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Making a Chisel-Edge Knife

Making a Chisel-Edge Knife

Metalsmith Koss shows off the build process for a rather distinctive modern knife with a chisel-style blade. They started with a rusty bar of W1-7 high carbon steel, then cut it down to size, shaped it with a cutting wheel, and refined its razor-sharpened edges. Those handle scales are made from brass flat stock.

Niko Camera Backpack 3.0

Niko Camera Backpack 3.0
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Chrome’s latest camera backpack is ready to carry and protect your photography gear in the field. Its side- and top-access main compartment has modular dividers for holding a large camera, lenses, or a drone. It’s got room for a 15″ laptop in its padded sleeve, and multiple pockets for organizing small accessories.

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How Candy Corn Became a Halloween Tradition

How Candy Corn Became a Halloween Tradition

Despite many people despising the fake, sugary flavor of candy corn, it’s still a wildly popular Halloween treat. Mental Floss explores the history of this divisive, tri-colored candy and why it’s so closely associated with the holiday. We never thought about it before, but candy corn has real corn in it, sorta.

Nouhaus Classic Massage Chair

Nouhaus Classic Massage Chair
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Massage chairs are great, but their look is more suited to a salon than your living room. The Nouhaus massage chair looks like a piece of high-end furniture. The curvy swivel chair offers percussive, rolling, and kneading massages, and has built-in speakers. It’s made with real leather and comes with a matching ottoman.

Halo on Classical Guitar

Halo on Classical Guitar

Despite having come out more than 20 years ago, we still get chills every time the theme music from Halo starts playing on an Xbox console. But does it sound as good without the violins and choir? Beyond The Guitar proves that the track is still spectacular even stripped down on solo acoustic guitar.

Oxidized Titanium Beard Comb

Oxidized Titanium Beard Comb
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We love the colors that emerge from titanium when it’s been hit with a flame. It looks especially great on this modern titanium comb from Demian Haggard. The comb is great for taming unruly hair and beards, and comes with a custom-made leather case. It’s also available in natural titanium and stainless steel.

The History of Need for Speed

The History of Need for Speed

With 24 released installments, and at least nine canceled ones, the Need for Speed video game franchise has been around since 1994. Noodle takes a look back at the popular racing series’ origins and evolution of the game, from its roots as a Road and Track tie-in to slick CG action. The opening animation alone is worth the watch.

ToughBuilt Large Tool Tote

ToughBuilt Large Tool Tote

This durable tool bag will never fail you, thanks to its hard-bodied PP+HDPE plastic shell. It’s covered with riveted pocket panels to keep tools handy and has a multitude of dividers, loops, and clips for organization. Its built-in ClipTech hub and bar system lets you easily attach ToughBuilt’s clip-on tool pouches too.

Playing the Flairdrum

Playing the Flairdrum

The Flairdrum is an unusual percussive instrument that uses PET water bottles filled with varying amounts of compressed air. The air pressure changes the surface tension of each bottle, resulting in different notes when struck. Daniel Bornmann performed this ear-soothing rendition of his track Am Anfang ist Klang.

Hannah Bergemann’s Baddest Utah Lines

Hannah Bergemann’s Baddest Utah Lines

Esperanto is Teton Gravity Research’s latest mountain biking action film. During filming, rider Hannah Bergemann showed off her skills in the rough and treacherous terrain of Southern Utah, which was captured for us to enjoy in this short bonus reel. She kicks things off with an absolutely insane downhill run.

Concrete Castle Bed Frame

Concrete Castle Bed Frame

Homemade Modern has shown us how to make a concrete castle sculpture using a LEGO brick mold. Now he’s taken that technique and applied it to something more practical – the corners for a platform bed. The concrete pillars are fully load-bearing, and the bed assembles easily with interlocking wood beams and slats.

Retro Gadgets (Gameplay)

Retro Gadgets (Gameplay)

The upcoming game Retro Gadgets from Evil Licorice challenges players to create virtual electronic gadgets in a digital workshop. The game will test your creativity and improve your electronics skills as you invent, build, and solder together your projects, then write code to make them work. Coming to Steam.

DarkMaster Flashlight

DarkMaster Flashlight

This unique flashlight outputs a sharp-edged rectangular beam. A Fresnel lens smooths its beam for even light without hot spots, and it has three modes: direct beam, reflected beam for projecting light at an angle, and diffuse for reading or ambient light. Six intensity levels go from nightlight to bright trail light.

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Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities (Trailer)

Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities (Trailer)

(PG-13: Gore) Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro takes on showrunner duties for this eight-episode anthology series like a modern-day Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Each episode is made by a great horror filmmaker, including the directors of The Babadook, Splice, Firestarter, and Mandy. The horror begins on 10.25.2022 on Netflix.

Making the Worst Inventions

Making the Worst Inventions

YouTuber I Did a Thing has made more than his share of dumb and dangerous things. For this video, he took on a couple of his viewers’ bad ideas and attempted to build them. First up is a bidet powered by a pressure washer, followed by a ceiling fan with machete blades, a jackhammer pogo stick, and solar panel sunglasses.

Giant Pencil Shaving Lampshades

Giant Pencil Shaving Lampshades

Inspired by the shavings created by sharpening pencils, designer Nanako Kume created a series of hanging lampshades with gigantic versions of the curly wood scraps. She started out by making an oversized pencil sharpener, then massive pencils to stick into it. Her process is just as fascinating as the finished pieces.

Teenage Engineering PO-80 Record Factory

Teenage Engineering PO-80 Record Factory
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This kit from Teenage Engineering and designer/musician Yuri Suzuki lets you create your own low-fi vinyl records. Once assembled, connect an audio source to its 3.5mm jack, place a 5″ vinyl blank on the turntable, and start it spinning to record monophonic sounds. Records 4 minutes a side @ 33 RPM or 3 minutes @ 45 RPM.

A Factory That Makes Rice Cookers from Stone

A Factory That Makes Rice Cookers from Stone

Modern rice cookers are made from metal and plastic, but traditional Korean rice cookers are made from stone. This fascinating video from Factory Monster takes us inside a company that creates the bowl-shaped cookers and their lids by cutting them from a 9-ton boulder. The English subtitles are quite entertaining.

Refurb Deal: Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2020)

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This Samsung Galaxy Tab A tablet with Wi-Fi and unlocked 4G connectivity originally sold for almost $400. Now you can grab a quality refurbished one for less than half that price. It’s got a compact 8.4″ screen, 32 GB of storage, front- and rear-facing cameras, up to 13 hours of battery life, and a quick-charging USB-C port.

Leatherman Free K2 EDC Pocket Knife

Leatherman Free K2 EDC Pocket Knife
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The Free K2 incorporates a 3.3″ 420HC steel blade with seven additional tools. The multipurpose EDC has a pry tool, multiple flat drivers, a Phillips driver, a bottle opener, a package opener, and an awl that can be deployed from its aluminum body. Each tool is designed for one-handed access, and its blade locks magnetically.

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Tying a Knot in Steel Rebar

Tying a Knot in Steel Rebar

Steel rebar is a stiff metal bar typically used to reinforce concrete. But like any metal, with enough force, you can bend it to your whim. Metalsmith Gavin Clark shows us a series of maneuvers he used to tie a length of 1/2″ rebar into a clove hitch knot. We’re impressed that he did it without applying heat.

Nitecore NU06 LE Signal Light

Nitecore NU06 LE Signal Light
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Designed for law enforcement, but useful for anyone, Nitecore’s NU06 LE signal light improves nighttime visibility. It has red, green, blue, and white LEDs with constant-on and flashing modes. Its 250mAh battery provides up to 75 hours of runtime, and it attaches easily with a magnetic hook-and-loop bracket or MOLLE system bracket.

Casio Guitar Synth Breakdown

Casio Guitar Synth Breakdown

Musician Ichika Nito got his hands on a Casio DG-20, a 1980s gadget that used guitar strings and a fretboard a MIDI controller. He then proceeded to demonstrate why this thing might just be the coolest instrument ever. Enjoy some more Casio shredding action here.

Making the Toy Story Rocket Car Real

Making the Toy Story Rocket Car Real

Artist Steven Richter has wowed us with his sculptures before. This time he took on a different kind of challenge – replicating the rocket car from the end of Toy Story. He started by modifying existing toys, sculpting a new head for Woody, and building a model rocket. He then assembled it all into this crazy creation.

Robot Breaks Record for the 100-Meter Dash

Robot Breaks Record for the 100-Meter Dash

We’ve seen Cassie, the Ostrich-shaped robot strut her stuff before. Now the speedy automaton has set a record for the fastest 100-meter dash ever run by a bipedal robot. With a time of 24.73 seconds, she’s no Usain Bolt, but it’s still an impressive achievement for the engineers from Oregon State University.

Lander Cairn XL Lantern

Lander Cairn XL Lantern
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Lander’s palm-size light adds a bright area light to your tent, campsite, or while going for a nighttime stroll. Its elastic tether can anchor to itself for attaching to bags and clothing, and the 350-lumen lantern is both waterproof and drop-proof. It has a built-in 10000 mAh battery for charging gadgets or up to 250 hours of light.

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