Taken a look at your arsenal of tools lately? If it looks like it might be missing something, you’re bound to find it here. There’s a ton of handy little tools that nobody ever thinks of, because they’re so niche and bizarre. These are usually situation specific, but can be applied in a variety of ways to diversify your tool kit, and help you make more refined, finished looking projects. From unusual to the downright odd, these are the weird tools that have been missing from your garage.
Weird Tools You’ve Never Seen Before
Whether you’re modding it out or trying to get a bit of extra volume going, sometimes you find yourself in need of a specialized tool to cut your exhaust pipe. Stanley makes just about every tool known to man in some form or another, so it’s no surprise that they’re producing the best handheld pipe cutter in the business. This fits up to 3 ¼” tailpipes, giving you plenty of clearance for even custom jobs that you need to trim down to size. Chain-based cutters like these often don’t make the cleanest cuts, but Stanley was sure to include sharpened blades on every single chain pivot to give you a cleaner, more aesthetically pleasing cut. Maintenance is simple; sharpen and oil the chain and blades, and you’re good to go. You8’ll also spend a tenth of the cost of a fully electric industrial pipe cutter, so saving all that cash (and still getting the job done quickly) feels pretty good.
Cuts pipes up to 3 ¼”
Each pivot has cutting wheels to cut down on time
Curved dual handle design grants you more strength during cutting
- Weight1 pounds
How’s this for weird tools? This handheld saw is originally from Japan, and ryoba translates to “double blade.” It’s a little dual edged saw that comes on a metal handle base, with a bamboo handle and a release button. That allows you to take the blade off and replace it when it eventually wears down, Replace the blade, and you’re good to go again—the handle will last for ages. While it’s not the sharpest saw in the world, it’s enough to cut through fiberglass, thin metal and fabric, and works well if you’re trying to reupholster your car seats or just want to keep it handy as a belt cutter in an emergency situation.
Compact size makes it easy to store
7” blade length
Blade is removable and replaceable
- Weight4.8 ounces
Odd tools like these come in handy when you least expect them. Ever find yourself needing to make a divot, but you end up botching the job because you don’t have the right tool for the job? Mayhew’s pro cape chisel helps you make those perfect cuts in no time for the most excellent keyways you’ll ever create. Everything is coated with a black oxide finish to ensure there’s no rusting, but even if there was, I still believe this tool would stand the test of time. It’s heavy, and while it’s designed for a single purpose, it’s the best way to make divots that I’ve personally ever tried.
Precise point for fine divots
Made with an oxide finish for rust corrosion
Used for flat keyway cuts and/or slots in metal
- BrandMayhew Tools
- Weight0.16 ounces
Adzes were originally weaponry and tools that were used in archaic times. While the jury is out on the exact time span, its usefulness has remained through the ages. Forgecraft specifically markets this one as a handheld gardening hoe that you can use outside, but the original purpose was actually for wood carving. You can use the 5 ½” blade on the Forgecraft adze to shave off wood in single strikes, and shape woodworking projects without firing up a wood planer or electric belt sander. You’ll also find use for this while gardening or working in the yard, such as when it comes time to rip up weeds and clear up the debris in your lawn. It’s inexpensive and wildly handy.
Durable and comfortable handle with high traction
Weather resistant fiberglass handle
5 ½” total blade length
- BrandForgecraft USA
- Weight1.25 pounds
You want some unusual tools? How about a screwdriver set that’s basically designed to help you work on plaster and light sockets? You can use this set to work your way into outlets like a charm, but it’s also good to clear out obstructions in plaster, such as old buried threads that aren’t doing you any good. The durable handle is hard to the touch, but it still offers a great contoured grip to give you ultimate dominance over your tools and the task at hand. Turn holes in plaster and metal into screw holes, and spend less time worrying about those small tasks.
Perfect tool for switching out sockets
Works well for small electrical needs
Durable handle reduces slippage
- BrandKlein Tools
- Weight3.2 ounces
This might be my favorite on the list. The Winbag is basically your ultimate solution to alignment during those rough projects, like installing doors, windows, cabinets, shelves and more. You slide this into place underneath an object, use the hand pump to add air (like blood pressure monitors at the doctor’s office), and leave your leveler on whatever it is you’re installing. Keep it steady, install it, deflate the Winbag and remove it. Having more than one of these is critical if you’re regularly doing handy installation work, and honestly, it’s the definition of innovation, especially when it comes to tools that usually see very few innovations outside of turning a manual tool into a power tool.
Lifts up to 300 lbs per Winbag
Extremely thin design lets you wedge this in anywhere
Doesn’t scratch or damage tools
- Weight0.16 ounces
Augers may not be bizarre tools, since everyone knows what they are and what they do, but I’ve never seen one like this. Greenlee’s auger drill bit has the power to absolutely shred through everything in its path, even right through nails that have been stuck in the wood. The initial drill bit tip creates the beginning of a passageway in wood, and then the 1” auger comes in to slice right through it. This isn’t something you’re going to use for standard tasks, but it does help with running wiring through wood (like rigging up semi-permanent lighting on your porch), and can blast right through the metal of pipes if you’re installing new ones. It’s a tool that you might only use twice a year, but when you reach for it, you’ll be glad it’s there.
Heavyweight 8 oz build drives into wood without faltering
Powerful; doesn’t stop even when the going gets tough
Actually breaks through old nails with ease
- Weight8 ounces
Now this surely belongs in the category of weird hand tools. Ever find yourself in the middle of a project that requires you to pull wiring through a hole, much like if you’re using the auger that I just mentioned? Well, traditional needle nose pliers aren’t always going to be your best bet to see the job through. Sometimes, the angle requires a bit of wiggle room, which is where beak tip pliers come into play. Angle these any way you like to pull wiring, or snip it with the all steel edges in the center. With a soft touch handle, you’ll have full control over this tool even if you’re in some wonky angling situations. This can give you leverage in very niche situations, and for those, it’s a savior tool.
Soft touch handle has traction padding in the right area for you to retain your grip
Beak tip stays straight even under pressure
All steel construction
- BrandKNIPEX Tools
- Model26 22 200
- Weight0.16 ounces
You have to remember how difficult it was to make certain things back in the day. If you look at older homes, they have roof shingles, but they also didn’t have Home Depot. Shingle froes were used in place of saws to make roof shingles, because instead of mangling the edges of the wood, it just hacked right through it to leave smoother edges and a bolder finish. There wasn’t quite so much sawdust or rough angles, which would inevitably be seen as weak points of contact during the rain. Shingle froes aren’t something we use anymore, at least not for its intended purpose, but the sharp edge and short handle makes this an excellent yard work tool, and very useful when taking up manual wood carving as a hobby.
Razor sharp edges cut through thin wood quickly
Durable short handle provides decent grip
Black oxide finish reduces the chance of corrosion
- Weight3.35 pounds
Remember old spy movies, where they’d cut a hole in the glass and then push it in? Well, those were inspired by tools like this. Back in the day (as a lot of these tools stem from), they couldn’t fire up automatic diamond saws and use fine-grit sanders to smooth out the edges of glass. Instead, the glass came out a bit rough, so they would cut it into place after measuring it out with one of these. You can use the key tooth edge to make scores in the glass, which are shallow slices that usually don’t penetrate more than 50% of the depth of the glass. This means when you go to move the glass with that score, the glass is supposed to break along it. If you’re making your own homemade pane glass windows or doors, this could come in handy.
All steel tooth key blade
Durable handle with traction progression
Compact size makes it easy to control
It’s nice to have cordless electric drills to get the job done, but sometimes they’re a little too powerful, even on the lowest setting. We’ve all split wood before, especially when the drill hole is close to the edges. Well, a manual hand drill would actually be the perfect way to handle those tasks without risking ruining the lumber. It works slower than an electric drill, but for what it is, it runs smoothly and doesn’t take too long to drill a perfect hole. The steel construction and gears make it nice and smooth to use, and the hand crank doesn’t obstruct your view from the drill site at all. It comes in handy.
Gear runs nice and smooth the whole way through
Completely steel design w/ nickel plate finish
Rather quick manual operation
- Weight15.2 ounces
It looks like something you’d see in the Peaky Blinders, but it actually wasn’t made until the end of the 1940’s. This is a jack-of-all-trade kind of tool that firemen have a ton of use for, because it can pry doors open, smash windows, breach doors, and twist items to the point of breaking (like two banisters on a staircase). It actually contains an adze on one end, which we reviewed earlier in this guide. Initially, it was designed by a fireman but was not purchased by his fire department because it was a conflict of interest, but eventually they came to their senses. If there was an intruder in your home and you had the option to grab a single tool to fight them off, you can bet the Halligan Bar is going to be your first option.
High carbon steel construction fights back against corrosion
Razor sharp tip
Narrow central wedge on the pry bar
- BrandLeatherhead Tools
- Weight14 pounds
Stock removal is a method used in machining, and during stock removal, you have a ton of steps to get to the end result. One of which is filing, or removing rough edges of whatever it is you’re working on. Thus, the bastard cut was born—a double-sided, large-scale file that can take off large amounts of material in as few number of strokes as possible. It takes some time to get the hang of this, and some serious power behind it to get it to work, but it does the trick.
Double edges for different levels of coarseness
Narrow handle for mild control
High grade carob steel construction
- Weight11.5 ounces
So what’s so specific and unusual about an adjustable wrench? The unusual length, for starters. This 16” adjustable wrench narrows out down to the tip of the handle, allowing you to control how far away it is from where you are. This could help you out with leverage, or simply allow you to use two hands to undo really stubborn nuts and bolts. The adjustable range is rather wide, at 1 ½” in total, making it a bit bigger than those standard ten dollar adjustable wrenches you can find at the department store. It’s a simple change to the original design, but it’s effective, and Klein Tools makes this out of alloy steel so you won’t have to worry about breakage at any point.
Wide 1 ½” opening point
Narrow handle for easy length adjustment
Alloy steel construction
- BrandKlein Tools
- Weight0.16 ounces