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How To Cut A Goose Feather Into A Lovely Quill Pen

I’m not going to lie, I don’t really need to know how to cut and make a quill pen from a goose feather. No one does anymore. But! I was completely fascinated by the process of it. It’s funny how he uses both vintage tools (an 1800s era quill cutting knife) with modern technology (a NYC metro card!).


What Tactical Tomahawks Are For And How To Use One

From the Native Americans to Vietnam War soldiers, the venerable Tomahawk is finding new favour in this era of asymmetric warfare and, well, with the guys who prepare for battle when they go camping. This is what they’re for and how you can actually find a use for one.


Ryobi's New Accessories Turn Your Smartphone Into A Toolbox

It may never be able to slice through a 2×4 or mix cement, but your smartphone can still be a useful tool on a construction site with Ryobi’s new Phone Works accessories, which grant your device new capabilities while taking advantage of its large display.


Tools You Can (And Should!) Take On Planes

You needn’t sacrifice basic preparedness — for the outdoors, for fixing stuff or for first aid — just because you’re flying somewhere carry-on only. These are the tools you can take on planes, how to pack them and how to use them.


So You Want To Ride Your Motorcycle Around The World

Want to go the long way round? Or just find some forest trails and go motorcycle camping? This is where you get started.


Can A Single Knife Handle Every Bushcraft Job?

This new Vulture Equipment Works Cholera is described as an, “all mountain” blade. A knife you can use for everything from making a fire to butchering game. We beat on it everywhere from the beaches of Maui to the forests of British Columbia to find out if that claim is true.


Why Screws Tighten Clockwise

One of the six simple machines, a screw is nothing more than an inclined plane wrapped around a center pole. While today screws come in standard sizes, and typically are tightened by turning clockwise (and loosened by turning counterclockwise), this is a recent invention. A great example of how things that seem simple can be really hard to do right, the development of the predicable system we enjoy today took 2000 years to invent.


A Nut-Cracking Hammer That Stops Shell Shrapnel

Although the nutcracker seems like an outdated piece of technology given you can buy nuts with the shells already removed, a small chunk of the population seems to still prefer doing it themselves. So nutcracker makers keep plying their trade, coming up with better and better designs, like this satisfying hammer that prevents shattered shells from becoming dangerous projectiles.


Make Meals From Scratch Using This Turntable Grater

There are some that believe that even cracking a smile in the kitchen is an insult to the culinary arts. For the rest of us, the internet’s a treasure trove of fun, but often useless, gadgets for the kitchen. This DJ Grater manages to be both whimsical and useful, letting you grate cheese like you were spinning on the wheels of steel, and even perfectly portion pasta.


A 209km/h Leaf Blower Can Blast Yard Debris Into The Next Neighbourhood

What Dyson’s vacuums are to sucking up dirt in your home, Troy-Bilt’s new TB2MB Jet Leaf Blower is to blasting debris — and possibly toddlers — off your driveway. Using a specially engineered mixed-flow fan, it’s able to generate wind speeds up to 209km/h, which will send leaves, dirt and other crap you don’t feel like picking up flying off your property.


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