Dead drop spikes in the Bazaar

Sean Michael Ragan of Make: Online reviews a piece of essential equipment - the dead drop spike. It's for sale in the Boing Boing Bazaar.

201003221015For those who aren't up on their tradecraft, a "dead drop" is a place where spies or other clandestine-y folks drop off items for later retrieval by other agents. A "dead drop spike" is a particularly ingenious little container devised for the purpose. Basically, it's a hollow metal spike, with a threaded watertight closure at the top. You put your top-secret microfilm or whatever inside the spike, take it to your dead drop, and stomp it into the ground with your foot. Then you cover it up with a rock or a piece of trash or whatever. The lid has a pull-loop built into it, so that when your contact comes by later to clear the drop, he or she can grab the spike by the loop and yank it out of the ground again.

Dead Drop Spike $37