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Flipo Flip Kinetic Toy

Flipo Flip Kinetic Toy

Machined from a solid hunk of aluminum or brass, the Flipo Flip offers a unique take on the desktop fidget toy. This metal plaything is designed to feel great in the hand, and is perfectly weighted for flipping, spinning, and manipulation with your fingers. Available in hexagonal and square designs.

The Brass Pretender

The Brass Pretender

Musician Seb Skelly arranged and performed this energetic cover version of Foo Fighters’ 2007 hit The Pretender, with melody and harmonies played on trumpet, solo horn, trombone, and flugelhorn, with his pal Jordan keeping rhythm on drums.

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Shiny Stubby Fat Pens

Shiny Stubby Fat Pens

From the Truth in Advertising Department, machinist Brian Howey’s shiny, stubby, and fat metal pens have a clean, minimal look to them, and measure just 4-3/4″ long. They come in various combinations of aluminum, brass, and copper, and can be optioned out with a matching leather case from UpState Handmade.

Smootherpro Hex Bolt Pen

Smootherpro Hex Bolt Pen
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A bargain-priced bolt-action pen, CNC machined from brass, and featuring a hexagonal body to prevent rolling off of your desktop. Available in natural brass, or antique bronze finishes, and accepts easily-found refills from Parker, Fisher and Schneider.

Cleankey Antimicrobial Hand Tool

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KeySmart hops on the personal safety bandwagon with their version of a remote touch tool. The Cleankey puts distance between your fingertips and public surfaces using germ-resistant brass. It can push buttons, pull levers, and open door handles without touching them. Save 33% on this 3-pack in The Awesomer Shop.

Family Peacemaker

Family Peacemaker
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A classy alternative to drawing straws, this brass cylinder comes with 10 metal pegs, each engraved with a number. When you need to decide who’s going first in a board game or any other activity, you simply draw pegs to determine the order. It’s funny to us that it resembles a revolver cylinder.

Craighill Brass Desk Knife

Craighill Brass Desk Knife
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This minimal brass utility knife features a design inspired by Japanese kiridashi blades. It’s perfect for opening packaging, letters, or scoring materials. Cut from a solid brass rod, it measures 5.25″ long, and weighs 4.5 oz. A concrete plinth stand can be added for $35 extra. Available for a limited time from Drop.

The Golden Rule(r)

The Golden Rule(r)
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Sicoli’s wallet-sized card is great for designers, architects, artists, and engineers. The solid brass card features rulers along its edges, as well as guides for drawing circles and arcs, as well as measuring angles, all presented in a design inspired by the Golden Spiral.

StatGear Hygiene Hand

StatGear Hygiene Hand

Designed by a retired NY City paramedic, StatGear’s Hygiene Hand is a keychain-sized tool you can use to push buttons and open doors without touching them with your hand. It’s made from solid brass, which is an inherently antimicrobial metal. They hope to start shipping as soon as May 2020.

Bosun’s Edge Knife

Bosun’s Edge Knife

Oceanus Brass presents a knife with a great, nautically-inspired design. Its retractable and replaceable scalpel-style blade holds firmly in place with a thumbscrew, and its rear offes a bow-shackle attachment point, like the ones used to fasten lines on ships.

9 to 5 by 5

9 to 5 by 5

Coffee not kicked in yet? Get your day started on the right foot with this energetic all-brass cover version of Dolly Parton’s 1980 hit 9 to 5, performed in five parts by musician Seb Skelly. It’s basically like this one guy is an entire Dixieland marching band. Sheet music available here.

Solid Brass Money Clip

Solid Brass Money Clip
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While credit and debit cards are the norm these days, it’s still good to carry a little cash all the time. These hand-bent brass money clips from Maxx & Unicorn are rugged and look better with age. Choose from black oxide or brass finishes.

Sabotage: Brass Edition

Sabotage: Brass Edition

Brass Against presents another amazing rock cover track – an appropriately loud and brutish take on Beastie Boys’ 1994 classic Sabotage, led off by the vocals of Sophia Urista, and just the right amount of chaos.

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Helico Fidget Toy

Helico Fidget Toy

This unique spin on fidget toys uses helical gears, each with a herringbone pattern than allows them to interlock. Each set comes with a pair of machined brass and aluminum gears, which not only roll against each other, but can attach and spin on their sides thanks to strong neodymium magnets.

XENO K1 Cu Flashlight

XENO K1 Cu Flashlight
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Specode’s elegant keychain flashlight resembles a chunky dog tag, and is made from real brass. It packs a 60-lumen CREE XP-G2 LED light source, and is rechargeable via its MicroUSB port. Also available in aluminum.

Machining Metal Pens

Machining Metal Pens

Artist Ilia Gyrevich makes unique and functional objects by machining metal. In this video, he shows off how he creates his EDC pens from brass rods, as the metal shavings fly forth in a most satisfying manner. You can buy his wares from the MachinedGift Etsy shop.

Don’t Stop Me Now: Brass Edition

Don’t Stop Me Now: Brass Edition

Musician and arranger Seb Skelly presents a wonderful one-man performance of Queen’s energetic and uplifting 1978 track Don’t Stop Me Now, played on horn, tuba, trombone, and a pair of trumpets. Feeling ambitious? Grab the sheet music here.

phi-Ruler

phi-Ruler

Designed by philosophy professor Foad Dizadji-Bahmani, the phi-Ruler is an elegant and modern work of functional art. Crafted from 1mm thick solid brass, it has 1″ and 1cm spaced holes in its center for drawing perpendicular lines, arcs, circles, and marks for drawing Golden Rectangles.

Building a Brass and Leather PC

Building a Brass and Leather PC

Today’s computers and gadgets are built from molded plastics and precision-cut metals, while vintage objects had so much character because of their use materials that can be imperfect. DIY Perks decided to build himself a unique PC that looks amazing because of its use of more traditional materials.

The Tycho Puzzle

The Tycho Puzzle

Craighill’s small, but substantial puzzle is made from four identical pieces of brass and four identical pieces of stainless steel, each precisely machined for an exacting fit. Once assembled, the finished piece is a beautiful, sculptural object to display on your desktop.

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Making a Gold Playing Card Press

Making a Gold Playing Card Press

Metalsmith and watchmaker Clickspring created this incredible 24k gold-plated card press for puzzle collector Chris Ramsay. The process of meticulously milling, cutting, and engraving each part is just as fascinating as the piece itself. Those snake pieces alone are stunning.

Mountain Song: Brass Edition

Mountain Song: Brass Edition

The consistently awesome collective known as Brass Against cranks out another rollicking cover, this time taking on Jane’s Addiction’s 1988 track Mountain Song, this time lead by the ferociously soulful vocal talents of Maya Azucena.

Super Cache

Super Cache

Not to be confused with the popular WordPress plugin of the same name, Vital Carry’s Super Cache is the perfect keychain accessory, offering a safe home for pills, matches, or other small objects, with two bonuses: 1) it’s got a built-in match striker, and 2) it doubles as a Sharpie Mini holder. In Titanium, Copper, Brass, or Aluminum.

How Trumpets Are Made

How Trumpets Are Made

Take an inside look at the Vincent Bach factory, where they handcraft premium brass instruments. In this clip, watch as 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.

Sturdie Sharpie Marker Case

Sturdie Sharpie Marker Case

A smaller and slimmer version of the Tactical Marker metal Sharpie case. The Sturdie is meant to house the ink core of a Sharpie, so you get practically the same size and shape as the marker’s original body. It comes in titanium, aluminum, brass or copper.

99 Brass Balloons

99 Brass Balloons

Everyone’s a super hero… everyone’s a Captain Kirk. ’80s kids will get a kick out of musician Seb Skelly’s all-brass rendition of Nena’s bi-lingual hit track 99 Luftballoons aka 99 Red Balloons here in the states.

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