While Stanley’s QuickSlide knife is by far my favorite utility knife, there are several other styles of knives that I occasionally use, such as the pictured lock-back knife. Lock-back utility knives are very quick and easy to open, and are extremely compact for easy stowing.
Today we’re taking a quick look at the relatively new Gearwrench Double-X hemostat. Similar in design to Gearwrench’s Double-X pliers, these hemostats are designed to hold and clamp onto objects in hard to reach areas. Hemostats are clamping forceps that (in a non-medical sense) are preferred over pliers when dealing with small or delicate parts or when working in tighter […]
About three months ago, we posted about CH Hanson’s new Precision Ball Levels. We now have one of these new 24″ levels in our possession, and thought you would appreciate a few first impressions until we can offer a full review. We handed the level to a few colleagues, and following are their initial reactions. Holy [expletives]. […]
Wera’s Zyklop ratchet is claimed to be “faster than a speeding bullet.” While this may not be entirely accurate, the Zyklop is as speedy a ratchet as we’ve ever seen. The Zyklop is based off of a traditional swivel ratchet design and incorporates several new user-friendly features. First, a Zyklop ratchet head can be locked at 0°, […]
Rockwell’s Jawhorse is a portable clamping workstation that can be used for a variety of tasks. We’re not quite sure what to think about the Jawhorse, but we’ve seen nothing but positive reviews. The Jawhorse has a wide three-legged base for stability, and has an all-steel construction. With its 1-ton clamping force, the Jawhorse can […]
Voila – we’re giving away a Gearwrench 56pc ratcheting screwdriver set! If you recall, we’re holding a giveaway this month, and since the end of the month is nearing, we thought it’s about time to reveal one more prize. This is how it went down: we were at the store to buy one of these Gearwrench screwdriver […]
Grip-on locking pliers are the bee’s knees. Seriously. Grip-on offers a wide selection of locking pliers styles, their prices are fair, and their tools are of superb quality and feel. Grip-on’s pliers are available with an enamel coating as shown above, or uncoated. The ones we have are uncoated, and are spectacular to use. Grip-on […]
“I’m looking for a first pair of retaining or snap ring pliers. What do you recommend?” We hear this a lot, and often recommend that Channellock is the way to go. Why? Well, Channellock’s internal/external universal retaining ring pliers are high quality tools that are easy to use and are very affordable. Channellock’s interchangeable tip retaining ring pliers typically […]
As many of you are already aware, we are giving away tools as part of this month’s ToolGuyd Tool Giveaway. Well, we’re not going to reveal all of the prizes/gifts just yet, but there’s no harm in offering up a brief sneak peek. One of the top items included in the giveaway is the above pictured Craftsman deep offset […]
The Sog Micron is a very, very tiny knife. With its 1.5″ blade fully extended, the Micron stretches out to a whopping overall length of 3.44″. The Micron is perfectly sized as a keychain knife, but if size is not an issue, something like the Victorinox Swiss Army Classic pocket knife would be more versatile for […]
A dead blow hammer is a type of mallet designed to deliver strong blows with minimal rebound. The head of a dead blow mallet is hollow and filled with sand or shot. Because of this, the force delivered by each strike is spread over a greater amount of time, thus reducing rebound while minimizing damage […]
We’re about to place an order for a few new tools and wanted to share our selection and reasoning with you. First off we’re picking up Channellock’s 8-Inch Wide Adjustable Wrench (808NW). We spoke favorably of their extra-wide Code Blue version a few weeks ago, but could not justify a 65% increase in price for a 1/3″ […]
Gearwrench’s Roto Ratchet is a flex-head swivel ratchet with a pivot through its drive head. This design enables the Roto Ratchet to be positioned perpendicular to a fastener to apply maximum torque, axially aligned for rapid spinning, or any angle in between. Gearwrench’s Roto Ratchets are available in 1/4″ and 3/8″ drive sizes, and a set of both […]
Over on Amazon, Northern Tool is selling 2pc Gearwrench ratcheting “S” wrench sets at a steep discount. Each set includes two wrenches for a total of four reversible ratcheting box end sizes. The metric set includes sizes 13, 14, 15, and 17mm, and the SAE set includes sizes 1/2″, 9/16″, 5/8″, and 11/16″. Each set […]
We just wanted to share with you the clever marketing images we found on Swanson’s website. Keep reading to see three more.