December 6, 2007

Leatherman Skeletool

skeletool.jpgSince everyone needs a Leatherman, why not distinguish yourself from the pack by getting freakiest looking one that exists. What the Skeletool actually is is a pared down version of a Leatherman, equipped with only the most used tools. Because it's not weighted down with files, scissors, and other little used items, the Skeletool weighs only 5 oz., making it the lightest full-sized multi-tool out there.

The main feature of the Skeletool is the outside accessible blade, meaning you don't have to open the tool up to get at the blade. The Skeletool also has a screwdriver with interchangeable bits (and onboard bit storage). And since the point of this tool is to boil things down to the essential, there's also a bottle opener on it.

The Skeletool is available in two models. One is tungsten-coated and retails for about $80, and the other, which is all stainless steel, sells for about $60. This might sound like a lot, but we speak from experience when we say that Leathermans are great and worth whatever you have to pay for them. If you'd prefer a more normal looking one, they can be had for anywhere from $40 and up.

Check and see what the fellas at The Hardware Aisle had to say about the Skeletool.

Tungsten-Coated Skeletool at Amazon.com
Stainless Skeletool at Amazon.com
Other Leatherman Tools at Amazon.com

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November 26, 2007

Ryobi AIRgrip Laser Levels and SonicTape

UPDATE: Our review of the Procross Self-Leveling Laser is here.

Ryobi has three new laser tools that all look interesting. They've got the Self-Leveling Laser, the Compact Laser Level, and the SonicTape.

ryobi_laser_level.jpgRyobi ProCross Self-Leveling Laser with Airgrip - This self-leveling laser is capable of projecting a horizontal, vertical, or intersecting laser lines, it fits on to any standard 5/8" or 1/4" tripod, and it has a fine adjustment that allows the laser to move up to 1" without moving the housing. The laser can project up to 50' and the tool has some sort of battery-powered suction base (the AIRgrip), that allows it to attach to virtually any surface. It comes with 4 AA batteries, a padded carrying case, and a tripod adapter and costs $69.97.

Exclusively at Home Depot

ryobi_compact_level.jpgRyobi Compact Laser Level - This is a homeowner version of the above tool. Because it's not self-leveling, it comes with level vials built-in to the tool. The laser lens rotates 90 degrees so it can project either horizontal or vertical (but not at the same time). The head of the level rotates 360 degrees, so from the center of the room you'll be able to put a level line on all four walls. Like it's big brother, The Compact Laser Level also has the AIRgrip suction system. The tool comes with a padded case, a base, 2 push pins, and 2 AA batteries. At the price of $19.97, this looks like a good choice for around the house work; hanging shelves, hanging pictures, lining up hooks, etc.

Exclusively at Home Depot

ryobi_sonictape.jpgRyobi SonicTape - This laser tape measure is so small that it comes with a keychain ring attached to it. It can measure distances up to 30' and has a laser pointer for accuracy purposes. Along with distances, it can also measure room area. The SonicTape comes with 4 button batteries and it costs $14.97.

At Home Depot

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November 19, 2007

Redback Maxistrike 20 oz Rip Hammer

redback_rip_hammer.jpgWhat do you do when a motorcycle accident ends your carpentry career? Sit on the couch and pound beers for the rest of your life? For us, yes, but thankfully Jake Tyson is a little more motivated. He founded Redback Tools and managed to bring innovation to the most basic tool, the hammer.

The result of his work is the Maxistrike hammer, a tool capable of hitting a nail that is obstructed by a pipe, duct work, a joist, or whatever.

The hammer is usually $25, but for some reason, Amazon is giving them away for just under $6. We're not sure why, or how long it's going to last, but it's probably something worth jumping on.

We still prefer this hammer.

The guys over at The Hardware Aisle have a review of the Maxistrike here.

At Amazon.com

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November 16, 2007

C.H. Hanson Slide Square - Review

slidesquare.jpgApparently, attempting to redefine layout tools with the Pivot Square wasn't enough for C.H. Hanson. The frantically innovative tool company has just released the Slide Square, a tool that may just replace the measuring square as the back pocket tool of choice for contractors.

From what we can tell, just about everything that your measuring square can do, the Slide Square can do. And on top of that there are a few tricks that the Slide Square has that can't be done with a measuring square.

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World's Greatest Hammer

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At crazyaboutgadgets.com

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November 14, 2007

Barbara K Crystal Jeweled Tool Kit

bk_crystal.jpgBarbara K, a tool company that markets exclusively to women is now offering a crystal-jeweled toolkit for the meager price of $2495.00. What a bargain! The toolkits are duplicates of those given to the nominees of Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress. We imagine Gwyneth uses hers all the time.

It looks like the tricked-out tool kit is the same as Barbara K's 30-Piece Tool Kit which comes with all the standard around-the-house tools and retails for around $35.

At Barbara K

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October 23, 2007

SquareONE

squareONE.gifThe guys at Generation Tools appear to have crammed a lot of functionality into their unique SquareONE. The tool is an interesting idea; part drawing surface, part tape measure, and part measuring square. In addition to all of that, it's got a pencil sharpener, a pencil holder, a level, a protractor, and a removable squaring edge.

The SquareONE is rubber coated for durability and the tape measure tip is a three rivet design for added strength.

Although it looks a bit silly at first, it could be a cool thing to have, particularly for the writing surface. Just think how nice it would be nice to sketch out an idea and not do it on a scrap of drywall.

The SquareONE comes in a variety of models, each with a different cost. As far as we can tell, the difference is primarily in the length of the tape measure. There is no indication exactly how big the SquareONE is.

  • 10' SquareONE - $7.99
  • 12' SquareONE - $9.99
  • 16' SquareONE - $10.99
  • 18' SquareONE - $11.99
  • 25' SquareONE - $19.99

At Generation Tools

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October 8, 2007

Handi-Shim's New 1/32" Shim

handi_shim_assort.jpgA while back we reviewed the Handi-Shim, a very nice reusable shim. We found them to be indestructible, accurate, and extremely useful. Since the review, we've kept them in the truck and can't tell you how many times they've come in handy. They come in three color-coded sizes; 1/16" (red), 1/8" (white), and 1/4" (blue). Well we've just gotten word that they are on the verge of releasing a 4th shim that is 1/32" thick and will be nice shade of green.

The shims are good for tiling, windows, doors, scribing, stonework, and just about anything else you can think of.

The new green shim will be available sometime in October.

Read our original review of the Handi-Shims.

At Handi-Shim

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September 27, 2007

C.H. Hanson Unveils New Website

ch_hanson_building.jpgOur pals over at C.H. Hanson have recently redesigned their website. The new site has better navigation, videos, and a bunch of other cool stuff. There's even a video of the Pivot Square, a tool that we obsess over more and more with each passing day. SuperPencil fans should prepare themselves for some disappointment though...no video.

Check out the new website here.

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Husky 2-In-1 Ultra-Thin Combination Knife - Review

combo_knife.jpgHusky, the makers of solid, innovative hand tools, have recently released their 2-In-1 Ultra-Thin Combination Knife. The Combo Knife has a fully-retractable standard razor blade as well as a folding drop point knife, both stowed away in a package that's about 4-3/4" by 1-3/4".

Both of the blades extend out of the same end of the tool making for safe and easy usage. The razor blade is extended with a sliding thumb tab, similar to any standard utility knife, and the drop point blade extends with a flick of a little nub that's on the blade itself, also like many standard flip knives. The folding blade has a nice locking mechanism so it won't flip back and close over your knuckles.

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