If you're like us, this little sneaker habit of yours has probably already spun out of control. If it hasn’t, it will, because sneakers are awesome. They’re really really really cool and once you get a whiff of that new pair smell the urge to cop more can be hard to resist. If you’re already 100+ pairs deep and slowly crafting a labyrinth of shoe storage in your garage you may be a bit beyond help, but for those of you still building your arsenal or sitting pretty on a…
Leather is a material that needs no introduction. Its sheer ubiquity speaks far louder than we ever could. As manufacturers, we’ve been watching our leather go into products touching every corner of people’s lives for generations, and we continue to be amazed by the love and enthusiasm people have for it. What’s even more surprising is just how long leather has been around without replacement. Why is it exactly that leather has remained so popular for so long?
Phone. Wallet. Keys. Pocket knife.
If you’re anything like me, that’s essentially the same routine you go through right before leaving the house each morning. Each of those items – except for maybe the phone, depending on how connected to the outside world you are – is a vital part of your day. Yes. Even the pocket knife.
It may not always come in handy, but it’s one of those things you’re glad you grabbed when you need to whittle an old-fashioned table ornament, make spears to ward off predators or simply open a box with too much packing tape on it.
Actually, if I’m being completely honest, unless you’re working in construction, the armed forces or in the wilderness, today’s typical iPhone wielding, Facebook checking young man doesn’t seem to have much of a need for a pocket knife anymore, which is a shame. An absolute shame. Especially when you consider how necessary they were back in the day.
Hundreds of years ago, General George Washington defeated the British with one swift swipe of his pocket knife. Of course, that’s not exactly how it happened, but, according to The Smoking Jacket, he did carry a pocket knife, a Barlow knife actually. All militia at the time were forced to carry pocket knives as secondary weapons before they were made a part of the American soldier’s uniform during World War II.
If your father is anything like mine, he owns every single tool that has ever been featured in one of Harbor Freight Tools‘ member’s only catalog. When I’m at my parent’s house, the tool I need is always just a simple request away. My dad has this miraculous ability to materialize any given item from an unnavigable mess in less than a minute. It’s quite impressive actually.
However, now that I’m a gentlemanly scholar living life on my own, I realize that I don’t have any of the necessary tools I need for miscellaneous tasks. So I went to Home Depot multiple times to pick up the tools I needed to set up my new place. Here’s a list of basic household tools you should start with so you don’t have to make five separate trips like I did. Believe it or not, you can’t fix everything with duct tape.