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These Remarkable Japanese Knives Just Became Kickstarter’s Most-Funded Knife Set Of All Time

A good knife can mean all the difference in the world when you’re in the kitchen. You definitely have to make sure your tool is up to par, lest you hurt yourself prepping food. If you’re in the market for a new set, you might want to take a look at these futuristic looking blades that just made Kickstarter history.

Named the Kuroi Hana, the beautifully designed knives just became the most funded set of knives of all time on Kickstarter, reports BroBible.

At the time of publication, more than $1.8 million has been pledged towards an initial goal of $32,236. It’s likely they’ll hit $2 million with only a few days left to go.

Using 67 layers of premium Japanese steel, the knives were designed by London designer Christian Bird, drawing inspiration from local architecture. During the forging process, the blades create a mesmerizing pattern that only comes from Japanese steel. This makes each blade as unique as a snowflake or a fingerprint.

You can get the complete 6-piece set for a pledge of $293 which, according to Foodbeast’s Reach Guinto, is a steal.

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This Simple Gadget Will Make Salads In 60 Seconds

Salads, arguably a healthier alternative to a fried egg between two Pop-Tarts, can be pretty cumbersome to make. You have to individually wash every component of the dish, cut them up, and toss them together before you can throughly enjoy your greens.

A revolutionary new item on Kickstarter discovered a way to make an entire salad in about a minute. The 60 Second Salad Maker is a kitchen gadget that lets you wash, drain, slice, and toss your salad all at once.

Made with BPA-free cutting board material, the salad maker is specially designed with slits you can run a knife through to dice you veggies up. You can then rotate the chamber and continue dicing. Once all your greens and veggies are cut up, give it a shake and serve your salad.

The campaign was met with overwhelming response, garnering more than $170,000 in funding of a simple $5,000 goal at the time of this article’s publication. To get one of the salad makers a $14 minimum pledge is required.

We’d definitely eat more salads if we had one of these. And maybe cut back on the Pop-Tart egg sandwiches a bit, too.

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This Wine Purifier Claims To Have The Cure For Your Hangover

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If there was a device that could help you drink any of your favorite wines without the pesky hangover the next morning, you’d probably buy it in a heartbeat.

That is the claim that Üllo Wine Purifier is making, saying it will remove sulfites from your wine, and thus allowing you to wake up hangover free.

If you’re not familiar with sulfites, they are put in wine to keep the shelf life up.

The Chicago-based startup took the time to research, experiment on, and figure out that sulfites are preservatives that cause your nasty hangover. After receiving over $300,000 in funding through Kickstarter, they made their hangover cure a reality, as their filter blocks the sulfites and lets the rest of the wine flow through.

Üllo believes that without the sulfites, you’re consuming a purer wine, almost like you’re drinking it straight from a vineyard.

Some are skeptical of the sulfite removal, saying that there isn’t much evidence to show that they are the culprits of hangovers. But Web MD does say that one in 100 people suffer from sulfite sensitivity, so maybe there might be some basis for the claim there.

The most basic Üllo filter goes for $79.99, and if you’re a wine connoisseur, this might be something you’d be interested in — at least if hangovers ruin your life.

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Meet Pongbot, The Future Of Beer Pong

Beer pong is a legendary party game that continues to evolve to this day. Recently, we wrote about how robots were being used to add another level of difficulty to the game, when we discovered players began placing beer cups on top of moving iRobot Roomba vacuums, that move and spin around the table it was placed on. It’s too bad, however, that a Roomba can retail for more than $500.00, making it difficult to have Roomba beer pong tournaments.

Well, you can thank the Kickstarter campaign, Pongbot, for thinking of an easier and less expensive way for everyone to enjoy a good ol’ fashioned game of robot beer pong.

Pongbot has two modes; automatic and manual. In manual mode, players use a Pongbot-specific remote control to navigate the moving caddie out of their opponent’s scoring line, adding to the game’s difficulty and increased interaction with other players.

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Introduced to the Kickstarter community on August 22, 2016, the Pongbot project still has more than a month to acquire full funding, but according to its creators, this product is, “fully developed and ready for production.”

Looking for a startup goal of $100,000, Pongbot has accumulated more than $1,900 just hours after launching.

The Pongbot Kickstarter is accepting pledges starting from $5 up to $300. Backers who donate more than $300 will receive 10 full-sets — one set includes the Pongbot motor and the 5-cup caddie — Pongbot logo themed balls, and some t-shirts.

Think you can beat team FOODBEAST in a game of Pongbot beer pong? Become a backer on their Kickstarter page and bring it on!

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The Toasteroid Will Change Everything You Know About Ordinary Toasters

Remember when you were a child and your parents would tell you not to play with your food? Well, forget about all that and get your creative juices flowing again.

The Toasteroid — the first APP controlled smart image toaster — is nearing 100 percent funding, thanks to crowdfunding on Kickstarter. Seriously, this toaster is one-of-a-kind and is sure to bring life and new dimensions to your toasted bagels, bread and sandwiches.

From a hand-drawn image, to a logo or just simply the day’s weather, Toasteroid is where it’s at.

Due to complete its Kickstarter campaign on Sept. 19, Toasteroid, a Brooklyn-based company, has accumulated more than $100,000 since it opened its page for funding on Aug. 7, 2016.

We’re excited about the Toasteroid, and are already thinking about how a toasted FOODBEAST logo would look on our next turkey sandwich.

Feel like you need a Toasteroid in your life? Check out their Kickstarter.

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THE POSSIBILITIES: This Gadget Can Turn A Stick Of Butter Into A Warm Spray

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When we make popcorn at home, buttering it can get pretty tricky. You can melt some butter in a saucepan, but if you don’t get the temperature right you can destroy your popcorn in a hot greasy mess.

The Biem Butter Sprayer began as a Kickstarter campaign that quickly became fully funded. It was designed as a way to get things buttered without having to deal with the hassle of cold butter causing a mess.

All you have to do is pop a cold stick of butter into the device and it begins to melt the butter into a liquified stream as you hold down on the button. The sprayer will only melt as much butter as you need and won’t liquify the entire stick on one use.

You can also add things like cooking oil or coconut oil to the machine.

Those interested can still back the project for about $129 to receive a device and an extra battery.

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Video Game That Crowdfunded $4000 Cancelled After Devs Blew Money On Booze And Strippers

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The lead programmer of the video game “Ant Simulator” released a video on Saturday informing supporters that the game is cancelled because his business partners allegedly spent company money on liquor and strippers.

In the video, Eric Tereshinski claims two business partners in his indie gaming company ETeeski misappropriated money collected through crowdfunding and investments. He said his ex-partners were friends for over 11 years and that they threatened to sue him if he released the game on his own.

Although he does not name them in the video, Tyler Monce and Devon Staley are the only listed team members on his company’s website.

“This is going to be the worst video I’ve ever had to make,” Tereshinski said in the video. “‘Ant Simulator’ is going to be canceled. I can’t work on ‘Ant Simulator’ anymore. I recently found out my ex-business partners were secretly stealing company money. They had secretly spent the overwhelming majority of both our Kickstarter money and the ‘Ant Simulator’ investment money on liquor, restaurants, bars, and even strippers. This is the reason it has become exceedingly clear to me that I cannot have my career associated with these guys.”

The total money lost includes $4,459 raised for game development tutorial videos through a 2014 Kickstarter campaign that had a goal of $4,000.

“I’m very pissed off I lost money. I lost over a year in work. And I lost a game that I loved and I was proud of and I was really looking forward to releasing on Steam and PS4,” Tereshinski said. “It was supposed to be my first big step in really taking a shot at making video games as a career. But I have to start over now.”

“Ant Simulator,” which was being developed for the computer and Playstation 4, has players manage an ant colony from the queen’s perspective. The simulation game was originally created by Tereshinski in 2014 as part of a 48-hour game jam, wherein game developers gather together with the goal of creating one or more games in a short amount of time.

Tereshinski closed his video by saying: “I’m definitely going to move forward more cautiously and not be so trusting, even of my closest friends, apparently.”

Written by the team at NextShark

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Fully-Loaded Cutting Board Will Change The Way You Cut

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An ideal cutting board is more or less an even slab of wood, and that’s pretty much all you really need. However, if you want to indulge yourself and your culinary arsenal, there’s the Ultimate Cutting Board.

Michael Motamedi created a Kickstarter that features his kitchen creation. Similar to the Batman’s utility belt, the board features a variety of functions. This includes a storage compartment for knives, a detachable serving platter, a juicer, measuring cups, a cheese grater and a prepping station.

The project has already been fully funded with those spending $100 or more receiving their an Ultimate Cutting Board. Backers can expect their board sometime in April.

Those who aren’t able to get their hands on the cutting board will receive a magnetic bottle opener that’s catches the cap for you. Not a bad consolation prize.