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VSSL Outdoor Utility Tools: Every Tool You Need in a Tube

VSSL Outdoor Utility Tools

Space is limited. Not just in the major cities of the world, but in your backpack too. There’s only so much you can fit into your backpack: your sleeping bag, maybe a thermos, some rations. But one thing you should definitely make room for is this flashlight-slash-tube of utility tools by VSSL. It’s ingenious, really.

They’ve made better use of the otherwise vacant space in the handle of a flashlight by filling it up with tins containing potentially life-saving stuff. Three types of VSSL utility tubes are available: Supplies, First Aid, and Shelter. Each one comes with a set of components all packed neatly into tin cans. For example, the Supplies tin comes with a Canadian beeswax candle, a razor blade, six Aquatabs water purification tablets, waterproof matches, fishing gear, firestars, and a signaling mirror, among other things.Continue Reading

This Is What A Heavy-Duty Leaf Blower Looks Like

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Look, face it: summer is over. That means leaves will soon start falling and you’ll be stuck doing yard work again. Want to put a little muscle on your side? Get the TB2MB JET™ Gas Leaf Blower by Troy-Bilt. This bad boy pushes 650 cfm (cubic feet/minute), at speeds reaching 130mph. That’s powerful enough to blow even heavy wet leaves out of the way. It’s even “JumpStart™ Capable”, which means it can interface with an optional device that automates ignition, so you don’t even have to waste energy pulling on a crank. It’s $149, and appears to be worth every penny.

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Deal Of The Day: 52% Off On X-Presenter Smart

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You’re looking at a pretty cool presentation tool. The X-Presenter Smart comes with a USB dongle, and a laser pointer that inserts into a phone’s audio jack. With the related application, you’ll be able to “start and stop presentations, forward and backtrack slides, or even turn the screen black to focus attention back on the speaker.”

X-Presenter SMART is a free and complete presentation app that allows you to control onscreen presentation programs including PowerPoint and Keynote.

With amazing app features like Mouse Mode, the smartphone screen acts as a touchpad to move the mouse cursor, click on links, right-click, and scroll up and down.

It also comes with a plug-and-play USB dongle to be used with the Smart App to get your presentation rolling in just a click. The USB dongle is super compact and allows for seamless communication between your device and presentation at hand.

That’s a pretty useful tool to have, all the more so because it’s just $24 today. If there are any college students reading this… guys, this is going to be useful this semester. Just sayin’.

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Bosch Laser Measure Lets You Get Rid Of The Tape Once And For All

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When you’re in your backyard building things, you’re inevitably going to have to use your trusty measuring tape. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of using one, you’ll know what a pain in the rear end they can be. They’ll come unhooked, bend when you need them to stay straight, and snap back at you haphazardly. Sure, we sound like incompetent DIYers, but so are a great number of people who just want to build things, with limited experience. Bosch Tools has a line of laser measuring tools, the latest one of which is so small it could fit in a tight jean pocket. It’s the GLM 15, and can measure things up to 50ft. away with 1/8 inch precision. What’s more, it’s only $50, which is very little money to save you the kind of hassle a regular tape can give.

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Is That A Klax In Your Pocket, Or Are You Just Happy To See Me?

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It’s completely possible to imagine that if you’re going out in the woods for an extended period of time, you may at some point want to cut some wood down. Axes have been known to make a quick number out of this task, but carrying them with you in your backpack can be very inconvenient. Not so much if you get a Klax. It’s a detachable axe head that features a special clamp, allowing you to secure it to any piece of wood you find (and which fits the clamp). So, put it in your pocket, go camping, and whip it out when you need to get your cutting on. But… we haven’t told you the best part yet. Most of the models feature multi-tools, which could come in super handy in the wilderness. Take the Klax Lumberjack, for example. It has: a Stainless Steel Ax Blade, Hammer Head, Hex Wrench Set, 1/4” Bit Drive Socket, Bottle Opener, Lanyard Hole, Caribiner, Ruler and KLAX Clamping System!

Different models come with different sets of tools, and will set you back different amounts. The top of the line model, made of Titanium, is $550. But the other ones range between a much more reasonable $115 to $160.

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It Turns Out It’s Possible To Reinvent The Axe

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Oldie but goodie here.

Axes have been round for quite a while; after all, what’s simpler than driving a sharp metal edge into a piece of wood? Unlike the wheel however, the tool’s longevity doesn’t mean its design can’t be improved upon. Take the Vipukirves axe pictured above. It helps you split wood more easily by offsetting the center of mass to the side. This way, each time you drive the axe down onto your log, you’ll also generate some rotational torque. This torque, applied to the part of the axe that’s already in the wood, acts as a lever and splits the wood down its fibre, reducing the amount of force needed to accomplish the same results. It’s ingenious and simple, and if the video below is anything to go by, does actually appear to improve on the old design. Sadly, innovation often doesn’t come cheap, and the Vipukirves is no exception. Owning one will set you back €155.74 or about $215, plus €47.26 ($65) in shipping.

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For Happy Breakfasts: Crack a Smile Mold

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Not everyone wakes up to greet a new day feeling chipper and full of life. That’s especially true for night owls and for people who just aren’t morning persons. For these people, something that can help or at least add a little cheer is the Crack a Smile egg mold. As the name implies, the mold basically turns scrambled eggs into smiley faces and you probably can’t help but crack a smile when you see a humongous, yellow smiley face on your plate.

If you’re not much of an egg person, then you can use the mold for your pancakes instead.

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Screw It…With a Wink and a Smile

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Sometimes, even the smallest of details make all the difference. Take these screws that are aptly called the Screw:), for example. They look just like your average screw except for the head, which has a smiley face imprinted right on it. That means conventional screwdrivers won’t work with it either, because you can’t exactly jam it into the smiley face’s eye to screw it in. Instead, you’ll need a custom screwdriver with a protruding smiley face to be able to screw the Screw:) in tightly.

The Screw:) was designed by Studio Yumakano in collaboration with Japan-based screw factory Komuro Manufacturing.Continue Reading

Laser Engraved Rolling Pins Are Great Promotional Tools

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If you’re the proud owner of a pastry shop, you should seriously consider placing an order with Etsy seller ValekRollingPins. They’re able to laser engrave a standard 16.5″ beech rolling pin with the design of your choice. The pastries and pies that you make can then endlessly display your logo or message, Louis Vuitton-style. Prices start at roughly $45.

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