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Ryobi's New Accessories Turn Your Smartphone Into A Toolbox

It may never be able to slice through a 2×4 or mix cement, but your smartphone can still be a useful tool on a construction site with Ryobi’s new Phone Works accessories, which grant your device new capabilities while taking advantage of its large display.


Tools You Can (And Should!) Take On Planes

You needn’t sacrifice basic preparedness — for the outdoors, for fixing stuff or for first aid — just because you’re flying somewhere carry-on only. These are the tools you can take on planes, how to pack them and how to use them.


So You Want To Ride Your Motorcycle Around The World

Want to go the long way round? Or just find some forest trails and go motorcycle camping? This is where you get started.


Can A Single Knife Handle Every Bushcraft Job?

This new Vulture Equipment Works Cholera is described as an, “all mountain” blade. A knife you can use for everything from making a fire to butchering game. We beat on it everywhere from the beaches of Maui to the forests of British Columbia to find out if that claim is true.


Why Screws Tighten Clockwise

One of the six simple machines, a screw is nothing more than an inclined plane wrapped around a center pole. While today screws come in standard sizes, and typically are tightened by turning clockwise (and loosened by turning counterclockwise), this is a recent invention. A great example of how things that seem simple can be really hard to do right, the development of the predicable system we enjoy today took 2000 years to invent.


A Nut-Cracking Hammer That Stops Shell Shrapnel

Although the nutcracker seems like an outdated piece of technology given you can buy nuts with the shells already removed, a small chunk of the population seems to still prefer doing it themselves. So nutcracker makers keep plying their trade, coming up with better and better designs, like this satisfying hammer that prevents shattered shells from becoming dangerous projectiles.


Make Meals From Scratch Using This Turntable Grater

There are some that believe that even cracking a smile in the kitchen is an insult to the culinary arts. For the rest of us, the internet’s a treasure trove of fun, but often useless, gadgets for the kitchen. This DJ Grater manages to be both whimsical and useful, letting you grate cheese like you were spinning on the wheels of steel, and even perfectly portion pasta.


A 209km/h Leaf Blower Can Blast Yard Debris Into The Next Neighbourhood

What Dyson’s vacuums are to sucking up dirt in your home, Troy-Bilt’s new TB2MB Jet Leaf Blower is to blasting debris — and possibly toddlers — off your driveway. Using a specially engineered mixed-flow fan, it’s able to generate wind speeds up to 209km/h, which will send leaves, dirt and other crap you don’t feel like picking up flying off your property.


Finally, A Drill You Can Charge From A USB Port

It only requires assembling a single piece of IKEA furniture to realise why an electric screwdriver is a worthwhile investment. So if you’re in the market for one, Black & Decker’s new 4V MAX Lithium Pivot Screwdriver could be a great choice for the sole reason that you can charge it from the same USB adaptors you use to top off your smartphone or tablet.


Scented Duct Tape For Half-Arsed Repairs That At Least Smell Good

At one time duct tape only came in a single colour: silver. It made the material seem like some kind of NASA-engineered, space-age, super tool, but eventually mankind demanded more. Colours and patterns were introduced, but that still wasn’t enough to satiate humanity’s desire for choice. So Duck Brand is now introducing scented duct tape as well, making your hackney repairs smell downright delicious.


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