The charged up Sog Kilowatt is a quality liner-lock pocket knife for anyone who might need to strip wires or cables at a moment’s notice. The Kilowatt features a 3.4″ blade, a zytel handle, a conventional 12-24ga wire stripper, a spring-loaded wire stripper, and a “hole stripper.” The Kilowatt’s electric-centric aesthetics are well matched to the functions of […]
Channellock’s 6-in-1 Rescue Tool is one heck of a multitool. It is 10″ long, weighs a whopping 26oz, and packs a whole lot of life-saving action. The Rescue Tool is of course intended for professional rescuers, but most of its features are handy for home and shop use as well.
About one week ago, there was a thread on the Garage Journal forums asking about how one would bury their tools if faced with an unforeseen disaster. Without a doubt, I would definitely use Plano’s waterproof containers for the task if I had enough on hand. These Plano containers are water resistant, durable, and fairly inexpensive. These features make them a good […]
Rockler’s woodworking & hardware catalog is one of my favorites to browse through because they often introduce new products that I otherwise might not find out about, and because they also typically include exclusive coupon codes and sale prices. For example, Rockler’s February catalog included a coupon that was good for free shipping through mid-March. Despite mostly catering towards avid […]
Just thinking aloud: are there any legitimate home or shop uses for a fixed-blade knife? Knives like these are great for camping and other outdoor activities, but what else can they be used for?
We are absolutely thrilled at having just discovered that Streamlight is releasing three new Stylus Pro flashlights. In addition to flat black, Stylus Pros are now available in red, silver, and blue. Since my Stylus Pro is used as a tool for a total of 10 minutes a day, and carried as an accessory for 10 hours, a bit of color might […]
We found these wire management hooks over at Lee Valley, and their simplicity betrays their utility. Sure there are cheaper or elaborate options out there, but at less than $3 apiece, these hooks offer the perfect balance between economy and efficiency. Lee Valley is an awesome store that I always hesitate to order from. You see, every time […]
There are times when it is acceptable to misuse a tool, and other times when it is not. For example, if you are caught off-guard and need to open a can of paint, it is okay to go ahead and use a cheap flat head screwdriver. The following are a few tool misuse do’s and […]
The Charge Del Rey multitool is the crème de la crème of Leatherman’s new Argentum collection, and is priced at a whopping $40k. Renowned artist and silversmith Adrian Pallarols crafts the handles of each Charge Del Rey from 18 karat gold sourced from the Argentine Andes. Only 25 of these masterpieces will ever be produced, so if you want […]
Sears has been pricing their inventory of Ultimate Garage storage cabinets very aggressively lately. Some units, such as the 2-door wall hanging cabinet, are discounted by 50%, while other units are being discounted by 40% or less. After handling an Ultimate Garage wall cabinet at my local Sears, I stood there for a moment and wondered […]
There is currently a 10% discount being applied to all Wera and PB Swiss tools offered by Small Parts Inc. via Amazon.com. Orders over $25 ship for free, and the discount is automatically deducted at checkout. Browse All Eligible PB Swiss Tools Browse All Eligible Wera Tools Start shopping with the above links, or read on for additional […]
For the first time since infancy, I am at a loss for words. Is this vehicle the result of an improvised a/c repair? A DIY disaster? Or could this be a fixer-upper that has seen considerable progress? What would a classified ad for this vehicle look like? I can see the headline now: Barbie-pink pickup […]
Almost nothing is as frustrating as having to take a break from a project to go and out and buy a missing insert bit size or style. For that reason, a general application bit set, such as Titan’s 61 piece set, is great to keep around. The selection of bits in Titan’s 61 piece bit […]
Wiha’s 40 piece cushion grip screwdriver set includes just about every driver style that one could ever need. Wiha’s 3K handle style is comfortable, durable, easy to clean, and reliable. Similarly, the tips on these drivers are very hard, durable, and accurate. We have been using a smaller set of these 3K drivers for a few years […]
For a limited time, Sears is offering a Craftsman auto-ranging multimeter for $20, after a $10 discount. If you take a closer look, you will notice that this model is identical to the Extech MiniTech MN26 – an excellent meter that normally sells for $40.
Kershaw’s Shotgun Shell Knife is one of the most unusually designed knives that we’ve ever seen. This knife features a 2″ plain-edged non-locking blade made from AUS6A stainless steel, and also includes a small tapered file. The handle is constructed with polished brass bolsters with rosewood inlay, and is crafted to resemble a shotgun shell. This compact knife […]
The PB Swiss Tools Insider driver is a pocket-friendly screwdriver that can carry up to 8 insert bits in a removable cartridge. Don’t let its modest size or appearance fool you – the high quality Insider is very well designed and can handle most manual driving tasks with ease. Take a look at our in-depth review of the […]
With Valentine’s Day coming up, men all over the country are struggling to find great gift ideas for the women in their lives. It is guaranteed that flowers and chocolates will be expected by most women, but this doesn’t meant that a practical gift cannot be thrown into the mix as well. Here are five practical unconventional gift ideas that […]
Craftsman released its new 12V NEXTEC series of compact power tools before the winter holidays, and performance reviews are starting to roll in. One of the more innovative tools of the Nextec series is Craftsman’s new Hammerhead Auto Hammer. The Auto Hammer’s compact size makes it well suited for areas too tight to swing a traditional hammer, as […]
Sears is holding a Buy One Get One Free sale on Craftsman’s hydraulic stools, which means you get two for $79.99. The promotion is valid all week until February 7th, and the stools are available for in-store pickup or home delivery. Because the shipping fee for two stools is $14.50, we recommend the free in-store […]
We decided to do some winter cleaning today, and only after we got started did we realize how abysmal we let our working conditions become. So, we took a break from the agonizing process to share a few quick tips that we should have been following all along, and will try to adhere to for next time.
Major Ramifications, from the GarageJournal forums, informed us that Woodcraft is offering a 2 1/4″ HP Freud router kit with a fixed and a plunge base for $130, shipped. The router comes with the two bases, the motor, 1/4″ and 1/2″ collets, an above-table adjustment knob, and a kit box.
While browsing for something over at Lowes.com, I noticed Kobalt’s 26 piece palm ratchet set. From the looks of it, this set is intended to be highly portable, and includes a small selection of sockets and insert bits. Best of all, the set is priced at $15. We are quite eager to give Kobalt’s palm ratchet a try, but […]
I’ve been using Stanley’s Quickslide utility knife for about two years now, and it’s still my favorite go-to knife. The Quickslide is a great knife because: i) the blade extends and retracts quickly and easily, ii) blade changes are also quick and easy, and iii) it is super-compact and can be carried comfortably in a pocket or clipped securely […]
This Craftsman portable vacuum seems to be a pretty good buy, especially at 50% off. The vacuum comes with a 600 watt motor, crevice attachment, dusting brush, and a filter. It also comes with a relatively long 14′ cord that should provide enough reach to handle most cleanup tasks with ease. There are only a handful of reviews on Sears’ site, all posted within […]