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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

Tags: Gadgets
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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+

Tags: Gadgets
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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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Brik Tile Lego Compatible Wall Tiles

It used to be that making your walls Lego-compatible took some lego bricks and a bit of crazy glue. Now, Brik Tile Lego Compatible Wall Tiles are a more sensible solution. Backed with a removable adhesive that allows you to stick and re-stick several times to a variety of smooth surfaces, Brik Tiles can be stuck on one at a time or in groups with no gaps between tiles. Then, populate with Lego or Mega Bloks and make whatever you want stick out from your wall (or cubicle side). Some ideas include pen holders, a cell phone mount, key hooks, cable routers, or simply to make some pixel art using flat bricks.

Learn more at Kickstarter – $15+

Tags: Gadgets
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Grrowler Dog Collar Water Bowl

Thanks to their shape, water bowls aren’t particularly portable. But with the Grrowler Dog Collar Water Bowl you can travel light by having your pet bring along his or her own. The Grrowler is made of rugged, machine-washable Cordura Nylon and comes in small or large sizes to fit dogs of various statures. Unclip it, unzip, and unfold to provide a fully functional water bowl in seconds just about anywhere. It’s also got enough room to stash a leash and a waste bag in its zippered pocket, plus of course features attachment points for said leash.

Find it at Kickstarter – $21+

Tags: Gadgets, Pets
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Master Lock Bluetooth Smart Padlock

Just about everyone’s got a few old, useless padlocks with forgotten combinations. With the Master Lock Bluetooth Smart Padlock, that won’t happen. Using Bluetooth, your phone acts as the key for this padlock, so you’ve got no keys or combinations to lose or forget — though a backup password using the directional keypad around the light helps in a pinch or if you want to actually lock your phone into your locker as well. Locker mode works as described above while Unlock Mode lets you unlock it with a touch of any button when your smartphone is within range and Swipe mode has you swipe a screen within the app to unlock. It also lets you share access with specific friends, sends you notifications if it’s being tampered with, notifies you in several ways when battery life is at less than 20%, and tracks all activities (locking, unlocking, alerts, etc) in a viewable log.

Grab one at Amazon – $58

Tags: Gadgets, Tech
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CableDrop Multi

Like the original single-cable CableDrop, Bluelounge’s CableDrop Multi holds your cables — only it holds more than before at four instead of one. Affix these little plastic gadgets to a flat surface on your desk with peel-and-stick 3M adhesive tape, then clip in a few cables. Its two outer channels have a looser grip for thinner cables, or those which you use more frequently, while the two inner ones grip a bit tighter. They’re also brilliant for routing cables behind a PC or TV, anchoring those that’d otherwise just hang around and get tangled.

Find it at Bluelounge – $9 for two

Tags: Desk, Gadgets
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