Over the last couple of weeks we’ve been reviewing dress socks. Next week, we’ll add to the category with our review of Smartwool Heathered Rib socks.
This weekend video is a Smartwool preview showing one of the company’s two American sock-manufacturing facilities.
I recently decided that my current messenger bag isn’t big enough to carry most of the stuff I need with me in the day, and my wife realized she was tired of carrying everything in a gigantic purse. So we are excitedly in the middle of designing and ordering new Timbuk2 bags!
The materials are sourced from Asia in pre-cut fabric panels, but then they are custom made-to-order in San Francisco.
Note that for the most part only the customized bags are made here in the US. Everything else (like the bags you’ll come across at the store) are assembled in Asia.
A few weeks ago, we featured Flint and Tinder’s 10-Year Hoodie as our weekend video. If you haven’t bought one yet, time is running out! You only have a week left to join the 8,000 people who are looking for an 100% American-made hoodie.
This week, we’re bringing you the video that started Flint and Tinder. Their first product was another Kickstarter project funded in May of 2012, premium men’s underwear. The products are now for sale on their website, but this is the video that raised them nearly $300,000 and “kickstarted” their company.
Instead of just a Weekend Video this week, I’d like to share some of the cool products from Pearce Knives that I came across via Uncrate a few days ago.
As you can see from the main picture, Pearce Knives applies traditional knife-making techniques to salvaged pieces of metal to make super-unique works of art.
Here’s the summary from the Pearce Knives site:
Logan Pearce is a third generation knifemaker. He was taught how to make knives by his grandfather, Perry Pearce. Perry Pearce made knives for over 25 years. He specialized in making knives out of everyday objects like wrenches, rebar, and mainly railroad spikes. Perry was widely known for making railroad spike knives. In 1993 it was named the Silver Spike and put on the front cover of Edge Catalog. After Perry Pearce passed away, Logan continued on the work of his grandfather, even though the rest of his family decided to no longer make knives. Logan forges all of his knives out in the traditional manner of heating up the metal to high temperatures in a coal fire or gas forge and beating them into shape with a hammer.
Logan continues to sell the railroad spike knives all over the world. The railroad spike knives are carried in over half a dozen catalogs, multiple railroad shoppes, and knife dealers. Some of the most notable are Schrader’s Railroad Catalog and the world’s largest scenic railroad; White Pass & Yukon Route in Alaska.
And because it is weekend video after all, here’s also a video of how they forge the knives: