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Thursday, January 22, 2015

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 That"...

Sunday, January 25, 2015
$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 drive...

Saturday, December 6, 2014
$11.43 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 time I try to take my coat off. Part of Gerber's Daily Carry collection, the Zip Blade also features a quick-release clip for removing the tool quickly and with one hand when damsels...

Friday, November 21, 2014

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!...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
$49.99 from Vvego »

TSA isn't going to like this EDC blade attached to your boot, but that incredibly hot chick in purple yoga pants who just noticed a wad of gum congealed to her shoe as she removed it for the X-ray belt probably will. After...

Saturday, June 8, 2013
$354.99 from Amazon »

Honestly, the Vipukirves Leveraxe initially intrigued me because the guy holding it in one of the above photos is wearing black-and-white gloves that sort of make him look like he has a hook hand, and I thought perhaps this reinvention of the axe was created just for people with hook hands like myself. But the Finnish design improvement on an ancient woodcutting and zombie slaying tool is actually...

Friday, December 5, 2014
$61.64 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 the...

Friday, October 3, 2014
$45 - $165 from VSSL »

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...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
$188.98 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 tool...

Friday, December 19, 2014
$34.50 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 thing...

Saturday, October 4, 2014
$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...

Monday, December 8, 2014
$51.96 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 opponents...

Friday, December 19, 2014
$165.95 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 Amazon....

Thursday, December 18, 2014
$2,815.56 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 will...

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
$950 from Gerber Gear »

Funny how even though Bear Grylls was alleged to be kind of a fraud several years ago--the guy who roughs it to the bare bones, in the jungle with nothing but a pocket knife, some fishing line, and his wits by day, but off...

Friday, August 22, 2014
$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:...

Saturday, December 20, 2014
$38.39 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. Four...

Saturday, October 18, 2014
$79.98 from Amazon »

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 it...

Sunday, November 24, 2013
$34.95 from CountyComm »

One more Bat Toy for my Bat Toy Box! This pocket-sized tube that adeptly screws into a grappling hook was originally produced by EDO Robotics in response to a desert warfare operator's request for a lightweight, reusable tool...

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Panamanian inventor Morris Shahbazi once bragged to disbelieving ears that his SOS Parachute, an emergency evacuation system for people in high-rise office buildings, hotels, and residences, could open in 100 feet, or 1.5...

Sunday, December 7, 2014
$56.99 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 for...

Friday, May 2, 2014
$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 up...

Thursday, May 1, 2014
$7,795 from Manley Orv »

I don't have a truck or an SUV, but I bet if I bought Manley ORV's MORV Explore trailer I could hitch it up to my friend Cornelius rickshaw-style. What, on bike or on foot? Hmmm...your choice, C. Then he could chauffeur me...

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
$279.95 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 flashlight...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
$10.99 from Amazon »

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 eye...

Thursday, October 3, 2013
$38.49 from Amazon »

Anymore, the ability to write is a mere secondary attribute of a great pen. I might want to scribble a note to buy more Fresca every now and then, but mostly I'm using pens like POLAR as anything from a magnetic toy to a protractor...

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
$36.89 - $136.29 from Amazon »

Though he'll probably stick with Mjolnir for wailing on Loki, if Thor were a construction worker I bet he would use one of Wilton's BASH Unbreakable Sledge Hammers. Touted the toughest sledge ever built, BASHes with heads...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
$176.38 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 you...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
$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 process...

Sunday, December 14, 2014
$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 reviewer's...

Saturday, November 1, 2014
$279.99 from Amazon »

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' diameter...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Sold Out from Amazon »

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 $200...

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
$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 for...

Saturday, December 13, 2014
$9.15 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 a cold...

Sunday, June 23, 2013
$59.95 from Amazon »

I think it would be very uncomfortable to get axed in the head with this Trucker's Friend. I guess that's why they picked a zombie to play the receiving end of the axing-someone-in-the-head demonstration. So no one would feel...

Sunday, June 15, 2014
$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 of...

Sunday, May 11, 2014
$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 surfaces...

Sunday, December 7, 2014
$10.17 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...

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
$21.49 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 to...

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
$29.99 from Amazon »

Look like less of a redneck burning your trash with this handy paper log maker. The deep metal box accepts newspapers, junk mail, cardboard, wood chips, and wrapping paper, but probably not Taco Bell bags because the grease...

Saturday, July 28, 2012
$179.95 from WickedLasers.com »

It's the 21st century. Who buys a flashlight whose only capability is to shed light anymore? When I'm looking for my 1:12 scale Voltron in the attic, hunting zombies in the Ozarks, or self-examining my throat for the white...

Saturday, December 27, 2014
$27.17 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 more...

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
$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 on...

Friday, July 12, 2013
$24.21 from Amazon »

I know. There are only so many multi-tools one can own. But only one multi-tool one can own also impersonates the precious, innocuous fish who died on you (possibly repeatedly) during childhood. What up, Guppie Multi-Tool?...

Saturday, June 14, 2014
$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...

Thursday, January 23, 2014
$7.04 from Amazon »

Ladies and gentlemen, this is how they do it. This is how they ignite the Olympic torch, match- and lighter-free. This is also how you can start lighting your campfires, cigarettes, cigars, incense cones, and in the great...

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Sold Out 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...

Sunday, October 6, 2013
$59.99 from Amazon »

Be a real-life, modern-day superhero with Zippo's 4-in-1 Woodsman tool as your trademark weapon. Pretty lady's kitty stuck in a tree? No problem. Slide out the Woodsman's axe and chop it down. Cats always land on their feet...

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
$10.03 from Amazon »

1. Check out the video above of a dude dumping Hershey's Chocolate Syrup on a white Keds tennis shoe treated with NeverWet. 2. Be amazed by NeverWet's water-, oil-, and apparent chocolate-syrup-repelling technology. 3. Read...

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
$39.99 from StatGear »

The T3 Tactical Triage & Auto Rescue Tool came forth into the world from the cranial loins of NY City Paramedic Avi Goldstein. Or maybe he just picked it to be part of his online store StatGear's survival inventory. Either...

Saturday, August 2, 2014
$169.99 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 an...

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
$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 just...

Sunday, December 30, 2012
Sold Out from Amazon »

F light, low-profile, and practical. I live in the USA. I want the biggest and the best. Even if the biggest and the best means so cumbersome and heavy it makes me look like I have a gimp leg when I carry it in my pants pocket....

Thursday, March 20, 2014
$295.99 from Amazon »

Well I know I like that square beam HD flashlight Bushnell makes so I have similarly high hopes for their Equinox Z, a digital night vision monocular with 6x magnification. The after-dark locating and sightseeing device has...

Thursday, May 29, 2014
$12.48 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, sealing...

Thursday, May 1, 2014
$39.50 from Amazon »

I like how even though it's mostly just silverware, Buck's Travel Mate looks like the deciding factor between a spy's successful completion of his mission and colossal failure resulting in death. Or maybe, like, what Batman...

Friday, September 13, 2013
$49.95 from Amazon »

I always thought my car required an oil change every 3,000 to 5,000 miles out of necessity, but according to Lubricheck, I shell out my precious duos of Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States and fellow Pisces...

Friday, May 16, 2014
$94 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 making...

Monday, August 5, 2013
$220 from Hand-Eye Supply »

At first I wasn't sure why this Nata Hatchet costs so much, but then I read the item description on Hand-Eye Supply's listing and noticed it begins with "Behold." As in, "Behold, the mighty Bridgetown Forge x Hand-Eye Supply...

Saturday, February 1, 2014
$87.62 from Amazon »

I saw some compact devices similar to PowerAll's portable car jump starter & power bank that claim to juice up a car battery from the comfort of my driver's seat. Just plug one in to the cigarette lighter, chill for 20 minutes...

Thursday, April 24, 2014
$10.57 from Amazon »

Over 300 Lansky BladeMedic knife sharpener reviewers have geeked out and waxed poetic about its astute capabilities and all-around magnificence. As for me, the last time I tried to sharpen a steak knife I lost a small nub...

Monday, July 29, 2013
$13.93 - $29.99 from Amazon »

The Glo-toob is a banded top for ladies that burns swooning neon green, blue, red, white, or amber straight from their chesticular areas to your heart. Oh wait, no. Wrong glowing product that sounds like "boob". Correction:...

Friday, June 13, 2014
$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 is...

Monday, November 25, 2013
Sold Out from Amazon »

Know why I need a bulletproof clipboard? The same reason I need a tactical beer mug: so that I'm prepared the 1 in 1,000,000 times I need to go Jason Bourne in protecting and defending myself, and so that I'm prepared the...

Monday, August 15, 2011
Sold Out from Amazon »

This is some real MacGyver shit right here. This kit has absolutely everything. And even though Bear Grylls was found to be a big fake and a liar and a fraud and gay, this survival kit will save your ass the next time you'r...

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
$33.64 - $49.97 from Amazon »

It's not that I don't like trees, it's just that sometimes they really piss me off and I feel compelled to take a few swings at them with my powerful axe. I think this serves as an appropriate warning and encourages them to...

Sunday, May 19, 2013
$95 from Amazon »

Sick of hearing about the Zombie Apocalypse? Me too. I'm also sick of hearing about how pretty soon my mama's going to kick me out of her house and stop paying for my cell phone bill and all of my chips and cereal, thus forcing...

Thursday, February 14, 2013
$78.99 from Amazon »

Be a hero. Everyone's doing it. And even if they're not contemporary society--particularly the media, and particularly the media talking about celebrities--love throwing that word around and assigning it to people who do little...