Main Menu

Archive | Hacks

…You can make your own $15 Mont Blanc pen?

Mont Blanc Pen Parts

Mont Blanc Pen

If you’ve got $15 and 2 minutes of time, you can make your own Mont Blanc pen. Though Mont Blanc makes some very nice pens, what makes them really stand out is the ink they use. Luckily enough, the ink refills are almost the exact same size as the ink that goes into a Pilot G2 pen. With a little trimming (and I mean little) the Mont Blanc ink will slide right into its new home like it was meant to be there. I picked up the ingredients for this pen hack today, and can now vouch for how easy this really is. 2 minutes time and I was writing with the best instrument in the world. Plus, I picked up the clear version of the G2 pen, so you can see the Mont Blanc name (moniker) through the pen, giving everyone a hint as to what’s inside. A very cool project with a very useful end result.

[Via: Instructables]

…The perfect shave is only a double edged razor away?

If you’ve been looking for the elusive perfect shave, but only managed to find a few nicks and cuts along the way, then MSN (of all places) has an article for you. Concerning the art of the perfect shave, it goes over such details as the badger hair brush, wetshaving, double edged razors, and a quality cream (sounds like a party already). The article is very thorough, though if you want the shave without the hassle, even MSN agrees that you can’t beat a barbershop classic.


…You can now just ‘bump’ a lock open?

bump keys

Lock picking has always been a skill set for the select few with enough gall to learn something that could potentially get you sent to a federal pound-me-in-the-ass-prison, and enough patience to learn something with potentially no practical purpose other than to impress friends (or girls, but most girls would be creeped out by the idea of the guy they just kicked to the curb being able to easily break back in, so I’m gonna say no to that one), either just for the sake of knowing how, or in an attempt to turn it into a low paying and lower prestige position as a professional locksmith. I’m sure there are many who learn with the Hollywood-ized images of super thieves ala Oceans 11/12/13 and James Bond running through their mind, but mostly its a hobby, something to do on a rainy Saturday evening. It used to take skill, tools, and patience. Now, no more. First, there was the vibrating lock pick. It was easier than using picks and your own dexterity, but you still had to carry around a huge pick with a motor attached. Now, there’s the bump key. Made by taking a key blank and machining each tooth to its maximum depth, this key, with the slightest ‘bump’ of a hammer, will open any tumbler style lock. That’s right, any tumbler lock. Balls, pins, whatever, if it’s in your home, it’s probably a tumbler lock. Of course, in the name of complete and total journalistic coverage, I’ve ordered a set to try it out myself. In a few weeks (eBay shipping sucks sometimes), I’ll be bumping open as many locks as I can get my hands on to see if this really is as easy as it looks. Check out the YouTube video for more detail.

[Via: MAKE: Blog]