According to Greek legend, the first person to discover magnets was a shepherd who found that the nails of his shoe and the metal tip of his staff got stuck to a stone that we now know as magnetite, for its natural magnetic qualities. These days magnets are used in everything from speakers and MRI machines to pin boards and bag fastenings. Take advantage of them and never lose a loose screw or drill bit again.
Have a Helping Hand
Made from nylon; powerful enough to hold small tools that weigh up to 1 pound.
Lightweight and convenient, a magnetic wristband has been dubbed ‘a third hand’ for keen DIYers. Usually made of a double layer of fabric, the rugged wristband has a number of strong magnets stitched into it. Fixed and adjusted using a velcro strap, it can be secured around wrists of almost any size, and in addition to magnets may also have straps or mini pockets for non magnetic items, such as wall plugs.
Lightweight and Effective
Weighing only 70 grams, this band with adjustable strap is ideal for people who don’t want to lug around extra weight.
Exactly what you attach to your magnetic wristband is up to you. It’s a useful repository if you need to remove screws but hang on to them to reassemble something later, or, if you’re using multiple tacks around a frame, having them on your wrist can save you scrabbling in a box or a bag for them. Similarly, if you need to switch drill bits or screwdriver heads, having them all on hand can save time and effort.
For Non-Metallic Items Too
A mini toolbox on your wrist, with two additional storage slots.
While often marketed to DIYers, these types of wristbands can also be useful for crafters. Consider using one in place of a pin cushion when doing needlework and pinning fabric, or for having your stitch ripper on your wrist rather than at the bottom of a sewing bag. They’re also useful for holding earring backs or other small metal items during jewellery making, or rivets if you’re a leather worker. Basically if it’s metallic and you need it in a hurry, stick it on your wrist!