japanese brass bicycle bell


i bought one of these bells as a present for someone once, i don't know why i didn't get one for myself too. available from manufactum, a company i have previously posted about that do all kinds of amazing products.

There was a time when the only problem facing quality goods was competition from goods of an even higher quality, now it seems that inferior goods are the main problem.

i've found myself needing a bell for my bike recently (actually, for both of my bikes), and this one looks and sounds good.

Is it a warning sign or is it a musical instrument? After hearing the first note (which hesitates for a moment at the beginning in the semitone range between B and B flat) you'd probably say "musical instrument" – it sounds so pretty, and the note is held so long. It doesn't say "Get out of my way" but "Here I am" with such charm that even the most hard-bitten pedestrian has no option but to dance gracefully to one side. On top of this is the pleasure of having such a delightful piece of mechanical art – in brass and with a nice variety of features – to look at while you're riding your bike.

and for only £13, maybe i should get two!