These beautiful knives and sheaths by Voss Cutelaria Artesanal look ready for a Teddy Roosevelt style adventure through the Amazonian jungle.
Voss Cutelaria Artesanal is run by Brazilian knife maker and backcountry enthusiast João Alexandre Voss. His knives are crafted from carbon steel and are custom designed to perform very specific functions. From lopping through thick brush, cutting wire fences, or filleting a fish, Voss Cutelaria Artesanal has a particular knife that’s ready for the job.
While Mr. Voss is an excellent knife maker, he’s lousy at designing websites. So if you’re having trouble navigating his site or would like to make a purchase, we suggest emailing him directly at email@example.com
Like shooting stars in the night sky, we are all just streaks of light. Photographer Terence Chang captures the essence of air travel with these beautifully shot long exposures of planes taking off and landing at San Francisco International Airport.
Have you ever been pedaling down the road in your spandex bib shorts, high-visibility racing jersey, yak skin clipless shoes, and cycling cap and thought to yourself: “You know, I wonder how could I look more ridiculous?” Well, the answer is the 4StrikeBike.
The 4StrikeBike was designed by the Dutch firm TSG Essempio and features handlebars that double as an extra set of pedals. The hand pedals can be fixed upright when navigating city traffic or, when crossing longer distance, can be engaged to provide additional arm-flailing power.
Retired Dutch surgeon Lex van Stekelenburg came up with the idea after developing issues with his lower back. Allegedly the 4StrikeBike easing back pain by distributing body weight more naturally than a conventional bicycle. We thought this issue was addressed with the recumbent bicycle, but evidently not.
So if you if ever though it would be nice to take the Elliptical machine out on the road, then the 4Strike Bike is the chariot for you.
The Hydroptere, the world’s fastest sailboat, will attempt to achieve one of the greatest feats in the sailing world by breaking the Transpacific speed record this June.
The state-of-the-art vessel has been dubbed ‘the flying boat’ as it combines technology from both the aeronautic and hydrodynamic schools of design. French yachtsman and lead designer Alain Thébault will helm the craft on its the record-breaking attempt from Los Angeles to Honolulu. The record is currently held by another French team who completed the 2,215-mile journey in five days and nine hours in July 1997.
The Hydroptere is able to achieve phenomenal speeds by rising above the water using its ‘marine wings’, which are under each of the floats of the trimaran. Once the boat reaches ten knots, the underwater wings, generate an upward thrust to raise the boat like the wing of a plane. This reduces resistant considerable and allows for high-speed travel over a long distance. The name Hydroptere is actually Greek for water and wing.
The most recent test launch of Grasshopper shows continued promise for SpaceX’s reusable rocket system and offers a glimpse into the future of space travel.
Grasshopper is part of SpaceX’s efforts to develop a reusable rocket to reduce the overall mission costs of delivering material to space. The current method for rocket reentry is to parachute the payload capsules into the ocean, where it must be retrieved before it sinks. The Grasshopper could change all of that. It’s comprised of a first-stage tank from a SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket, one Merlin-1D engine, and four steel landing legs. State-of-the-art thrusters and stabilizers allow the Grasshopper to return back to its original launch site after the completion of its mission.
The test launch reached a height of 250 meters (820 feet), which was more than three times the altitude of previous tests. As Elon Musk mentioned on Twitter, the conditions were less than ideal for the launch. “Grasshopper rocket flies up 250m, holds against wind and lands.
The Road Runner was designed by Suhann, a student at Shih Chien University of Industrial Design, in an attempt to combine the streamlined-aerodynamics of WWII aircrafts with a cafe-racer.
For this project, Suhann actually started with Honda Super Cub 90 and then proceeded to throw just about everything away. In order to give the bike a visually “light” appearance a custom frame was constructed to create a lot of negative space.
The upper volume is a tip-to-tail aluminum shell that houses the seat, electronic controls, and a small carrying compartment. The middle volume is the fuel tank, reminiscent of the bombs carried by old WWII planes. And the lower volume features a large aerodynamic duct to cool the horizontally mounted cylinder of the Super Cub.
A monoshock suspension was incorporated to clean up the overall look. Custom high-rise rear-set pegs were fitted to complete the low slung racing position of the bike.
This copper-clad structure was initially conceived as a permanent camp for extended getaway trips and has turned into somewhat of a remote outpost. Its 3×3 meter footprint lends itself to a minimal lifestyle, with a cozy loft and small kitchen with a wood fired stove. Water is collected on the roof and stored in a nearby water tanks during the outbacks occasional rain showers.
To allow for greater airflow, copper panels open on three sides to create overhead verandahs. When not in use, these side-panels are lowered and act as armor against potential wildfires – a common problem in this arid part of the world.
The creativity of the LA bike scene was on display across the board during the sixth CicLAvia bike festival, but Richie Trimble took the cake with his Stoopid Tall bike.
Trimble debuted his 14.5 foot-tall custom made cruiser at the city-wide bike festival and quickly earned the title of King of CicLAvia. From high atop his perch, he got a bird’s eye view for the entire 15 mile route, which brought him close enough to touch street signs and the undersides of highway overpasses.
Over the course of his ride, Trimble brought a smile to some, and sweaty-palms to others. He ended his high-flying ride at the end of the Venice Pier without incident, although from the video it appears there were more than a few close calls.
This compact, collapsible helmet features Carrera’s patented flexible frame that adapts to the contours of your head. The unique design allows for exceptional airflow to keep your head dry and cool without any compromise to overall safety. When not in use, the Foldable Helmet can be quickly and easily collapsed to fit in your bag.
To find out more about Carrera’s foldable Helmet, visit their website carreraworld.com
Even the most rugged outdoor types need a good cup of coffee in the morning to get going. Now with the Handpresso Wild Hybrid portable espresso machine, you’re free to explore what little of the world there is not in walking distance of a Starbucks.
The Handpresso is simple, light, and compact, with no batteries or electricity needed, which makes it ideal for travel. To generate the stem pressure, the device functions like a traditional bicycle pump and allows you to generate up to 16-bars of pressure. Just add hot water and coffee and you’re in business. You’ll have to provide your own stemmed milk for your cappuccino though.