Are you looking for Black Friday door-crashers and ‘mind-blowing-one-day-only!’ gear and garb? You won’t find that here. But checkout these 5 badass things for dudes as we head into the busy 2016 holiday season. Including the Benchmade Titanium 765 pocket knife by Shinola, the three-person propelled Ortega Mk. 1C Personal Sub vessel, the latest watch by Tudor, a stealthy backpack by Heimplanet, and when you’re finally home and time to chill, the Stormtrooper Decanter & Shot Glass that belongs on your mantle for the Star Wars nerds and non-fans alike.
Shinola x Benchmade Titanium 765 Pocket Knife
Without William Gregor and to a lesser extent Martin Heinrich Klaproth, Shinola’s second collaboration with Benchmade wouldn’t have been possible. If you don’t know the aforementioned men, you don’t know your sixteenth century metallurgy. Here’s a hint, atomic number 22. Shinola started with Benchmade’s 765 Mini Ti Monolock Titanium pocket knife and upgraded the sh*t (no pun intended) out of it. The base Ti of the stock knife gives way to an exclusive colorway in a black diamond-like carbon coating with extreme abrasion resistance. Maintaining the slim 765 design, the super strong, corrosion resistance knife features orange anodized spacers and thumb stud. Its drop point M390 steel blade is discreetly labeled Shinola and has the Shinola Detroit logo on the reversible clip and their signature lightning bolt on the butt of the knife. With a blade length of 3.24-inches and closed length of 4.22-inches, and weighing in at a touch over 3 ounces, this opener’s bearing washers make the action crisp, clean and all Benchmade. More here.
Find it at Shinola – $400 USD
Ortega Mk. 1C Personal Submarine
Designed to be slim, sleek, and hydrodynamic, the Ortega Mk. 1C Personal Submarine works just as well above or below water level. This unique three-person vessel is propelled by twin high power electric motors to speeds of up to 9 knots at the surface and 11 knots submersed. It’s got no canopy so you’ll need to be ready to get wet — preferably with a wetsuit — but the sub does provide on-board breathing apparatus, 250 litres of cargo space, and a heads-up display complete with navigation systems. Its 80 nautical mile range is impressive, as is the ability to jump in and out of the craft while underwater for touching, not just looking at, the plants and animals deep below the sea. More here.
Check it out at Ortega – $TBA
Tudor Pelagos LHD
The odds you’re in the market for a premium left-handed diver are likely slim, but on the off chance that you are you’ll absolutely love the Tudor Pelagos LHD, short for Left Hand Drive. The all-titanium watch features a winding stem that’s positioned on the left side of the case that allows for wearing on the right wrist and, on the other side, a helium escape valve that enables (and guarantees) depths as great as 500 meters. Powering the Pelagos LHD is Tudor’s automatic in-house MT5612 movement with a 70 hour power reserve that’ll keep on ticking even if you don’t wear your watch on weekends. Also of note is beige luminescent markings on the hands, hour markers, and bezel, plus a titanium bracelet with an auto-adjustable buckle that can be set to automatically shrink as your neoprene wetsuit is compressed at greater depths and then expand as you make your way to the surface. More here.
Learn more at Tudor – $4,770 USD
Heimplanet Motion Backpack
Heimplanet takes a different approach at design — just have a look at their first tent. The Heimplanet Motion Backpack series is not much different. Devoid of the plethora of hanging straps on most backpacks, both the Motion Arc and larger Ellipse (shown) maintain a clean facade by hiding away most functional elements until called upon. The 20-litre arc is small and streamlined, with several stretchable pockets and compartments as well as 3D molded padding that reduces the pack’s contact with your back. At 25 litres the Ellipse boasts a larger main compartment and added side compression straps. Both bags also feature hip belts with pockets and sternum straps, fleece-lined compartments for notebook computers (that also work with hydration systems), and a wedge-shaped silhouette that naturally distributes weight close by and between your shoulders. More here.
Learn more at Kickstarter – roughly $105 to $115 USD
Stormtrooper Decanter & Shot Glass
Color accuracy would dictate you fill them with milk. Still, some sort of spirit would be a far better fit for either the Stormtrooper Decanter or Stormtrooper Shot Glass. Both are based on the authentic and original Stormtrooper helmet molds created by Andrew Ainsworth back in 1976 when his industrial design studio was commissioned to make props for a then unknown sci-fi movie. The Super Flint Glass decanter boasts a 750ml capacity while the shot glass actually holds far more than a standard shot at 150ml (a touch over 5 fluid ounces). If Imperial troops use these to throw back then that explains their aim. More here.
Find them at The Fowndry – roughly $15 (shot) to $28 (decanter) USD