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Victorinox Fibrox 8-Inch Chef’s Knife

I’m at the point in my cooking “education” (part self-taught, part watching a lot of YouTube videos) where I’m starting to get fed up with my cheap knife set. Several of the knives are on their way out or were … (More)

Mehaz 660 Professional Nail Clippers

We mention a lot of fancy gadgets and whatnot around here, but sometimes it’s good to think about the little things, like personal grooming. A common mistake I see people making is not taking care of the appearance of their … (More)

Rancilio Silvia V3 Espresso Machine

For serious coffee fanatics, having an espresso machine at home can certainly be an expensive affair. Most of us aren’t world champion baristas though, and prefer not to break the bank to get our fix. The Rancilio Silvia V3 is … (More)

Amazon Dash

Another Amazon gadget? This is getting weird. Amazon Dash is a supplementary device for members of the AmazonFresh delivery service (currently only available in certain zip codes of San Francisco, Southern California, and Seattle). It’s a neat way to shop … (More)

Amazon Fire TV

Fire TV is Amazon’s new $99 media-streaming and gaming box for HDTVs. Like its competitors—such as the Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku—Fire TV can stream from a number of services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube, Pandora, and … (More)

StandDesk

Research has shown that sitting at a desk all day is terrible for our health, well-being, productivity, and even life expectancy. Standing desks—especially those that adjust between sitting and standing positions—are a good way to counteract the negative effects of … (More)

Mercer Hell’s Handle Fish Spatula

As I’ve mentioned in the past, the best tool in my kitchen is my cast iron skillet. My cheap metal spatula kind of sucks though, so I’ve been on the lookout for something better. Thankfully, The Sweethome did the leg … (More)

Safety 1st Finger Pinch Preventer

This is one of those things I wish I’d known about sooner. My 2yo son has a habit of closing house doors a little too roughly, and this whole time we could’ve been using the Safety 1st Finger Pinch Preventer … (More)

‘The Display’ — Pen and Notebook Holder

Mike Dudek, the guy who writes about pens over at The Clicky Post, also handcrafts some very nice pen-and-notebook holders. My favorite of the bunch is called ‘The Display’, because it displays your pens nicely (up to 5) and also … (More)

Down and Out TV Mount

An HDTV wall mount can be a nice thing to have. It helps clear up space normally taken up by an entertainment center, and depending on where you mount it, there’s an added bonus of keeping your TV out of … (More)

Opening Lines of Notable Novels — Print

Here’s one for the book nerds out there. This upcoming print, titled A Diagrammatical Dissertation on Opening Lines of Notable Novels, is exactly what it sounds like: a diagram of opening lines in famous books. Examples include: Fahrenheit 451, Moby … (More)

David Foster Wallace on Leadership — Print

This Friday—February 21, 2014—would have been the 52nd birthday of one of my favorite essayists, David Foster Wallace. To celebrate the occasion, designer Debbie Millman teamed up with Brain Pickings to capture a passage he wrote about leadership, both in … (More)

Zojirushi NS-TSC10 Rice Cooker

Sometimes there’s just nothing better than a simple bowl of steaming, slightly sweet, slightly sticky, Japanese-style short grain rice. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it. It’s possible to make this stuff in a standard stovetop pot (and I have), … (More)

NeuYear 2014 Calendar

Yes, we’re a full week into 2014, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to get the 2014 edition of the NeuYear Calendar (27″x39″). This is a great calendar to hang in just about any workspace, since it can be … (More)

Lodge’s Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillets

If you ask me, no kitchen is complete without at least one cast iron skillet around — they just cook food so perfectly and only get better with age. The one I own used to belong to my grandma and … (More)

Simplehuman Wall-Mountable Grocery Bag Dispenser

I don’t know about you guys, but in my household we tend to accumulate a lot of plastic grocery bags. We rarely just throw them away after grocery trips because they often come in handy later, so there’s a big … (More)

MK1 Transforming Coffee Table

Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve had a love for all things Transformers. I don’t play with those kinds of toys much these days but the MK1 Transforming Coffee Table, which easily changes from coffee table to dining … (More)

Gravitas Lightning Dock

The Gravitas is an upcoming dock for iPhone and iPad that promises to be extremely stable even for one-handed docking and undocking. At first glance, it looks like it would be made of lightweight aluminum, but it’s actually a much … (More)

Ratio Eight Coffee Machine

If there’s one thing we at Tools & Toys (and many of our readers) are not in need of, it’s another coffee-making contraption. I mean, the lot of us are nearly full-on baristas at this point. But this beautiful, upcoming … (More)

Baxter of California Shaving Kit

I recently linked to a shave kit that was really only missing one key item: a razor of some kind. Now I’ve come across the Baxter of California Shaving Kit, which has a double-sided safety razor, as well as a … (More)

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