The DIYer doesn’t do everything by hand for the sake of doing things the hard way — they trust their own hands more. If the job can be made easier by a certain tool, so long as the result maintains the same quality, the DIYer will be all for it. There are hundreds of such tools out there, but only a few can live up to the DIYer’s stringent expectations. So to make your search that much easier, we compiled a list the DIYer dad will love.
Garrett Wade Portable Leather Tool Bag
Garrett Wade has spent more than 40 years specializing in high quality hand tools, so you could say the company knows a thing or two about handmade, quality products. And like Garrett Wade, the DIYer dad knows that having the right tools on hand is crucial to getting the job done. This portable leather carryall is something any DIYer would appreciate. Made in the USA from robust 1/8-inch buffalo hide, it features solid brass rivets — you can bet the Portable Leather Tool bag will be on the job for years to come. Available in two colors.
Buy Now: $100
There are hammers and then there are Hardcore Hammers. The Original Hammer is not only beautifully designed and shaped, the resessed milled traction surface is surrounded by a smooth outer rim and eliminates the need for both a finishing and framing hammer.
Buy Now: $79
Saphir Medaille d’Or Renovateur Shoe Cleaner and Conditioner
Perfect for smoother, finer leathers, the beeswax-based Saphir Medaille d’Or Renovateur Shoe Cleaner and Conditioner helps protects and extends the life of your leather shoes and boots. It’s also the preferred compound of professional shoe shiners. Buy Now: $23
Inventery Pocket Fountain Pen
Owning an incredibly nice, well built pen upgrades your daily kit to an entirely new level. The brass Pocket Fountain Pen by Inventery is built to last and can double as a touch screen stylus — it balances the brutishness of brass and the delicateness of a fountain pen beautifully enough to justify keeping it in your chest pocket at all times.
Buy Now: $135+
The James Brand Elko Knife
Small but mighty, the James Brand Elko Knife’s compact design means it fits perfectly on a key ring for everyday use. But, the key ring doubles as a pry tool, bottle opener and flat head screw driver. So, is it a really small knife, or wonderfully designed multi-tool?
Buy Now: $70
1620 Workwear Double Knee 2.0 Work Pant
The DIYer dad no doubt has a go-to pair of jeans or khakis that he throws on any time he gets to work. You’ll probably notice that he’ll cycle through those pants on a regular basis, simply because they don’t hold up over the years. The Double Knee 2.0 Work Pant by 1620 Workwear is the last work pant he’ll ever need. Made from abrasion resistant material originally designed for the US Special Operations Forces and double layered at the knees and hips, the Double Knee 2.0 Work Pant might just be as tough as your dad.
Buy Now: $228
Meguiar’s All-in-One Essentials Car Care Kit
To really give your car the detailed cleaning it deserves, you need a lot more than just a sponge and bucket. Meguiar’s All-in-One Essentials Car Care Kit is a professional-grade 11-piece collection of waxes, wipes, sprays and micro clothes perfectly suited to getting in every nook and cranny and helping your car shine the way it should.
Buy Now: $65
Barebones Living Ultimate Tool
Gardening and outdoor survival don’t usually cross paths, but the Barebones Living Ultimate Tool is just as much a domestic multi-tool as it is a wilderness essential. Inch markings on the double sided flat and serrated blade come in handy when measuring plant depth and the twine cutter doubles as a bottle opener. It really is an all-in-one tool.
Buy Now: $70
Danner Stronghold 6-Inch Work Boot
Inspired by Danner’s iconic hiking boots, the Stronghold 6-Inch Work Boot brings that classic style to the work shop. Durable waterproof full-grain leather upper sits on a cushioning PU footbed and Vibram sole for ultimate performance on the job.
Buy Now: $190
Porlex Jp-30 Stainless Steel Coffee Grinder
There are those who love having a computer determine their coffee grind size and letting it do all the work, but the DIYer would rather do it by hand. The Porlex Jp-30 Stainless Steel Coffee Grinder is the tool they need. Made in Osaka, Japan, the Porelx Jp-30 utilizes ceramic, conical burrs with a wide enough range in adjustment to grind a whole range, from powder to french press.
Buy Now: $65
Gear Patrol Magazine: Issue Six
In Issue Six we explore how Ralph Lauren influenced a whole generation of American designers. Also look for recommendations on Japanese sunglasses, perfect T-shirts, affordable belts and more.
Buy Now: $20
PATROL Logo Crewneck Sweatshirt
When the job is done and it’s time to relax, our PATROL Logo Crewneck Sweatshirt strikes the right balance in weight, breatability and warmth and goes above and beyond with the comfort factor. The tone-on-tone shows your support for Gear Patrol without shouting about it. Like the DIYer it gets the job done, but doesn’t brag about it.
Buy Now: $49