Cool Tools
The best new hardware made by small businesses.
By Emily Maltby, FSB Magazine

(FSB Magazine) -- Bridge City Tool Works Dozuki Saw $129

John Economaki, 55, produces woodworking hand tools such as brass planes and rosewood-handled chisels at Bridge City Tool Works of Portland, Ore. This Japanese dozuki (or two-edged saw) has a high-grade steel blade about 0.25 millimeters thick, which enables an efficient pull stroke, and an adjustable restrictor that limits the depth of cut, making it ideal for precision jobs such as dovetail joints.

LoggerHead Bionic Wrench $33

An inventor with 25 years' experience, Dan Brown launched Chicago-based LoggerHead Tools and started selling his first products last summer. The Bionic Wrench comes in three sizes, which can collectively adjust to and grip as many as 38 different-sized nuts. Brown has won several design awards for the wrench, which is slip-proof, does not strip the heads of nuts, and is guaranteed forever. The company's expanded line now includes a universal multitool called the ImmiX. A cutting tool for pipes comes out later this year.

Stiletto Tools Titanium Hammer $250

Based in Winton, Calif., Stiletto makes a line of ergonomically correct lightweight hammers. Its TiBone Mini-14 weighs just 14 ounces, vs. 24 for a typical steel hammer. The lower weight reduces arm strain and decreases the risk of epicondylitis, or carpenter's elbow. Dr. David Edwards, 57, a part-time woodworker in Nashville, sees orthopedic injuries from hammering in his practice and recommends Stiletto hammers to those wanting to avoid chronic wrist and arm injuries.

Woodjoy Spokeshave $95

Glenn Livingston, 54, took a woodworking class and was so inspired by the traditional hardware that he started his own company: Woodjoy Tools of Swansea, Mass. The one-man operation sells to locations as far-flung as Japan and Australia and develops about three new tools each year, the most recent being the 12-inch Spokeshave No. 85. (Woodworkers use spoke-shaves to shape curved-wood furniture.) The No. 85, made of Brazilian cherry wood and cryogenically treated steel, is an upgraded version of a Stanley tool of the same name, which the corporation stopped making in 1935.

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