World's Greatest Hammer

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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.

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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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September 20, 2007

PlugGrip and SwitchGrip

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Here's an interesting idea for anyone who has ever had trouble installing an outlet or a light switch. The PlugGrip is a little all-in-one electrical helper for just that task. Not only does it grab and hold the outlet, making it much easier to deal with the wiring, but it also has a current indicator light (with buzzer), built-in wire strippers (12g-14g) and an on board wire bender. The SwitchGrip has all the same features, but fits over a switch as opposed to an outlet.

The PlugGrip and SwitchGrip have been approved by the Handman Club of America as well as the Do-It-Yourself Retailing Magazine.

This looks like it could be a nice little item to have in the tool bag. Recently, we wired an outlet with 12g wire and having the extra handhold would have been useful, particularly when we had to straighten the outlet in a box jammed with stiff wires.

The items retail for about $10 each. There is more information and plenty of videos over at the PlugGrip website.

The PlugGrip and SwitchGrip are available at Lowes as well as a special order at Ace. Also at the PlugGrip website.

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September 5, 2007

C.H. Hanson SuperPencil - Review

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C.H. Hanson continues their Signature Series with the new Superpencil, a pencil so blatantly powerful that other pencils warp when it comes near. What it is is a regular looking carpenter's pencil that is made entirely of a graphite composite. The result is a pencil that has a ridiculously long life and always has a variety of edges to choose from.

C.H. Hanson says that the SuperPencil lasts seven times as long as a normal pencil. From our experience with it, this might be a low number. As they advertise, you really don't have to sharpen it because, somewhere, there is always an edge. Sure, we had to get a bit creative from time to time and hold the pencil at an odd angle, but still, it's impressive. With rough framing, we opted to just use one of the thick edges, but as things got to finish work, we went ahead and sharpened it to a point and used that.

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