Hendrix, Page, Clapton … Why is it that the guitar-rock of the 60s and 70s is still the best stuff ever recorded? Well, a lot of it has to do with the amps. Instead of today’s solid state, digital gear, old amps were powered by tubes, giving the guitars their magical, warm & fuzzy tones. Fender is now releasing a series of vintage-style tube amps that capture the sound of the era and feature some unique designs. The Pawn Shop series may look like they came from the dusty backroom of a pawn broker but they’re brand new.
Anyone buying an axe this pretty is going to be using it as decoration. With its hickory handle and polished, 2 lb. drop-forged alloy steel head, this thing will look great leaning against the fireplace. But it really will chop wood. Just please, before you lop off your big toe or put a divet in the hardwood floor, watch a youtube video on how woodchopping is actually done.
Yes, your little Etsy-made piece of reclaimed two-by-four is a great stand for your iPad2 at home. But in the office you might prefer something it bit more tidy. This stand from Ten One Design is the one. Brushed aluminum that looks like Apple made it, magnetic attachment, junkshow-free styling.
Aside from measuring your bosses package, there would seem to be very few uses for a 3-inch ruler. Nonetheless, you can slap one of these little ruler-stickers on the back of a credit card and know the true length or thickness or whatever you need to measure in both U.S. and metric units up to 3 inches.
Rite In The Rain all-weather writing paper has been to the summit of Everest and works like a charm in the jungles of Africa. Anywhere wet weather and moisture could compromise your note taking, this stuff will endure. Handy notebooks of all shapes and sizes are available direct from their web site.
One common problem with your go-to bag is that normally you need about three or four different bags to carry your cargo depending on the day. The 3 Way Brief by Porter, however, goes a long way to solve this irritating fact of life. By converting from a brief to a backpack to a shoulder bag in seconds flat and built everyday tough, this versatile Japanese-made carry-all will really be the one. Yes, the actual go to.
This lightweight aluminum garden cart from Garrett Wade lets you push up to 330-lbs. of cargo around and dump your load anywhere you want. It is also fully collapsible so when you’re done with the job you can flatten it down for easy, space-saving storage.
The Hero, a handmade Italian leather duffel from Atto Bags is just right for a minimalist weekend escape or the daily commute-work-gym circuit. With its heavy-duty hardware and deconstructed finish in leather or recycled tire rubber, it’s tough enough to take just about anywhere.
Los Angeles isn’t exactly the epicenter of the “handmade” movement but there are exceptions to every rule. Leatherman Matt Shallenberger is the guy behind Field Theories brand and he creates handmade leather goods in L.A. His minimalist, one-piece leather folios are looking pretty sweet and they come in a variety of sizes to hold whatever you carry.
If the San Diego Chargers have any fans left they’ll love this silver-plated lightning bolt shaped letter opener. Other people who might find it cool or useful include those who receive paper mail and actually open it before throwing it in the recycling bin.