The James Brand is a small team trying to do big things — something we understand very well at Uncrate. They're all about the details. They're aiming to build a longstanding company. And they're designing knives that they want to carry themselves. We knew all of this before we approached them to do a limited edition knife, and we also knew they'd knock it out of the park. The James x Uncrate County Knife is the result of our collaboration.
Built in the James Brand HQ in Portland, our edition gets the obligatory blacked-out styling, while retaining all of the utility and usefulness of your favorite pocket knife. The knife features beautiful ebony wood inlays, a black PVD-coated Sandvic 12C27 steel blade, black PVD-coated 416 steel handles, and a custom black paracord lanyard for easy retrieval. With a blade length of 2.5-inches and a clip-less design, the County knife will live in your pocket undetected — both by you and by anyone who thinks you shouldn't be carrying one. Ships free within 24 hours.
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It's an electric bike. But you'd never know it by looking at the sleek design of the Specialized Turbo Vado 5.0 Bike. Its intelligent pedal assist technology lets you ride it like a typical bike, yet helps you go faster (up to 28 mph), further, and tackle hills better than you could by yourself. The battery hides underneath the aluminum frame, and internal cable routing keeps things clean, from the battery to the motor, integrated head and taillights, and touchscreen. Custom front and rear hubs keep things rolling smoothly, and the integrated rack makes it easy to carry a small bag or backpack.
When we went looking for an un-briefcase that wasn't like the other mini-suitcase-looking situations already out there, we got ahold of the brains behind San Diego-headquartered Bradley Mountain. The result is the Uncrate edition Courier Briefcase. Crafted from water-resistant waxed canvas and English bridle leather, the collaboration bag comes in our signature all-black combo and is finished with hand-set brass rivets. A minimal interior fits up to a 15" laptop, several journals or books, and all the memos and recordings that you'll need for your day as Special Counsel. It's also got three exterior pockets, a reinforced leather bottom, and comes with a removable shoulder strap. Measures 18" wide x 12" high x 3.75" deep. Ships free within 24 hours.
Light and power are handy things to have at a campsite. The BioLite BaseLantern XL provides both. The world's first flatpack lantern, it relies on a 12,000 mAh rechargeable battery to power a 500-lumen edge-lit light and a pair of USB ports. There's also another output for extending the system using the company's string lights, and Bluetooth gives you complete control over the lights, timers, proximity sensors, and battery. The entire package sits on stainless steel legs that fold up for easy transport.
In a real survival situation, you're not that likely to care whether your tent, sleeping bags, and ponchos match your first-aid kit. But if you think you might, there's the Prepster Survival Bag. It contains enough supplies to sustain two people for up to 72 hours, yet for every useful GPS satellite communicator or flashlight, it also includes luxury "essentials" like a caviar cooler case with serving spoons and a Malin + Goetz candle. Almost everything in the kit is black, so you'll look your best while you watch the world burn, and it all comes in a handcrafted coated waterproof canvas and bridle leather bag with hand-printed initials.