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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.

Got a favorite tool of your own to share? E-mail us at [email protected].

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Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


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  • denbo

    I gotta make me a pair of those vice grips.

  • http://gravatar.com/ka1axy ka1axy

    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

  • GC

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

  • Ryan Rogers

    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.