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It’s been a busy week here at Toolmonger. If you’ve been spending time in the shop — you should! — and you haven’t had a chance to keep up with Toolmonger this week, we suggest you start with these posts, which our readers helped to select:

Joe Pardue Custom Knives
A few weeks ago we were chatting about how some of the most breathtaking knives aren’t made by large companies or factories, but by a skilled craftsman, one at a time — Joe Pardue is one such knife-maker.  His work integrates function and art in a stunning package.

A Die Grinder For Hard-To-Reach Areas
Get into tight corners where your old die grinder can’t reach with AirCat’s inside-corner die grinder.  With its 4″ wheel you can access angles as shallow as 30°.  The tool’s 17″ length also allows you to reach into confined spaces.

Carbon Pile Load Tester
Measuring 14 volts at your vehicle’s battery terminals doesn’t tell you squat about how your battery will perform when you actually try to start your vehicle — that’s where a variable load tester like Electronic Specialties’ #710 comes in handy.  With this tester you can test batteries rated as high as 1,000 cold-cranking amps or 160 amp hours.

Fishing With A Dart Gun
At first glance, Greenlee’s CableCaster looks like someone slapped a fishing reel on a toy dart gun — that may be exactly what they did, but the $100 list price is no joke.  The CableCaster allows you to pull cable through hard-to-reach spaces, like above a suspended ceiling or through a crawlspace.

Preview: Case XX Select 10th Anniversary Knives
Case is celebrating the tenth anniversary of their XX Select brand by releasing a few limited-edition blades, with handles made of some of the most popular materials.  Each knife features a surgical steel blade with a series-signature tang stamp and a special “XX” shield on the handle.

Help us choose next week’s Top 5!

We’d appreciate your help in choosing next week’s Top 5, which’ll be featured here, elsewhere, and in the podcast as well. While you’re reading TM this week, look out for the “Interesting Post” button at the bottom of the article:

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When you see an article that piques your interest, click the button once. You’ll return to the same page, but TM’s software’ll score your click for future reference. We’ll check in on the totals before selecting next week’s Top 5.

 

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