You may be concealing a Tiny Inconspicuous Handcuff Key on your rear belt loop as we speak — because you never know, and real proper handcuffs can be bought by anybody with $30 and a heartbeat. Either way, a new and improved version is now replacing the original: the TIHK HK2 Handcuff Key. As before it’s minuscule, lightweight, and colored a super stealthy matte black, clipping onto one of your belt loops for easy reach should you ever find yourself unlawfully cuffed, but this version boasts extra teeth within the clasp to further ensure it doesn’t budge, and its universal key functionality is improved to more smoothly unlock a large variety of handcuffs. It’s also made of reinforced nylon so it won’t set off metal detectors, leaving none the wiser.
We love creative work, but it inevitably pushes us to an anxious, fidgety state while waiting for ideas to spontaneously manifest themselves. For this fidget devices were invented, and the Orbiter Spinner is a departure from the typical types. The two part Orbiter includes a steel ball and a machined titanium base, both fitted with powerful neodymium magnets that keep them together. To spin it, push the ball out of the concave finger hole and to the edge (like the right half of the above photo), then pinch the base with your index and thumb and oscillate slightly (this video shows it in action). It’ll also function as a top and a no friction trackball for keeping your hands busy in other ways, and weighs less than two ounces thanks to its titanium build so you’ll frequently want to keep one in your pocket.
Find it at Cool Material – $65
Bridging the gap between our physical and digital worlds isn’t quite as easy as it should be. Since app, magazine, and web designs often starts as sketches on paper, the Lindlund Ruler — the first to do the above — becomes indispensable. It unifies several units of measurement that modern designers need on its four edges (including 2 internal), spanning centimetres to inches and picas to pixels, the latter divvied up in 10 pixel batches at a simulated pixel density of 150ppi that matches modern iPhones. Attention to detail in its own design isn’t lacking either, with a rubber coating on the back that prevents slipping, an aircraft-grade aluminum construction, and two choices of anodized finishes in midnight black or luxe silver.
Grab one at Kickstarter – roughly $25
A bit of Nimuno Loops Lego Compatible Tape goes a long way to boost the compatibility of everyday objects with your Lego bricks. This peel-and-stick adhesive-backed tape is flexible, shapeable, and can be cut down to the right length to handle various tasks, and since it’s got a Lego-like interface it’ll work to stick your existing blocks in places you otherwise couldn’t. Available in several colors including red, green, blue, and grey.
Find it at Indiegogo – $11+
Amateur astronomers and space buffs know that quality planet props are essentially nonexistent. Until now. LittlePlanetFactory 3D prints a variety of celestial bodies from high-resolution digital models using a proprietary 3D printer, making highly detailed objects as small as 0.4-inches all the way up to 7.8-inches in diameter. Their current selection includes a variety of single moons and planets — including of course our own pale blue dot — as well as a variety of interesting sets that cover our solar system with major moons (pictured, and all to scale), the Galilean satellites, and a set of the Sun, Jupiter, and Earth to scale. Other particularly awesome (and nerdy) options include terraformed Mars, Earth with relief or in color topographic, Venus with removable cloud cover, and many more. And if they don’t have what you want feel free to commission your own.
Designed and built by CW&T, the makers of our favorite pens, the Key Wrangler is the Brooklyn brand’s latest creation: a keyring to tidy up your keys, with a bit of added functionality. Your keys safely slip onto a key post that’s unscrewed using a small flathead, or with the knurled portion using just your fingers. It’s wide so it’ll fit a ton of keys (up to 17 normal-sized ones), and there’s enough clearance from the post to the frame to fit even larger keys that can then rotate and be positioned freely. Some more cleverness went into it as well: the spring clip closure doubles as a bottle opener and the triangular shape of the opener means all the keys cleanly slide to one side when hanging on a belt loop or backpack. Comes in raw stainless or with a rugged cerakote finish in black or orange.
Grab one at Kickstarter – $55
Your keys desperately need taming. And we’re teaming up with OrbitKey to lend a hand. Enter for a chance to win one of three OrbitKey 2.0 sets — made of either rubber, leather, or canvas, your choice — with full accessories, which also means both their 32GB USB drive and Multitool to slip on the OrbitKey alongside two to seven keys. As always we’re keeping entry quick and painless. To enter, do these things: (note: skip straight to step 2 if you’re already subscribed to our email newsletter) 1. Sign up to our weekly email newsletter (below).
2. Confirm your entry (we also threw in the option to Tweet once to double your odds, but no pressure). a Rafflecopter giveaway We’ll handle the rest. Giveaway closes on March 24th 2017 at midnight EST. Open to entrants internationally. Three randomly selected winners each get to choose their style/color. As always we never share any data collected (in this case, email addresses) with any third parties.
For when you’re about to enjoy a cold one but no bottle openers are in sight, there’s Opener Coaster. This rugged, machined aircraft-grade aluminum coaster is first and foremost nigh indestructible and shields your delicate wooden tables from drink sweat and probably also bullets. Flip it around and integrated into its cork bottom are four drink-opening tools to guarantee you’ll never go thirsty: a can tab pry bar, metal and plastic twist off wrenches, and a standard bottle opener. It comes in two versions — a sleeker, smaller Modern and a military-inspired MK-1 (shown) — in a handful or so of stone washed, anodized colors.
Find it at Kickstarter – $25+