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The most recent special edition of the Make: Newsletter asked readers: What is your favorite tool? We got some fantastic responses, many with photographs, from makers all over the world. These are just a few of them. Thanks to all our newsletter subscribers, to everyone who responded, and especially to those of you who sent pictures, links, and stories.

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Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I write for MAKE, serve as Technical Editor for MAKE magazine, and develop original DIY content for Make: Projects.



  1. denbo says:

    I gotta make me a pair of those vice grips.

  2. ka1axy says:

    Favorite tool?
    You mean, I have to pick *one*?
    but…all the others will feel unloved…I just can’t do it.

    ///darn – multitools are great, but all I carry every day is a little Buck 55 for opening packages

  3. GC says:

    You know your talking to makers here. Four out of these ten items were either shop built or modified!

  4. Ryan Rogers says:

    Of all the great tools I’ve used in my life, my Sawsall gives me the biggest smile every time I have to use it.