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Brass Crab Pen Holder

Brass Crab Pen Holder
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This brass desktop accessory from Coppertist.Wu looks like a tiny crab. Its claws are designed to hold pens, eyeglasses, or a pocket knife. Plus, its back is sloped at just the right angle to hold a phone. Like Coppertist’s other items, it’s incredibly detailed, and it even has .925 sterling silver eyes that wobble around like a real crab.

Metal Building Bricks

Metal Building Bricks
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Ordinary LEGO bricks are made from molded plastic. For something with more substance, check out these cool metal building blocks from ScrappersOutpost. The CNC-machined bricks interlock just like the real deal too. They come in aluminum, brass, or copper, and there are discounts for buying multiples. They also make a keychain version.

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No.2 Brass Pencil

No.2 Brass Pencil
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Israel Conder makes a number of pointy tools that can be used as marlinspikes, awls, or for self-defense. Our favorite is this one that looks like a No. 2 pencil. Each handmade pencil features a brass body, a titanium tip, an aluminum ferrule, and an eraser made from pink anodized titanium or red G-10. It’s available in three lengths and includes a Kydex sheath.

Making a Pigeon Gear Clock

Making a Pigeon Gear Clock

Artist Uri Tuchman had a wacky idea – to make a metal gear with teeth shaped like little pigeons. After cutting dozens of tiny birds using a pantograph for tracing, he cut a matching gear and assembled them with a pendulum and other parts to create an analog “clock” mechanism. It doesn’t accurately tell time, but it’s a cool piece of kinetic art.

Ridge Brass Collection

Ridge Brass Collection
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Accessory maker Ridge is offering some of their most popular items in real brass. The stonewashed brass collection includes a classic Ridge wallet, a bolt-action pen, a key organizer, and an Everyday Carry combo kit that includes all three. Pair them up with a valet tray to keep them organized and ready to go.

Barebones Pivot Arc Lighter

Barebones Pivot Arc Lighter
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This electric plasma arc lighter stands out from the crowd with a metal case and a fold-out arm to extend its reach. Powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, it sparks fires using an arc of electric plasma. Its case is made from die-cast zinc and tumbled brass, and it offers about 280 seconds of arc time per charge.

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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Playing the Cornu de Pompeii

Playing the Cornu de Pompeii

We’ve seen alot of unusual instruments, but this is the first time we’ve come across the Cornu de Pompeii. Evidence of this G-shaped horn were found in the ruins of Pompeii, and María Ruíz and Abraham Cupeiro built a replica of it so we could hear what it might have sounded like. Listen to more here.

MecArmy Mini Compasses

MecArmy Mini Compasses
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MecArmy’s miniature compass is small enough to wear as a pendant, on your keychain, or attached to a bag. It features a high-sensitivity movement with an anti-magnetic bearing and glow-in-the-dark markings and comes in copper, brass, or TC4 titanium for $10 extra. Measures 1.48″ L x 0.925″ W x 0.51″ H.

Sousaphone Light Show

Sousaphone Light Show

Brass instruments like the tuba and its smaller brother, the sousaphone, make some of the best sounds in a marching band. John Baylies, aka Sousasteps, upgraded his sousaphone in two ways: it controls a synthesizer, so it sounds like an electronic didgeridoo, and its bell is packed with LEDs that change in sync with the music.

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.

Playing 111 Instruments in 111 Seconds

Playing 111 Instruments in 111 Seconds

Luke from Instrument Maniac bests his 91 instrument performance, with 20 additional ways to play music. This, the snippets connect into a single song rather than just playing the same lick repeatedly. For a real challenge, try naming as many instruments as you can with your eyes closed.

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How Trumpets Are Made

How Trumpets Are Made

Take a look inside the Vincent Bach factory, where they handcraft premium brass instruments. In this video, you’ll see craftspeople transform stamped sheets of brass into a variety of precision trumpets for professional musicians. Along the way, you’ll learn about how a trumpet works, too.

Ruyi Stick Pen Multitool

Ruyi Stick Pen Multitool

This pen-style multitool combines five useful functions in one: a hobby knife, a flashlight, a touchscreen stylus, a glass-breaking tool, and, of course, a ballpoint pen. Each of its brass modules screws together between its engraved endcaps to represent the golden band of Ruyi, a Chinese symbol of good fortune and prosperity.

Traveler’s Company Brass Pencil Holder

Traveler’s Company Brass Pencil Holder
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This unique piece from Japan’s Traveler’s Company provides a cozy home for a pencil in your pocket. Inside its brass outer sleeve and underneath its cap, you’ll find a stubby wooden pencil. Both the pencil and eraser are replaceable with refill packs, and the unplated brass will develop a delightful patina over time.

Making a Brass Mechanical Dice Spinner

Making a Brass Mechanical Dice Spinner

W&M Levsha shows how they made a cool gizmo that takes the place of a 6-sided die. The brass gadget is about the size of a pocket watch and has a lever that spins a flywheel that’s engraved with six dice faces. When the lever pops up place, a mechanism stops the wheel to reveal a random number.

Lynx Bullet 6-Sided Dice

Lynx Bullet 6-Sided Dice
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Lynx makes all kinds of cool accessories for tabletop gaming. Among our favorites are these D6 dice that look like bullets. They’re cast from 100% brass with a baked-in copper tip. They’re designed to roll evenly on their six sides, but we think you should earn bonus points for landing one on its flat rear end. Sold in a six-pack with a metal storage box.

Flamethrower Tuba

Flamethrower Tuba

There’s nothing inherently dangerous about playing a tuba. Sure, you might run out of breath, but that’s about it. YouTuber and maker MasterMilo has created the most dangerous brass instrument we’ve ever seen. His flamethrower tuba is powered by a chainsaw engine and spews a stream of flaming propane out of its bell.

Penato Knife

Penato Knife
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Yoshiharu Hamono’s Penato Knife gets its name from its carbon steel blade’s pennant-like shape. It comes with a brass body and sheath, so you’ll be happy to leave it on your desk or shelf even when you’re not using it.

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.

Talon Ice Tongs

Talon Ice Tongs
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Do the chickens have large talons? We’re not sure, Napoleon. But these tongs sure do, and their mighty metal claws will hold onto your ice cubes like a bird with its prey. They’re made from antique brass-plated stainless steel and measure 7-7/8″ long.

Craighill Kepler Pen

Craighill Kepler Pen
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We love the smooth looks of Craighill’s latest writing instrument. Its all-metal body features an undulating ripple pattern with gradually larger waves as you move from its tip to its tail. There’s a reassuring clicker mechanism and it takes off-the-shelf Schmidt 635 refills. Comes in brass, stainless steel, or PVD black stainless.

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.

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