The Vamp ($55), allows any speaker in your home to be turned into a bluetooth speaker. Created by Paul Cocksedge Studios out of London, the vamp is a bluetooth amplifier that can bee hooked up via a standard speaker connection or 3.5 audio input jack to any speaker. The module provides you with beautiful rich sound in any room of your house. I full charge will get about 10 hours of play time. The Vamp also comes with a USB cable that you can use instead of running on a battery. Check out the video on Pauls Kickstarter page and see the The Vamp in action.
We first introduced you to the Sam Pack with our articles on a 1952 Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe and a 1952 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible. The auction will be kicking off in November and it incudes over 130 vehicles. You can see them all listed here. If you're into vintage cars, this may be one of the premiere collections in the US. The next car we'd like to introduce you to is the 1957 Ford Thunderbird – F-Code ($175K-$225K).Beside being in absolutely mint condition this Thunderbird features one hell of a power plant. The engine is a 300 bhp, 312 cu. in. OHV V-8 with a Holley four-barrel carburetor and McCulloch/Paxton VR57 supercharger. It's paired with the factory installed three-speed manual trans with overdrive. You can get additional details on this ride and the other cars in the collection on RM Auctions website.
If you don't know Shinola, they're a manufacturing company out of Detroit who makes high-quality well-designed products. They've been known primarily for their watches and bikes, but now it looks like they're moving into clothing. Their latest release, the Shinola Men's Varsity Jacket ($424), has the feel of a more grown-up take on the American classic. Features include snap front buttons, leather-trimmed slash pockets, and rib knit collar, cuffs, and hem. Made in collaboration with Golden Bear Sportswear out of San Fran, Shinola's Varsity Jacket is sure to be a classic in its own right.
Every so often a book comes out that reveals everything about a subculture that you never even knew existed. Very rarely, this book then goes on to become a phenomenon all of its own. First published in 2004, the Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopedia ($23) was one such phenomenon, going on to spawn a further 2 volumes and alerting fascinated readers across the globe to the hermetic and altogether extraordinary existence of criminal tattoos in Russia. This is a reprint of the original book, with drawings, texts and photographs which are part of a collection of 3,000 tattoos is total. Mind blowing.
The Griffin by Prometheus Design Werx ($289) is a high precision machined blade finished to the highest standards. It was purposefully designed to create a high performance blade distilled down to its purest form. The Griffin is made form Bohler M390 steel, has an overal length of 9.2" and a blade length of 4". The handle has drilled holes to reduce overall weight and features a butt end chisel pry tip with a cats paw nail puller. The blade features a multi-bevel and arc so you don't have to use the main blade to strike ferrocerium rods. If you're looking to add to your fixed blade arsenal, you owe it to yourself to take a long look at The Griffin.
For those of you looking for a work of art, take a gander at the Arvak Bicycle ($11,200) created by Keim designers, Till Breitfuss and Paule Guerin. The bike is handmade from white ash. The frame is a composite of 24 layers vacuum molded into the beautiful frame you see here. The Arvak comes in your choice of fixed gear or single speed and features Corima Aero 2D wheels, Miche Primato Pista pedals, and a Volta k R1 saddle. Pre-orders are being taken now with shipping expected some time in October.