After reading this post about ice from our friends at The Mixing Glass, we learned that real bartenders take their ice very seriously. For example, the Japanese have developed a technique for carving ice balls using an ice pick that vastly improves the taste of your whiskey. If you are willing to learn this craft yourself, you need this Japanese Ice Pick ($59.95). Designed to resemble a mountaineer’s pick, this ice pick is made from stainless steel with a wooden handle, keeping your pick rust free and ready to do work on your ice block.
If you often find yourself needing to measure things under 3 inches, you need to stock up on Cardstick Ruler Stickers ($3.50). Stick them on your credit card, pen, phone, or any other item that you carry everyday, and you will always know exactly how long tiny things are. Shows inches and metric measurements, comes in a set of three.
We are big fans of little LED flashlights. It seems like the smaller they get, the more powerful they are. Such is the case with the Mini-Torch USB Charging Mini Flashlight ($7). At 8000-12,000 mcd for its ultra-white LED, this tiny flashlight charges in 2 hours for over 2 hours of use. No more batteries, just recharge and reuse.
Are you a tough guy? So tough that you can break a sledge hammer? Well Wilton Tools has a challenge for you, and its called the BASH Unbreakable Sledge Hammer ($40 – $160). This super duty sledge hammer is made with a steel core design that prevents the handle from breaking during overstrikes. In fact, they are so confident in their product, that if you break the handle under normal wear and tear, they will give you $1,000. Go ahead, tough guy
Without clean water, your hiking excursions quickly becomes a fight against bacteria and protozoa. The Katadyn Pocket (~ $390) is one of the best water filters in the business. At only 10″ long, it fits easily in your pack and its easy to use, durable design will keep your water clean in even the most extreme conditions.
Daylight Savings Time is over, which means you bicycle commuters are riding home in the dark. Unless you like riding around in stealth-mode at night, you should probably equip yourself with some Bookman Lights (~$26). THe super-simple design let’s you attach and detach these lights in seconds. Comes with one light for your handlebar and one for your tail.
The next time you are out for a round of drink with some friends, pull out the HYDE Bottle Opener ($28) and spin it to see who has to pick up the tab. This bottle opener is cast in solid lacquered brass with a hand drawn engraving reading “Spin to see who pays” on one side and “You pay” on the other. Similar to spin the bottle without the awkward kissing. (via)
Hiking with loose cutlery is inconvenient. Keep your eating utensils in one place with the Ka-Bar Hobo Fork/Knife/Spoon Dinner Set ($19.95). We can call it the “sporkife,” or the “knorkoon.” Either way, this stainless steel folding cutlery set comes with a spoon, fork, knife, and can-opener. The utensils detach from each other for easy handling. That fact that it is called the “hobo” does not, however, mean you should move under the bridge.
We like multitools. They are functional, practical, and they usually fit on your keychain. The Anso Barbar Multitool ($75) fits right in with the rest. Milled from solid Titanium, features include bottle opener, prybar, and 1/4″ bit wrench.
If you are doing some work around the house and you need to nail some things together, make sure your fingers are safe from errant hammer swings with the ThumbSaver Magnetic NailSetter ($14.75). It’s not going to make your “honey do” list any shorter, but it will make the job a whole lot easier. The ThumbSaver holds the nail in place, making it easier to strike without banging your thumb in the process. Need a hammer, too? Try the Estwing Claw Hammer.