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Awesome Brass

Brass Rattlesnake Pen Holder

Brass Rattlesnake Pen Holder
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Looking for a pen holder to go with your cobra phone stand? The artisans at Coppertist.wu also make a pen holder that looks like a rattlesnake. The brass snake is incredibly detailed tactile scales along its entire body, inlaid black zircon eyes, and a .925 sterling silver tail tip. Its mouth doubles as an incense holder.

Calder Brass Pen

Calder Brass Pen
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This hexagonal brass pen from Minimal and Stoberi offers the perfect combination of minimalism and timeless design. The pen’s shape keeps it from rolling, while its metal construction provides substance and durability. Its threaded cap matches the hex shape, concealing its purpose until needed.

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Brass Cobra Phone Stand

Brass Cobra Phone Stand
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The king cobra is the world’s longest venomous snake – and one of the most intimidating. This small, but imposing brass cobra from Coppertist.wu will hold your phone and keep watch over your desk. Every detail is present in the casting, and hand-set zircon eyes bring it to life. It measures 3.76″ high and weighs 8 oz.

Joy to the World Brass Quintet

Joy to the World Brass Quintet

Kick off the holidays with this jolly brass arrangement of Joy to the World, performed on two trumpets, solo horn, flugelhorn, and soprano trombone by musician Seb Skelly. His brass cover of Elton John’s Step Into Christmas belongs on your holiday party playlist too.

Scorpion Bottle Opener

Scorpion Bottle Opener
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Coppertist.Wu’s brass bottle opener gives you the rare opportunity to hold a scorpion in your hand without the risk of getting stung. The design is based on the deadly Brazilian yellow scorpion and is incredibly detailed, down to the critter’s leg joints, pincers, and terrifying tail stinger.

The Phil Keychain Screwdriver

The Phil Keychain Screwdriver
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Most pocket-sized screwdrivers are too short to provide meaningful leverage. But Silver Fox Tool’s handmade EDC screwdriver is about 3.5″ long so you can grab it with your whole hand. It’s made from brass and stainless steel, and comes with a leather strap. It has on-board storage for two bits, and knurling for extra grip.

Let’s Dance: Brass Edition

Let’s Dance: Brass Edition

Musician Seb Skelly is known for his original brass arrangements of popular songs. In all the years we’ve been following him, this is the first time we’ve heard him take on a David Bowie track. So put on your red shoes and dance the blues to his excellent cover of Bowie’s 1983 hit track Let’s Dance.

Two Brass Monkeys Puzzles

Two Brass Monkeys Puzzles
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UK artists Two Brass Monkeys make wonderfully challenging sculptural puzzles from brass and stainless steel. Among their tricky designs are the spherical Gob Stopper, the hexagonal Joy of Hex, and log-shaped Pygmy and Marmoset. Each one will flex your brain as you attempt to separate and put together their geometry.

Making a Rectangular Les Paul Guitar

Making a Rectangular Les Paul Guitar

For the 2022 Great Guitar Build Off, artist Uri Tuchman set out to create a unique musical instrument that looks like the iconic Les Paul electric guitar, but it’s emerging from a solid rectangle of wood. In keeping with the motif, he made custom square brass knobs for the dials. We love the engraved details on the pick guard too.

Whack-It Brass Mini Hammer

Whack-It Brass Mini Hammer
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This brass mini hammer from Barnett Prototyping is designed for tapping in nails in tight places where an ordinary hammer and handle won’t fit. It’s especially useful for things like pushing in cable staples along a baseboard, and also works as a nutcracker. Comes in 1.5″ long x 3/4″ diameter and 2″ long x 1″ diameter sizes.

Everywhere on Brass

Everywhere on Brass

Get your day started right with this warm and enveloping arrangement of Fleetwood Mac’s 1987 hit track Everywhere performed by the always entertaining Seb Skelly on five brass instruments. Need more brass to wake up? Try a dose of Killer Queen.

Sousaphone Saber Duel

Sousaphone Saber Duel

Here’s a silly video that reminds us of the simpler days of the internet. A couple of University of Wisconsin sousaphone players realized their brass instruments make a sound that’s a whole lot like the lightsabers from Star Wars, so they staged a duel. We loved the guy who chimed in with, “why are you filming vertically?”

MecArmy TPX8 Tactical Pen

MecArmy TPX8 Tactical Pen
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This premium tactical pen features a bolt-action mechanism and a built-in D-ring for attaching to a key ring, a carabiner, or a lanyard. It takes an off-the-shelf LAMY M22 refill and is available in machined titanium or brass. Its top has six slots for DIY installation of 1.5x6mm tritium glow vials.

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Brass Cloth Capsule

Brass Cloth Capsule
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Eyeglass wearers know it’s important to carry a cleaning cloth to keep lenses clear and scratch-free. This handsome brass capsule from Banton Frameworks is perfectly-sized to hold a microfiber lens cloth, and includes a custom printed cloth with a giant eyeball on it. It’s also available in stainless steel.

Casting a Giant Fidget Spinner

Casting a Giant Fidget Spinner

A regular fidget spinner is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. BigWR made a super-size spinner that needs two hands to lift. He started by cutting a foam template which he used to make a sand cast, then filled it with molten brass. After removing the casting, he cut and finished it before adding those big ball bearings.

Higo no Kami Brass Pocket Knives

Higo no Kami Brass Pocket Knives
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Handmade in Japan’s Nagao Kanekoma factory, these pocket folders have a Wharncliffe blade made from Warikomi steel, wrapped in a satin brass handle, and comes in three sizes. The simple design and antique style have been passed down through five generations over 125 years. It also comes in satin black.

Making a Brass Pea Whistle

Making a Brass Pea Whistle

A traditional brass whistle seems like a very simple device, but as Pask Makes shows us, it takes time, skill, and precision to build one from scratch. He built the body of the whistle by cutting and bending a sheet of brass, then soldering on its top shell to eliminate air gaps. It took some trial and error to get it to make a sound.

Craighill Eyewear Stand

Craighill Eyewear Stand
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If you’re like us, we need to take our glasses off to work on the computer screen. You could leave your eyeglasses on the desk to get scratched up, or you could place them on one of Craighill’s handsome metal eyewear stands. They hold any kind of glasses and come in cast brass or stainless steel.

Everybody Wants to Rule the Tuba

Everybody Wants to Rule the Tuba

Some songs lend themselves particularly well to being played on brass instruments. Musician Seb Skelly shows us just that with his wonderful arrangement and performance of the Tears for Fears track Everybody Wants to Rule the World, another track which reminds us just how great a decade the 1980s were for music.

Titaner Titanium EDC Ruler

Titaner Titanium EDC Ruler
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This high-end metric ruler features a caliper design with a sliding pointer and a lock wheel. Its center is decorated with a tactile brass grille which provides grip when sliding. Thanks to its durable titanium construction, its caliper can also be used as an open-ended wrench.

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ReyLight LAN V3 Brass Flashlight

ReyLight LAN V3 Brass Flashlight
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This substantial machined brass flashlight features a high-CRI Nichia LED that outputs a natural white 4000K beam. Its tail cap has cutouts that can hold up to 16 tritium vials (not included) for a glow effect. With a standard AA battery, the light outputs 130 lumens, while a 14500 battery cranks that up to 470 lumens.

30° Ruler Brass Edition

30° Ruler Brass Edition

The 30° Ruler now comes in solid brass. Like its aluminum brother, it offers a sloped shape for easy reading and laser-accurate tick marks. Each one comes with inch and centimeter marks on opposite sides. Available in three sizes: 6 in/15 cm, 8 in/20 cm, and 12 in/30 cm.

Gaslight Glowing Key Fob

Gaslight Glowing Key Fob
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GambleMade’s keychain accessory serves one purpose only – to glow in the dark. Oh, and it looks cool too. The handmade metal key fob packs a phosphorescent center that charges up in the sun or a light bulb. It comes in titanium or a copper/brass combo with a green or aqua blue glow.

Høvel Pencil Sharpener

Høvel Pencil Sharpener
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Makers Cabinet makes the fanciest pencil sharpener we’ve laid eyes on, and we want one. Made from solid brass with a carbon steel blade, the Høvel planes the tip of pencils to a precision point. Instead of twisting pencils, its flat blade action reduces broken leads. Upgrades include a walnut base and an Italian leather sheath.

Makers Cabinet Iris

Makers Cabinet Iris
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This elegant drawing tool deserves a place on your desktop, not hidden away in a drawer. The brass and steel tool adjusts to create and measure circles from 3 to 70 mm in diameter and includes a walnut insert for centering. We also love their brass Stria folding ruler. (Thanks Richard!)

I Will Survive on Horns

I Will Survive on Horns

Cake already proved that the Gloria Gaynor track I Will Survive could do quite well with the addition of a trumpet. NYC bands Too Many Zooz, Lucky Chops, and the High & Mighty Brass Band teamed up to perform the disco classic primarily on brass instruments, and it sounds pretty stellar.

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