Fiskars X27 Splitting Axe
When a tool melds function with beautiful design—as does this sleek and modern splitting axe from Fiskars—it's true tool-nut nirvana. Using advanced blade geometry, the 36-inch-long axe slices through wood without getting stuck—and turns its wielder into the sexiest lumberjack on the block. Available on Amazon; $54.99.
Fein MultiMaster Oscillating Multi-Tool
“How did I go so long without one of these?” “It’s the Cadillac of these type of tools.” Those are just two of the near-perfect Amazon reviews for this supertool that can sand, scrape, grind, remove grout, and plunge cut, as well as do what seem to be 100 other things. While there are lots of oscillating tools out there, this one is super-high-quality and sure to be appreciated by the most discerning tool aficionado. Available on Amazon; $209.99.
Stiletto TiBone Titanium Hammer
Sure, $170 might seem steep for a hammer, but this is no ordinary hammer. For starters, it’s made from titanium, which makes it superstrong but superlight, so it reduces fatigue. It also delivers 10 times less recoil shock than steel hammers, which makes driving nails a pleasure instead of a pain. Available on Amazon; $169.00.
Black & Decker Alligator Lopper
Any tool nerd would enjoy using a power tool that looks like a sci-fi villain’s weapon. It's designed to make quick work of tree and shrub limbs. The lopper works only when both buttons on the handles are pushed—a feature that, along with its unique guard, makes it safe—and fun—to use. Available on Amazon; $99.97.
Japanese Ryoba Saw
There’s a good chance that a true tool nut already has every DIY gizmo out there—except this! The ryoba saw has been used in Japan for years for cutting wood. This modern update has 17 teeth per inch on its crosscutting side and 6 teeth per inch on the rip side. Plus, with a .5-millimeter blade, it makes a superfine cut, or kerf. Available on Amazon; $26.21.
Titan Pry Bar
The pry bar is an often-overlooked component of a well-stocked DIYers' toolbox. But once you have one, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it. With near-perfect reviews from Amazon, this set of sleek stainless steel pry bars is sure to make the perfect stocking stuffer for the tool lover in your life. Available on Amazon; $12.68.
CH Hanson 03040 Magnetic Stud Finder
Chances are good that any tool nut worthy of the title already has a stud finder—but maybe not one that works as well as this one, which uses superstrong rare-earth magnets to find the screws and nails in studs. Once it locates them, you can just let it hang there while you work. Available on Amazon; $8.99.
If a sawhorse and a vise ever had a baby, it would probably look like the Rockwell JawHorse. The jaws of this portable wonder open to accommodate a wide range of sizes, and the foot pedal delivers up to one ton of clamping power, so it can hold pretty much anything you need to work on—from engine blocks to doors. Available on Amazon; $112.99.
PORTER-CABLE 20-Volt 1/2-Inch Lithium-Ion Drill/Driver Kit
Most tool lovers are willing to pay a pretty penny for what they need, but that’s not to say they don’t also appreciate great value. That’s what this powerful combo drill and driver delivers. It not only has the power to tackle most any job, it also features a battery gauge, LED light, two-speed gearbox, and a lightweight construction that reduces fatigue. Available on Amazon; $79.99.
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