2013 was not a very big year for new tool releases, but there are still quite a few new tools and workshop products that caught our attention for being innovative, useful, or just downright cool. All of the following favorite new tool picks are particularly well suited for makers, hackers, hobbyists, and DIYers.

You should also check out my new Maker Tools Buying Guide and Ultimate Tool Gift Guide (via ToolGuyd), which together provide over 110 tool recommendations for anyone looking to expand or upgrade their tools.

If you have favorite new tools of your own, please tell us about them in a comment!

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When I am not testing and reviewing new tools, I am working on robotics, electronics, woodworking, and other types of projects.

I am also interested in microscopy, the physical sciences, and new technologies.

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