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Update: I thought I would post the actual maker of these goggles, too. The website is: There are a lot more photos and details at this site.


It’s entirely possible that Mike Brown overdosed on ADD meds: These brass goggles scream “attention to detail.
Some numbers: The leather is actually bolted to the eyepieces, using 48 tiny bolts plus another four for the nosepiece. The leather was chosen for the tanning process which should give it a klife of a few thousand years.

Ditto the eyepieces, which are machines from titanium and coated with Titanium Nitride. Predicted lifespan: 500 years plus. There are even brass eyelets in the leather eyecups to stop the lenses steaming up.

Mike put in a few nice extras, too. The sliders in each eyepiece close the leaf-apertures inside, which will cut out light and also sharpen your eyesight, just like a pinhole camera. The lenses themselves react to light and get darker the brighter it is.

source: Wired Magazine Blog

  • Kayla

    These are amazing! I love to see all types of true craftsmanship ! It is a dying art! I had soem questions about the leather, what kind of lether is it exactly, I assume it is a mineral tanned cowhide, and if so how did you get such tightness and form out of it? Either way, this is a tremondously successful work of art!

    April 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm Reply
  • Alex

    Wow! That’s gotta be expensive as heck! I wish I had a pair though, I’d wear them!

    July 16, 2009 at 2:49 pm Reply
  • shades

    woa…that craftmanship is insane. if one of these were 4 sale i would buy one for a pretty penny. savvy?

    July 21, 2009 at 7:52 pm Reply
  • Lerch

    Ok I am not sure how much this cost to make but I’d pay a ton for a set like that. Just amazing.

    August 3, 2009 at 8:07 pm Reply
  • Nils

    Would love to have one of these for my band. But I’m a musician, not a craft-artist, so thats out of my reach.

    August 14, 2009 at 1:19 pm Reply
  • gizmonomicon

    The website link at the top sends you to the artist’s site, and the very last page lists a FAQ showing that he will never make them again and it was extremely expensive to produce, that pair he was willing to sell for about $7500 US.

    September 15, 2010 at 10:29 pm Reply
  • sasha

    i want these, or want to know how to make them

    June 17, 2011 at 12:59 am Reply
  • moncler

    Muttertag Nacht. Mom in der Küche Schüssel vor einer gro?en Wanne zu befürchten.
    Mary ging in: “Mama, heute ist Muttertag, nicht waschen, machen Sie eine Pause …” die Mutter h?rte, sehr bewegt.
    Aber Mary fuhr fort zu sagen: “Warte bis morgen, gut waschen.

    November 25, 2011 at 8:20 pm Reply
  • Kaiko Mikkusu

    horuss zahhak goggles!!

    March 18, 2013 at 11:00 am Reply
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