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Musings, Steamfantasy, Steampunk

The item of clothing-wear that every steampunk gentleman needs


Forget top hats, goggles and pith helmets. No truly sartorial man should ever wear shirts with buttons on the cuff, especially if he claims to be a steampunk. A true steampunk, or Victorian gent (God Bless Her), should wear shirts with double cuffs so that he can place upon them cufflinks that not only show how much of a steampunk he is, but which also show others just how stylish he is.

For a couple of years now, I’ve been looking for cufflinks that I can wear both to work, and when I dress in my steampunk clothing. I have to say that I have a weakness for cufflinks, as I think they’re marvellous. Unfortunately, I have been completely unable to find cufflinks that appealed to my quirky steampunk nature.

Until now. Finally, after years of me saying, “I want some steampunk cufflinks”, the subtle hint has wormed its way into my wife’s mind and so onedottyduck has started to produce steampunk cufflinks that not only would I wear, I would actually buy. Filled with cogs galore, and coming in a number of colours, they look truly marvellous. She has even started to create word-based ones as well, which are probably more diesel punk in look, but which a steampunk could easily wear and get away with.

Currently, all stock being made is going towards Dysprosium/Eastercon2015, so if you want to order some, you’re going to have to wait a little bit!

I'm already wearing a pair of these steampunk cufflinks to 'test them'

I’m already wearing a pair of these steampunk cufflinks to ‘test them’

Yes, steampunk cufflinks even come with their own boxes!

Yes, steampunk cufflinks even come with their own boxes!

These are bloody lovely steampunk cufflinks indeed!

These are bloody lovely steampunk cufflinks indeed!

About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.

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