If sharpness matters — and when it comes to most knives, it usually does — check out Art Lebedev’s Keramikus Knife Set. The set includes three oddly named blades: Vegetus for paring, Usubus for slicing, and a chef’s knife, Shefus. Each is made of black ceramic, which is hardened in furnaces longer than white ceramic for additional strength, and is fitted with a grippy faceted handle for a solid hold. Due to their ceramic nature they also won’t ever rust or disseminate bacteria, though they can shatter if dropped and must be professionally sharpened, albeit infrequently considering how well ceramic holds its edge.
Grab a set at the GearHungry Shop – $80
Keep your electronic gadgetry juiced up in your car with the Zus Smart Car Charger & Locator. This ultra-fast USB charger outputs more amperage than typical car chargers, refuelling up to two devices at once in half the time it’d normally take. It’s overbuilt, made of Bayer polycarbonate and titanium coated metal parts, achieving the US Military MIL-STD-810G High Temperature Standard, and sports lighting on either side for usability in the dark. And it’ll also help find your car in overfilled lots thanks to Bluetooth Low Energy and its smartphone app, pointing you towards where you parked it and estimating distance.
Find it at the GearHungry Shop – $30
James F. Reynolds would be proud. Soundfreaq takes the concept of a clock radio to the next level, and not just with its epigrammatic name. A crystal clear audio Bluetooth speaker accompanies an alarm that will make you want to wake up. Soundfreaq streams from any smartphone, tablet or computer while simultaneously charging you phone, telling time and keeping an eye out on your preselected wake destination. Features like adjustable screen brightness, snooze buttons even the most ardent sleeper can find as well as a nap timer make use of Soundfreaq’s utilitarian, classic design and finish. Wake up to streaming audio, FM radio or even an old school chime buzzer if that’s your thing.
Hit up Amazon for details – $80
Compact devices require a compact flash — but that doesn’t mean it can’t be powerful. Lume Cube is smaller than your GoPro and goes just about anywhere it can, easily withstanding adverse weather and even going to depths of up to 100 feet underwater. Each syncs via Bluetooth with your smartphone from which brightness is adjusted up to a blinding 1,500 lumens, and up to 5 can be controlled at once to effectively create daylight. And mounting to a variety of surfaces is straightforward thanks to a 1/4″ 20 screw mount plus both a powerful magnet mount and a suction cup.
Grab one at Amazon – $80
Need a bottle opener on you at all times? The MOTA Ultimate Pocket Tool comes with one, amongst 17 other tools. Shaped like a card and crafted from heat-treated steel, this slim multitool takes up no more space than a credit card. And while it can’t buy you things it carries along with it a phone kickstand, can opener, box opener, headphone wrap, metric and imperial rulers, two screwdrivers, a fruit peeler, and a variety of hex wrenches. Plus it’s TSA compliant so you can make full use of it wherever you go rather than lose it to an airport inspector.
Grab one at the GearHungry Shop – $10
Chances are you carry your phone in one pocket and your wallet in another. Consolidate with the Huskk Quickdraw Phone Wallet Case, a hybrid that couples an Italian leather wallet with a snap case for your iPhone 6/6S or 6/6S Plus. It’ll fit seven cards plus cash across its quick access front pocket and large rear pocket, the latter of which is accessed by unsnapping a discreet magnetic closure. The case itself is made of rubberized plastic to protect the smartphone’s corners as well as its display, jutting out ever so slightly so as to allow you to place it face down on its screen without risk of scratches.
Find it at Amazon – $25
Probably the most versatile (or should we say flexible?) dock yet made for a smartwatch, the Bobine Apple Watch Charging Dock boasts a durable, bendable metal cable that bends and twists any which way you want. Snap in your Apple Watch’s magnetic charging puck into its circular holder and then shape Bobine into a stand, wrap it around furniture, or wrap it tightly into a narrow circle for portability. An included dash stabilizer clips it inside your car for charging while you drive, and its rigidity easily supports the weight of the featherlight smartwatch.
Find it at Amazon – $24
If your backpack feels like it doesn’t have pockets or compartments truly suited to your specific gear, that’s because it doesn’t. But the same can’t be said about the Cocoon Tech Grid-It Backpack. This sleek pack holds your 16″ (or smaller) laptop in its padded compartment — as well as notebooks, a tablet, magazines, whatever — but really stands out thanks to its built-in Grit-It system with crisscrossing mesh bands that hold items of nigh any shape or size. Its ballistic nylon construction is also waterproof, protecting your delicate gadgetry from the elements.
Check it out at Amazon – $70