There's nothing new or groundbreaking here. It's all solid stuff that I use and that the average DIY'er can actually afford. It's stuff that might not be in every tool kit yet, so there are some good ideas for holiday gift giving. So, in no particular order...
Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool - This isn't Grandpa's Swiss Army Knife. I've grown to love the multi-tool class of pocketknives. There are many brands and styles of this pliers + knife + the kitchen sink concept, with Leatherman probably being one of the most well known, and generally used as the generic name for this whole class of tools. I shopped around quite a bit before settling on this particular beauty by Victorinox, the original Swiss Army Knife company.
I chose this model for four key reasons:
- It had the best mix of tools for my needs (full list below).
- It's stainless steel! Most others are not. It's harder to sharpen, but it stays sharp longer.
- All the tools lock in place and release with an easy lever. I've never had one slip out of lock.
- When in pliers mode, the handles are smooth, with the other tools on the inside, not digging into you hand. In folded mode, the tools are on the outside, easy to access.
- Lifetime warranty. Outstanding quality.
|...and this "poke a hole in the ground for flags" thing...|
"...with a compass in the stock and this thing which tells time."
Of course there's high-tech scientific mumbo-jumbo about weaving patterns, space-age material, and alien technology in play here, but I don't care. These things feel good and keep my piggies dry. (= no foot stench horror at the end of the day).
|"You can have any color you want, as long as it's black,... or white."|
They're a bit spendy, but they last really well. Sometimes you can catch a special buy 5 get one free sale. Pick them up at your local Red Wing store (ladies sizes too).
|Here's the real stars of the show!|
Take care of your toes folks, you only get ten!
|Guess where I'm carrying extra nail strips.|
|Did someone say the pizza was here?!!!|
Did you notice I'm wearing mine in my "Gunslinger" logo?
I was drawn to for the carbide tipped cutters, like you might find on a table saw blade. I had a hot mess of sun-baked, nail encrusted wood, shingles, and who knows what else to destroy. I only bought one blade to try it out, since it was a little more expensive than standard steel at nearly $7.00
It performed really well. I pushed it through wood, nails, screws, shingles, metal brackets, and whatever else got in my way. It easily wreaked havoc and destruction without mercy.
It was noticeably real easy on the cordless batteries. I think it was due to the longevity of the sharp cutters. There's mention of a "Perma-Shield" coating too. The color stayed on for quite a while, but I managed to burn it off. Still, it kept right on slicing, even without the pretty red paint job.
|Carbide tipped teeth, after several days of fierce combat. Still sharp!|
I've spotted Diablo's blades at Home Depot, Amazon.com and a few other hardware stores. I plan to try out some of their circular blades at some point too.
Since this is running long, I'll break this post into pieces to let you digest it easier, but I'll leave you with the words of our finest poets on the subject of "stuff",
"A house is just a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get more stuff"
- George Carlin
At least that's the cleanest quote.
How about you; have you tried any of this stuff yet? What's on your DIY favorites list?
Stay tuned for Part II