If there's a problem, there's a solution. Of course, if the issue is very specific, a simple screwdriver probably won't do the trick. Luckily, human ingenuity has more to offer. A lot more. And you can see it all on the subreddit r/SpecializedTools.

It's an interesting corner of the internet, encouraging people to post photos of niche tools, created to make our lives better in situations where nothing else fits quite as well. A real delight to satisfy our curiosity.

#1

This Chair For People Who Love To Sit Cross-Legged

This Chair For People Who Love To Sit Cross-Legged

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Francis
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12 months ago

i really want one for my office!

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Most family garages probably have an assortment of tools and materials that could all be used to make, for example, a basic table for the backyard or even something more complex. The team at Dienamics, a company that specializes in industrial design, toolmaking, and manufacturing, says that tools are the backbone of modern industry and trade. They are essential in almost any construction project. However, we don't often stop to think about the process of making the tools themselves.

Many argue that in prehistoric times, one of the most important eras in our evolution was the utilization of basic tools. The earliest known human-made stone tools date back around 2.6 million years. Crafted and used by homo habilis (sometimes known as "handy man"), these implements marked the first in a series of major toolmaking advances among early human hunter-gatherer societies, lasting from the early Stone Age all the way up until the first modern humans, homo sapiens, made the transition to permanent agricultural settlements around 10,000 years ago. Tools allowed our ancient ancestors to have much more of an effect on the world around them, helping them to survive in more comfort, and achieve more with less.

#2

Baby Head Protector

Baby Head Protector

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Eva the Egg
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12 months ago

Awwwwwhhh thats so cute!

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#3

Cow Brush

Cow Brush

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
12 months ago

Cows like skritches too.

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#4

A Seatbelts Attachment For Pregnant Women

A Seatbelts Attachment For Pregnant Women

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Eva the Egg
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12 months ago

HOORAY!!!

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As we evolved as a species, so did our tools and our ability to use them. These two elements were essential to the development of infrastructure, which spurred the establishment of trades like carpentry and blacksmithing which relied on an individual mastering the use of a certain tool or trade. While hand tools were once forged out of the natural environment, these trades fine-tuned the creation of their tools using iron, wood and other metals which were heated and remolded.

These days, the process of creating tools is a lot more specific which, according to Dienamics, means there is a uniformity in material, size, and weight of hand tools which wasn't possible before. Now, a hand tool is designed on a computer, taking into account specific measurements and densities which make it both efficient and easy to use.

#5

Tree Mover

Tree Mover

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Eva the Egg
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12 months ago

Omg thats epic! Props to the person who thought of this idea!

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#6

A Lift To Help This Truck Driver Get In Cab

A Lift To Help This Truck Driver Get In Cab

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Moodles
Community Member
12 months ago

Love it

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#7

Surgical Suture Training Pad

Surgical Suture Training Pad

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Sarcastic Cow
Community Member
12 months ago

On what did they train on before inventing this?

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#8

My Smallest And Largest Hex Keys For Working On Large Injection Molding Presses

My Smallest And Largest Hex Keys For Working On Large Injection Molding Presses

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mcborge1
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12 months ago

That's one biiiig Allen key.

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#9

A Norwegian Shoe Drying Machine

A Norwegian Shoe Drying Machine

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Dead Panda
Community Member
12 months ago

Norwegian? We have those all over Scandinavia.

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#10

Snow Clearing Machine For Trucks!

Snow Clearing Machine For Trucks!

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Mazer
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12 months ago

It’s illegal in many states not to clear snow from the roof of a vehicle

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#11

To Test Large Crane Capacity We Use Giant Water Bags... Aka The Balls Of Judgment

To Test Large Crane Capacity We Use Giant Water Bags... Aka The Balls Of Judgment

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Rebel
Community Member
12 months ago

I would not be the person underneath it hehe

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#12

In Case You Have Never Seen, These Baffle Balls Are Used Inside Water Trucks To Stop The Water From Sloshing Side To Side While Driving

In Case You Have Never Seen, These Baffle Balls Are Used Inside Water Trucks To Stop The Water From Sloshing Side To Side While Driving

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
12 months ago

Cool. Never thought about the problems the sloshing could create.

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#13

During The Australian Bushfires Any Water Source Can Be Used To Fight The Fires

During The Australian Bushfires Any Water Source Can Be Used To Fight The Fires

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Jo Morris
Community Member
12 months ago

I saw water getting taken from water hazards on a neighbouring golf course during the Canberra Bushfires.

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#14

You Saw My Largest And Smallest Hex Keys. These Are My Largest And Smallest Adjustable Wrenches!

You Saw My Largest And Smallest Hex Keys. These Are My Largest And Smallest Adjustable Wrenches!

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beastmachine.
Community Member
12 months ago

Now that's a lot of range

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#15

This Titanium Coated Butter Knife With Internal Copper Alloy Heat Tubes. It’s Made To Heat Up When Held In Your Hand, So That It Is Easier To Spread Butter

This Titanium Coated Butter Knife With Internal Copper Alloy Heat Tubes. It’s Made To Heat Up When Held In Your Hand, So That It Is Easier To Spread Butter

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Serial pacifist
Community Member
12 months ago

"Titanium coated butter knife with internal copper alloy heat tubes". Really? Just to cut butter? What would you use for bread - a vibranium covered adamantium-made knife with a diamond-cutting laser beam?

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#16

Curb Shaper

Curb Shaper

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Helwin
Community Member
12 months ago

Oooh :o

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#17

A Street Sign Cleaning Vehicle, Complete With Soap, Water, A Brush And Some Kind Of Reflective Wax (Or Something?). First Time Seeing One In Germany

A Street Sign Cleaning Vehicle, Complete With Soap, Water, A Brush And Some Kind Of Reflective Wax (Or Something?). First Time Seeing One In Germany

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
12 months ago

In German it's probably called a Verkehrschildreinigungsmaschine.

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#18

These Specialized Chain Tires That Are Used In The Extreme Heat Of Steel Mills

These Specialized Chain Tires That Are Used In The Extreme Heat Of Steel Mills

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Pungent Sauce
Community Member
12 months ago

Neat! Hope he’s got AC in the cab XD

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#19

Refueling Helicopter In Mid-Air

Refueling Helicopter In Mid-Air

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
12 months ago

How baby helicopters are created.

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#20

My Buddy Made Me A Label Applicator. Just Passed 8000 Bottles/Labels

My Buddy Made Me A Label Applicator. Just Passed 8000 Bottles/Labels

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Daniel (ShadowDrakken)
Community Member
12 months ago

beautifully done!

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#21

Radius Measuring Guage

Radius Measuring Guage

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
12 months ago

Neat!

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#22

The Sasumata Is A Pole Weapon Used By The Samurai In Feudal Japan. It's Also Used Today To Safely Wrangle Anyone Posing A Threat To Civilians

The Sasumata Is A Pole Weapon Used By The Samurai In Feudal Japan. It's Also Used Today To Safely Wrangle Anyone Posing A Threat To Civilians

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NsG
Community Member
12 months ago

I misread this as "satsuma" and wondered how a small orange fruit could be used in crowd control... My bad.

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#23

New Type Of Parking Enforcement On My Campus Replacing The Boot, Appropriately Named “The Barnacle”

New Type Of Parking Enforcement On My Campus Replacing The Boot, Appropriately Named “The Barnacle”

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KJ
Community Member
12 months ago (edited)

Curious about how its fixed to the windscreen, surely easier to remove?

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#24

Bend Rules

Bend Rules

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Maryse Faucher
Community Member
12 months ago

I got one of those from my dad tool box that I got after his passing. Strangely used it to make the corner when I sew

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#25

Tool That Allows One Man To Move The Whole Train By Hand

Tool That Allows One Man To Move The Whole Train By Hand

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Moodles
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12 months ago

You'd like every train in the UK is moved like this ALL THE TIME judging by the constant delays

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#26

Barrel-Filling Bridge

Barrel-Filling Bridge

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Alexandra Davis
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12 months ago

What on earth are they filling in those barrels? Radioactive whisky?

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#27

When A Guy Walks Into Your Office With This Thing Asking To Take A Reading. It's Called A Velometer, And Measures The Speed Of Air In A Given Area. He Kindly Allowed Me To Take A Photo

When A Guy Walks Into Your Office With This Thing Asking To Take A Reading. It's Called A Velometer, And Measures The Speed Of Air In A Given Area. He Kindly Allowed Me To Take A Photo

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Becky Samuel
Community Member
12 months ago

We're going to be seeing a lot more of this now that the importance of air flow in disease prevention has become more apparent.

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#28

Nasa Pistol Grip Tool - A Cordless Power Screwdriver/Drill Used By Spacewalking Astronauts To Fix The Hubble Space Telescope And The International Space Station

Nasa Pistol Grip Tool - A Cordless Power Screwdriver/Drill Used By Spacewalking Astronauts To Fix The Hubble Space Telescope And The International Space Station

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Serial pacifist
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12 months ago

Ok, we all know this is a space zapper, stop fooling us around NASA.

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#29

I Work In A Stem Cell Lab. This Is A Liquid Nitrogen Dry Shipper, Used To Transport Cryopreserved Products Like Stem Cells And Vaccines In -150c

I Work In A Stem Cell Lab. This Is A Liquid Nitrogen Dry Shipper, Used To Transport Cryopreserved Products Like Stem Cells And Vaccines In -150c

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Cip IESAN
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12 months ago

It has room for how many beer cans?

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#30

Using A Comb To Straighten Air Conditioner Fins

Using A Comb To Straighten Air Conditioner Fins

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Kenny Kulbiski
Community Member
12 months ago

Yeah, but no matter how many you bring to the job you won't have the right size, they take quite a bit of effort, and don't work on heavily smashed fins. Plus you're probably going to slip and slice your knuckles.

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#31

Stenographer, The Machine The Court Reporters Use To Type Everything That Is Said There

Stenographer, The Machine The Court Reporters Use To Type Everything That Is Said There

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Francis
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12 months ago

can somebody explain me how it works and how the people know what they wrote?

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#32

Spent Shotgun Shell Lawn Sweeper Picker-Upper

Spent Shotgun Shell Lawn Sweeper Picker-Upper

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Daniel (ShadowDrakken)
Community Member
12 months ago

aren't golf ball pickers basically the same, just larger spacing on the brush?

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#33

Pedestrian Catcher In 1920s

Pedestrian Catcher In 1920s

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mcborge1
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12 months ago

I can just imagine the narration. :D "And look at this hapless chap, we'll soon deal with him."

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#34

They're Childrens' Training Scissors. Like For Pre-Schoolers. The Extra Holes Are So A Grown-Up Can Co-Scissor And Help The Kid

They're Childrens' Training Scissors. Like For Pre-Schoolers. The Extra Holes Are So A Grown-Up Can Co-Scissor And Help The Kid

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Ryukei Panda
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12 months ago

I like that this one is designed for lefties :)

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#35

I'm A Dog Groomer. These Guys Are Chunkers Meant To Specifically "Chunk" Out The Thick Hair

I'm A Dog Groomer. These Guys Are Chunkers Meant To Specifically "Chunk" Out The Thick Hair

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Samantha PandaNotBored
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12 months ago

In hair dressing we use smaller ones to thin out the hair. Same thing .

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#36

Insulated Cryo Glove For Handling Very Cold Items (E.g. Liquid Helium). Like An Oven Mitt’s Cold Cousin

Insulated Cryo Glove For Handling Very Cold Items (E.g. Liquid Helium). Like An Oven Mitt’s Cold Cousin

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Alexia
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12 months ago

Useful for those handling dry ice shipments.

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#37

A Tool Used For Straw Roofing. Dutch Word For It Is 'Drijfbord'

A Tool Used For Straw Roofing. Dutch Word For It Is 'Drijfbord'

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Jihana
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12 months ago

ok, but what exactly does it do?

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#38

For Right Handed, Left Eye Dominant Folks

For Right Handed, Left Eye Dominant Folks

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NOLAHusker
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12 months ago

I wonder if the rest of the world knows that hunting rifles exist in countries other than the US. Wouldn’t know it based on these comments.

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#39

Ladies And Gentlemen, Allow Me To Present A Fabled “The Right Tool”. This Is The Only Tool That Can Be Used To Remove The Oil Filter Housing On A Lamborghini Gallardo

Ladies And Gentlemen, Allow Me To Present A Fabled “The Right Tool”. This Is The Only Tool That Can Be Used To Remove The Oil Filter Housing On A Lamborghini Gallardo

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Francis
Community Member
12 months ago

when you're so hyper special that you design a car that comes with its own tools :D

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#40

A Champagne Sabre, For Cutting The Tops Off Champagne Bottles

A Champagne Sabre, For Cutting The Tops Off Champagne Bottles

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Kay blue
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12 months ago

If I tried to use that I would end up smashing the whole bottle.

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