Flexible Pick Up Gripper
Very long nimble fingers
An incredibly handy $2 tool that seems utterly trivial until you have one, but finds its own uses once you do. It’s a snaky picker-upper, about two feet long, able to pick up things deep in pipes, behind furniture, in holes, cracks, and gaps. I use it all the time, mostly for rescues that simply couldn’t be achieved otherwise. Seems to last forever with occasional lubrication.
(This is a Cool Tools Favorite from 2004 — editors)