Don't dare call it a ping pong paddle — this is one serious table tennis racket, not meant for the casual table gamer. The Killerspin Stilo7 SVR Ping Pong Paddle ($350) features wood construction at its base, which is then coated in layers of carbon fiber, making it one of the nimblest, lightest table tennis rackets out there — while the rubber coating on each side gives it the kind of performance and speed you expect from an elite racket. It comes in a felt-lined, piano-finished box made just for the paddle, so it cradles it perfectly when it's not in use.
Just in time for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, you can catch up on all the hijinks of the world's favorite news team (and some never-before-seen stuff too) with Anchorman: The Rich Mahogany Edition ($15). This unrated two-disk Blu-ray edition comes with plenty of scenes that were too racy for the original, and it's packed with exclusive Anchorman paraphernalia — things like a Ron Burgundy diary filled with all his most private thoughts, and a set of Anchorman trading cards featuring all your favorite cast members.
There are plenty of things in this world that are out of your control — the weather, tax increases, your mortality — but what you can control are your perfectly-sculpted nails, with this Czech & Speake Manicure Set ($560). This handsome leather-bound set includes eight tools for maintaining your nails — slanted tweezers, safety scissors, nail scissors, nail clippers, a nail file, toe nail clippers, cuticle nipper, and a double-ended cuticle tool — each tool is finished in a matte black coating, and is hand-made in Germany. The kit comes with convenient slots and loops for each of your tools, making them easy to transport and store.
It seems like everywhere you look these days, some American boutique carmaker is introducing their take on a track-ready, lightweight super car — and the Lucra L148 ($250,000) is the latest in that crop. But don't get it wrong, we're definitely not complaining. If there's anything the guys in Detroit need, it's a little bit of smalltime competition to push them in the right direction. The second of the California company's cars, the L148, should definitely turn a few Michigan heads. With a 4.7-liter V8 engine underneath the hood, and an aerodynamic body entirely crafted from carbon fiber, this hot two-seater will do zero to 60 in just 2.5 seconds, with an estimated 500 horsepower.
Add a touch of rustic charm (without sacrificing class) to your next meal with these Phillippe Starck Log Knives ($465). This set of six knives is made entirely from stainless steel, carefully formed, detailed with a wood bark design, and finished in matte. Each one is forged into a seamless piece of stainless steel, for workmanship that will last and last, while still maintaining a light weight that feels natural in your hand.
Whether you're hunting the Kraken or Nessy, a little rum may just give you the edge you need.
Kraken Black Spiced Rum ($20). Kraken Rum Book ($14). Kraken Rum Moleskine Notebook ($13). Kraken Rum Glass Combo Set ($20). Black Sheep Irish Fisherman's Sweater ($109). Battenwear Travel Shell Parka ($706). Tretorn Gunnar Boots ($85). Burgus Plus Ultimate Selvedge Jeans ($216). Ultimate Carabiner Compass Watch ($79). 200' Sterling Rope ($130).
This edition of Garb is sponsored by our friends at Kraken Rum.
If you've had the pleasure of enjoying a cup of coffee brewed in a Chemex (or similar pour-over coffeemaker), you know that there are few better ways to prepare your favorite morning pick-me-up — but you also know how difficult it can be to get it right. The Ratio Eight Coffee Machine ($400) combines the same principles used to brew by hand in a pour-over device, and adds precise technology so you get the perfect brew every time. Carefully heated water reaches the proper temperature for your brew, then pours water over the grounds allowing them to bloom, before finally pouring additional hot water to finish the brewing process. What you end up with is an excellent pot of fresh coffee, with repeatable results, and zero fuss.
Step up your winter snow sports game with the Arctic Force Snowball Blaster ($30) — capable of making and launching the perfect snowball. This blaster is the ideal tool for when the weather turns white and the competition gets serious, thanks to its removable and reversible built-in snowball maker. Able to make three snowballs at a time, the blaster can launch a snowball up to 80 feet at high velocity (much farther than you ever could with your own hands). The ergonomic design makes it easy to use, carry, and fire, while its blue, white, and orange design is well-suited to your winter get-up.
While their idea of pricing for a so-called consumer-level camera may leave most nonprofessional photographers scratching their heads (and checking their bank accounts), the Hasselblad Stellar Special Edition Cameras ($3,175) are still something to behold. With several options available, you can choose a white, black, or orange body, with either a carbon fiber, padouk, or wenge wood grip. Inside they feature the workings of the excellent Sony X100 camera, with a 28-100mm Carl Zeiss zoom lens, a 20-megapixel sensor, a wide ISO range, full HD video capability, and 3.6x optical zoom capability.
If one of the things you want to be more knowledgeable about just happens to be America's favorite spirit, then American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye ($15) is a book you need to seek out. It's a handy hardcover book featuring a basic introduction to Whiskey, Bourbon and Rye made in the USA and has over 200 whiskey reviews as well, so you know what is worth tracking down. In addition to a bottle of bourbon this year, we know what we are asking for in our stocking.
More art-object than timepiece, the Atmos Hermes Clock ($42,000) is truly a functional thing of beauty. A three-part collaboration between luxury brands Hermes, Jaeger-LeCoultre, and Saint-Louis, this crystal bubble globe houses an incredible piece of time-keeping technology: the Atmos clock. The world's only mechanical timepiece that does not require any winding from a human hand — it uses changes in the surrounding temperature to interact with a gas-filled capsule that expands and contracts to wind the movement. With design from Hermes, and master hand-made glass craftsmanship from Saint-Louis, this clock represents an incredible partnership, ingenious craftsmanship, and attention to detail completely uncommon among average household items.
There are table games, and then there are status symbols — and the Eleven Ravens Stealth Ping Pong Table ($70,000) sits somewhere on that spectrum closer to a status symbol. Limited to just five units, this special edition ping pong table is sure to start a few conversations (and probably encourage a touch of jealousy). Inspired by the Nighthawk Stealth Bomber, and made entirely from aircraft grade aluminum with carbon fiber accents, each of the five tables comes numbered and signed by the artist who crafted them. And with details like hidden drawers that perfectly hold your paddles and balls, the design serves form as well as function.