Inspired by this: I think he does a great job. As far as essential tools, I would also add a fixed blade knife (a morakniv is cheap and worth its weight in gold), a good length of 550 cord, some kind of basic tool sharpener, and a flashlight. Since I got my new leatherman, the re-designed FREE P4, I haven't left home without it and it's rarely out of arm's reach when I am in the house. Of course, the definition of "tool" is open to interpretation, and each individual's needs vary. Focus: What do you consider to be an essential tool? What are your problem solvers? Do wind your watch and pocket your zippo as soon as you wake up? Is there something out there -- like the rigging axe (I've always called it a carpenter's axe) -- that people are missing the boat on? Do you consider your steel-toe boots a hammer? Alt. Focus: What tools do you think are completely unnecessary that others consider essential? Still swear by your old red Swiss Army Knife and think the Leatherman (and Gerber, SOG, etc.) pliers-based platform is overrated? Your facebook filling up with people talking about the rolling knife and now you want something pointy just to stab them with?