The 2017 Anarchist’s Gift Guide Has Begun


When my wife asks me what I want for Christmas, I say the same thing every year: Please do not get me anything. Nothing. I do not want a single dang thing.

I know, however, that there are times where you can’t stop your loved ones from getting you something during the holidays. And that is what this “gift guide” is for. It is a list of small things – usually very inexpensive – that will make your shop time a little nicer.

Here is a list of manufacturers who sponsor this gift guide:




Yup. Most “gift guides” are affiliate programs in disguise. Or they are sponsored content that seeks to offload goods that haven’t sold well enough this year.

All the items in this gift guide are things I’ve bought. With my own money.

One more thing: Since we started Crucible Tool, I have stopped writing tool reviews. I know this gift guide blurs the line a bit. I’m sure I could type some rationalization for this, but instead I’ll just ask the naysayers to take up a new hobby instead.

The gift guide begins here.

— Christopher Schwarz

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4 Responses to The 2017 Anarchist’s Gift Guide Has Begun

  1. nrhiller says:

    Gross! I should have resisted the temptation to see which “new hobby” you were recommending.


  2. Ed Clarke says:

    If you don’t want to recommend tools then recommend consumables. I’ve been extremely happy with the Tremont nails that you’ve mentioned in the past.


  3. I’ve actually been thinking about making my own sausages….


  4. Does Lee Valley or Lie-Nielsen make the better sausage plane?


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