Every dad secretly—or not so secretly—thinks he’s the world’s best handyman. And in turn, the sacred toolbox becomes a rite of passage between father and child as they’re old enough to handle a hammer without taking out an eye. As such, the toolbox becomes an heirloom, forever nostalgic and interwoven with memories of dad, and a symbol of every tool (literally) one needs to get through life on one’s own.
Below, an expert (sorry dads, a real professional handyman), reveals 10 essentials every tool box needs to get started.
HUCKBERRY CAMBER TOP TOOLBOX
The first thing you need, of course, is the toolbox itself. This Japanese made steel toolbox is simple and sleek with no frills and no fuss.
HUSKIES 6-IN-1 REVERSIBLE SCREWDRIVER
Absolutely essential. Includes two double-sided bits and takes care of nearly all your screwing needs.
THE ORIGINAL HARDCORE HAMMER 2.0
A redesigned claw and repositioned magnet make this a one of a kind. Then there’s the sheer brute force of the thing.
MILWAUKEE DRILL AND IMPACT DRIVER COMBO SET
The industry’s most powerful cordless drill.
STANLEY HEX KEY SET
Essential for everything, including those lost Ikea tools!
BENCHMADE FOLDING POCKET KNIFE
Sturdy, sleek and with a lifetime guarantee. One always needs a good, very sharp knife around that can handle just about anything.
CHANNEL LOCK TONGUE & GROVE PILERS
Get a couple for the box of different shapes and sizes, but good pliers are paramount for those hard rusted nuts that just won’t come unstuck!
STANLEY FAT MAX TAPE MEASURE
Speaks for itself.
SUREFIRE FURY-DFT LED FLASHLIGHT
Used by law enforcement as well as the military, and boasting 1500 lumens, this small, battery powered flashlight is the only light you’ll ever need should all the power go out and you need to fix the fuse box. But don’t test the wiring without…
UXCELL VOLTAGE TESTER SCREWDRIVER
A simple screwdriver which allows you to test the voltage of an electrical outlet to see if it’s still on without getting a shock! (But in all cases, unless you absolutely know what you are doing, PLEASE CALL AN ELECTRICIAN before proceeding to work on anything electric.)
CRAFTSMAN TORPEDO LEVEL
And last but not least, a level to make sure everything, even those pictures you just hung, are actually straight.