Yojimbo’s Garage Custom Lockring Tool
On a recent visit to the venerable Yojimbo’s Garage just outside of downtown Chicago the shop banter at one point turned to lockring tools and their relative ineffectiveness. Even the best ones can slip out of place fairly easily, compounded if the lockring is worn, corroded or otherwise past its prime. Shop owner Marcus shared my frustrations, and made his own custom tool for just a few dollars to forever solve the problem. With a set of slip joint pliers purchased from the flea market and bench grinder, Marcus cut a pair of teeth into the pliers’ jaws to firmly engage and grip the notches of even a worn lockring. With long handles for leverage and a solid grip, this custom tool makes quick work of customer’s lockrings day in and day out. A perfect DIY project for a rainy day that will make a handy addition to nearly anyone’s home shop.