Tools

Craftworker Cabinet

Let’s take a moment to geek out just a tiny bit over this Craftworker Cabinet. For $130, you get a wooden cabinet with flip-open doors along with a starter kit of 27 tools, from basic to professional. 27 tools, in a cabinet, that you can hang on a wall or tuck in a closet or under the bed. The set was first produced in 1919, and it shouldn’t be a surprise that it’s still one heck of a deal. Is there a better housewarming gift for someone’s first home? Nope.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $130.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Trusco Tool Box TY-410-SV

Would you happen to need a small-ish Trusco Tool Box? Don’t worry, I’m not going to link you to a Craigslist ad, it’s just that this one is quite affordable and looks to be almost indestructible. It might be a good home for the odd medley of screwdrivers, hammers and nails you have yet to find a resting spot for, or, maybe it could even hold your sewing tools or drawing supplies? And, for an extra dose of cute (if a toolbox can be cute) is the smaller sized TY-320-SV ($45).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Available from: Hand-Eye Supply

Clippa Mini Tools Clip

Okay, seeing as anything decent gadget-wise makes it onto our pages, it would seem silly to eliminate this Clippa purely because it takes the shape of a hair clip I don’t like. Besides, maybe you do like the hair clip I’m referencing, and therefore you love the idea of a clip that incorporates screwdrivers, a ruler, a cutter, a bottle opener, and a 5/16 wrench all in the petite size of 6 x 2.4cm. Choose between the Clippa Blackfin (which has the bottle opener feature), the pink Clippa Lady (not shown), and the original stainless steel Clippa.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $9.99
Available from: Animi Causa

Porter Key Knife & Bottle Opener

Those pesky boxes and bottles. You always need something to help open them, unless you possess extremely strong teeth. Here’s a combination knife and bottle opener that’s ideal for your keychain, and it’s made from 3Cr13 stainless steel. The bottle opener portion is dual-layered at the axis point, making it easy to pry off bottle caps. The locking blade folds out for a sharp cut, so you’ll be ready to open those things you ordered online faster than you can say ‘where’s-my-utility-knife’. Back the Porter Key Knife & Bottle Opener on Kickstarter.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00
Available from: Everyman

Cargo Box Container by Alessi

You need more storage options for your stuff? What are you, a pack rat? Just kidding, I know you aren’t- everything you have is absolutely necessary… right? Maybe the Cargo Box will work best to corral the clutter, as it’s shaped like a classic toolbox with a few inner compartments and a thin wooden handle for easy carrying. If you prefer more inner compartments, be sure to consider the Toolbox by Arik Levy as well.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00
Available from: Emmo Home

Master Kit #5575

If your toolbox is a mess, with missing hex bits and no Phillips Head to be found, you could probably use a complete tool overhaul. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you are either very lucky, very rich, or have your home falling apart. In any case, this Master Kit has pretty much everything you need should you need a basic tool set, all in a securely latching box.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $95.00
Available from: Chapman Manufacturing Company

Trusco Deluxe Tool Box

Who wants a big, blue tool box designed smack dab (or close enough) in the middle of the 20th century? I certainly do. Talk about a robust sort of toolbox, the Trusco Deluxe is made from stamped-steel with a bold blue enameled finish. That beats the pants off any plastic toolbox you’re bound to find at any hardware store. Open it in one smooth motion to find several spots for organizing your tools and/or art supplies; the dividers are removable so adjust them to fit your needs.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $110.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Credit Card Multi Tool

Do you need a Credit Card Multi Tool thingamajig? That answer is probably ‘heck, yeah’ if your bag or pocket is missing a bottle opener, package opener, screwdriver, can opener, ruler, wrench, butterfly screw wrench, auxiliary wrench, and/or a direction indicator, and this little tool has all of those with a key chain hole, of course. You won’t think you need any one of those things until you do, at which point you’ll be mumbling profanities at the fact that you didn’t spend $12 for this thin, stainless steel sheet.
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Price: $12.00
Available from: Poketo

Sugru Fix-It-All Kit

Hooray! Sugru is now available at MoMA, and that means more people can fix and modify all sorts of things with this magic stuff. Sugru, if you’re not familiar with it already (Simon wrote about it back in 2010), is a self-setting rubber that you can mold like play-dough. It bonds to almost everything and sets into a flexible, water-proof silicone rubber overnight. Use it to make tools easier to grip, mend broken wires, put bumpers on your phone, and more. You may also buy the kit directly from Sugru ($22), fyi.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Series One Titanium Tool Set

What to get that hard-to-please person? Well, if they like tools, get them this Series One Titanium Tool Set. There’s one Edge tool (for prying, cutting) and one Opener (for opening up bottles); both are lightweight, durable, and keychain friendly. The set is available in titanium from Hand Eye Supply as a limited edition.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $155.00
Available from: Hand Eye Supply

Ollie

I know you don’t need yet another thing to put in your wallet, but what if this extra thing could fit all sorts of handy tools like a bottle opener, ruler, spoke wrench, protractor, metric and standard ruler, metric wrenches, drill guides, and a 1/8″ hex drive, all in one slender credit-card-like shape? Maybe then you’d find some room? Laser cut and etched from 18 gauge stainless steel or titanium, the Ollie arms you with the tools to do all sorts of everyday odd jobs. Back the project for $25 for the stainless steel version, or $35 for the titanium.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00 - 35.00
Available from: Dragon Innovation

The MULTI Tool/Wallet

Just look at all the tools that this thin, minimal wallet has integrated into its surface: bottle opener, nested wrench, ruler, bit holder, box opener, and even a smartphone/tablet stand. If you don’t mind the metal aspect for the wallet function, you could have all these tools sandwiching your cash and cards, at the ready for whenever you might need them. Sure, it’s a little clunky, but it is metal, after all. See video below for more.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00 or more
Available from: Kickstarter

Multi-Tool

Now, don’t get too excited, this isn’t the sort of thing you’d carry around in your pocket. It’s a bit big for that, unless you’ve huge pockets, and it’s probably more suited for your bag than carrying it around in its nylon carrying case on your belt loop (or maybe you can pull that look off, who knows). The Multi-Tool has “a hammer, adjustable wrench, pliers, wire cutter, file, blades, and a screwdriver with a twelve-piece bit set concealed in the handle.” If that’s not enough for you, I don’t know what is.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Available from: MoMA Store

EDC Kit

And you thought you were prepared for the apocalypse. “EDC” or Every Day Carry are the things you have on you each day, and if you want to be fully prepared for anything, getting out of a jam or away from zombies, this kit will have you two steps ahead of the game. These tiny, multiuse tools fit onto a keychain, all weighing less than 2 ounces combined. A pry bar, screwdrivers, precision tweezers, waterproof lighter and a titanium key ring are all included, or can be purchased separately, if you so wish.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $44.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Tool Set by Jonas Damon

This tool set by Jonas Damon includes an LED flashlight, level, screwdriver, and ruler. Each tool measures 6 inches and comes with a handy storage bag to keep them all together. Could be a good gift for someone’s housewarming.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $95.00
Available from: Areaware

 
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