anywhere you need a compact, hands-free light that can rotate any which way for full 360º coverage. It has 4 light functions: low power spot, high output flood, red night vision & a high visibility signal beacon. A sizable upgrade from the original.
If you’ve ever fixed your car with duct tape or given your bike a new lease on life with Super Glue, you’re gonna want some Sugru in your toolbox. This high-tech putty dries to become a soft yet durable material at room temperature. Fix a leaky running shoe, put a soft handle on your screwdriver, whatever. It bonds to pretty much anything, is waterproof, and it’s self-adhesive. Plus, its made from simple silicone, so it’s safe.
Where else do you find black chrome? You find it on some Leica cameras, maybe on a custom hotrod, but tools? This is new. These are Stanley sockets, so you know they’re bomber and have a lifetime warranty. In addition, the sizes, laser-etched into the black chrome, are easier to read. This finish is also more durable than regular chrome. Black is just better.
When it comes to wilderness survival Bear Grylls is our idol. He knows the tricks, the tools and the MacGyver moves needed to live through commercial breaks and long production days. In his pocket-sized 15-piece survival kit from Gerber you get: knives, a bottle opener, screwdrivers, a signal mirror, snare wire, a fishing kit, fire tinder and more. Basically everything you need to stay cool until the camera crew shows up the next morning in the helicopter with your latté.
Holding the flashlight in your mouth and trying to swear your ass off at the same time is tough. This new hands-free light will allow your foul-mouth to flow freely, while the task at hand is lit up like an operating room. This high powered LED light features a fully adjustable head to put light right where it’s needed and it’s magnetic so you can stick it & get to work. You might not even need to swear, but please feel free.
No, it’s not a German Thrash Metal band, although the Hardcore Hammer definitely pounds out some heavy hits. This framing hammer is built to withstand the rigors of professional carpentry, while lasting forever. On a regular hammer, the waffle pattern of the hammer face wears down quickly reducing its ability to grip & sink nails. This design protects the waffle providing for years & years of perfectly pounded nails.