This might sound odd, but we know you’ve been getting these urges lately. Really strong, burning desires to sit back, get a little wet and stroke...
We’re talking about rowing, obviously. Wait, was that not clear?
Now, these impulses are perfectly natural. And trust us, getting yourself into a canoe (or kayak, if that’s your style) will definitely help assuage them. But, of course, just because you’re dying to navigate America’s waterways the old-fashioned way doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do so in style. So we’ve taken the liberty of compiling a handful of attractive options, to help you get the most out of your next aqueous adventure.
Typically, one thinks of an heirloom only after it’s weathered a few generations of patina-gathering. But before it got handed down to your father and his father and his father’s father, it started out shiny and new on some store shelf. And since there are still a few companies out there making stuff that looks timeless and will last longer than you, we’ve set out to find the new breed of future heirlooms in this weeklong series. Today we’re finding you weapons handsome enough to mount on your wall...
All right, the man’s not perfect. But he’s your father. And this Sunday, you have to show him that you appreciate that.
Now, fathers are certainly easier than mothers when it comes to these sorts of things. All dear ol’ Dad probably expects is your presence and a strong handshake. And maybe a card. But since he taught you not to do anything half-assed—for better or worse—you should probably go ahead and get the guy something anyway. And no excuses here; you can afford to splurge a little on the man you owe half your existence to.
From GQ to Cool Hunting to Vanity Fair, everyone’s got their opinions on where you should spend that pretty penny. So in an effort to simplify the decision, we’ve cut through all that noise and chosen our favorites... of their favorites.
Perhaps you’re the new man of the house and thus responsible for putting knife to flesh on that giant Thanksgiving turkey your family and friends have already begun dreaming about—here’s the perfect opportunity to brush up on your “cat’s paw” grip and avoid ruining the whole goddamn holiday for everyone.
And who knows, maybe that wildcard slot on Top Chef season 30 isn’t such a pipe dream after all...
Sometimes, form just needs to chill out and let function do its thing.
Third-year design student David Suhami disagrees, judging from his latest masterpiece, the Animal Pocket Knife, which “combines the idea of a Swiss Army knife and a jungle safari in Africa. The prototype is made from stainless steel to represent the current technology, while the handles are made from fine tabebuia wood to symbolize the traditional craft.”
We’re just going to call bullshit on this whole thing and be on our way.
How the Game Be: This oral history of menswear blogging has been tearing up the webs all day, despite a few notable omissions . Also, if Jesse Thorn is the target of a suspicious drive-by after this, all eyes are going to be on Fuck Yeah Menswear. [GQ]
Also, It’s Kind of Silly: And, for the sake of completeness, here’s a Vanity Fair piece making fun of the GQ piece. [Vanity Fair]
All the Checks: A showroom tour of Isaia. It turns out they’ve got some pretty handsome jackets in the works. [We Are the Market]
Knives Out: This could be the year you learn to whittle. Believe it. [Art of Manliness]
We take it for granted that your gift list is also a shopping list, but we’d like to suggest a curveball idea for those at the very top of your list: the old gift.
It’s something you’ve owned for years—a first-edition book, maybe, or a trinket you picked up in foreign climes. Something you’ve had long enough to get tired of, but that hasn’t lost its luster to anyone else. Something personal.
Shame About the Cubs, Though: Dave Eggers’ ode to Wrigley Field. [Grantland]
They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To: The loves and exploits of the magnificent bastard known as Clark Gable. Fathers: hide your wives and daughters. Bachelors: raise a glass. [The Hairpin]
Always Handy in a Barfight: Perhaps you should buy your father a knife for Father’s Day. [Blackbird]
When It’s OK to Tweet Dick Pics: Life is full of hard decisions, so here’s a flowchart indicating when it’s appropriate to tweet pictures of your “congressional representative.” It may be simpler than you think. [GOOD]
We love a good straight razor, and we’ve gushed before (verbally!) about the various perks of shaving with a real blade. But finding the right blade matters, and real artisans are hard to come by.
This item was put together by one Frank Warner, a family knifemaker with a garage-based razor factory on California’s central coast. He’s not the most auspicious source, but he’s handy with a grinding wheel, and he’s spent 40 years developing a perfect understanding of balance and tempering.
And if you ask nicely, you’ll get a one-of-a-kind production.