The Ultralight Pocket: Recommended Keychain Tools For 2013

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These are the most optimal ultralight tools I could find. They all fit on a keychain: Nite Ize Inka Pen (writes underwater, writes in tempurature from -30 degrees to +300 degrees, ultralight, made in US) Leatherman Micra (keychain-sized, ultralight multi-tool, includes scissors, made in US) Fenix LD01R2 LED Flashlight (very durable and produces 80 lumens of light -- as much a bright full-sized flashlight) Titanium Waterproof Medicine Capsule (ultralight capsule for carrying breath … [Read more...]

The Brightest Flashlight Powered By AA Batteries

The Brightest LED Flashlights: Fenix TK41

Prompted by a reader's request, I went searching for the brightest flashlight powered by AA batteries. The Fenix TK41 was the winner by far: Fenix TK41 860 Lumen Flashlight The Fenix TK-41 U2, which shines at 860 lumens, is the brightest flashlight that runs on AA batteries. It uses eight AA batteries, and these can be rechargeable NiMH or alkaline AAs. The TK41 produces four brightness levels, the lowest (10 lumens) allows the flashlight to run for up to 240 hours. The Fenix TK-41 U2, … [Read more...]

10 Titanium Pocket Tools

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Ah titanium! It has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any metal -- approximately 40% stronger and 40% lighter than stainless steel. It's also highly corrosion-resistant -- even when exposed to sea water and chlorine. Oceanographers report that titanium immersed for 30 years in saltwater produces no measurable corrosion. This is because titanium forms a protective oxide film instantly, when it's exposed to a trace of air or water. All of these attributes make titanium an ideal metal for … [Read more...]

Buy It For Life: Inka Titanium Keychain Pen

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In our “Buy It For Life” posts we feature products that are built to last a lifetime. We also give preference to products that are very durable, are warrantied for life, and are made in the U.S. The Titanium Inka Pen is designed to be attached to a keychain. Weighing just 0.45 ounces, the pen's case is constructed with aerospace-grade titanium, the and pen components are built from carbon fiber composite. It has a pressurized ink cartridge, which means the pen will write wet or dry at any … [Read more...]

The Xeno Cube Flashlight

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  This minimalist flashlight, the Xeno Cube, is machined from a cylinder of stainless steel. It is 4 inches long and weighs a hefty 6 ounces. It features a micro-textured aluminum reflector and a toughened mineral-glass lens. Xeno Cube incorporates a CREE XP-G R5 LED, and it gets excellent performance from a single AA battery. On its brightest setting it shines with 400 lumens (when using a 14500 series battery). Using a rechargeable Ni-MH battery the levels are: Ultra-Low (10 … [Read more...]

Skagen Men’s Titanium Watch

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This ultralight watch by Skagen is a great example of a highly durable yet inexpensive product. It is constructed with a 38-millimeter titanium case and bezel, and a 100% titanium mesh wristband. A durable mineral dial window protects the watch's face, and makes it water resistant to 99 feet. Amazon offers a two year warranty on this watch. It also comes with a limited lifetime warranty from Skagen -- specifically: The Warranty covers defects due to faulty material or workmanship, subject to … [Read more...]

Buy It For Life: Fischer Space Pen

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In our “Buy It For Life” posts we feature products that are built to last a lifetime. We also give preference to products that are very durable, are warrantied for life, and are made in the U.S. The Fisher Space Pen was invented by Paul C. Fisher in 1948. It is still manufactured in Boulder City, Nevada. The pen can write at any angle, and its operating temperatures range from −30 to 250 °F (−35 to 120 °C). It has an estimated shelf life of 100 years. The company says: The ballpoint is made … [Read more...]

Buy It For Life: Keychain and Pocket Tools

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In our “Buy It For Life” posts we feature products that are built to last a lifetime. We also give preference to products that are very durable, are warrantied for life, and are made in the U.S. The Fenix LD01 is barely large than the AAA battery it uses (we recommend using a low-discharge rechargeable NiHm AAA battery). It is very bright -- it produces 80 lumens on its highest setting, which is brighter than most full-size flashlights. The Fenix LD01 is solidly built -- it uses a Cree … [Read more...]