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Fagor Rapida 5-piece Pressure Cooker Set

Do pressure cookers scare you? I know they scare a lot of people, and that keeps them from even considering using one. But pressure cookers have …

Soybeans

Lithium Grease in a Spray Can

Grease is a superior lubricant for many applications. It remains in the place where it is needed, unlike oil, which can run away from its intended …

Lithium

Fat Separator and Strainer

I love to cook. A few years ago we bought this fat separator. This Catamount brand fat separator has a strainer that fits on top to keep those burned …

Amazon

Clear Padlock for Lock Pick Practice

I have be trying to pick locks since I was a child. I have many lock picks I have bought or made myself over the years, but never saw what I was …

Puralytics Solar Water Purifier

Ever since the 2003 Northeast/NYC blackout and 9/11 (where my office was located) I have been a preparedness freak. I have been searching for the …

Solar Power

Recomendo

Even though our definition of “tool” is quite broad, there are still many things we love to recommend to friends that are in no way tools, or not …

Ask Cool Tools Featured Questions

K2theiely is searching for a HEPA filter that will make a big difference in air quality.Erasmus needs to replace a pair of penny cutter scissors and …

Air quality

Aluminized Steel Meat Loaf Pan

My wife and I love this meat loaf pan. This is great for baking meatloaf, and with the insert you don’t have to worry about draining excess fluid out …

Meat Loaf

Homeplus+ 3 Arm Revolving Sprinkler

I’ve gone through a lot of sprinklers over the last few years. Something about Florida’s hard water will turn a $25 brass impulse sprinkler into a …

Bumpons

As a teenager, I got a box of these from my job that was going out of business. I don’t use them every day, but fifteen years later I’m still finding …

Amazon

Low Profile Washer Head Cabinet Screw

I used these screws recently to reorganize the shelves, cabinets, tracks, and hooks in my garage. Previously, I had used cheaper standard framing …

Power Tools

Hotjo Travel Mug

If you’re a daily cupper like myself and happen to drive an older car that lacks a center console with cup holders, or if you drive a vehicle with a …

Travel

Ask Cool Tools Featured Questions

Kevin Kelly is searching for a compact multiple power station.Mark is wondering if any readers have experience with Bitcoin hardware wallets.

Kevin Kelly

What’s in My Bag? — Elon Schoenholz

Former Cool Tools editor Elon Schoenholz here. My primary line of work when I was editing Cool Tools was commercial photography, and that’s what I’m …

Apple News

KUKPO Manual Kitchen Can Opener

You’d think that, more than 200 years after the invention of the tin can, someone would have figured out how to manufacture a sturdy, reliable device …

Lifestyle

Valet Luggage Compression Shelves

I’ve been traveling several months with these shelves, and I’m sold. Previously, my packed clothing would start out beautifully organized…until the …

Luggage

Tim Ferriss, Author of “The 4-Hour-Week”

Our guest this week is Tim Ferriss. He’s an entrepreneur, angel investor, and public speaker, and the author of several best-selling books, including …

Food poisoning

Adjustable Duck Nail Apron

I’ve been using the Carhartt Men’s Cotton Duck Nail Apron for a few months now and I love it. I like that it is shorter than other work aprons so it …

Cool Tools Reader Survey

Dear Readers of Cool Tools,Who are you? We, the editors, would like to know. It’s hard to keep trying to improve this site when we are unclear …

Trent Arcadia Stylus Pen

I’ve had this for about a year now for use with my iPhone and iPad. What I love about it is the micro knit tip, which I prefer over the standard …

Stylus

Exped Synmat Sleeping Mat

I upgraded to one of these fancy next-gen sleeping mats about five years ago, when I had a cross-country motorcycle camping trip in the works. I had …

Camping

Ask CT Featured Questions

Ruk is searching for a powerful, window fan to replace his previous Honeywell brand fans.Hfischermn would like recommendations for the best glue for …

Honeywell

MagCozy MagSafe to MagSafe2 holder

If you own both the older style MacBook that uses the MagSafe charger and newer thinner MacBook that uses the thinner MagSafe2 charger you probably …

Apple News

2TB Shockproof Waterproof Portable Hard Drive

Short review: Silicon Power’s Armor A80 USB 3.0 is a military grade portable hard drive which is waterproof, dust-proof, and can withstand serious …

Waterproofing

Nail Punch for Trim

I picked up this tool on clearance, thinking it could be useful at some point. It is made for (among other things) nailing into vinyl siding …

Plywood

Spider and insect glue board traps

We have used these traps for about a year now. They work great, and are a nice alternative to using pesticides indoors. We still spray outside of the …

Insects

Julbo Sherpa Sunglasses

I’ve had my Julbo Sherpas for a couple months now, and boy do I wish I’d found these a long time ago. They’re possibly the best pair of sunglasses …

Sunglasses

Adam Savage, co-host of Mythbusters

Our guest this week is Adam Savage. Adam was the co-host of Mythbusters and editor-in-chief of Tested.Subscribe to the Cool Tools Show on iTunes | …

Adam Savage

Smittybilt Beaver Step

This is a combination truck hitch step/recovery point/bumper protector. This step has an interesting shape, more like a broad arrow head than the …

Steel

Roper Whitney Jr. No. 5 Punch Kit

The Roper Whitney hand punch is one of the most-used tools in my shop for sheet metal projects. For holes up to 9/32″ in thin metals it is often …

Sheet metal