30 Things Every Guy Should Own
Back in 1985, around a friendly game of Liar’s Dice, Tim Murphy, Dale Goode and Dave Ready decided to make their love of fine wines official. They began creating North Coast Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay from Murphy Ranch and Murphy-Goode Vineyard in Sonoma County. Fast forward 20 vintages and today Murphy-Goode, has added more wines to the line-up - including world-class Bordeaux varieties from Alexander Valley. Today, David Ready, Jr., is the winemaker, and the winery remains family owned. Wines, family, friends, fun. It’s been a Goode ride.
30 years later, we continue our own Man Made traditions, including partnering with great like-minded guys like our friends at ManMade!
Hi, I’m Chris from ManMade, and in honor of Murphy-Goode’s 30th Man-iversary, we’ve assembled the ultimate list of thirty things every guy should own by age 30. We’ve focused on high-quality, heritage items, which, at least in many cases, can last another thirty years.
We shared the first twenty items on ManMade, and we are here with the final ten:
A waiter’s corkscrew
I don’t understand how the fancy corkscrew industry continues to survive. Forget the gears and rechargeable batteries and doohickeys and get yourself a simple double-hinged waiter’s corkscrew. They’re $5-8 at any restaurant supply store or well-stocked grocery store, and there is, simply put, no better way to open a bottle of wine. None.
While you’re at it, get 2-3. They don’t take up any room, and you can keep one in your travel pack as well.
Recommended: Pulltap’s Double-Hinged Waiters Corkscrew
A suit you love
Like a real suit, that makes you feel like a million bucks. Or at least the kind that you want to find excuses to wear on special date nights. Whatever works for you will do nicely, but consider ditching the department store separates and checking out one of these sources:
Whichever you pick, they’re definitely not work clothes.
A favorite mug/thermos
Hot drinks should be hot, and cold drinks should be cold. And nothing makes either more pleasant than drinking out of a mug, travel mug, or thermos that just feels right to you. Enough said.
For coffee drinkers, consider a ceramic travel mug (instead of stainless steel), to keep your caffeine tasting fresh.
A set of proper kitchen knives
Toss the block! You can perform 99.95% of kitchen tasks with four knives, and none of them involve micro-serrations that can cut through aluminum cans.
8" chef’s knife: The is the kitchen workhorse that’ll take care of the majority of slicing and dicing tasks. The most important thing here is to find a model that fits your hand and preferred position. Recommended: Wüstof Classic Chef’s Knife, or sub a 7" Santoku for the same tasks.
10" serrated knife: Your go-to for slicing bread, roasted meats with browned crusts, assembled sandwiches, and soft fruits and vegetables like tomatoes and stone fruits or citrus. Since it looks a saw, use a back and forth motion to help guide the serrated teeth through. Recommended: Victorinox 10 ¼" Wavy Bread Knife
4" Paring knife: A small guy designed to be held in the hand while paring, that is, cutting, trimming, or peeling into small pieces while both the knife and food are off the cutting board. Recommended: Wüsthof Classic 3-½-Inch Paring Knife
Boning or fillet knife: this style has a thin, curved blade made from flexible steel that allows you to cut around unlikely shapes, like the joints of a chicken, or the spine of a whole fish. Recommended: J.A. Henckels Synergy 5 ½" Boning Knife
A pair of leather work gloves
“Most of the glove businesses have been family businesses. From father to son. Very traditional business. A product is a product to most manufacturers. The guy who makes them doesn’t know anything about them. The glove business isn’t like that. This business has a long, long history.” - Phillip Roth, American Pastoral
People don’t wear gloves like they used to (as Roth says, gone are the days when a woman had twenty-five pairs of gloves). But that doesn’t mean you won’t benefit from picking up a really good pair. Yeah, you can get those 98-cent, one-size-fits-all canvas gardening gloves, but when you tire of feeling like you have old socks on your hands, try switching to a high-quality deer or goatskin glove with a wing thumb or keystone thumb cut.
It may not be something you use every day, but when you need one, you need one. We vote to forgo the fiberglass and get a classic wood-handled, multi-purpose felling axe, which can handle splitting and chopping tasks.
A sleeping bag
Like a tent, there’s a spectrum of designs here, from poly-filled, big fluffy boxes, to sleek and technical down mummies. The right choice will depend on your interests - namely, how far you have to carry it, and how much you’re into picnics and movies-in-the-park. Just pick a color you can live with, and don’t store it wadded up too tightly. These should last a long time.
You know how your dad always had that coat he’d wear when doing projects around the house or yard? That’s the one we’re talking about. It’s not a work coat, though it could be. It’s a rugged jacket that will block wind and rain, but not keep you too warm as you stay active. Look for waxed canvas options, perhaps with a wool or flannel lining, depending on your climate. Designs for these haven’t changed in nearly 100 years. Buy the right one, and you can expect yours to last nearly that long as well.
A glass decanter
Wine didn’t always come in 750-ml bottles. In classical Greek and Roman societies, servants would fill decanters from larger clay vessels (amphorae), to take to the table for easy service. These days, decanters 1) look great and 2) allow the wine to be opened in advance and aerated, oxidizing the wine and releasing more of its unique aromatic and flavor compounds.
A camera you know how to use
Pictures are essential. They’re art, they’re memories, they’re note takers, and in the digital era, they don’t cost anything beyond the initial investment of the camera. Since ManMade is a blog for creative guys, we definitely recommend something beyond the smartphone camera that 1) allows you to keep your phone in your pocket during important events and 2) offers creative control over the images your making. DSLRs have fallen in price and offer the most diversity, but a sturdy, water-resistant point and shoot might serve your purposes better.
Just get off automatic mode as quickly as you can.
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