Tool Time

By The Editors
November 2, 2012 9:00 am

There are certain, shall we say, trying times when one needs supplies that are a bit out of the ordinary. Blankets. Canteens. Razor sharp hickory-handled axes. That sort of thing.

Keeping you as prepared as your scout leaders hoped – and stylishly, to boot – New York’s own Best Made.

Founded by a rough-hewn Manhattanite looking to update “the oldest and most invaluable tool known to mankind,” — i.e., the axe — Best Made peddles Appalachian hickory log choppers that are hand-painted and engraved with maxims like “courage” and “fortitude.”

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Now the online shop’s expanded to carry a range of items fit to deck out Teddy Roosevelt’s living room – toasty wool camp blankets, three-in-one “hobo knives,” and enameled steel coffee mugs as appropriate for an Everest basecamp as they are for your cabinet.

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Best Made also stocks macho comestibles like Oregonian sea salt and glass jugs of maple syrup, workshop gear like welder’s aprons, and “measure twice cut once” brass rulers, and also a range of stationery and signage sporting stoic parlance like “Be Optimistic” and “What Good Shall I Do This Day?

Also: a litany of maps and must-reads on everything from arctic treks to knife throwing – because nothing says “prepared” like a man in-the-know.

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