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Design Spotlight: Life-Saving 5-in-1 Tool

Sledge hammer, hoe, crow bar, hook, wire cutter, nail puller. They sound like the members of a punkrock metal band, but sorry, this isn’t an album review. Those tools make up the individual components of a prototype tool that could save your life. A strictly utilitarian tool of survival, it has the makings of a…

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Milwaukee 6-in-1 Diagonal Cutting Pliers

The Milwaukee 6-in-1 Diagonal Cutting Pliers ($22) continues Milwaukee Tool’s tradition of useful rough and ready tools. Here, the tool replaces the bolt cutter, nail cutter, nail/staple puller, and wire cutter with one versatile cutting instrument. And not to leave good enough alone, Milwaukee has also added a reamer on the back of the plier arms…

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Gerber Crucial F.A.S.T. Tool

Last year, the Gerber Crucial Multi-tool was so popular amongst our readers that we featured it not once, but twice. Revamped and updated, Gerber introduces the new and improved Crucial F.A.S.T. ($59) for 2011. The F.A.S.T. (Forward Action Spring Technology) blade features a combo edge blade and fires open with a snap like your standard…