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Suck UK Bell Jar Light

Everything looks good in a Bell Jar Light. Place your most prized possessions — or knick knack you just can’t rid yourself of — regardless of monetary value under this hand blown glass dome for a boost in perceived importance and to keep them dust-free. Each sits upon a painted wooden base that’s complete with cool running LEDs concealed within dual diffusers on the floor to evenly illuminate them from underneath.

Learn more at Suck UK or grab one at Amazon – $128 [via]

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Zyp-Zyp Minimal Tape Dispenser

Finding the end of the tape on a roll often takes an eternity. Cleverly, the Zyp-Zyp Minimal Tape Dispenser eliminates this problem like a normal tape dispenser might but without the actual dispenser — and with a cutting edge far more efficient than plastic. Zyp-Zyp is manufactured in Germany by centrifugal casting of Nicaflor, a copper, nickel and tin alloy, and installs on standard tape rolls 12mm in width and of any diameter. The way it works isn’t what you’d expect and is hard to describe, so we recommend checking out their video at the link below. But we’ll still try: press down on the end with the cutting edge to unstick the tape that’s been passed through the hole from the roll, then pull and cut at desired length before sticking it back down.

Find it at Zyp-Zyp – roughly $27 [via]

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Spivo Stick

The Spivo Stick is a selfie stick on steroids. While most cheap selfie sticks can technically be slowly manipulated to suit a variety of angles, the Spivo Stick is the only one that can rotate your camera 180 degrees on a whim — and at the push of a button. The mechanism that does this is fully mechanical and therefore doesn’t rely on batteries, creating a whip pan effect as your camera spins around to point to what you’re looking at and then back to you with another press. It’s lightweight, waterproof, comes in three sizes between 12 and 26 inches in length, and works with any GoPro as well as any other camera with a standard 1/4-inch tripod mount. Though we’d presume your DSLR is too heavy.

Find it at Spivo – $50

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Codex Silenda

Prop a Codex Silenda up on your coffee table and it’s sure to attract attention. Not only is this tome thick as hell, it’s also made of laser-cut wood and boasts only five pages. But each of the five features an intricate puzzle that needs to be overcome to unlock the next page and keep progressing. Puzzles include the Mechanical Iris, a Rotating Maze, Geneva Gears, Paradox Sliders, and the Cryptex Lock, all more complex than the run-of-the-mill puzzles in the mainstream like Rubik’s cubes and one trick ponies in the form of interlocked pieces. The only catch is they’re all out of hand-assembled options so you’ll need to build it yourself — or  get someone to build it for you, since you’ll probably want a go at it yourself. Unlocking the last page also grants access to a small storage stash, useful once you’ve mastered all five.

Find it at Kickstarter – $125 [via]

Tags: Books, Gadgets, Toys
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TPC Titanium Pocket Clip

With a solid 18 projects launched on Kickstarter to date, Chadwick & Joe are no novices when it comes to crafting EDC-worthy gear. Their latest? The TPC Titanium Pocket Clip, a tiny Grade 5 titanium pocket tool that keeps your keys from drowning to the depths of your pockets. But since just one function is never enough, they’ve also integrated a bottle opener, hex bit driver, and either a ruler (by way of ten 1-inch increments along one side of the clip) or a 22 lumen LED flashlight, the latter running on three watch batteries for a total 40 hours of on time. The flashlight is also water resistant and swings to the higher end of the quoted price spectrum below, but it’s well worth it considering it doesn’t take up any extra room on your keychain.

Hit up Kickstarter for details – $30 to $40

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Glif Smartphone Tripod Mount

Shaping the original Glif for iPhone was easy: the smartphone came in one size. The new Glif Smartphone Tripod Mount is a bit more ambitious, aiming to grip not only Apple’s three current smartphone sizes but also any other device from 58 to 99 mm in width (i.e. basically any  reasonably sized smartphone). Flip the lever to unlock Glif’s jaws and to slide or remove your device. Flip it back in to lock, and a clever system further tightens the soft rubber grips around your phone for a reliable and solid hold. It’s also equipped with tripod mounts on three sides for mounting in either portrait or landscape orientation and, optionally, onto which you can mount additional accessories like a flash or microphone for more serious mobile recording.

Hit up Kickstarter for details – $25

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J.L. Lawson True North Spin Coin

So maybe you can’t be convinced to carry a top in your everyday carry, just for kicks. But the J.L. Lawson True North Spin Coin takes this whimsical toy and makes it a touch more serious. First and foremost it’s equipped with a compass on top that sits in the center of the coin, the latter machined from solid bar stock of either brass or copper to a stunning finish. Underneath you’ll find a 1/8-inch ceramic ball point that’ll keep the coin spinning for while, and the lack of a handle makes it more compact for carrying in your pocket.

Learn more at J.L. Lawson & Co – $95

Tags: EDC, Gadgets
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Kinkajou Bottle Cutting & Candle Making Kit

If you’ve been eyeing a Kinkajou Glass Bottle Cutter for awhile but haven’t gotten around to it yet, now’s as good a time as ever — especially if you didn’t know what to do with your cut bottles (we’re using one as a pen holder). The Kinkajou Bottle Cutting & Candle Making Kit, predictably, includes both a glass bottle cutting kit along with a pound of soy wax balls, five wooden wicks, and five metal wick clips. When you’re done decapitating a bottle that’s between 1.7 and 4 inches in diameter using the tool and some water (alternating in temperature between hot and cold), finish it to a smooth edge with the included sandpaper plus finishing tool and then pour in some wax over the wick to make yourself a candle.

Find it at our shop – $60

Tags: Decor, Gadgets, Shop
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Orbitkey 2.0

Since the advent of crowdfunding we’ve seen dozens of options for taming your cluster of keys. Now our personal favorite is back with a slew of improvements in the form of Orbitkey 2.0. While the original was already thin, the new version boasts a slimmer profile as well as more durable stainless steel hardware, a better curved D-Ring that won’t scrape the straps, nicer bands — amongst them stronger and more luxurious cushioned leather bands — and both a smaller USB 3.0 flash drive and a freshly designed swing-out multitool with six tools, including (crucially) a bottle opener. Each fits between two and seven keys, completely silencing their jingling and keeping them all in line in your pocket. Available in several colors of rubber, leather, and all-new canvas, the latter in olive or navy.

Find it at Kickstarter – $22+

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Tactica One Pro

Remember the Tactica One? If its high tech polymer didn’t quite tickle your fancy you’ll be glad to know that they’re back with the Tactica One Pro bottle opener. Though every curve and line is identical to the original, the Pro is instead made of stainless steel and finished with sandblasting in either raw or matte black. It’s four times heftier than the original’s 20 grams and pops open bottles just as cleanly.

Learn more at Tactica Gear – roughly $36

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