The Best Cool Tools

By Staff Writers  |  Updated August 28, 2023

The Best Cool Tools

Let’s be honest: most guys want tools. We want to know they are waiting for us in the garage when a domestic disaster occurs. They call to us as we walk by them in Home Depot. They are the champions of male gift-giving. We need them in abundance.

DIY enthusiasts have impact drivers and battery-powered everything. Computer geeks have their ultra-cool electric screwdrivers.  Gardeners have entire sheds filled with lawn essentials.

Tools make our lives easier allowing us to spend time doing the things we love with less effort.

So of course we’re going to compile a list of the newest and most useful tools around.

Below, you’ll find pretty much every kind of tool under the sun—manual tools, power tools, and much more. If there’s a tool that can facilitate a project or hobby, we’ll include it here if we think it’s the best.

Time to clear out space in your garage, basement, or tool shed, because you’re about to load up.

For more great tool options check out our list of the Best Multi-tools

The Seeker 4 Mini Provides Both White Light & UV in a Compact Design

Olight Seeker 4 Mini


Though this EDC flashlight is small, it is surprisingly mighty. Despite its 3.4-inch long body, it’s capable of generating a 1,200 lumen beam up to 120 meters, both in white and 365nm UV light. Thanks to this, you can use it not only for camping, hiking, and mountain climbing in the dark, but it’ll also double as a tool for hotel cleanliness inspection, stain identification, and detection of fluorescent agents.

The aluminum alloy body is tough, and the addition of a metal button (rather than the usual plastic) increases its longevity and keeps it from being compromised by repeated use or exposure to weather or dust.

It’s also IPX8 rated waterproof, so you can take it out into the rain, snow, or sleet worry-free. Charge time is around 90 minutes, with a run time of 25 minutes on Turbo (max brightness) mode, 33.5 hours on low mode (15 lumens), and 12 days on “moon” mode (2 lumens). It’s even got a built-in strobe light so you can use it as a self-defense tool.

Thanks to its built-in belt clip, it’s always close at hand and ready to switch on in an instant.

The Gerber Armbar Trade Provides Maximum Multi-tool Utility in a Small Package

Gerber Armbar Trade


With a work tool, quality always beats quantity. That’s the motto that guided the construction of Gerber’s newest multi-tool, the Armbar Trade.

Though it only packs eight tools, each one is built for maximum reliability and durability, specifically intended to be used on the job site.

The saw, plain edge blade, awl, bottle opener, bit driver, pry bar, and hammer all are crafted using ultra tough stainless steel backed by a lifetime warranty that proves just how durable they are.

The design, though simple & compact, ensures that you have easy, instant access to whatever tool you need for whatever job you’re doing.

Thanks to the pocket clip, it’ll always be within easy reach and ready to whip out at a moment’s notice. It’s compact enough to fit into any pocket or pouch and quite affordable for the quality.

The Heavy-duty DMOS Delta Shovel Folds Down for Easy Storage

DMOS Delta Shovel


Are you the sort of guy who wants to “be ready for anything”? The DMOS Delta shovel will help you do just that.

Built entirely from tough stainless steel, this 6-pound shovel collapses down to just 24” long and 11” wide, but extends to a full-length 51” so even taller guys can wield it with ease.

Its collapsible design makes it easy to store or pack among your camping, hiking, hunting, or survival gear and it’ll be easy to deploy in seconds.

With three shaft lengths and three blade modes to choose from, you’ll find it’s suitable for just about any digging application. You can even use it for heavy-duty applications, as it’s rated for up to 1,000 pounds of payload. Now that’s a tool you’ll want to have with you anywhere and everywhere you go.

The James Brand Makes Beautiful Knives and the Little Abbey Fixed-blade is a Prime Example

The James Brand Little Abbey Knife


HORL is the Original Rolling Knife Sharpener

HORL Original Rolling Knife Sharpener


4 EDC Essentials Come Together Nicely in this Kit from Craighill

Huckberry x Craighill EDC Kit


Keep Cords & Lines Lashed with CamJam XT

Nite Ize CamJam XT Rope Tightener


Designed to simplify the task of tightening cordage, the CamJam XT is the ultimate tool for getting lines tight.

Combining a carabiner with a locking cam mechanism, it makes securing, tensioning, and lashing down loads easier. Clip the carabiner to a fixed anchor point, then use the cam mechanism to safely connect, tension, and easily release your cord.

This Sleek Tool Set from Hoto is Designed to be Stored in Small Spaces

HOTO Home Tool Set


The HOTO Tire Inflator is Battery Powered and Quite Handy

HOTO Tire Inflator


True Utility Titanium Locking Pocket Multi-Tool

True Utility Titanium Locking Pocket Multi-Tool


Ryker Bag Tool Organizers Roll Up for Carry Convenience

Ryker Bag Tool Organizer


The Pocketable Gesila Titanium Pry Bar from We Knife Company

We Knife Co Gesila Prybar Tool


The WUBEN G2 is a Bright Little EDC Keychain Light

WUBEN G2 EDC Keychain Light


Work Through the Night with the BearTrap Multi-Function Worklight

BearTrap Multi-Function Worklight


Be Ready for Any Outdoors Situation with the MAX Multipurpose Axe Toolkit

MAX Multipurpose Axe Toolkit


The Barebones Folding Shovel is a Handy Portable Camping Tool

Barebones Folding Shovel


überleben Tindår Wick & Bellow Makes Fire-Starting a Snap

überleben Tindår Wick & Bellow Fire Starter


Gerber Dual-Force Multi-tool Gives You Powerful Pliers & More

Gerber Dual-Force


With a design that delivers twice the bite force of standard pliers, Gerber’s Dual-Force multi-tool features a dual-position slip-lock joint giving the tool’s jaws the ability to adjust in size to fit the task. A range of locking outboard tools includes saw, knife, file, and drivers to add all-around versatility.

Ditch the Bristles: KUNIFU BBQ Grill Scraper

KUNIFU BBQ Grill Scraper


Slice is a Finger-Friendly Folding Cutter That Never Dulls

Slice Ceramic Folding Knife


Never Worry About Low Tires with the Makita 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Inflator

Makita 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless High-Pressure Inflator


The Milwaukee M12 Mounting Fan has Magnets on its Base

Milwaukee M12 Mounting Fan


Powered by Milwaukee’s M12 series batteries, the M12 Mounting Fan throws a cool breeze with no cords. The durable design delivers airspeed up to 14 MPH, pushes 400 CFM, offers adjustable 3-speed control and 360º rotation.

What really makes this unit stand-out are the mounting options including a magnetic base for metal, and a spring-loaded clamp for hanging.

Standing Makes it Easier: DeWalt DCV501HB Cordless Shop Vac

DeWalt Cordless Shop Vac


DeWalt’s latest cordless vacuum is a powerful and portable workshop tool that gives you another weapon in your arsenal powered by the universal 20V Max battery packs.

The vac delivers 46CFM of suction & up to 21-minutes of full-power run-time offering HEPA air filtration, & 6 cleaning accessory attachments. It’s small and portable and includes an attachment to turn it into a stick-style vac to save your back from the constant bending.

Still Our Favorite Classic Carry: Gerber Shard Keychain Tool

Gerber Shard Keychain Tool


Lightweight & airline-safe, Gerber’s Shard keychain tool is a proven EDC classic. It also happens to be the one tiny tool we go to most often. With a durable titanium nitride coating & sized perfectly for your pocket, it offers small & medium flat drivers, a Philips head driver, wire stripper, pry bar, bottle opener, & lanyard hole. It weighs about half an ounce.

Exceptional EDC: WESN’s MT Multi-tool

WESN MT Multi-tool


Marked by its lightweight skeletal design, the minimalist MT multi-tool from Detroit’s WESN brand, is a simple way to handle some tough tasks. Integrated into its precision CNC-milled frame is a pry bar, bottle opener & flathead screwdriver/scraper. At .4 ounces, you won’t even know it’s on your keyring until you need it.

Pegboard Up & Organize the Workshop

Torack Pegboard Wall Organizer


Torack’s Pegboard Wall organizer is a great way to get your garage straightened out & tidied up. Made of metal with a silver-coated finish, the 48″ X 40″ board mounts to the wall with slots to fit all standard 1/4in & 1/8in pegboard hooks, bins, and accessories. It offers a 48″-wide overhead shelf, a paper towel holder, and a 12″ utility shelf.

Slice Through Shrink Wrap & Everything Else with this $2 Cutter

Pacific Handy Cutter


Designed to safely & effortlessly slice through shrink wrap, stretch wrap, packing tape, and plastic straps, the Pacific Handy Cutter uses a sturdy steel blade to cut through all those holiday packing materials to quickly get you to the goods.

CRKT’s Hex Bit Tool Roll is an EDC Essential

CRKT Hex Bit Tool Roll


In a compact, pocketable leather roll, CRKT’s Hex Bit Driver Tool Roll keeps bits for 13 essential torx, phillips & flat heads, at your fingertips. The brass handled mini driver features a ball bearing spinner for quick & smooth function.

Gerber’s Prybrid Utility is a Sharp, Pocketable Multi-tool

Gerber Gear Prybrid Utility


Blending the best of a replaceable utility blade knife and a compact multi-tool, Gerber’s Prybrid Utility is a pocket and keychain-friendly EDC implement offering 8 different tools, including wire strippers, bottle opener, Standard Utility blade, and more.

This Milwaukee Penlight Doubles as a Laser Pointer

Milwaukee Rechargeable Penlight w/ Laser Pointer


With its rechargeable battery and integrated laser pointer, this pen light from Milwaukee is a handy tool for all kinds of jobs. Toggle between two light modes: 250-lumens & 50-lumens for the torch. Or flip on the laser and point it out. The handle end of the light features a rubber bite-tip so you can safely hold it in your mouth, hands-free. Run-time is 2-8 hours depending on mode, and a 3-color battery indicator let’s you know how much life is left. Recharge via MicroUSB.

HÉROS Trauma Shears Cut Through It All

HÉROS Trauma Shears


Backed by 10 years of research and tested in the field by paramedics, emergency physicians, Navy SEALs and a NASA flight surgeon, the 8-in-1 HÉROS shears are truly built for battle. They’ll cut through virtually anything: carbon fiber, kevlar, leather, seatbelts, heavy plastic, your boots, luggage, you name it. Made of Japanese AUS-8 Steel, they cut with the power of a Great White’s jaw yet stay sharp no matter what you put them through.

Easily Carry Your Tools in this Heavy Duty Waxed Canvas Bag from Readywares

Readywares Tool Bag


Plumbers, electricians, carpenters, painters, or home DIYers, this one is for you. The Tool Bag by Readywares is an ultra-tough waxed canvas bag that features 11 spacious pockets plus a large main compartment that offers you plenty of room to carry around all the tools and essentials you’ll need for your job.

The cotton and polyester-blend fabric straps have all been reinforced so you know they’ll bear up under the weight of your tools even if you over-fill the pouch (which, let’s be honest, us working guys tend to do). Plus, the waxed canvas is tough enough to shrug off rain, spills, and stains, and you can literally rub out any scuffs in the wax coating to make it look as good as new.

The FishFace is an EDC Multi-Tool with Bite

FishFace 18-in-1 Pocket Multi-Tool


The FishFace from True Utility is an 18-in-1 EDC multi-tool no larger than the other keys on your keychain but it puts in overtime. It features Phillips and flat screwdrivers, wrenches, hex drive, pry bar, file, nail tool, bottle opener, box opener and cutter. Made of stainless steel with a black titanium coating, it’s built for daily duty & with its sprung ’biner clip, stays right by your side.

Cordless & Versatile LED Flashlight from Worx

Cordless & Versatile LED Flashlight from Worx


This 20-volt cordless light from Worx offers 4 functions for endless versatility—a bright 450-lumen LED flashlight with a 70º rotating head, 360-degree lantern, desk lamp, and flashing emergency light. Powered by Worx universal 20V & 40V batteries, it offers multi-mode brightness adjustment, a telescoping design & one-touch controls. Battery life ranges from 8-18 hours.

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