This week’s Cool Stuff is the best by far. Not only is everything damn cool in this list, but it’s all affordable and applicable to our everyday lives. No Unnecessary clutter – unless you’re beardless (no. 3). Just cool stuff that we’d all love to have. And we’re getting things started off on the right foot with no. 1.
Solid guys, these Minutemen.
First, the help America win the Revolutionary War. Now their fighting spirit, a spirit all men should have in defending their homeland, has been captured in Minutemen, a new watch brand that’s donating 25% of profits to the Gary Sinise (all-time good guy) Foundation—which assists veterans and their families.
It’s a great watch, serving an even greater purpose.
From a timepiece standpoint, Minutemen watches are excellent. Each one is made from high quality components—like a 316L stainless steel case, sapphire crystal, luminous hands and dial—and assembled in the U.S. by master watchmakers with the highest certification from the AWCI. In tests, Minuteman even exceeded the ISO 6425 Divers’ watches standard for water resistance despite the fact that these aren’t dive watches.
It’s quality and durability that make these watches a must have on the wrist of any man, and their simplicity in style that make them for any man.
Here’s a claim you don’t hear very often: A 150 million years went into the making of this knife—and if you don’t know the feel of the fossilized Mesozoic, it’s about time.
You read that correctly, Santa Fe Stoneworks has hand-crafted a limited run of pre-historic handles, and with their award-winning blades, it makes for one sharp knife.
The brontosaurus roamed the southwest in the Age of the Dinosaurs, and after death, a handful of these behemoths were preserved in the mud and sand of northwest New Mexico. Santa Fe got some of the agatized bone marrow, and carved them into pocketknife handles. No two are alike, and all are made by hand. Blades are Japanese “sanmai damascus”—a VG-10 superstreel with 16 layers of high-carbon stainless steel on each side, or forged stainless steel.
And, in addition to the Brontosaurus bone handle, Santa Fe secured a few woolly mammoth teeth, giving you an 15,000 year old Ice Age option for your EDC. There’s a very limited supply, so get yours while they’re still here!
A number of months ago I figured it was time to start growing a beard. So it began. And it grew in all angles and lengths, with seemingly no rhyme or reason to its direction. Then I bought beard oil, wax, and started taking care of the thing. As a result, I have a relatively good beard.
Re: beard care. Only spend 5 minutes a day MAX caring for your beard. Any more defeats the purpose of having a beard which should take less of your time than being clean shaven.
About Beard Brand, their co-founder, Eric Bandholz, fell in love with bearded lifestyle after his experience at the 2012 West Coast Beard & Mustached Championships. His infatuation lead to a blog, which lead to compiling a team, and then a feature in the New York Times. By 2013, Beardbrand had organically become a leading force for high quality grooming products for urban beardsman like Chef Timmy.
The set featured above is ideal. With your combs and wax and, most importantly, oil, you’ll be set for AT LEAST a year with this batch, if not more.
I’ve spent some time looking into GORUCK’s gear, and it’s right up there in quality, and practicability. The bag featured above is the perfect size for any guy needing to transport his gear to the gym, or even on a weekend getaway with the lady.
What I like best about it is its simplicity in design.
No outer pockets. No complications in an attempt to look new age and different. Just a solid, militaristic simplicity that I think all guys can appreciate.
I’ve been searching far and wide for a quality pair of jeans that also fit the thicker-thighed individuals that enjoy sports and working out. And thus far, they’ve alluded me. Until now.
I just bought a pair of these, and I’m waiting for them in the mail. I talked to the guy who runs their shop, and he assured me that they’re going to fit, and that they’re going to last. That second part is more important. A pair of jeans that actually last is, these days, a rarity.
Join me in giving these guys a go.