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Crank Brothers Multi 19 Tool

Multi-tools are must-haves, don’t you think? Whether you keep one on you, in your car, or on your bicycle, you’re prepared for almost anything with a multi-tool. They’re way easier than carrying around than a toolbox, that’s for sure. The Crank Brothers Multi 19 Tool features side grips for a secure handhold and includes a spoke wrench, a chain tool, hex wrenches, open wrench, screwdrivers, and torx. And, yes, I had to look up torx. Also, if you are (or know) a cyclist, do check out the Crane E-Ne Bell in black, also available from the same retailer.
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Price: $33.95
Available from: Handsome

Clemens Auer Tweezers

Ordinary tweezers aren’t for you, or maybe they are until you see these odd tweezers by Clemens Auer. The circular solution was inspired by the pinching gesture, and is a unique alternative to those other typical grooming instruments. And, apparently, they are “functionally superior.” I believe it.
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Price: $95.00
Available from: Ode to Things

Banshu Hamono Folding Knife

You need a knife often enough to have a nice one. After all, all those boxes from your online shopping escapades don’t open themselves, do they? Plus, this one is small enough you could tuck it into your pocket or bag, just in case you find yourself walking alone at night and the shadows are just a bit too dark for your liking. A little light glinting off of a hand-made, high carbon “Ao-hagane” blue steel blade might just be enough to knock some sense into anyone dumb enough to mess with you*.
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Price: $65.00
Available from: Leibal

Portable Toolbox Walnut

Architects and designers, this isn’t for all your tools, just the ones you use the most, preferably at your desktop. Designed by Hallgeir Homstvedt for Mjolk, this walnut toolbox’s handle was inspired by oversized knobs on Shaker furniture. Easily move the box from desk to drawing board or meeting room with all your essentials on hand, ready to dazzle others with your skills.
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Price: CAD285.00
Available from: Mjölk

Steel Tool Box

It’s a no nonsense tool box, on sale. Two-tier, so you’ll be able to fit larger items below and smaller items above, and it’s in a two-tone steel and black powdercoat finish so it won’t mess up your interior style. Now, just what will you organize with the help of this Italian tool box? Your tools, of course, or your crafts, or picnic supplies… whatever you want.
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Price: $49.99
Available from: CB2

Cork Flashlight

A cork flashlight! Now, that’s a good idea for boaters or anyone that loves taking baths in thunderstorms. Cork floats, of course, so there’ll be no losing this light in water. Plus, the cork adds a warmth and softness to an otherwise usually cold and metal tool. Bright LEDs will shed plenty of light out on the water or staying in at home.
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Price: $30.00
Available from: Kikkerland

I scarcely know… Izola Pocket Knife

Talk about the basics, everyone needs a pocket knife. This one from Izola is made from 100% stainless steel and contains a corkscrew, large blade, bottle and can opener, and screwdriver. You never know when you’ll need one of those tools, right? The words “I scarcely know where to commence.” are engraved upon the surface.
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Price: $19.00
Available from: Burke Decor

Mininch Tool Pen

Ah-ha! This looks like a pen, but it’s really a multi-purpose tool hidden inside a pen-like casing. It’s perfect for those of us that like to be prepared for anything, yet can’t really justify wearing a tool belt everywhere we go (sooo cumbersome, right?). The 16 tool bits can be easily switched out- they’re all stored within the pen, so you cycle through to the one you need*. Taiwanese architect Yu–Hung Cheng and his team call it the world’s first “pop–a–point” pen style tool.
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Price: $69.00
Available from: Wallpaper Store

Tropical Walnut Abner Tool Box

This is the nicest toolbox ever. You certainly wouldn’t want to hide it away on dusty shelf in the garage, so think beyond just nails and hammers. Maybe it could keep sewing supplies organized, or your jewelry collection tucked away safe and sound. Made with Nogal wood (a.k.a. Tropical Walnut), each toolbox is made by skilled Nicaraguan craftsmen and features comb joints and an interior tray for smaller items. The tray and lid slot easily through the handle for a clean, streamlined look. On a personal note, I’ve had my eye on this Toolbox for a year now, and recently I was able to see it in person; it’s beautiful and well worth the price point.
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Price: $180.00 - 265.00
Available from: Poritz & Studio

Hand-Eye Supply Pocket Nail and Tool Belt

If you’re even the tiniest bit handy with tools, you should get yourself a tool belt. Why? You know when you’re standing on a ladder, messing with a ceiling light, and you need a different screw head for your drill? Or when you’re hanging new drapes, and you realize you didn’t measure correctly? It sure would be better to reach down and find the appropriate tool right on your tool belt instead of climbing down off the ladder, wouldn’t it?
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Price: $35.00
Available from: Hand-Eye Supply

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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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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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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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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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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Price: $50.00
Available from: Emmo Home

 
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