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Friday, March 24th, 2006, 08:28 PM
The 20 Most Important Tools Ever

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David M. Ewalt (http://javascript%3cb%3e%3c/b%3E:fdcBioWindow%28%27davidmewalt%27%29 ), 03.15.06, 12:00 PM ET

Stop for a minute and think about what you've done today--every job you've accomplished, every task you've completed. Did you get these things done through sheer force of will, with your bare hands and brawn? Most likely, you needed help--a knife and a spoon to eat your breakfast, a key to start your car, a computer to read these words.
From dawn to dusk, humans rely on tools to get us through the day. And from the beginning of civilization, we've used them to build and shape our world. In order to celebrate these devices, and so we might reflect upon the ways that we are the tools we use, Forbes.com decided to compile a list of the 20 most important tools of all time. These are the tools that have most impacted human civilization and helped move the course of history.

No. 1 The Knife (http://www.forbes.com/personaltech/2005/08/31/technology-tools-knife_cx_de_0831knife.html?boxes=custom)
No. 2 The Abacus (http://www.forbes.com/personaltech/2005/08/30/technology-calculators-abacus_cx_de_0830abacus.html?boxes=custo m)
No. 3 The Compass (http://www.forbes.com/personaltech/2005/08/29/technology-navigation-compass_cx_de_0829compass.html?boxes=cus tom)
No. 4: The Pencil (http://www.forbes.com/personaltech/2005/08/26/technology-writing-pencil_cx_de_0826pencil.html?boxes=custo m)
No. 5: The Harness (http://www.forbes.com/personaltech/2005/08/25/technology-agriculture-harness-cx_0825harness.html?boxes=custom)
No. 6: The Scythe (http://www.forbes.com/technology/2005/08/24/technology-argiculture-scythe_cx_de_0824scythe.html?boxes=custo m)
No. 7: The Rifle (http://www.forbes.com/personaltech/2005/08/23/technology-firearms-rifle_cx_de_0823rifle.html?boxes=custom)
No. 8: The Sword (http://www.forbes.com/personaltech/2005/08/22/technology-weapons-sword_cx_de_0822sword.html?boxes=custom)
No. 9: Eyeglasses (http://www.forbes.com/personaltech/2005/08/19/technology-tools-eyeglasses_cx_de_0819eyeglass.html?boxes =custom)
No. 10: The Saw (http://www.forbes.com/personaltech/2005/08/18/technology-woodworking-saw_cx_de_0818saw.html?boxes=custom)
No. 11: The Watch (http://www.forbes.com/technology/2005/08/17/technology-time-watches_cx_de_0817watch.html?boxes=custo m)
No. 12: The Lathe (http://www.forbes.com/personaltech/2005/08/16/technology-machine-tools-lathe_cx_de_0816lathe.html?boxes=custom)
No. 13: The Needle (http://www.forbes.com/personaltech/2005/08/15/technology-textiles-needle_cx_de_0815needle.html?boxes=custo m)
No. 14: The Candle (http://www.forbes.com/2005/08/15/technology-lighting-candles-cx_de_0812candle.html?boxes=custom)
No. 15: The Scale (http://www.forbes.com/technology/2005/08/11/technology-measurement-scale_cx_de_0811scale.html?boxes=custom)
No. 16: The Pot (http://www.forbes.com/technology/2005/08/10/technology-containers-pots_cx_de_0810pot.html?boxes=custom)
No. 17: The Telescope (http://www.forbes.com/technology/2005/08/09/technology-magnification-telecope-cx_de_0809telescope.html?boxes=custom)
No. 18: The Level (http://www.forbes.com/personaltech/2005/08/08/technology-construction-level_cx_de_0808level.html?boxes=custom)
No. 19: The Fish Hook (http://www.forbes.com/personaltech/2005/08/05/technology-food-fishhook_cx_de_0805fishhook.html?boxes=c ustom)
No. 20: The Chisel (http://www.forbes.com/technology/2005/08/04/tools-stone-working-chisel-cx_de_0804chisel.html?boxes=custom)

How We Figured The Rankings (http://www.forbes.com/2005/08/04/technology-tools-methodology_cx_de_0804meth.html?boxes=cu stom)
See the slide show of The 20 Most Important Tools. (http://javascript%3cb%3e%3c/b%3E:popit%28%27http://www.forbes.com/technology/2005/08/09/cx_de_05toolslide.html?thisSpeed=65000&boxes=custom%27,800,700%29)http://www.forbes.com/2006/03/15/technology-tools-history_cx_de_0315intro.html