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The Cole-Bar Hammer Is The Swiss Army Knife Of Demolition Tools

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You had us at ‘demolition’. But since we’re sticklers for details, we might as well tell you a bit more about the Cole-Bar. It’s technically a hammer, but it also does duty as 6 other tools: a crow bar, a demolition tool, an angle measurement tool, a ruler, a socket wrench and nail pliers. Granted some of these “tools” are somewhat of a stretch; anyone can call a hammer a ruler as well if you use its straight edge to draw a line. But the point is that the Cole-Bar features a patented locking gear mechanism, meaning it can be opened and extended from 0-180 degrees and locked in place at 15 degree increments. This turns it into a full fledged crow bar for instance, but you can also split it in two and use each half as a separate tool. There’s a socket wrench mechanism at the end of one of the halves, and angle measurement notches at the end of another. The current prototype is made out of a #45 carbon steel with electro-plating which is likely to survive repeated attempts to destroy it. The final production model’s composition hasn’t been determined yet, and yes, this does mean that the Cole-Bar isn’t a finished product. It’s doing the Kickstarter dance as we speak, 64% into a $100k goal in $65 increments. If you pledge, you can expect to see it in the Fall.

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Gerber’s Pocket Knife That Doesn’t Look Like A Knife At All

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Carrying a cutting tool in your pocket can definitely be practical. Stuck upside down in your car after an accident? Cut the seat belt. Bear in a cage got you by the T-shirt? Cut that shirt to shreds. A pocket knife is great! What’s better? A sheathed knife that’s so stealthy it doesn’t even look like one at all. Gerber’s Daily Carry Hook Knife is a 2 inch stainless steel hook blade that fits securely around a finger, much like a ring. Press your thumb against “the thumb grip and you’ve got a solid hold that won’t budge when you put a bit of power behind a cut.” Don’t have an emergency, life-saving, knife-related situation? That’s ok, you can use the blade on envelopes, an annoying retail package or that box the UPS guy just dropped off. At $11, it’s a no-brainer.

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FreeSpace Helps You Keep Your Gmail Account In Check

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Gmail is pretty generous with the amount of space they give you. If you have a free account, you get 10 gigabytes. When you upgrade to one of their plans, this limit is pushed up to 25 gigabytes. You’d have to be the type who archives everything in order to reach the limit, because it seems highly unlikely that you ever will. But hey, it could happen–and if you think you’re bordering on full email capacity, then you need FreeSpace.

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This Titanium Utility Ring Seems A Little Small For What It Wants To Be

We kind of dig the above utility ring, but we’re concerned about its actual usefulness. It’s a ring made of aircraft grade titanium, and contains 5 tools:

It has a working bottle opener, a straight blade perfect for cutting packing tape or fishing line, a serrated blade for tougher things like nylon strapping or those tough to open electronics heat sealed packages, a saw for cutting plastic and wood, and it has a comb!

Yeah, so we’re wondering how useful that comb is given its size, but it is suggested to be used on a moustache, so we suppose it could work. We’re also not convinced that we could effectively use that saw to cut through wood… but A+ for trying. However, the ring is $385, and at that price, we think we’ll stick with the Swiss Army knife instead.

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Ice Dozer Mini 2.0 Gives You 360 Degrees Of Ice Scraping Power

When the freezing rain falls and hardens to a diamond-like finish on your car, you have a few removal methods at your disposal. We tend to use the “spray anti-freeze on it and run your wipers for an hour method.” That does wonders for the wipers, we hear, but we don’t care much. But if you’re going to be diligent and scrape, then at least scrape efficiently. The Ice Dozer Mini 2.0 seems to fit that bill:

This serious tool packs 360 degrees of ice clearing performance, including 13 Flexiblade scraping fingers, and Tenderizers for softening up the hardest ice that you’ll find on your windshield.

Other features include a combination Squeegee/Brush, the IceNotch (for clearing windshield wipers) and the all-new Brass Frost Peeler – glass safe but particularly effective when dealing with the most annoying frost coating (the kind that seems ‘painted on’). All of this in an ergonomic package, including the PowerGrip which incorporates a Wrist Wrest for extra power and comfort.

$12 isn’t much to ask for a tool that’s likely to cut down your time and effort by a very reasonable factor.

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Battery Powered Drill Features Gyro Sensor For Automated Drilling Direction

You’d think that setting the direction in which your drill bit rotates isn’t a particularly demanding task, but you’d be wrong. At least, it’s demanding enough that it strikes us as worth removing, especially if it can be done cheaply and elegantly. The Black & Decker Max Gyro features a “gyro sensor” that knows its own orientation and uses this information not only to determine whether you’re trying to screw in or out, but also to set the speed at which it does so. It’s very intuitive: turn the thing clockwise to screw in, with the speed increasing as you increase the angle of your hand. And of course, it works exactly the same way in reverse.

Now we’re not talking about a serious, industrial strength drill here. It’s a 4V model and will be perfect for light jobs but nothing more. Still, its Li-Ion battery will hold a charge up to 18 months, so you can just toss it in a drawer and forget it until you need to hang a painting or something. It’s $40 and will be available starting November 1st.

Hit the jump for a video of the thing in Japanese, as well as links.

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The Box Bug Gets All Groovy On Cardboard Boxes

By David Ponce

It’s groovy because it’s a little tool that cuts grooves… Get it? Or, well, it doesn’t even cut grooves, really, it just cuts. So our jokes suck a little bit, but the Box Bug doesn’t.

It’s a box cutter designed with kids in mind. Within its clear plastic body are cardboard gripping plastic wheels that turn two round metal blades as you glide over the material. A small space at the bottom is thin enough for cardboard, but not large enough for fingers to get in, keeping your child safe from injury. Box Bug even helps make decorations by ejecting a thin strip of cardboard from a hole in the top cavity, leaving extra material for rope or garnish for a child’s creation.

We can definitely see this being used in a classroom somewhere, for some kind of arts and crafts. I sucked so bad at arts and crafts that I was sent to detention because the teacher thought I was being bad on purpose. True story.

It’s projected to cost $9, and it’s a Quirky project, which means it may or may not see the light of day.

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Grilling Vegetables Just Got A Bit Easier

By David Ponce

It’s very possible this has been around for ages. Likely even. But we’ve only just now stumbled on it and we like it. It’s BBQ season and there will always be some apostates who demand something more than meat. Like… vegetables. If you’ve ever tossed those on the grill, you know how much of a pain it can be to turn them. Why not just stack them together with these stainless steel clips, and turn them over all at once? Just make sure you don’t grab it with your bare fingers.

It’s $15 for a set of 4. That’s pretty cheap. Not a bad thing to have in your BBQ arsenal, though we suggest spending more time looking for grill buddies who aren’t vegetable-ingesting infidels.

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The Annihilator Wrecking Tool Could Work Just As Well On Zombie Horde

By David Ponce

We like to justify murderous looking tools’ existence by appealing to their usefulness in a zombie apocalypse. But please, let’s face it, this is a cop out. Zombies? Why do we need zombies to find something like the above acceptable? Its awesome just because it’s awesome, and yeah you could crack a skull or two with it, but you won’t because you’re a civilized individual. It’s called The Annihilator, has been around for a long time, but we don’t care. It’s technically a wrecking tool, which means in this case that it’s a nail puller, board straightener, demolition axe, chisel, and hammer all rolled into one. Oh, and a bottle opener as well.

It comes in 14 inch and 18 inch versions, and cost $35 and $40 respectively.

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