Typewriter From The Urbach Letter October 2009

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Cool Thing of the Month


Stewart-Strand Wallet
Are you man enough to carry a wallet made of steel? Actually, it's not as bad as it sounds. That's because the Stewart-Strand wallet is made from 25,000 micro-woven stainless steel wires, each only 0.001 inches in diameter. This silk-fine weave gives the wallet a luxurious soft texture, unlike any material you've felt before. Adapted from aerospace materials, the wallet's "fabric" resists stains, perspiration, even seawater (your leather wallet cannot say that). There's something else this wallet will protect against: identity thieves! How so? The tightly woven metal fibers form a "Faraday Cage" and prevent information encoded in modern "no touch" credit cards from being read by the easily hidden scanners carried by some thieves. It's $89.95 from Hammacher Schlemmer, who unconditionally guarantee EVERYTHING they sell for life (the gold standard of warranties).

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