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Victorinox SwissTool BS

Stainless steel won’t oxidize in normal working conditions. But if you operate in the extremes, the Victorinox SwissTool BS multitool is for you. Its eponymous burnished — or black oxide — steel is even better protected against corrosion than standard stainless. While that mightn’t matter if it wasn’t packed with functionality, it is: the tool includes flip-out pliers, two blades (one straight, one serrated), wood and metal saws, a…

GET IT: $200

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SOG Sync I Multitool

Not unlike their belt-appropriate Sync II, SOG’s Sync I Multitool is ready on a moment’s notice, only it’s smaller and thus more appropriate for attaching to a backpack strap, boot, or even a smaller belt. One hand’s all that’s needed for release from its clip mount, though you’ll need both to pry the handles apart to reveal pliers with an integrated bolt gripper, a wire cutter, crimper, a ruler, a bottle…

GET IT: $50

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AutoXscape Car Emergency Tool

The AutoXscape Car Emergency Tool is one of those products you’ll buy, throw in your glovebox, and hopefully forget about. Until the day you need to use it, which, with any luck, will never come. The tool’s three functions include an IPX7 waterproof 135 lumen flashlight, a SK2 high-carbon steel seatbelt cutter (which is particularly useful when you’re hanging upside down in a flipped car with your full weight on the belt),…

GET IT: $60

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Stanley Model 1 3D Printer

Stanley has been making tools and hardware for upwards of a century and a half. Their latest is a bit more high-tech than average. The Stanley Model 1 3D Printer, created in partnership with Sindoh, is built with reliability, quality of prints, and (especially) ease of use, in mind, with a cube-shaped, desktop-sized design, auto-loading filament system compatible with PLA and ABS printing materials, and a 5-inch touchscreen display. Run it plugged straight…

GET IT: $1,325

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Lindlund Ruler

Bridging the gap between our physical and digital worlds isn’t quite as easy as it should be. Since app, magazine, and web designs often starts as sketches on paper, the Lindlund Ruler — the first to do the above — becomes indispensable. It unifies several units of measurement that modern designers need on its four edges (including 2 internal), spanning centimetres to inches and picas to pixels, the latter divvied up…

GET IT: ~$25

Gear

Bit Bar EDC Screwdriver

Finding a pocket-worthy screwdriver isn’t particularly hard. But few have ever actually simplified carrying bits, which means you’re stuck with one or maybe two bit types in your multitool. Big Idea Design’s Bit Bar EDC Screwdriver handles your bits first and foremost thanks to a magnetic push bar that ejects the eight contained bit heads out of hex-sized holes with a press of your thumb and that retracts immediately when…

GET IT: $50+

Gear

Cha-O-Ha Cyclist Card Multitool

Multitools save space when compared to their individual single-tool counterparts, but despite this most are rather bulky. Not the Cha-O-Ha Cyclist Card Multi tool which is theoretically small enough to fit into a wallet (we say it like this because it’s heavy-duty thick-cut metal isn’t the thinnest) and definitely compact enough to slip away incognito in your saddle bag, jersey pocket, or small messenger bag. The two-part card is made of the same…

GET IT: $35+

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Ryobi Whole Stud Detector

Stud detectors are not user friendly devices since they’re usually just equipped with a light or two and a speaker, emitting an annoying beep that vaguely lets you know where a stud is hiding. Ryobi’s Whole Stud Detector leaves less to chance thanks to Auto Deep Scan technology and a series of seven lights that illuminate to show you the entire length of the stud as you pass over it, leaving less to luck…

GET IT: $30

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Milwaukee Redstick Level

You might not think much about spirit levels, but Milwaukee does. And the fruit of their labor is the Redstick Level. It’s first of all precise, with a guaranteed accuracy of just 0.029 degrees provided by highly readable, high-contrast (and replaceable, in the event that one breaks or ceases to be accurate) magnified vials. Moreover its red aluminum frame isn’t completely hollow but is instead reinforced by a metal backbone at the…

GET IT: $60+

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SOG Sync II Belt Buckle Multitool

The best multitool is the one you’ll have on your person when it’s really needed. And most of the time that means we’ve out of luck and need to slice open boxes with a key or tighten a screw with a paperclip. But entrust a SOG Sync II Belt Buckle Multitool to your pant-holding duties and you’ll never be without a tool that detaches with a single hand and handles…

GET IT: $80

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All In Bike Multitool

The All In Bike Multitool is built for cyclists, but it won’t take up any space in your bike bag. Nor can you forget it at home because it slips into the [otherwise completely useless] hollow space in your bike’s crankshaft (that is, in the axle between the pedals), locking in place thanks to seven powerful neodymium magnets. If you need a hand, yank it out; the Italian-made tool comes…

GET IT: ~$70

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SOG Baton Q1 Multitool Pen

Remember PowerPenz? The SOG Baton Q1 Multitool Pen is a bit like those, but actually useful (and also, you know, not a cheap plastic toy). Part of SOG’s new Baton collection, the TSA-friendly Q1 thrives in office and work settings, functioning as an ordinary ballpoint pen, albeit one with a pressurized ink cartridge. Split it in two and it transforms into a spring-assisted scissor. Its two other functions (totalling four in all)…

GET IT: $54

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Grypmat Tool Mat

You don’t need to work on airplane engines to appreciate the versatility of the Grypmat Tool Mat. This bright orange polymer-silicone mat is non-magnetic, chemical resistant, and anti-static, but most of all it’s flexible and, as hinted by its name, highly grippy, sticking to a variety of uneven work surfaces to keep your tools in close proximity. Its non-absorbent material won’t suck in grease or dirt so cleaning is…

GET IT: $30+

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Star Wars Millennium Falcon Multi-Tool Kit

The Millennium Falcon isn’t in the best of shape. Short of having an R2 droid onboard to handle repairs, the Star Wars Millennium Falcon Multi-Tool Kit should do nicely. The die-cast zinc alloy Falcon replica stashes two carbon steel screwdrivers — one a flathead and the other a Phillips — in its escape pods, four hex keys that stash away in its cargo bay (and that are accessible via…

GET IT: $30

Gadgets

Titanium Little Pinch More

It’s downright tiny, yet the Titanium Little Pinch More is completely packed with features that you wouldn’t expect from a tool of its stature. Functions include scissors, tweezers, a flathead screwdriver as well as a Phillips, a small knife, a bottle opener (though you’ll need a loop, like a keyring, for leverage), a wire stripper, and can also be used as a lever or even as a can opener…

GET IT: ~$60

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Key-Bit Keychain Tool

Don’t expect it to help much with larger, more daunting projects, but if you need a particular screwdriver on your keychain the Key-Bit Keychain Tool is the one with which to carry it. The pill-shaped Key-Bit is made of either knurled copper or aluminum and fits most standard 1/4-inch bits. It won’t come apart in your pocket since two neodymium magnets hold the halves together with a separation force of over 6…

GET IT: $15

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Quadsaw Square Hole Cutter

Cutting square holes into drywall is a must for light switches and sockets, but there’s been no easy way to do so until the Quadsaw Square Hole Cutter. Quadsaw functions like a bit for your power drill (ideally that can spin at 1,800rpm or higher) with the difference being that you’ll need to hold its handle stable as you drill. Four blades — mounted to cut rectangularly — start moving as…

GET IT: ~$240

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Gerber Center-Drive Multitool

The Gerber Center-Drive Multitool’s name comes from the fact that it’s long center-axis driver, when open, aligns with the center of the tool (see second image) like a real dedicated screwdriver and unlike the off-center ones on most other multitools. But usability improvements don’t end there. It’s also got a thumb-accessible 3.25-inch fine edge blade and needlenose pliers on an x-channel rail system that slide out with the press of a button…

GET IT: $120

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Crescent Locking Adjustable Wrench

Since the locking mechanism on vice grips is just about the best feature of any handheld tool, Crescent decided to slap it on a wrench. If you’ve ever used a wrench before, you know how annoying adjusting the wrench to the size you want can be, and that it stays tight for the first turn and a half only. The addition of the locking handle, and fourteen different locking…

GET IT: $25

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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…

GET IT: $55

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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…

GET IT: $30

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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…

GET IT: $250

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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…

GET IT: $14

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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…

GET IT: $4,000