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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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Shittens Are Mittens For Wiping Bums

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The human race can be a pretty sad lot if in the year 2013 a product like the Shittens needs to be invented. It’s a set of disposable mittens made from hygienic wipe tissue, and lined with anti-bacterial agents. They can be used to wipe your own behind and make sure you get no doodoo on your fingers, or better yet, to wipe the bum of a baby. Which makes more sense than to assume it’s for yourself. Because, really… everyone can wipe their own bums without getting poo on their hands, right? Everyone.

But to be honest, we’re not sure this is a real product. It’s an IndieGogo campaign, and reading through it, it looks like a joke. Heck, it even seems to have gotten its start on the Howard Stern show with Mark Cuban in attendance. Still, we can’t be sure. It’s just crazy enough to work.

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BROpener Turns Anything Into A Bottle Opener

Beer. It’s the beverage of kings… and that of drunken frat boys. We drink the stuff for more than just its taste; it’s a bonding thing. Each bottle needs to be opened and how you do it says a lot about you. In order of least to most manly ways of accomplishing this task, you have: with a handheld bottle opener, twisting the cap off with your hand, using the edge of a counter, using your teeth. (please don’t use your teeth) The edge of counter trick is pretty popular, but with it comes damaged counter edges. Some people care, and if that’s you, there’s the BROpener. It’s a simple piece of aluminum that you stick to the side of a counter with a super strong adhesive (provided), and which contains a strong magnet. Use the protruding metal edge to pop the cap, and instead of it falling on the floor, it sticks to the BROpener for easy disposal. It’s simple, it’s cheap ($14 as a pledge on Kickstarter) and available in March if funding is successful.

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The Ballerina’s Espresso Cup

We say it’s the ballerina’s espresso cup because we like stereotypes. We don’t necessarily believe in them, but how else are we to relate to our broader culture if not with shared references, which often take the form of potentially inaccurate beliefs? So we like to think that ballerinas subsist on a diet of coffee and cigarettes and nothing else. We know they don’t, but you know… The Solo e Sola is a 3D printed, glazed ceramic cup that presents a container for each. And while North America is awkwardly trying to hop onto a health-conscious train, you’re free to stubbornly stay right off and consume to your heart’s content. Each cup is available from Shapeways for the tidy, tidy sum of $59.

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The Homemade Gin Kit

There’s somewhat of a debate among liquor aficionados over flavored Vodka. Some say it’s crap. If we’re talking about stuff like Raspberry Vodka, flavored with artificial coloring and chemicals, we tend to agree; it’s very college Freshman pillow party. But then there’s gin. You could argue that gin is flavored Vodka as well. And it is. But the way in which the flavoring is achieved is very different than those other mass market, pink berry… things. The Homemade Gin Kit lets you explore that process at home. No, there’s no distillation involved, since you can seriously harm yourself by distilling something when you don’t know what you’re doing. Instead, the kit takes a bottle of Vodka and makes you “steep [it] with the included juniper berries and carefully selected, hand weighed spices, botanicals, flowers, and aromatics.” Think of it as a homemade pasta sauce kit, where you just add tomato juice and paste, only more fun. 36 hours after you start the process you’ll have a batch of about 750ml of gin, which you can pour in the 500ml and 250ml included bottles. One for you, one to gift and impress your friends with.

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Feed Your Pets More Intelligently With This Connected Feeder

Unlike the joke Crib Dribbler from yesterday, the Pintofeed is a real product that we’d actually like to purchase. It’s a WiFi-connected mechanical pet-feeding device. Once setup, you simply load up the 5lbs or 10lbs compartment with dry food pellets and at the press of a button from your smartphone, serve up a 1/8 cup portion of feed to your loved house companion. Over time, the application will learn your pet’s feeding habits and create an automated feeding schedule. You can even use this information to slowly trim his food intake if you’ve noticed your pet has been packing on a little too much fat.

There are a number of fail-safe features that make the Pintofeed reassuring to own. For instance, you will be notified every time your pet is fed, and if food jams the mechanism, you’ll also get an alert. There are two motors, should one of them fail, and there’s a battery that lasts three months in case the power goes out.

Considering how many products in your home are getting a connectivity upgrade, it’s about time that the lowly pet feeder got the same treatment. Currently, Pintofeed is in the fundraising phase on IndieGogo, and a $99 pledge will secure a June 2013 delivery.

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This Is A Brandy Pipe

A drinking post. Again. It’s the Holidays, innit? That’s enough of an excuse to justify talking about alkeehol, at least it is to me. So what you have here is a Brandy Pipe. Fancy, right?

To help you fully experience and appreciate the flavours of your favourite liqueur, the Brandy Pipe offers a long sipping stem that is gently warmed by your hand as you hold this delicate glass to help release hidden aromas and flavours. Presented in a foam lined gift box, this unique liqueur glass makes an ideal gift for anyone that appreciates a stronger drink. Based on the original sipper glasses from the 17th century, the Brandy Pipe follows traditional glass making techniques to help drinkers get the most from their drink and experience new flavours that were previously hidden.

I like it. I like it because I’ve started to suspect the part of my brain that deals with detecting flavours is slowly dying. It’s hard to know for sure, but anything that “brings flavours out” is A-ok by me. And at £12 (~$20), it makes a pretty easy gift.

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Classy: Wine Glass Sippy Cup

Nothing says “I’m an upstanding member of society” than being seen walking around with a sippy cup filled with wine. Oh sure, it could be anything in there. Could be juice. But the fact that the hollowed out innards are shaped just like a wine glass when they don’t have to be is proof enough that the object is making a statement. It’s saying “hey, I’m a sippy cup that’s meant to be filled with wine.” But that’s ok, we don’t just. Of course, if you’re going to be traipsing around town sipping wine from a plastic container, it might was well be spill and shatter proof. Which the Vino2Go (as it’s called) certainly is.

Each $15 BPS-free plastic cup holds 10 oz. of liquid. That’s not much. You better ask your significant other to carry the wine purse for refills.

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