The best hand tools are defined by what is left out: whizzy, expensive-sounding jargon usually indicates superfluous features.

One tool, a bombproof scraper made in New Zealand by Linbide, is superbly functional — it’ll last a lifetime, and I suspect the only reason you’d ever find yourself buying a second one is if you lost the first…

The Linbide scraper, made for painters and decorators