I’m still getting lots of folks telling me about their beloved “homely tools” and sharing pics. Keep them coming
Reader John from Berkshire, MA
wrote in to remind me about pretty much the homeliest tool ever: A bent coat hanger. “Here’s a super humble thing: a bent section of coat hanger. It’s been a hook, a reacher, a poker into small places, and most often, a re-threader of sweatpants drawstrings.” John also wanted to share his enthusiasm for the Stanley FMHT1027 FatMax knife
: “For my money, it’s the best cheap folding razor knife.” He also told me that I had introduced him to CA glue accelerator and that he now uses it all of the time. I love hearing when my recommendations are helpful.
I’m not so sure how homely this tool is, and frankly, I’d never even heard of it, but after reading this description, I think I want one:
Reader Robert Clary
writes: “I love my kitchen tweezers. I use them for deftly flipping shrimp in a pan, grabbing the sink stopper through a sink full of water, reaching down the back of the sofa to grab something that fell there, retrieving something from under the driver’s seat, getting hold of a cable that’s gone rogue in a tiny space. In the kitchen, they’re every bit as versatile as tongs, but not as clunky. I really like them for pulling pin bones out of all the salmon we catch here in Alaska, and the machined ridges (on the outside, for a good grip with wet hands; on the inside for easily pulling a strand of spaghetti out of a hot pan when testing for doneness) are clean and precise. They are easily kept in one’s apron pocket. You can even use them as chopsticks! Mine are made by Kuchenprofi
, out of Germany, and I don’t expect to ever break them. I’m going to get a couple of extras, maybe in different sizes. My current set is 12” long. Get some, you’ll find dozens of uses for them, in the kitchen, studio, and workshop.