Andy Jacobs

I'm a husband to a great wife, a dad to two awesome teenagers, and a mechanical engineer for a biomedical device company in my day job. And as an engineer I've been a fan of gadgets for as long as I can remember. I'm also a fan of Star Wars, fitness, hiking, travel, coffee, beer and a few other things. Does that sum me up? Not even close, but it's a start. ;-)

Minaal Day Bag and Carry-on 2.0 Bag are ideal for EDC or one-bag travel

NEWS – I’m a big fan of bags designed for one-bag travel, and also of bags designed for EDC.  However, while a single bag designed for both purposes may sound good in theory, most often it does not work well in practice.  Minaal understands that, so they offer both their very functional Day Bag for …

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Bluffworks Threshold Performance T-shirt

NEWS – Bluffworks has been steadily building a very impressive product offering over the past few years, including their most recent, the Horizon Quilted Vest and the Departure Travel Jeans.  Their latest offering is the Threshold Performance T-Shirt, which continues Bluffworks’ pattern of simple yet stylish, technical and durable clothing suitable for travel, office or …

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REFYNE – EP1: The Essential EDC Titanium Bolt-Action Pen – Notable crowdfunding campaign

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – Of late, there has been a surge in really cool-looking crowdfunded pen campaigns on Kickstarter.  Here’s another one: the REFYNE – EP1.  Its a minimalist bolt-action pen made from either stainless steel or titanium that looks like it would fit in with your EDC as well as become your favorite desk pen.  …

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KRMA Titanium Pen – Notable crowdfunding campaign

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – Minimalism is in.  Titanium as a material is in.  And pens are useful and can also be cool.  Combine all of those things together and you might end up with the KRMA Titanium Pen. What is it? The KRMA Titanium Pen is a sleek writing instrument that is machined from Titanium with …

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EMT-The EveryMan Tool – Notable crowdfunding project

CROWDFUNDED – EDC is sort of our bag here at The Gadgeteer, baby.  And the best EDC gadgets are small, sleek, and multi-functional.  The EMT-EveryMan Tool is all that, and you just might be able to add a bag of chips.  (Not really, but customization is available!) What is it? The EMT-EveryMan Tool is a …

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Field Pen Twist – Notable crowdfunding campaign

CROWDFUNDED – A good pen is a treasure, especially one with a cool style that is durable and writes well.  Machine Era has some very respectable experience in these matters, and their latest Kickstarter campaign—the Field Pen | Twist—looks more than promising, it looks like a big hit.  Let’s check it out! What is it? …

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Spoke Designs Spoke Pen review

REVIEW – We’re fans of pens here at The Gadgeteer, and personally I like pens that are unique in style and other design elements.  The Spoke Designs Spoke Pen is one such writing instrument, with its machined, slotted body, magnetic cap, and other features.  I felt very fortunate that Brian Conti, founder of Spoke Designs, …

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KLIP: Titanium Pocket Knife + EDC Suspension Hook – Notable crowdfunding campaign

CROWDFUNDED – Are you one of those folks who like to hook their keys to their pocket or belt?  Ever find yourself wishing you had a knife during the day, but don’t have one handy?  Do you appreciate clever, aesthetic design?  KLIP checks all of those boxes.  Let’s have a look! What is it? Made …

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The WESN Allman Everyday Carry Pocket Knife – Noteable crowdfunding campaign

CROWDFUNDED – If you are a fan of knives, EDC, or both, the WESN Allman Everyday Carry Pocket Knife might be of interest to you.  Currently being offered in a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, it’s a mid-sized knife with a slim profile, flipper blade, and locking mechanism that is available with either G10 polymer or Titanium …

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North St. Bags Scout 15L Duffle and Dopp Kit review

REVIEW – Back in June 2018, I had the opportunity to review the North St. Bags Scout 21 VX Duffle and I was pretty impressed with its water resistance and durability.  North St. Bags recently did an update to their Scout Duffle designs and when they offered to let us try one out, of course …

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Bellroy All-Conditions Essentials Pocket review

REVIEW – For a while, I’ve been searching for a product that will carry and help me organize me some of my essentials while traveling (and maybe on a daily basis, too).  I wanted it to hold and organize my wallet items and travel documents and have room for some other items as well.  Maybe …

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The wandrd Travel Journal is packed with useful features for travelers

NEWS – We’ve been very blessed to have taken some nice family vacation of varying duration and in different parts of the world.  Two aspects of these trips that would have been nice to have a good place to record information are the planning prior to the trip and journaling during the trip itself.  I …

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Aircork The Wine Preserver is an ingenious way of maintaining your wine’s flavor and aroma

NEWS – When my wife and I enjoy a bottle of wine and we don’t finish the bottle right away, it would be nice to have a better way of preserving the flavors and aromas of that elegant beverage than a mere cork or even a stopper, neither of which will effectively prevent the air …

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GORUCK Rucker backpack now available in 15L, 20L, 25L

NEWS – GORUCK, builders of bullet-proof gear and better Americans, has recently expanded their Rucker line of rucksacks (AKA backpacks).  Adding to their previous 20L size, after a long hiatus they have re-introduced their larger 25L size and a brand-new, smaller 15L size.  Made from 1000D Cordura and manufactured in the USA to Special Forces …

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NOMATIC Notebook and Planner have useful added features

NEWS – We’re big fans of notebooks, journals and planners here at The Gadgeteer, especially ones that have unique, extra features, like the NOMATIC Notebook and NOMATIC Planner.  Both of these notebooks are 5.5 x 8.75 inches and include whiteboard paper, three bookmark ribbons, dual elastic straps, pen holder (see photo above), back pocket, perforated …

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