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These Are Some Awesome, Artful Knives

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Logan Pearce is a third generation knife maker. His grandfather made a name for himself forging knives out of railroad spikes, and although Logan carries the tradition still, he also makes them out of everyday objects like wrenches, pieces of rebar, and even heavy duty bolts. Granted knifemaking isn’t exactly cutting edge tech (see what we did there?), we kind of like Logan’s work and think he deserves some attention. Not that he’s not getting any to start with as there is a 3 week waiting time for any new orders. With prices ranging from $20 to $350, you can own a handmade blade no matter what your budget is.

If you’re wondering why we like them so much, head on over after the break for more pictures.

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Underwear Cools Your Family Jewels To Help You Reproduce

Screen Shot 2013-03-10 at 8.48.51 PM Screen Shot 2013-03-10 at 8.48.43 PM They say that wearing tightie-whities is bad because it pushes your testicles closer to your body, making them warmer. That’s no good for the health of your little swimmers. The reverse logic would then be that cooling part of your reproductive organs could lead to higher fertility. The Snowball Underwear pictured above does just that, by featuring a removable gel-pack (the SnowWedge™) that rests atop that most vital of body parts, and could help boost your chances at conceiving. Luckily, the company isn’t promising miracles:

They should increase both sperm quality and quantity, and they should give you a better chance to conceive at minimal cost, but fertility science is complex, and you’ll also want to consult with a urologist (for varicoceles), as well as your fertility specialist. Snowballs may end up being just a supplemental treatment for you.

We have our doubts as well, mostly because such a small gel pack will end up getting warm pretty quickly, but hey, what do we know? If you want to try your luck, it’ll cost you a $55 pledge on Kickstarter, and for which you get three pairs of underwear along with 3 gel wedges.

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The Grub Hub Brings An Entire Kitchen To The Great Outdoors

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grub_hub For those of us on this planet that aren’t frozen solid, camping is still an acceptable activity. But being out in the wilderness doesn’t have to mean sacrificing all the amenities we take for granted at home. The Grub Hub is a portable kitchen that’s been around for a few years, but we’ve only now discovered. It packs everything, and yes, even the kitchen sink. No, this isn’t just a bad play on words: it does come with its own sink for washing your dirty dishes. Aside from holding your stove (not included), there are compartments to hold your pots and pans, telescoping rods to hang your lanterns or anything else that can be hung, and even 9 square feet of table surface for you to prepare your meals on. It’s a Swiss Army Knife of camping, and can be yours for $379.

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Homelite 5-Ton Electric Log Splitter

Having a cabin in the woods doesn’t automatically mean you’re a rugged outdoorsman. You can enjoy the fine pleasures that being away from the city provides (fresh air, anyone?), while still indulging in the comforts and luxuries urban environments have accustomed us to. The Homelite 5-Ton Electric Log splitter will make stocking up on firewood as easy as pressing a button. Its 15 Amp electric motor can split logs up to 20 inches long and 10 inches in diameter, and its 20 second cycle time will give you just enough of a rest to not strain yourself from loading the logs up in the first place. It’s a $300 luxury that will have some more genuine woodsy types looking down on you, but one that you’ll be happy you purchased anyway when you’re watching Will & Grace reruns on your flatscreen TV “in the woods”, while sipping on some hot cocoa.

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DASH Wallet Lets You Use Card Without Taking It Out

There are lots of companies trying to make a better wallet. Any improvement over the scoliosis-inducing mammoths we carry today is welcome, and the DASH wallet pictured above is one of our favorites. It’s a slim wallet that intends for you to carry the essentials, and in this it’s fairly banal. But what sets it apart is the little window on the side of its “quickdraw compartment” that allows you to partially push out one card so that the magnetic stripe is exposed, and use it without actually taking it out. Everyone has that one card that they use all the time; set that one in the quickdraw slot and save, well… not a lot of time, but hey: it’s the convenience. There is another slot for a few more cards, and yet a third one for cash.

Fully loaded it appears to be not much more than half an inch thick. It’s made from black elastic fabric, and recycled materials and will cost you a $24 pledge on the almost sold out Kickstarter campaign.

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Titanium Entry Card Is Cool, Easily Abused

The country is having a conversation about tools that can be used to do bad things. And while a set of lockpicking tools doesn’t quite compare to the gun debate, the idea is that in irresponsible hands, the Titanium Entry Card could be seen to promote illegal activity. But there may be situations where you actually do need to pick a lock, legally. Like when you lock yourself out, which does happen more than anyone cares to admit. Should this happen to you, this 0.032in., wallet-sized, aircraft-grade Titanium card contains two identical sets of tools that will get you back inside in no time. Two sets because, well, once you snap one set out, it’s kind of impossible to carry it with the same convenience. “With each card, you’ll have two tension (torsion) wrenches and two sets of bogota tools (triple and single hump) perfect for raking or single-pin picking. You’ll also receive a durable Tyvek sleeve for protection.” It’s $50.

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Killspencer Card Carrier Is Slick

Guys, let’s face it: thick wallets are out. This much we’ve said before, and we’ll be happy to say it again. That’s why we’re always on the lookout for gear like the Killspencer Card Carrier, above. It turns your iPhone 5 into a barebones, essentials-only, card carrier. Fitting only 4 cards (1 license, 2 credit cards, and 1 debit card), the carrier adds very little width to your phone, and does so with class.

[It is made] of Natural Oil-Tanned Leather and Macassar Ebony Wood, and is lined with the finest Italian-made Alcantara® Suede Endoskeleton, with a thumb port cut for easy access.

It sticks to the back of the phone with an adhesive, and can be easily removed. It’s elegant, efficient, and we really like it, but is obviously reserved for those of us who have the courage to leave home with the bare essentials. If that’s your thing, you’ll have to part with $69 to own one.

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Tic Button Fasteners Help Out In A Pinch

Hey so uh, those darn buttons, eh? Ever had to throw a shirt because a button fell off and you’re useless with a thread and needle? I have. Loved that shirt, too. But I was young, and stupid and didn’t want to ask anyone for help, so off to to goodwill it went. But I think I might have been ok with using a Tic button instead. It’s this little kit that helps you mend a fallen button with no needle or thread. Just “1) Take one tic and pinch the spiky end through the shirt fabric, 2) Place the button on the spikes and close, and 3) Hold the button, and rotate the clip until it falls off.” Sounds simple enough. We’re not sure how durable the button is, but at $8 for a 4-pack, even if it’s a temporary fix, it’s a decent deal.

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SmarTea Teapot For Tea Lovers

We’re not big drinkers of tea; it wouldn’t seem right when we’re already on an IV drip of coffee. But there is a legion out there who is, and feels pretty strongly about it. We’ve featured tea infusers on occasion, but it’s time to talk about a teapot. The SmarTea Set is a pretty average teapot with the exception of the stainless steel base that contains a space to put a little candle, which keeps your tea warm. It’s stylish and functional at the same time, and we suspect the tea crowd will love it. The tea crowd will have to prepare to pay a good chunk of change for the privilege however: the SmarTea Set is $122.

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