Everything about it: the 304 stainless steel body, square ruler sleeve, and utilitarian design scream minimalist German engineering but this pen is made at a family-run machine shop in good ol’ Vermont. For refills, it uses Hi-Tec-C ink cartridges.
This compact, American-made 20-liter gym bag is on the smaller side—perfect for workout gear or a few daytrip supplies—but because it’s made of double-layered 1000D Cordura, you could literally use it to haul bricks.
Just when the robber thinks you’re about to hand over your cash, you can quickly deploy the razor sharp Gerber blade from your titanium-coated GDC Money Clip and show him you mean business, then carry on with whatever it was you were doing before he made the mistake of bothering you. Smart idea? Probably not, but this clip is.
The Tool Chess Set is handmade in Michigan, USA using basic hardware store nuts & bolts and comes in a metal toolbox carrying case. It’s a clever idea & if you lose a game piece, replacing it would be as simple as a trip to the nuts & bolts aisle at your local store.
If your bedmate is a human sawmill, the Snore Activated Pillow will be a lifesaver. Theirs. The pillow has an integrated microphone that picks up the sonic vibrations of snoring & automatically inflates, giving the snorer a little nudge to roll over and shut the hell up.
Finally, a company called Tribod has developed something better than leaky masks and snorkels that also suck in water with the air. Easybreath is the first full-face snorkeling mask with a wide 180º view that makes breathing underwater as easy and natural as it is on land.
Your phone goes everywhere with you & if it’s wrapped in a IN1case you’ll always have tools with you, too. They make protective cases for your phone with multi-tool functionality built right into the case itself. Stuff like pens, screwdrivers, nail file, tweezers, scissors, toothpick, and more. IN1cases are also TSA compliant.
The stainless steel makes it looks like one of those old timey camp lanterns from Grandpa’s cabin but instead of using lamp fuel & other outdated technologies to create that vintage ambience, the Forest Lantern uses a rechargeable 3-hour Li-Ion battery & an LED light.
Not quite as accurate as the Survival Shotgun, this slingshot nonetheless is a more active survival tool than say … an emergency blanket. With enough target practice and urged on by the type of hunger that only comes from extended periods of foodlessness, this wrist rocket could actually bag your dinner. Like a crow or a maybe a squirrel. It also has a hollow, watertight handle where you can stash 8 cubic inches of survival gear: like weatherproof matches or a small knife for gutting your crow.
Like the MRE field meals soldiers have been using for decades, the BaroCook system uses exothermic reaction packets to heat your food. Activated by water, these packets will boil water, and cook your dinner in the compact nesting containers, & they stay at 212º for up to 30 minutes. No fire.