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  • A pared down list of essential tools we would trust to accomplish common tasks to do basic maintenance and improvements around the house.
  • We've tried to be thoughtful with our selection. While our picks do not come cheap, their reliability, performance, and longevity represent good value.


Written by: Brian Gerard Elicierto, Co-founder of Discriminant.ly

Over the past year, our members have been discovering, Noting, and acquiring some high quality hand tools from around the world and putting them to good use at home. Here's our official guide to putting together a toolbox with thoughtfully selected essential items that will last for generations.

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Nov 13 2015
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Silica HX-One Essentials

Silca has been known for outstanding attention to detail for almost 100 years, from tool design to precise production to excellent packaging. This set of immaculately cast and machined tools and their solid CNC milled beech wood case are built to withstand years of use.
Silica HX-One Essentials
Sep 03 2015
elicierto noted

Northlander Forest Axe

The long handle and large blade length allow power strokes on limbing, felling, splitting and other bushcraft needs. Yet, it is light and small enough fit well on camping or hunting trips where space is limited and can be used one handed without fatigue.
Northlander Forest Axe
Jul 22 2015
Ulysses noted

Crank Brothers y16

shop-quality y-tools in a compact carrying frame. the y16 includes: co2 inflator chain tool: 8/9/10/11 speed compatible spoke wrenches: #0, 1 hex wrenches: #2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 screwdrivers: phillips #2, flat #2 torx: t-25, t-10
Crank Brothers y16
May 14 2015
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Bronze Gardening Tools

Bronze (an alloy of copper and tin) is actually harder wearing than the steel used in most gardening tools, and wet soils (especially clay soils) cling to it much less than to steel. And of course, bronze does not rust, although it will develop a beautiful patina. Both of these tools have handsome turned European Beech handles.
Bronze Gardening Tools
Mar 21 2015
elicierto noted

Klein Leather Bottom Bucket

This finely crafted Leather Bottom Bucket was created by Klein Tools, a company that has been making tools for the professional tradesman since 1857. It's incredibly durable and has that iconic Klein logo on the side.
Klein Leather Bottom Bucket
Feb 06 2015
Charlie noted

Palomino Blackwing Soft Pencils, Black Casing with White Erasers (Set of 12)

Its roots go back to the 1930's when it was first introduced by Eberhard Faber. In 1998, after several corporate acquisitions, it was discontinued, but not forgotten. In fact, fans began paying as much as $40 on eBay for a single Blackwing pencil.
Palomino Blackwing Soft Pencils, Black Casing with White Erasers (Set of 12)
Jan 04 2015
CT noted

Brace Hand Drill

Manufactured in France, these 10" sweep braces are sturdy, well finished, and operate smoothly with a ballbearing head.
Brace Hand Drill
Dec 30 2014
elicierto noted

Garrett Wade Yankee Push Drill

Remember the classic Yankee Push Drill that was once found in every shop and every jobsite tool bag? Made by Stanley for decades until they dropped it in early 2004, it was made of chrome-plated solid brass, and beautifully finished. Now we have had it custom-made for Garrett Wade.
Garrett Wade Yankee Push Drill
Dec 29 2014
elicierto noted

Brace Hand Drill

Manufactured in France, these 10" sweep braces are sturdy, well finished, and operate smoothly with a ballbearing head.
Brace Hand Drill
Nov 20 2014
Flora noted

Palomino Blackwing Soft Pencils, Black Casing with White Erasers (Set of 12)

Some of the world?s most legendary Grammy, Emmy, Pulitzer and Academy Award winners have created with Blackwing pencils. The list of known users includes John Steinbeck, Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein and Chuck Jones, who proudly used Blackwings to create Bugs Bunny and countless other Looney Tunes characters. Its roots go back to the 1930?s when it was first introduced by Eberhard Faber. In 1998, after several corporate acquisitions, it was discontinued, but not forgotten. In fact, fans began paying as much as $40 on eBay for a single Blackwing pencil.
Palomino Blackwing Soft Pencils, Black Casing with White Erasers (Set of 12)
Nov 19 2014
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Rainbow Hex Keys

Both beautiful and made to endure years of use and abuse.

The PB SwissTools RainBow hex key L-wrenches impress users with their attractive colours. The sizes are colour-coded. In this way, the correct tool is quickly at hand.
Rainbow Hex Keys
Nov 17 2014
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Felo Wood Handled Screwdrivers

Traditional screwdrivers for slotted, Phillips and PoziDriv® screws with full length blade and bolster nut. Anti-roll beech handle with leather end cap to protect against splintering. Black tip for a precise fit.
Felo Wood Handled Screwdrivers
Sep 12 2013
Dawson noted

Best Made "Black Donald"

"Every feature of this axe was meticulously designed by Best Made in New York. The Dayton pattern head is made from high carbon American steel and is drop forged in North Carolina by fourth-generation axe makers. The Best Made helve is lathed from Appalachian hickory and its elegant curvature and slender form factor ensure superior efficiency and safety."
Best Made

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