Tools

ESEE Izula II Knife

$68.43 from Amazon »

ESEE's Izula takes its name from the Peruvian jungle's biggest, baddest, meanest...ant. Isula with an "s" in Spanish. If you know your ants, you'll know it as the bullet ant. And if you know your knives, you'll know ESEE...

Newcon Optik Sniper Detection System

$37,389 from Amazon »

I read that in honor of Prime Day Amazon is going to be discounting a pair of very highly rated binoculars to less than $120. Oh boy, I sure hope Newcon Optik's LAS 1000 Sniper Detection System is it! These way-more-than-binoculars...

Classic Pocket Camping Compass

$3.39 from Amazon »

Nothing caps off a grueling, straight-up, 10-mile ascent in the summer heat better than showing off your baller gold pocket compass to all the sweaty beards in the latest REI gear mowing on their Whole Foods trail mix...

CaraClaw Carabiner Knife

$19.99 from Amazon »

When the Doctor and M.A.D. Cat are breathing down your neck...Go-go Gadget CaraClaw! A recent release from EDC and survival tools specialist StatGear, the CaraClaw brings together clipping and cutting in a 2.8-ounce carabiner...

9-in-1 Hand Crank Multi-Tool

$33.99 from Amazon »

Put the results of all that gyroscopic training you've been doing to good use with Ivation's 9-in-1 Dynamo, a home and auto safety multi-tool that hand cranks out radio, light, siren, and device charging power, plus serves...

Outland Multi-Mission Axes

$465 - $495 from Outland Equipment »

Outland Equipment has a new pair of dynamos for the axe wielders out there. Their Multi-Mission Axes equip outdoorsmen with full tang S7 steel bodies and end implements designed in accordance with the company's credo:...

Spyderco Dog Tag Folding Knife

$73.75 from Amazon »

If you already have a Bug in your Spyderco knife collection, consider a Dog for your next addition to the menagerie. The Spyderco Dog Tag Folder stems from one of knife maker Serge Panchenko's designs. It looks and hangs...

Schrade SCHA5B M.A.G.I.C. Folding Knife

$41.39 from Amazon »

The Schrade SCHA5B M.A.G.I.C. folding knife listing neglects to explain its M.A.G.I.C. acronym, so at first I thought maybe it didn't stand for anything, that the caps and dots are just there for their imposing, visual...

Spyderco Bug Knife

$13.98 from Amazon »

Do they call it the Bug Knife because it's so tiny or because it's been designed especially for killing bugs? I mean, we have insect-blasting shotguns now, so you never know. Hot summer day on the patio, cold beer in...

Kombo Fish Tool

$29.95 from Kombo »

It bonks! Nicely. It cuts! Safely. It cleans! Efficiently. It sharpens! Er...sharply. And it floats. The Kombo Fish is a rugged, seafood-dinner-centric multi-tool that hopes to become an invaluable part of your tackle...

Otium SoftRack

$160 from Otium »

Otium made a car rack that installs in 2 minutes, and then comes off again in even less. It also fits most any vehicle, from trailblazing trucks to suburb-cruising coupes. It's also as soft as a football in the arms of...

Kniper Throwing Knife & Multi-Tool

$75 from Kniper »

People around here seem to love knives and multi-tools. Multi-tools in particular are, like, the new bacon. Before, for at least a year, when I posted anything about bacon clicking fingers went hog wild (see: tactical...

The Walking Dead One-Person Survival Kit

$79.99 from Amazon »

I don't know what's so Walking Dead about this one-man 72-hour survival kit, except that it's "officially licensed" and says, "AMC The Walking Dead" on its messenger bag content carrier. Maybe Darryl and Rick bled on...

VSSL Flask Light

$55 from VSSL »

VSSL and its utility tube babies welcome a new bundle of joy to the family. One that will not only hold your booze, but also light your way out of the dive you take into the bushes behind the IHOP after gulping down too...

SOTO Pocket Torch

$17.54 from Amazon »

Grab any disposable lighter, slide it into SOTO's sweet little attachment, and let 'er blow. The Pocket Torch will corral your flame and enhance its output to temperatures of up to 2300 degrees F. An electric ignition...

Credit Card Ax

$29.99 from Etsy »

I can see thinking it would be nice to have a less bulky Swiss Army Knife. One that's flat even, and fits in your wallet. In other words, I can see the birth of the credit cart multi-tool. But who carries around an ax...

Cyntur JumperPack Car Jump Starter

$99.99 from Amazon »

Portable jump starters could be the next wearables in the how-many-more-of-these-are-they-going-to-come-out-with department. Luckily for Cyntur: 1) We haven't gotten to that point yet; and 2) Most of the packs juiced...

The Sting Fixed Blade Knife

$38.64 from Amazon »

A boot or belt blade through and through, Columbia River Knife & Tool says its Sting is a knife meant for walking. The 3.1" black spear point features 2 edges whittled from a single solid piece of hot forged carbon steel...

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Olight Mini Intimidator Flashlight

$159.95 from Amazon »

From 200 to 600, from 600 to 1200, and from 1200 to 2800 lumens over the 4 modes of Olight's SR Mini Intimidator compact flashlight. At just 5" long and 10 ounces in (empty) weight, this variable output shiner blares...

Elasto-Lok Tactical Gear Clip

$7.23 from Amazon »

Compatible with MOLLE bags (and probably, like, Jansport backpacks too), the Elasto-Lok from Duraflex is a multipurpose fastener that will secure anything from flashlights during camping trips to machetes during military...

Military Grade Rubber Bands

$11.49 from Amazon »

Calling them rubber bands on steroids would be figuratively accurate (and obviously sounds cool), but what Ranger Bands really are are big ol' cut hunks of bicycle tubes*. Thick and strong like my...hands...these military...

First 24 Survival Kit

$1,499 from Taurus »

I hope our current obsession with survival gear and bug out bags and general disaster preparedness means we're not actually going to have to face the collapse of the world in the near future. Because when it comes to...

Cyalume SnapLight Industrial Light Sticks

$11.89 from Amazon »

I always knew light sticks were good for raves and Midnight Zombie 5Ks, but lookie here: they're also good for providing instant, 360-degree illumination in emergency situations or ultra-dark working conditions. Cyalume...

Military Prismatic Sighting Compass

$9.79 from Amazon »

I don't think it will do much for blindness, but this Military Prismatic Sighting Compass could be your Amazing Grace for being lost. Features of the camo-printed conquerer of directions include:...

Ceramic Escape Knife

$15 from Gearward »

While it's a tough reality to face, the truth is that most of us don't have Liam Neeson on call to stage a rescue in the event of an abduction. So it's a good thing we do have people like Mark Greenman out there to take...

Death Wrench Tools

$5.95 - $189.95 from Death Wrench »

My favorite slayers of the walking dead over at Zombie Hammer have expanded their market. Now in addition to using their American steel implements of doom to whack zombies, you can also use them to fix a leaky pipe and...

Leatherman Tread Wearable Multi-Tool

$150 - $200 from Leatherman »

Leatherman's new baby Tread, a multi-tool worn on the wrist, is so brand new it hasn't quite popped out of the oven yet. But before you start leaving interminably clever, "This site should be called Dude You Can't Have...

Gorilla Torch with Wrappable Legs

$26.95 from Amazon »

Huh. A gorilla that looks like an octopus and acts like a koala bear. And by comparison, the new Gorilla Torch 100 is to its predecessor as King Kong is to an eastern lowland silverback: over 50% brighter, significantly...

The Siege Lantern

$35.75 from Amazon »

When the tent's a-rockin', don't go a-knockin'. Bombard them with 360 degrees of extreme LED brightness instead. Right, Pop? The Siege Lantern from Streamlight boasts 5 x C4 power LEDs that output 340 lumens of light....

Benchmade Contego Folding Knife

$182.75 from Amazon »

"Contego" is Spanish for "protect" or "shield." Which is ironic since my first order of business, were I to own Bechmade's Contego Folding Knife, would be to use it to tear through others' supposed shields. Boxes from...

Portable Tow Truck

$39.99 from Amazon »

Maybe you like to ski, or build snowmen, or throw balls of ice at punk little kids who give your mama's pristinely white front yard a lawn job. Me, I'm not into any of those things. I think winter sucks. And the suckiest...

FLIR Scout Night Vision Monocular

$2,950 from Amazon »

Presumably the FLIR Scout is a higher quality night vision monocular than the Night Owl*. To match its price point, which has been increased by...whoa, tenfold. That's even higher than the sevenfold of God's wrath that...

Ultraloud Titanium Emergency Whistle

$19.95 from Amazon »

One more reason not to whistle at a lady: she might whistle back at you. At 120 decibels like a mother f'ing banshee. NiteCore's NWS10 claims to be the loudest emergency whistle on the market. Based on the above YouTube...

Zipper LED Light & Bottle Opener

$5.49 from Amazon »

How about a zipper LED light and bottle opener to complement your zipper knife? One for the jacket zipper, the other for the hoodie zipper, and just like that, instant readiness to light the way back home, crack open...

Cold Steel War Hammer

$47.99 from Amazon »

The Cold Steel War Hammer is for striking, piercing, crushing, and bludgeoning opponents. Hopefully opponents that are, say, drywalls scheduled for demo and sides of beef purchased from your local farmer's market, not...

CashStash Waterproof Emergency Cash Capsule

$11.09 from Amazon »

A backup $20. A lucky $2 bill. An extra hundo juuust in case I'm too drunk to realize she's going to charge me for these services. The True Utility CashStash is a waterproof capsule sized to fit a keyring and hold a single...

LifeBox UltraCharge Power Bank & Car Jump Starter

$54.99 from Amazon »

The LifeBox UltraCharge is a 3-in-1 companion for times when cruising the open road turns into getting stuck on the side of the road. Its 10,000 mAH battery serves as both a charger for electronics, plus a jump starter...

Zip Blade Zipper Knife

$10.24 from Amazon »

This 0.68" fine edge utility blade has enough pluck to strip wire, cut cardboard, and slice through clamshell packaging. I bet it could even slash open the zipper it's hanging from when it gets stuck, like, every third...

Leatherman Skeletool Multitool

$66.97 from Amazon »

The Skeletool CX trims the fat of multitools that may be equally useful, but pack too many implements, and too much weight into their frame. Leatherman keeps it light and low-profile with an EDC item outfitted only with...

Holiday Gift Guide: The Great Outdoors

Just you, the squirrels, the trees, and a 42" Chinese dadao flat ground to an edge that could take them all out in one fell swoop! That's the Great Outdoors I'm talkin' about!...

RoboReel Motorized Power Cord

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The RoboReel Power Cord System stores 50' of 12-gauge extension cord in a compact, portable ball. Its 3 outlets can accommodate multiple power tools at once, and a 360-degree rotational axis provides access over a 100'...

Night Owl Night Vision Monocular

$177.29 from Amazon »

On the one hand I hate turning lights on when I have to take a leak in the middle of the night, but on the other hand my mama hates it when I miss the bowl. Or use the bathtub just to be safe. If you're like me, or if...

R.A.T.S. Rapid Application Tourniquet

$19.94 from Amazon »

If I'm traipsing through the middle of nowhere and slip on a lichen-spewing rock that sends me plummeting over a 3-foot dropoff such that I suddenly find myself in need of a Rapid Application Tourniquet System I can guarantee...

Gerber Downrange Tomahawk

$223.92 from Amazon »

"Ancient instrument of war." It has a nice ring to it, doesn't it? So does "tomahawk" and "smashes through walls like Thor on a coke binge." Gerber's Downrange Tomahawk modernizes the traditional chopping and whacking...

Gonex 18000 Lumen Flashlight

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Know what 15 CREE XM-L T6 LEDs look like? When turned off: surprisingly, cells dividing in a petri dish. When turned on: less surprisingly, retinal damage. The Gonex 18000 lumen flashlight isn't abusing superlatives when...

R-PAL 300-Lumen Compact LED Lantern

$129.95 from Amazon »

The R-PAL palm-sized lantern comes with 3 CREE XLamp XBD LEDs that provide a minimum of 300 lumens of brightness, and a piece of paper taped over them warning you not to look directly into their light. Like your teachers...

GasPods Fuel Savers

$39.95 - $134.95 from Amazon »

GasPods promise an average savings of $120 per car per year. So, no, applying the aerodynamic champions of fuel efficiency won't result in a bank account boon of exotic Asian vacation proportions...or even really Japanese...

VSSL Outdoor Utility Tubes

$49 - $105 from Amazon »

VSSLs (say "vessel") are cylinders stashed with smaller cylinders stashed with everything you might need to survive and present yourself as functional in the outdoors. The outer tubes are made of waterproof mil spec aluminum...

Krazy Beaver Super Shovel

$89.99 from Krazy Beaver Tools »

I want to know what crazy beaver Krazy Beaver Tools encountered that would make them think up a shovel that looks like this. My entire crotchal region recoils into my bladder at the mere sight of its teeth. Those aren't...

Striker II Utility Knife

$150 from Civilware »

Civilware makes the Striker II utility knife from a file, which they say is a prime source of high carbon tool steel. Since I have no knowledge to the contrary, I guess I'll buy that. I'll also buy that the annealing...

Zubin Axe Survival Staff

$320 from Zubin Axe »

The Zubin is a walking stick. That can also chop firewood. Or spear a fish. Or pop my friend Cornelius in the back of the head with a slingshotted acorn. Ping! That'll teach him to walk faster than 2.7 mph. Equally appealing:...

Covert Non-Dulling Razor Blade

$14 from Amazon »

The Covert Razor Blade. It's non-metallic. Wear-resistant. And razor sharp. Indefinitely, they say. The non-dulling blade is made from zirconia ceramic, a compound significantly harder and tougher than metal. In addition...

WORX 8-in-1 Aerocart

$159 from Amazon »

Let me say first of all that putting an "X" on it does not make work more fun. But the WORX Aerocart should make your opposite-of-fun jobs around the house easier and more efficiently handled. The 8-in-1 chore buddy is...

Easy Wedge Car Lock-Out Kit

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The Big Easy Glo is an Easy Wedge kit from Steck that assists motorists in retrieving the keys that lay mocking them from inside their locked cars as they stand outside on the pavement swearing and kicking pigeons. No...

Tiny Monster 3500 Lumen Flashlight

$256 from Amazon »

They call it a flashlight, but turn on the handheld Tiny Monster, or TM26, from NiteCore and you might find the 3500 lumens it emits look more like a punch in the face from the sun. They say it's the world's smallest...

Speedy Seal Tire Repair Kit

$45.70 from Amazon »

Fast flat fixing for off-roading in a Toyota Tundra? How about a Speedy Seal Tire Repair Kit for the pothole I hit going 70 on the highway in my Camry at least twice a week? And how about some sort of Speedy Seal Repair...

Friendly Swede Eye Knife Grenade

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It's the Friendly Swede! With sharp eye knife! The Friendly Swede has added a 2" stainless steel eye knife to its survival grenades. The small, yet practical kits each consist of a carabiner clipped to a knife's jutting...

Maelstrom XM18 18,000 Lumen Spotlight

$2,199 from Going Gear »

The Foursevens Maelstrom XM18 uses 18 Cree XM-L2 LEDs to blast out a blinding 18,000 lumens of light. Not an exaggeration. Think you'll shoot your eye out with a BB gun? Look into, or even sideways, at the XM18 and both...

Solar-Powered Anywhere Fridge

$199 - $499 from Anywhere Fridge »

A fridge, a freezer, a solar-powered wonder child called the Anywhere Fridge. Portable for camping and sturdy and weather-resistant for transport or permanent outdoor installation, this wheeled powerhouse of food preservation...

RoofScope Gear Mirror

$28.25 from RoofScope »

I don't really need a RoofScope gear mirror since I don't do outdoor activities, but here's why I strongly recommend one for those who do. My dentist's office is in this ghetto, horseshoe-shaped building whose back end...

Driveway Medic Asphalt Repair Fabric

$12.25 from Amazon »

Need to cover your crack? Driveway Medic says it will prevail where liquid crack filler falters. A roll of self-adhesive asphalt repair fabric, the patcher applies in seconds via a simple peel-and-stick method, covering...

Silky Katanaboy Folding Saw

$106.95 from Amazon »

Silky says its man-powered chainsaw, the Katanaboy, can easily compete with mechanized versions, but I wonder if that's only provided that a Sumurai is sawing with it. Like in the featured video. I mean, yeah, the dude...

Bison Airlighter

$99.95 from Bison »

The Bison Airlighter ejects a 4" flame to ignite charcoal and wood, and then blows a shot of air into its ear to spread the fire and get it really hot. As an air-driven lighter it claims to be faster, cleaner, and safer...

LadderLimb

$19.99 from Amazon »

You're still on your own for keeping yourself from falling off the ladder, but at least with LadderLimb your buckets, bags, and drills will be safe from gravity's pull. A tool for every handyman and Daddy-O, the LadderLimb...

Solar Roadways

$5 - $10k from Solar Roadways »

Scott and Julie Brusaw, an electrical engineer and a counselor in private practice, have created a modular paving system of solar panels they envision using to replace entire cities' paved streets. Despite having glass...

The Bad Day Bat

$65 from Bad Day Bat »

Well I know when I'm having a bad day all I want to do is smash shit up. Not surprisingly, there's a bat for that. But the Bad Day Bat serves as even more than a conduit for rage. With this bat in tow, after I smash shit...