Yes we all have that perfect tool. The one we are proud of and treat like jewelry. Alas we are bigamist and have several of them. Even the old ones. I have a collection of my grandfathers tools he used to build his bungalow colony in upstate NY. The ones he taught me to use as a small child. The wood handle screwdrivers and Chisels. I use them with tears of nostalgia. I also have several of his wood planes. Those I keep on display. But alas they are not the ones I am writing about.
These are the tools we keep close and show off to our buddies. I recommend to friends and can't understand why they haven't bought them. So here I will tell you of some of my favorites.
First the pocket knife. I never carried one until about 4 years ago. So at age 50 I discovered the pocket knife. Sure I now have a small collection of them but only one is THE BEST. I resist buying one for my son as I want it to be mine. I have bought several others for him over the years but when he swoons for mine I just smile. I carry this knife every day. It is awesome. It opens and closes with one hand. It locks with speed safe. You must have this knife. The blade design is the right shape for ropes, or smooth cutting. This is the number one tool I own. I have about 6 different Kershaw Knifes but this is the one I use almost exclusively. It is the only small knife with both speed safe and stud lock.
Kershaw Ken Onion Mini Mojito Pocket Knife with Speed Safe
"Ken Onion" design for 2005. Features a 2 3/8" 440A Stainless Steel blade with 410 Stainless Steel handle and G-10 insert. The "Mini Mojo" combines Speed Safe assisted opening design with our newly patented "Stud Lock." Stud Lock offers superb locking, yet easy to release when you're ready to secure the blade back into the handle. The safety is incorporated into the flicker and locks every time the blade is closed."
The next tool is the one power tool I discovered two years ago. Yes I have that tote with over a dozen battery powered drills, drivers and saws etc. I have hundreds of hours on my Dewalt 14.4 $300+ drill I bought 10 years ago. But it seemed to be getting heavier and heaver. So I figured it was time to get a Lithium Ion tool. I was about to build the green house and knew I had to drive thousands of screws. I have never owned a driver so I was curious if this may be better than my Dewalt drill. Being a research addict. I of course spent way too many DAYS trying to find out which tool is the best. So it was between the Bosch right angle driver or the Makita. Both quality tools. I bought the Bosch and it was very disappointing. Bosch PS10-2A 12-Volt Max Lithium-Ion Driver Kit. I returned it the same day. Bad tool bad tool. Go back to your store.
I was wary of the Makita as the Bosch was 12 volt and the Makita is 10.8.
Makita LCT302W 10.8-Volt Ultra Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless 3-Piece Combo Kit.
This is the BEST tool I have ever owned. To explain how good it is. My son asked to borrow it to assemble a large swing set. When I saw it on the GROUND unprotected. I bought him a set for Christmas so he wouldn't have to borrow mine. He didn't want to use the Dewalt. Now too heavy. I can't say too much about it. It drives 3" deck screws through 4x4s. It drives Lag bolts through 2 staked 2x4s. I had read this in the reviews, but I didn't believe it. Yes it comes in that very cool metal foam fitted insert. I have spent more for a similar camera case 30 years ago. It fits in my pocket. It charges very quickly. Now I have driven thousands of screws and Lags with it. I have drilled hundreds of holes with the drill and I have yet to find anything ti won't drill or drive. I use it so much that it hasn't been back in the case in over a year.
Well that is enough about my love affair with the perfect tool. I know you all have some of them. Great deals and favorites. I will post some more of them to this blog as I get time. You can confess your loves here also. I need company.