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This is my blog about creating a startup LED flashlight business. I'm a designer, fabricator, and strategist and I'm passionate about making ideas real. I believe that products are about people, that they should be built to last, deliver real value, and that we need to do a better job than we have in the recent past.

Most of my career has been contract or freelance work and I've crafted products and strategies for both big international companies and startups. I also used to work in the "industry" fabricating special effects for film and TV, along with the occasional hot rod. Bottom line, I love making things.

I'm starting this blog so you can follow along, from day one, and see what it's like to start a business, or fail in the process. Only time will tell, but I hope you find this interesting enough to stay tuned, comment, link, like, tweet, and (most importantly) participate in turning this idea into something tangible and valuable.

For a good place to get started with general info about who, what, why, etc., check out the "Stickies" on the left side of the page. Thanks for stopping by and please don't hesitate to ask questions and get involved!

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Two new premium chargers in the store

Hi folks,

Just writing to let you know that I have two new awesome chargers from Xtar in the store. One is 4 bay and one is 2 bay. Both have digital readouts to let you know exactly what is going on, independent charging channels so you can charge different size/chemistry batteries at the same time. The both feature the ability to charge Li-Ion, Ni-Mh, and Nicd batteries as well. The 2 bay can even acts as a "power bank," meaning you can put a battery (or two) into the charger, plug in your phone (or other USB device) and charge on the go.

More info in the links below!

Xtar VC4 (link) $36.50

Xtar VC2 (link) $29.50

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Solid Copper Lambda Tops Available at Blade HQ

The title says it all ;) If you are interested in picking up a solid tellurium copper Lambda top you can currently get them from Blade HQ (via this link). Don't wait though, this was an exclusive batch and limited in quantity! I think they have about 40 left. Unfortunately they don't offer international shipping though. Sorry friends across the pond. These are only available in ruby tip...but that's what you wanted anyway right?

The photo below is a prototype, but the actual tops feature the same hollow spindle as the current Solid Brass Lambda. The spindle is hollow to lower the tops center of gravity, but it has the added advantage of making the ruby ball replaceable!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Check out my friend's Kickstarter project!

I provided some technical support on this one but Joe spent months getting the design tested and dialed in. I have one of the first prototypes and I can tell you it's awesome! I mainly use pocket knives for opening boxes and this one is small enough you don't have to "deal" with it, but the CUB is there when you need it. Check out the live project on is below. Don't wait though, this project is only live for 2 weeks total. 



The Scout Compact Utility Blade™ Kickstarter Press Release


Mountain View, CA (March 1, 2016) – Scout Leather Co. is excited to announce the launch of its latest Hard Goods with the Scout Compact Utility Blade™. Currently on Kickstarter, the Scout CUB™ is a minimalistic Titanium pocket tool designed from shop life necessity and developed for those that work and do.

The Scout CUB features a one-handed push button retractable blade using standard utility blades that are easily replaceable without any extra tools. Its compact size easily fits in your pocket for quick access. Instead of packing in a bunch of extra features, the Scout CUB was designed with just the essentials. From opening and breaking down boxes to tightening down screws, or even prying open cans and popping the occasional cold beverage for lunch, the Scout CUB makes a great pocket tool for everyday carry.

About Scout Leather Co. (

Based in Mountain View, California, Scout Leather Co. creates essential products designed from necessity and personal experience. Using traditional methods with a modern approach, all Soft Leather Hard Goods are proudly Made in USA.

If you would like more information about the Scout Compact Utility Blade, please contact Joe Wu at

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Solid Copper Alpha Pen

Hi folks,

Just wanted to let you know about a Massdrop exclusive: the solid copper Alpha Pen! This is a limited production run requested by the gearheads over at Massdrop so here you go.

If you just want to get your solid copper Alpha Pen right now...then follow this link to the drop.

Also, these pens are machined by Hirsch Machine in Santa Clara, and not in my own shop. In fact, because of my workload, no Alpha pens will continue to be made in-house. You can follow this link to my site if you'd like a more detailed explanation.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Special offer on eye protection from ESS

Hi all,

So Burnley SlingPop production is nearly finished and we are about to begin shipping! Related to that, our friends at ESS have allowed me to extend the 10% discount on their "Crossbow Ballistic Eyeshield" to the Prometheus Lights audience as well!

Here at Prometheus safety is a top priority and I only trust my eyes to ESS, both in the shop and at the range. The Crossbow represents the absolute best in no-compromise eye protection available today. I've been using their glasses for years and reached out to them during the Burnley Kickstarter campaign about supplying some glasses...they said yes :)

PRE ORDER NOW! Just follow this link to pre-order now at the 10% discounted price. This offer closes soon, so don't wait.

The Crossbow features extra thick ballistic-grade lenses which can be easily replaced if they become damaged or if you want to swap out for another color. They also come with an optional low-profile strap that attaches to the small holes at the tip of the bow. Check out the ESS website if you would like more information. 

If you missed the Kickstarter campaign you can still pre-order a SlingPop through the link above...and you can check out the original Kicstarter campaign/video if you are interested. The design is by Burnley Knives, project management by Scout Leather Co., and CNC machining by yours truly.

If you follow the pre-order link you can also pick up one (or more) of my Photon Lanyard Beads for $35 each ($10 off the retail price) and choose from 3 anodized colors that are exclusively available for this campaign (and happen to match the SlingPop colors :) Type II Clear and Violet or Type III Black. You can pre-order through the link above, but you can get more info on the Photon Beads on my own website via this link.

ESS "clear" lens Crossbow Eyeshield ("smoke" tinted lens also available)
Clear anodize Burnley SlingPop (Black and Violet also available)
Photon Lanyard Bead in "Clear" anodize (Black and Violet also available)