Minus-8 is one of those names you rarely hear or see being worn out in the wild. That's because they're a small time brand, and small indie brands really want to get noticed and rightfully so, which results in some really interesting looking timepieces that more often than not offer a great deal of value for your money. That's the case with Minus-8 and its newest offering - the Square Chrono. It's an aviation-inspired, Bell & Ross style timepiece we think is a complete stunner and at an affordable price point too. The Square Chrono combines the best of both worlds with its 40mm, solid squared-off casing made out of beautifully finished matte stainless steel and distinctive round watch face covered with a sapphire crystal.Read More
Dosh, the Australian maker of some of the best card wallets on the market, has recently released a brand new and unique wallet made out of solid machined aluminum. It’s Dosh’s sleekest, most fancy and geek-chic wallets to date. The Dosh Alloy is arguably a true physical adaptation of an Apple Wallet if there ever was one. Not only does it look absolutely stunning in the most minimalist of ways, but it’s also the heftiest card wallets we have ever used. Whether or not that’s a good or bad thing will have to be up to you to decide.Read More
When a small company by the name of Mas Design set out to re-create the common carabiner, it restricted itself to design a carabiner that would have a distinct and elegant look that is unfamiliar in the world of carabiners, yet still be just as functional as every single one of them. Bauhaus is a series of titanium-made carabiners made using a single piece of EDM machined high-quality grade 5 titanium alloy with a clean and minimalist design influenced by what is known as Bauhaus styling. Mas Design's small and lightweight Bauhaus carabiners were created for the sole purpose of carrying essential items like your keys and/or other small accessories you'd be carrying with you on a daily basis using a keychain. And apparently, these were a huge success when Mas Design used Kickstarter to help fund the Bauhaus project.Read More
Every once in a while we stumble upon something that we can safely say is pretty flipping awesome. Whether it be durable hard shell wallets or a pen made to feel and look like it's a piece of a high-powered rifle, we'll do our best to feature it. If there's anything more exciting to a geek than a mechanical Giant Flip Clock, it would undoubtedly be the White & White clock by Kibardin Design. This is an all-digital LED hybrid of a clock you can mount proudly on your wall, or set standing on your desk for visitors or co-workers instant geek respect. The design is a unique concept that's beyond cool in that it brings traditional digital digits to life using a modern interpretation of a floating 3D digit type design connected to a frame made out of 1.3"-thick ABS plastic measuring 11.2" in width, and 4.3" in height.Read More
Continuing our Alt category is the Flipside Strata Wallet that sets itself as the "in-the-middle" of people who use card wallets and people who use money clips. It's simple and lightweight but also carries much more than just a couple of bills. Oh, and in case you've been a victim of unauthorized RFID theft, the Strata is RFID-proof. It just may replace my beloved Louis Vuitton wallet, maybe.
The Strata wallet is a step up from the minimalistic money clip but still manages to keep itself low profile. Flipside sent us their 2X wallet earlier and we've had very nice things to say about it. The Strata is like the 2X's much sexier and improved brother, with new features such as a secure money clip on the back, a lock to keep things from falling out, and a smaller profile. For less than $30, the Strata offers quite the bang for your buck.Read More
We love having the opportunity to hand pick, and feature some of best and most interesting things right here on Alt. Anything goes. Today, we're taking a look at a pen. But not just any old ubiquitous pen, a tactical pen. What's the difference you ask? Potentially, life or death. While a tried and true Pilot or Bic pen will undoubtedly serve its respective purpose, a tactical pen on the other hand, could serve you as a defensive weapon in the event of an unforeseen hostile attack. The tactical aspect is what makes all the difference between your tried and true Pilot or Bic pen, and a tactical pen such as this.
Known for its cutting edge knives of all shapes and sizes, Boker has designed an ingenious tactical pen so awesome that we had to feature it on Alt. Meet the Boker Plus CID Cal .45 Tactical Pen. This is a self defense type of pen which features a German designed CNC machined aluminum body with a matte hardcoat anodized finish, and an innovative Bolt Action mechanism. It's the stealthiest, most bad ass looking tactical pen we've seen by far. The only pen with more finesse would have to be some fancy writing instrument from Montblanc. It's also not as expensive as you might have thought. Boker's CID Cal .45 can be had in either black or gray anodized aluminum colors for around $35 a pop.Read More