Here's why it deserves a place in your own toolbox.

By Alexandra Churchill
May 23, 2019
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Whether you're a crafter or a home cook, it often feels like there are so many tools you can purchase to help you get a job done. Which ones are really worth investing in? Our editors are here to help. From everyday essentials to more obscure must-haves that will take your practice to the next level, we're breaking it all down. Each week Tool of the Trade will highlight one must-have crafting or cooking item you need to know about.

Foam rollers, wood fillers, and putty knives-all of the tools and materials needed to take on a single painting project can seem daunting. Luckily, there is a handy tool that does it all. It equips you with the mastery you need to paint everything-from living room fireplaces to kitchen cabinets, wicker sofas to ceramics, metal, and glass.

What Is It?

At first glance, it's an oddly-shaped item. The standard 5-in-1 painter's tool features a stainless steel blade that is detailed to function as a putty knife, a scraper, a gouger, a paint roller cleaner, and a paint can opener all packed into one multi-faceted device. The blade is tempered and finished to last a lifetime.

How Is It Used?

As its name implies, this handy tool can be used for heavy-duty projects or everyday jobs around the house. Take a closer look at the details in its design: Use the beveled blade to clear excess paint off of a paint roller. Use the pointed corner of the blade to open a can of paint or the flat end of the handle to hammer the lid closed. The individual holes in the center of the blade can pull nails, nuts, and bolts of varying size. On certain products, the handle is outfitted with a pull-out compartment containing screwdriver bits, which comes in handy for unscrewing fixtures like electrical plates or lamps.

Why We Love It

This multi-tool is the perfect addition to any household toolbox, but especially for home painters who want to work with spray equipment. It accomplishes all the more common multi-tool functions, but also incorporates many new ones. It doesn't just stop at five uses-ranging from five, six, ten, 14-even up to 17 uses.

Our Editor's Pick

We like the Husky 14-in-1 Painter's Tool. Not only does it provide the standard five-in-one uses, it gives you close to ten additional functions of a painter's tool box in a single, streamlined design: compound spreader, chisel scraper, can opener, and roller cleaner. 1/4-inch nut wrench, 3/8-inch nut wrench, plus a hammer end bit holder. Even better: it comes with a lifetime warranty with no questions, no receipt required.

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