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Must-Own Pocket Tools for Pros

This edition of Stuff We Love showcases pocket-sized tools that can make a big difference on the job.

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Perfect Tools for Pro Pockets

Marty Dyck has some great ideas for small-scale tools that are indispensable to pros on the job. These pro pocket tools include a jack-of-all-trades multitool, an illuminating LED flashlight, a compact utility knife, and a handy little combination square.

To find out what Marty loves about these small but mighty pocket tools, watch the video below. To learn more about each individual product and find out where you can buy them online, keep reading.

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Gerber Suspension NXT Multitool

On some jobs, it doesn’t make sense to bring in an entire toolbox when you just need a few tools to get the job done. This multitool from Gerber has a slim design but still manages to pack a bunch of features into just one tool, including:

  • Needle-nose Pliers
  • Wire Stripper
  • Flathead Driver
  • File
  • Awl
  • Ruler
  • Can Opener
  • Scissors
  • Serrated Blade

When you can fit all of that (plus more) into a tool small enough to slip into your pocket, you might start to wonder why you bother lugging around a tool box in the first place.

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Coast HX5 Flashlight

Sure, your phone already has a flashlight- but we guarantee it’s not as good as this one. The Coast HX5 casts a bright, white light and has a belt clip in case your pockets are already too loaded up with other tools. Here are some other work lights we love.

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DEWALT Folding Retractable Knife

This folding utility knife from DEWALT has everything you need in a utility knife in one compact package. A compartment on the back of the knife holds up to three spare blades, and in case of emergencies there’s a seat belt cutter built into the knife’s housing that works even if the blade is fully retracted.

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Empire 6″ Combination Square

The Empire 6-inch Combination Square is a level, a ruler, a scribe, and a speed square all in one. Think about all of the space you will be saving in your pouches and pockets with this handy little tool!

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About Marty Dyck

Marty is a professional woodworker and the owner of Good From Wood, a custom woodworking shop located in Stillwater, MN. Specializing in unique, vintage barn doors, custom skateboards and other innovative wood products, Marty hopes to always build the piece that everyone talks about.
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