electronic.alchemy :: tools
where the past meets the future


Created by hww3. Last updated by hww3, 4 years ago. Version #1.

The internet has made life so much easier in some ways, and so much more difficult in others… one of the downsides, for me at least, is the wealth of information available at the press of a button. I think back to the "before times" and wonder at the blissful ignorance: if I needed a tool, I got whatever was at the local store, or if I was feeling ambitious, from the Grainger catalog. No having to weigh the pros and cons of some obscure option available from a store in Japan that didn't speak English.

Whether or not the internet needs another voice shouting out into the vastness of space, I figured I would review some of the various go-to tool options I've found, along with my thought process for why I've taken a shine to them.

I'm fortunate to (sometimes, at least!) have the option of buying something other than the cheapest thing I can find, but I won't throw money at a product if it doesn't seem justified. My own preference is to find high quality tools with thoughtful design. I prefer to support manufacturers in first world countries, for a variety of reasons:

Obviously, the downside is that this often means spending more, but the reasonable assurance that you'll not have to replace a tool is worth at least some price premium. Plus, there's something to be said for using a tool that's a pleasure to use.

I won't focus much attention on the so-called "truck" brands, as I don't think they're a great value for most people who aren't serviced by those vendors. Certainly, they are worth looking into on the used market, but overall, I think there are better values to be found elsewhere.

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