Craftsman Flex Claw Hammer

Hammers are simple tools that do one or two things fairly reliably, notably bashing small metal pins into other things (and also pulling them back out). The Craftsman Flex Claw Hammer imaginatively expands on these functionalities by the inclusion of a rotating claw that can be turned and locked to one of four different positions by pressing on a release on the hammer, all in order to get the right angle for the job. It’s also got a large striking face for driving nails, a magnetic nail starter to spare your fingers, and a grippy dual-material handle that soaks up some of the impact force of repeated blows.

Grab one at Amazon – $55

GET IT: $55


Tactica Talon

Think multitool and you’ll usually imagine a hefty contraption made of stainless steel. Tactica’s Talon, like their first product, their Tactica One bottle opener, is instead crafted of a composite material of glass and polymer, as strong and hard as the former (and die cast metal, actually) without the fragility. Throw it in your pocket alongside your phone if you want — it won’t scratch it. Its seventeen tools include a box cutter, two hex sockets — one high torque — both metric and imperial rulers, a bottle opener, and eleven wrenches. It’s even got a storage compartment to fit two drivers, with a both Phillips and flat head bits included.

Find it at Kickstarter – $30

GET IT: $30


Shinola x Leatherman Multitool

The quality of Leatherman multitools is without question, and this collaboration between the American tool-maker and Shinola only further elevates the former’s already functional style while custom tailoring its uses. The multitool is based on Leatherman’s Charge AL, giving it a matte navy anodized exterior and the addition of two tools: a watch tool for swapping watch straps and a bike hex tool. It’s still equipped with the same tools as the original including needlenose pliers, wire cutters, two knives — one serrated, one straight — plus a saw, scissors, a diamond-coated file, and a bottle opener, amongst several others totalling 17. The tool also ships with a leather sheath and a bit kit to swap out the screwdriver bit in the fold-out driver.

Learn more at Shinola – $250

GET IT: $250


Swiss+Tech 20-in-1 Bicycle Multitool Kit

Throw a spare tube and a Swiss+Tech 20-in-1 Bicycle Multitool Kit into your bike’s saddle bag and you’re essentially set for anything the road could throw at you. The slim tool includes two tire levers for changing a flat, a chain tool, five spoke wrenches, a pair of screwdrivers, seven hex drivers, a T25 star driver, and two wrenches. It’s made entirely of stainless steel so it isn’t the lightest tool in the shed, but it makes up for it in durability.

Hit up Amazon for details – $14 [via]

GET IT: $14


Wazer Desktop Waterjet Cutter

At several thousand dollars, it’d be hard to convince a layman that the Wazer Desktop Waterjet Cutter is affordable — until you showed them the price of others. And it’s also the first to be small enough to fit on a desk, albeit a large one. Wazer uses waterjet technology that employs a water and sand-like mixture to cut through just about any material with high precision and without setting it aflame, also avoiding heat-induced warping and dust creation. The machine plugs into a standard outlet and a hose. Then, make your design using one of several software (including Solidworks, Adobe Illustrator, Google SketchUp, and others), load in the abrasive, put in the block of material to cut, set the cutter to the right height using an included tool, and close the lid.

Learn more at Kickstarter – $4,000

GET IT: $4,000


VSSL Mini Cache

VSSL are masters at packing lots of functionality into compact tubes, as we judge by their existing gear. The VSSL Mini Cache is no exception, though you’ll have to fill the tube yourself. The cache doubles as a three-mode portable LED lantern and boasts a compass on its carabiner-equipped end cap. Unscrew the cap and there’s room for a few VSSL modules, which for example include a wire saw, first aid supplies, fishing gear, Tinder Quik fire starts, Aquatabs for water purification, and many more — though none are included. Alternately, just fill it with whatever else fits.

Learn more at VSSL – $65


Worx Switch Drill & Driver

While they both do essentially the same thing — spin a thin, cylindrical hunk of metal — there’s been no practical way to get around owning both a standalone drill and a bit driver. The Worx Switch Drill & Driver is one tool that takes the place of both and makes switching between them quick and easy thanks to two 1/4-inch chucks, one for drilling and one for driving, that rotate 180 degrees at the push of a button (i.e. that little red trigger above the main one for drilling). The bits stay loaded all the while so switching back and forth between them is seamless, and an electronic clutch with 11 positions lets you adjust torque settings while preventing screws from being stripped on driver mode. It’s also got an integrated LED for shedding light on whatever you’re working on.

Learn more at Amazon – $95


Shaper Origin CNC Machine

A proper CNC router will set you back an absurd amount of money. Cheap it’s not, but Shaper Origin CNC Machine at least makes this technology affordable for the serious DIYer. It’s also the first hand-held CNC machine but instead of leaving precise work to your shaky, non-expert hands the Shaker Origin guides you using a 5-inch touchscreen display up top that’s programmed with a precise design and automatically corrects the tool’s bit to the desired position — as well as completely handling the z-axis depth — for a perfectly smooth cut. Thanks to its open ended handheld nature it’ll help you tackle projects of various sizes and complexities. It’s also clean thanks to a dust extraction port (bottom left) that connects to your external vacuum to quarantine the dust and features a collect that accepts standard 1/4-inch shank router bits.

Learn more at Shaper Tools – $1,500+


Walabot DIY

Ever wish your stud finder could do a little more than beep incessantly? Walabot DIY is the answer. This device magnetically connects to your Android smartphone and uses a Vayyar Imaging sensor to look through up to four inches of concrete or drywall, displaying a representation of what it sees on your device’s display by way of an app. Between various sensing modes and calibration it can be adjusted to your needs, seeing pipes and wires — and their orientation — or even movement (i.e. rodents and other unwanted critters) behind walls.

Learn more at Walabot – $200


The MSTR Key

It’s unassumingly sized like a normal key. And while it won’t open any locks, the MSTR Key still packs twenty handy tools in one cleverly designed package made of 304 stainless steel with an electrochemical polished finish. Tools include several screwdrivers, a box cutter, a bottle opener, paint lid closer, pry bar, bicycle spoke wrench, line cutter, wire stripper, staple remover, several hex wrenches, and a zip tie pick/release. It’s also safe for pockets and to the touch despite its sharp cutting surface (the wire stripper/line cutter), which is narrow enough and designed in such a way to avoid such issues.

Find it at Kickstarter – $22


Timahawk Survival Tool

With a long list of prepper-oriented inventions in his wake, Tim Ralston’s latest, the Timahawk Survival Tool, is also his most capable. It’s a full tang fusion of a crowbar with nail puller, a tomahawk with 6-inch blade, and an ADZE hammer head, also doubling as a hoe and axe to replace all of these in your trunk, bug out bag, or survival kit. The 27-inch tool is also made in the USA of 4130 pre-hardened steel with a heat treated axe head and sports a hard custom plastic handle on either side affixed with hardened stainless steel bolts, so it’s ready to take as much punishment as it dishes out.

Learn more at Timahawk – $240


Bagel Smart Tape Measure

How clever can a tape measure get? Quite, apparently. The Bagel Smart Tape Measure boasts a pull-out Dyneema string — strong enough to withstand 112 pounds of force, though not that you’d ever put that on it — and tells you just much you’ve pulled out on its LCD screen. But if the string’s 10 foot length isn’t enough it’ll also measure in Wheel Mode using a wheel on its other side that you can simply roll along the surface, curved or not, for up to 33 feet. And if you want to measure distances to hard to reach areas, use its Remote Mode, which activates a laser to point to your target and an ultrasonic sensor to come up with the measurement, up to 16 feet. On-board Bluetooth can be used to transfer all your measurements to a smartphone, each optionally tagged with a voice recording right from the Bagel to help with identification.

Find it at Kickstarter – $60


Marshmallow Crossbow

The Marshmallow Crossbow sits somewhere on the spectrum in between toy and whimsical weapon (legally, of the slingshot variety). Its body — including the marshmallow chute “barrel” — is shaped from lightweight solid Douglas Fir and is fitted with a bow assembly that includes a rubber shock cord and aluminum sheet stock. Load in a marshmallow and it locks in place, not budging until you pull the trigger. And when you do, expect the white fluffy sugar puff to travel up to 60 feet — so try not to aim for the eyes.

Grab one at Litchfield or Marshmallow Crossbow – $80