Thanks to everyone who sent in e-mails and pictures of their old warhorses and shiny new friends following our last crowdsourced tools collection. Here are a few more of our favorites from among your submissions, as well as some supplemental staff choices, including one of my own, thrown in at the end for good measure. Thanks for sharing, and please keep ‘em coming!
Victorinox Cybertool 34 - Jason Blakey
"Bought this guy over 10 years ago. Scales are long gone, spring for the pliers and scissors need replacing, it's grimy and notched, nicked and abused. Still going strong, and if it's not in my pocket I immediately miss it."
Casio Calculator Watch - Abe Connally
"My favorite tool is my Casio calculator watch. I’m constantly playing with that thing, figuring out how many fish can be grown in a water tank, or the load of a concrete roof, or biofuel yield from a certain feedstock."
The Unknown Screwdriver - John Baichtal
"This is an unbranded ratcheting screwdriver from the bargain bin at my local big box hardware store. It's cheap, so I can abuse it in ways my lovely SuperKrome ratcheting screwdriver is just too good for."
Saleae Logic Analyzer - John Cole
"Lately, my favorite tool is the Salae Logic Analyzer. It’s got such an elegant and intuitive design. I’ve never used the manual. I use it almost daily now for troubleshooting and testing."
SOG Knives B61 Multitool - John Baichtal
"This is always in my pocket. It features the usual assortment of tools like a knife, saw, file, scissors, screwdrivers, and wrench. I use my B61 every day. It's tough as heck and features 17 tools -- just what I need!"
SlidingT bevel - Simon Jansen
"One of my favorite tools right now is the sliding bevel. A dead simple, dirt cheap tool but when you’re trying to build a steel frame for a car and need both sides to be (roughly) the same they are invaluable! "
Utica 6" Gas Burner Pliers - Keith Holmes
"This is a pair of 6” Utica Gas Burner Pliers with textured handles. I also have a 10” pair with two side-jaw sizes. They can grip from the end or side with great power. I keep a pair in the shop and in my mobile obtainium kit."
Solder Sucker - Sam Freeman
"My personal favorite of the many metal-cased solder suckers we use in the lab. It's like a physical version of the 'Undo' button for electronics projects."
Husky Brand Tape Measure - Nick Normal
"This Husky 16' tape measure is an old friend. The rubberized case comfy, the tape is clearly marked in SAE in metric, and the tip is magnetized so you can use it to retrieve lost hardware behind the bench."
Printable Adhesive-Back Labels - Sean Ragan
"I use these all the time to design panels in software, print them out, and stick them to raw stock. Then all you have to do is cut to the lines. Huge time saver and accuracy-improver over manual layout."
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