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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September 26, 2007

Stanley FatMax Xtreme 55-120 FuBar III

stanley_fubar.jpgDestroying things can be a lot of fun. It's sort of like framing in that not only can you really see the results of your work, but it tends to go quickly as well, not to mention that some gorilla brain deep inside your head craves the feel of smashing things. But it's usually not so fun that you want to spend two weeks doing it. So for the bigger jobs you might want to think about speeding things up by using Stanley's FatMax Xtreme Fubar III.

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September 21, 2007

C.H. Hanson Speedrocker SS

hanson_speedrocker.jpgC.H. Hanson is about to release yet another inventive little tool. It's called the Speedrocker SS and it's simply a utility knife designed with the specific purpose of cutting sheetrock and blueboard.

What makes it unique is a little tape measure slot directly above the blade. You just hook the tape in and cut away, always cutting the board at the desired line (or at least close enough for sheetrock). The knife looks little enough to easily fit in a pocket or any tool belt (we can't tell if the blade is fully retractable), but it is designed so that when your thumb is holding the tape measure in, it is also applying direct pressure on the knife blade, making for an easy cut.

hanson_speedrocker1.jpgThe tool has on board blade storage and comes with three blades. It's not yet released, so we don’t know how much it will cost, but of you do a lot of board hanging, whatever the price is, it'll probably be worth it.

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