Thread Checker
Thread Checker

Why did I not buy this sooner?!

This is a vast improvement over the plastic cards that check threads. This is a full collection of threads in both inch and metric that you can actually thread a nut or bolt onto.

This makes figuring out what size a nut or bolt is completely foolproof and will be a welcome addition to any shop.

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CRKT Drifter Serrated Edge Knife
CRKT Drifter Serrated Edge Knife

This is my new favorite everyday carry knife. I’ve been carrying this knife for a couple of months now, and it’s fantastic. It’s reasonably priced, and is made from good steel. It sharpens well, and I like having a serrated edge - I find it useful for cutting cord in particular.

The knife is very practical - it opens with either hand, and it’s slim enough that it fits well in my pocket. It’s cheap enough that if I were to lose it, I wouldn’t lose sleep over it. It’s a little tricky to close with one hand, but I don’t find it to be troublesome.

At this price point, I don’t think this knife can be beaten. It’ll be a trusty tool for the job.

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3M Peltor H10A Optime 105 Earmuff
3M Peltor H10A Optime 105 Earmuff

Hearing protection is a requirement in the shop for long term safety. Hearing loss is heartbreaking and yet can be easily prevented. I’ve found that it’s easy to have one really nice set of ear muffs, and then I stash several pairs of more affordable ones around the shop and garage. This means that a set will always be within arms reach and I won’t have to stop what I’m doing to find a pair.

At this price point, I don’t think these can be beaten. They are comfortable and do a fantastic job of blocking out sound with a noise reduction rating of 30db. They are comfortable enough for all day wear and have a fairly low pressure fit - they don’t squeeze too much. If you needed a set to wear seven days a week, you might want to step up to a high price point. But these have been a fantastic addition to my hearing protection collection.

Available for purchase at Amazon