I'm curios what people consider as their most useful or favourite tools. Obviously there will be soldering irons and wire cutters, screwdrivers etc but I was wondering if people have less obvious things they use.
For me, the one thing that's made a HUGE difference in my projects is heat-shrink sleeving. It just makes everything look so neat and professional. When I first started as a youngster it wasn't unheard of for me to scotch tape for insulating mains wires. I thought I'd made it to the big time when I could afford to buy proper electricians tape.
The three tools I seem to always be using are a long pair of tweezers; these are great for pulling at wires, popping IC's from sockets, holding small components for soldering etc, a scalpel knife which is great for fixing shorts after PCBs are etched or cutting into large cables, shaving bits of plastic and even aluminium to get things to fit and my "helping hands" consisting of two articulated arms with a croc clip on each end.
In the good old days I used to drill holes of different sizes into the front edge of my bench. You could then easily hold banana plugs or audio connectors nice and securely for soldering without having to burn your fingers or chase them around the bench with the tip of a soldering iron.