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ThruNite BSS W1 Flashlight

ThruNite BSS W1 Flashlight
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ThruNite’s palm-sized flashlight kicks out up to 693 lumens in its top setting and looks great in its army green aluminum alloy case. It offers five brightness modes and a strobe mode, and runs on a rechargeable 16340 battery. It also has a two-way clip, and a magnetic tail cap so you can stick it to steel surfaces.

WrisTorch Wrist Flashlight

WrisTorch Wrist Flashlight
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The Sun Company’s WrisTorch puts an emergency flashlight on your arm. Its six COB LEDs output a smooth field of light at three brightness levels. With a max output of 35 lumens, it’s not super bright, but it could definitely come in handy when you’re left in the dark. Takes two CR2032 lithium batteries (included).

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Wingman Titanium Bottle Opener

Wingman Titanium Bottle Opener

This minimal bottle opener from Aerocrafted deserves a spot on every keychain. It measures just 2.25″ long and weighs less than half an ounce but provides sufficient leverage to easily pop open bottle caps. It’s made from machined grade 5 titanium, so it’s strong enough to be used as a pry tool as well.

M1 Caliber Measurement Tool

M1 Caliber Measurement Tool

Reekon’s gadget makes measuring wood and other stock goods more accurate and more convenient than ever. It attaches to most saw fences and displays the exact cut length as you slide stock through its roller arm, positioning them without the need for marking. It works in metric and imperial units with an accuracy of +/- 0.02 in.

Making a Chocolate Dragon

Making a Chocolate Dragon

Master chocolatier and pastry chef Amaury Guichon is back with another epic edible sculpture. This time, he created a detailed purple dragon that breathes dry ice “smoke” from its mouth. It’s an amazing build, but we couldn’t help but laugh at its phallic looks halfway through the build.

Hikers Brew Coffee Pouches

Hikers Brew Coffee Pouches
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When backpacking, overlanding, or camping, we never venture into the wilderness without coffee. Instead of relying on instant, Hikers Brew comes in Venture Pouches that make 2-4 cups each. Six yummy varieties include Mile Marker medium roast, chocolatey Some Mores, vanilla Van Life, and robust Yurt Dirt.

Gear Up Survival Tool Kit

Gear Up Survival Tool Kit
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Always be prepared with this 60-piece survival kit. It includes card- and plier-style multitools, paracord, a tactical pen, a multi-purpose utensil, a compass, an emergency blanket, a wire saw, bandages, a tourniquet, screwdrivers, a pocket knife, and more. It’s all packed in a durable box that measures just 6.25″ x 4.75″.

High West Double Rye

High West Double Rye
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Utah is better known for banning booze than for making it, so David Perkins combined his passions for biochemistry, bourbon, and the American West to open Utah’s first distillery since the 1870s. Whiskies are king at High West, including Double Rye which blends two distinct ryes: a playful 2-year-old and a sweet 16.

Pocket Bit Driver

Pocket Bit Driver
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Gato’s tiny screwdriver is as minimal as tools get. Its #2 Phillips head and 8mm flat head drivers stand at the ready on your key ring. Sure, you’re not going to get much leverage with this driver, but it could definitely come in handy in a pinch.

Firekorf Portable Fire Pit/Grill

Firekorf Portable Fire Pit/Grill
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This portable, lightweight fire pit folds up small for travel and sets up quickly. Its mesh basket ensures great airflow, and optional attachments convert it into a grill or spit roaster too. Both its fire basket and legs are made from durable, heat-resistant 304 stainless steel. Comes with a roll-up storage bag too.

TACRAY Tiny Titanium Pen

TACRAY Tiny Titanium Pen
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A miniature take on bolt-action tactical pens, the TACRAY Mini Pen measures just 3.5″ long. It’s made from tough grade 5 titanium, and its grenade-inspired body provides a confident gripping texture. Perfect for a keychain, pendant, or hanging from a zipper pull.

Jack Daniel’s 2022 Coy Hill High Proof Whiskey

Jack Daniel’s 2022 Coy Hill High Proof Whiskey

Jack Daniel’s is offering up its 2022 Small Batch Special Release, a potent spirit that deserves small and measured sips. Blended from 55 over-proof barrels of last year’s single-barrel Coy Hill, the whiskey offers 76.6% ABV and a 153.2 proof. Available only at the White Rabbit Bottle Shop and select stores across Tennessee.

Best Mechanical Pencils 2022

Best Mechanical Pencils 2022

You might do most of your sketching on your phone or laptop these days, but ideas often flow more fluidly on paper. Mechanical pencils a great for their pen-like precision plus erasability. Our pals at Everyday Carry picked the 22 best models to choose from, with our favorite being the hexagonal-bodied Kaweco Special.

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Thor’s Hammer Meat Tenderizer

Thor’s Hammer Meat Tenderizer
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Pound meat into submission with Seven20’s officially-licensed Mjolnir meat tenderizer. This pint-sized version of Thor’s hammer has a stainless steel head with tenderizers on both sides and a silicone handle. Are you worthy of its power? Buy one (and a couple of steaks) and find out.

Zootility ST-2 Folding Knife

Zootility ST-2 Folding Knife
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This slimline folding pocket knife features a screwless design and is small enough to fit in the coin/condom pocket in your jeans. Its 2.2″ blade is protected by dual blade guards and is replaceable. The stainless steel tool also functions as a bottle opener and can tab opener.

Woodford Reserve x Williams Sonoma Spire Cocktail Mixer

Woodford Reserve x Williams Sonoma Spire Cocktail Mixer
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We love summertime Bourbon Sours and Old Fashioneds, so it’s no surprise that we’re in-Spire-d by the sweet-and-sour Spire cocktail created by Woodward Reserve Bourbon Whiskey. It’s a cinch when made with William Sonoma’s Spire mixer, a blend of tart cranberry and lemon juice, sweetened with simple syrup.

Utility Blade Kitchen Knife

Utility Blade Kitchen Knife

A properly sharpened kitchen knife can slice through just about any food, but a dull blade can’t even get through a tomato. Experimental Fun created a unique kitchen knife that uses replaceable utility blades instead of its own blade edge. Is it really necessary? No? But it certainly is unique.

Incra Bend Rules

Incra Bend Rules
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If you work with wood, you know how even a single inaccurate cut can ripple through your entire project. Incremental Tools precision metal rulers ensure you have the same measurements on the top and side of materials, thanks to their 90º bend and micro-fine marking holes. Available in 6″, 12″, and 18″ lengths.

Shark Bite Salt + Pepper Shakers

Shark Bite Salt + Pepper Shakers
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Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the table… This ceramic shark and leg salt and pepper set is a fun way to add a touch of whimsy to your dining room. It’s perfect for Shark Week dinner parties, and fans of Jaws, Sharknado, or Roboshark.

Kizen Collapsible Lantern

Kizen Collapsible Lantern
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Kizen’s compact LED lantern is perfect for campsites or anywhere you need a little extra light. It collapses down to about the size of a hockey puck and can run on solar or USB power, and its rechargeable battery can be used as a phone charger in an emergency. It comes in blue or yellow.

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TRX Pro4 Yoga Bundle

TRX Pro4 Yoga Bundle
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The TRX Pro4 Yoga Bundle is a 3-piece set with everything needed for better yoga practice. Its handled bands are a big help when moving from yoga pose to pose; the lines on the non-slip Suspension Training Mat gauge progress; and padded TRX Yoga Block support moves from Crescent Lunge to Camel.

Cocktail Courier Surf Kit

Cocktail Courier Surf Kit
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Surf’s up! Bottom’s up! Cocktail Courier dives into summer with a Surf Kit to make it easy to pack beach/lake/pool essentials. Inside are handpicked goodies from SoCal small businesses including YeahBah natural sunscreen, an Urban Beach House towel, margarita mix by Collins & Coupe, and a bottle of 100% agave Volcán Blanco.

Bote AeroRondak Chair

Bote AeroRondak Chair
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Drug store beach chairs don’t cut it when you can opt for a portable chair that’s this comfy and easy to pack. Similar to Bote’s Aero chair, the AeroRondak is an inflatable Adirondack-style chair (with tables in the armrests!) It can be carried like a backpack and inflates in minutes for camping, tailgating, boating, and lazing at the shore.

Smithey Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Smithey Cast Iron Dutch Oven
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Elevate your food game with the 5.5 quart Smithey Cast Iron Dutch Oven, a versatile lidded hero for slow-cooking, roasting, frying, baking, and mastering an open fire. Made in the USA, Smithey crafts heirloom-quality cookware that gets better over time, withstanding heavy-duty use and 700ºF temps without chipping or staining.

Making Furniture from Recycled Plastic

Making Furniture from Recycled Plastic

If you’ve visited a Costco lately, you might have seen some chairs made from Polywood, a durable material produced by chopping up and melting down plastic, then extruding it into a weight-bearing and weatherproof lumber for making furniture. Popular Mechanics takes us inside the Polywood factory to see how they do it.

Gerber E-Tool Folding Spade

Gerber E-Tool Folding Spade
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Thanks to its ability to fold down to just 9.37″ long, this shovel is perfect for camping and hiking. Gerber Gear’s stainless steel shovel head has a serrated edge to help dig through tough ground, turf, and even ice. Its shaft is made from anodized aluminum to help cut down on weight, keeping it to about 2 pounds.

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