Nicer Knife. Builders who prefer a fixed-blade utility knife might want to check out the VR-Series from Tajima. Its key feature is a large thumbscrew that lets you change blades without using a screwdriver — or worrying about dropping the screw. Also handy are its one-piece hinged design and the magnet and spring clip that prevent the blades from tumbling out when the case is opened. The knife costs $10.

Tajima Tool Corp., 888/482-5462,

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