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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 ]

OhGizmo! Review – Keyport Slide

Keyport Slide (Image property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

In my 5 or 6 years of blogging about gadgets and gizmos, the Keyport Slide stands out as one product that had a bit of a rough time making its way to the marketplace. We first wrote about the Keyport back in 2007 which we thought was a great concept, with not so great pricing and execution. $300 for a fancy key holder was expensive, no doubt about that, and users were asked to physically mail in the keys they wanted converted, which a lot of people thought was a little sketchy.

In 2009 when customers who had originally ordered the Slide still hadn’t received their product, we were pretty sure the product was DOA. But it turns out that wasn’t the end of the saga. By 2010 the company behind the Keyport had not only sorted out and vastly improved the logistics of the ordering process, but the price had been slashed to $79.99. And customers (finally!) started receiving their orders, which turned out to work just as promised. So when we were offered the chance to try out the latest version of the Keyport Slide we jumped at the opportunity. Both because we still think it’s a great idea and product, and also for some much needed closure. Check out our full review after the jump.

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Credit Card Micrometer Caliper

Credit Card Micrometer Caliper (Image courtesy MoMA Store)
By Andrew Liszewski

It’s not as slick or shiv-able as the CardSharp credit card knife we brought you last week, but if you absolutely have to be able to measure the thickness of something with a reasonable degree of accuracy no matter where you are, you’ll probably want to add this slim micrometer to your wallet toolbox. Made of stainless steel it’s available from the MoMA Store for just $15.95.

[ Credit Card Micrometer Caliper ]

CardSharp Folding Credit Card Knife

CardSharp Folding Credit Card Knife (Image courtesy Iain Sinclair)
By Andrew Liszewski

While not as robust a multitasker as even a basic Swiss Army Knife, this folding credit card blade from Iain Sinclair looks far more compact and smuggle-friendly as you can keep it stashed away in your wallet. It weighs just 13 grams, is only 2mm thick and features a stainless steel blade with a healthy 65mm cutting edge and a short serrated edge on the opposite side. When folded away a built-in sheath prevents you from accidentally touching the sharp blade, and since I’m sure you’re having as hard a time as I did envisioning how it does fold/unfold, here’s a video showing it in action:

When officially shipping in January the CardSharp will sell for ~$23 (£15) but you can pre-order one now with a deposit of ~$11.60 (£7.50).

[ CardSharp Folding Credit Card Knife ] VIA [ Mobile Magazine ]