Although this is perhaps not the most handsome gadget we’ve ever featured, it is possibly the most useful. With its magnetic, twisting legs and powerful LED flashlight, the Joby Gorillatorch is exactly the sort of thing you want when rolling around in the filth under your sump looking for that damned washer you just dropped.
This clip-on multi-tool from Leatherman is slightly smaller and more pocket friendly than some of the company’s larger tools, it’s designed to be clipped to a belt loop or rucksack and forgotten about – until you find yourself needing a knife, scissors, a file, tweezers or something to throw at a bear while you run for the hills.
The Suunto Ambit2 Black is many things, so many things in fact, that it seems improper to just call it a watch. It has built in GPS and maps, it can monitor you speed, heart-rate, altitude and even the prevailing weather conditions.
The Trucker’s Friend Survival Tool is one of those items that all of us should probably carry in the trunk – it’s exactly the sort of thing you want in your hand when the going gets rough. Or the zombies take over.
The humble tool-roll, often used buy artisans and engineers in days gone by have been making a resurgence of late. They’ve been rediscovered by amateur mechanics and custom bike builders, as well as owners of the kind of vintage motorcycles that require wrenching every few hundred miles (usually by the side of the road, in the rain, at night).
The idea of having a small blade tucked away somewhere safe seems like a rather good idea to me, especially if you’re planning a trip to one of the less than savoury parts of the world. Or if you’re just a big fan of spur-of-the-moment whittling.
Titan Multi-Tool Collar Stays are the sort of gadget that we all secretly wish Q would issue us with, whilst making wry jokes and inadvertently blowing up a mannequin with a ballpoint pen.
The Man Card is a credit card sized steel plate designed to slide into your wallet and provide it with some much needed rigidity, this helps offset the problem of having bent, creased or otherwise damaged bank cards, drivers licenses and credit cards.
This is the Double Bit Cruiser Axe by Base Camp X, it’s exactly the sort of thing I’d like to have hanging over the fireplace in my log cabin in Montana. Once I get around to owning a log cabin in Montana.
We featured the Kaufmann Mercantile EDC Kit in early 2012 and it was hugely popular, the “everyday carry kit” includes a pair of screwdrivers, a pair of tweezers, a pry-bar and a fantastic waterproof lighter.
The love of handmade tools is something many of us share, this short film by John Neeman Tools is an excellent look into what it takes to make an axe from scratch – including the handle and dual-density axe head.
I’m a big fan of the Leatherman, I’m convinced that if it was possible to calculate how many lives, knuckles and cusses they’ve saved over the years the numbers for all three would be startlingly high.