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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.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gear Hungry ]

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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Tool Tank Is Both Cute And Practical Keychain

By David Ponce

I’m not sure exactly what market this product is going after. It seems a little confused. For one, it’s a tool, which in itself is butch. And two, it’s shaped like a tank, which is pretty butch as well. But it’s keychain sized and it’s just kind of cute. It seems to stand right in the middle there (like some presidents…), unsure whether it should appeal to the handy girl or the metrosexual guy.

Or maybe I shouldn’t be applying gender stereotypes to gadgets at all… All I can tell you dear readers is that the Tank Tool keychain has a magnetic turret, three heads (flat, plus small and large Philips), costs $15 and will be available in February.

How’s that for just sticking to the facts?

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Behold The Machete For Grown-Ups

By David Ponce

The marketing department has gone and given the Gerber Gator Pro a zombie apocalypse angle. Yes, we suppose it could separate a zombie’s head from its body in a hurry. But when was the last time you were in a zombie apocalypse? Please. What we really have to worry about is a hipster invasion and I hear New York City is turning into ground zero. But we won’t seriously get on the record condoning any kind of violence. No, really, we aren’t, that’s just sick. What we’re saying is that instead of thinking about killing zombies, the Gerber Gator Pro is pretty badass for any survivalist, woodsy type of folk. It has a multi-purpose blade that can act as an axe, a machete or a knife and might, just might have kept you a little safer if you were in the woods in Ohio recently (wild animals escaped, if you don’t know). It has a rubber grip, weighs 18 ounces and costs $53.

We want one.

[ Gerber Gator Pro ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

OREGON PowerNow 40V MAX Battery Powered Chainsaw For Eco-minded Psychopaths

OREGON PowerNow 40V MAX Battery Powered Chainsaw (Image courtesy OREGON)
By Andrew Liszewski

There are lots of horror movies where the deranged antagonist goes about dismembering their victims with a chainsaw. But in reality, you can hear a gas chainsaw running from like 15 miles away. So sneaking up on some unsuspecting campers with one in hand, ready to slice and dice, is pretty improbable. The next time a psychopath decides to go all serial killer on a bunch of kids, they should consider this battery powered alternative from OREGON. (Yeah, apparently the company prefers their name to be shouted.)

Besides being significantly quieter than a traditional chainsaw, you also don’t have to deal with mixing gas and oil to keep it running. Though, admittedly, you do miss out on that intoxicating gas smell. Even that annoying pull cord has been eliminated, requiring just a simple button press to bring it to life. With its larger ‘Endurance’ battery pack the PowerNow 40V MAX chainsaw can make short work of about 250 branches with a 2 or 3 inch diameter, which is more than enough to get through the occupants of a run-down, deserted sleepaway camp. It even has a built-in chain sharpening mechanism which is as easy to use as pulling a lever. With a standard 1.2Ah battery the PowerNow chainsaw runs $399, but you’ll probably want to opt for the model that includes the 2.4Ah ‘Endurance’ battery, which is $499.

[ OREGON PowerNow Battery Powered Chainsaw ] VIA [ The Gadgeteer ]

Smart String – A Better Measuring Tape?

Smart String (Images courtesy ThinkGeek)
By Andrew Liszewski

What looks like a low-rent calculator is actually a vast improvement to the traditional tape measure. The Smart String, aptly named given the retractable metal tape has been replaced with 50 feet of 20 pound strength string, works just like a traditional model, but with some notable improvements. For one, the string can be easily wrapped around irregularly shaped objects. So determining the circumference of a beachball, a task I’m sure we all deal with on a daily basis, is made much easier.

The actual measured distance is automatically displayed on the screen as well, to 3 decimal places of accuracy. So you don’t have to count out little tick marks on the tape, not that that’s even possible with this design. Like any good multi-tasker it’s got a built-in calculator that lets you recall and crunch any 3 measurements stored in its memory. There’s even a level bubble on the bottom edge plus a flashlight, which for just $11.99 from ThinkGeek, is above and beyond the tool call of duty.

[ Smart String Tape Measure ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]

I Had No Idea Victorinox Made Swiss Army Knives With Built-in Lighters

Victorinox SwissFlame and CampFlame (Images courtesy VICfan)
By Andrew Liszewski

Here’s an interesting bit of trivia. Did you know that from 2002 to 2005 Victorinox made a couple of Swiss Army Knives that featured built-in lighters? Something that would come in far useful while trying to survive in the wilderness than a corkscrew bottle opener. But, because the lighters only require a single action to ignite the flame, they were deemed too unsafe for sale in the United States. So if you had any interest in picking up either the SwissFlame or CampFlame models, you had to live in Europe or Australia, where apparently lighter regulations are far more lenient.

But if you’re determined, and happen to have a friend or P.O. box in Australia, you can still find them from online sellers like ‘Army Surplus Stores‘ for $129.50 AUD, which works out to about $137 US.

[ VICfan - Victorinox SwissFlame and CampFlame ] VIA [ bookofjoe ]

Titanium Exuvius Multi Tool Collar Stays

Exuvius Multi Tool Collar Stays (Image courtesy Yanko Design)
By Andrew Liszewski

Just because you’re at a wedding or other fancy shindig doesn’t mean emergencies aren’t going to pop-up. So if you find yourself at an event where a Gerber hanging off your belt isn’t considered proper attire, these Exuvius Multi Tool Collar Stays will most certainly be an acceptable alternative. First and foremost they’ll prevent your shirt collar from popping up, but since they’re made from 100% titanium they’re also strong enough to be used as a screwdriver, bottle opener, thread cutter/wire stripper and in a prison situation, an effective shiv. Titanium usually costs a pretty penny, but because they’re so thin a set of 2 collar stays will cost you just $30, and if you think you’ll need backups, a set of 4 is a better deal at $50.

[ Exuvius Multi Tool Collar Stays ] VIA [ The Gadgeteer ]