Yesterday, we put up our interview with F.M. Allen President William Woods. Take note boys, as Mr. Woods is the outdoorsy guy that has become endangered over the years. There was once a time when guys weren’t afraid to get their hands dirty–thankfully there are still a couple of guys like Will kicking around.
1) A pair of dark brown jodhpur boots. I’m partial to our Pull-on Safari Boots in kudu leather but R.M. Williams’ Comfort Craftsman line is wonderful as well.
2) A good knife. I carry the Spitfire model from Col. Littleton. I love the combination of the traditional bone handle and the more modern blade. It’s lightweight and compact and designed to be opened with one hand. Whether I’m at the office or the store or at home, having a knife handy is incredibly useful.
3) A shotgun — preferably one that belonged to your father, or even better, his father. I still have my great, great, great grandfather’s Winchester Model 1887, a lever action shotgun that was manufactured in 1892. When my son was born last year, I purchased a Beretta Silver Pigeon III .20 gauge for him. I can’t wait until he’s old enough for us to use it together.
4) Good stationary. The art of letter writing has been all but lost and it’s a damn shame. Every customer that purchases from our website gets a handwritten letter either from me or Scott Sherrill (our NYC store manager), and it isn’t something we do flippantly. My favorite stationer is Greenwich Letterpress on Christopher Street in the West Village, NYC.
5) A bottle of small batch bourbon. This one might seem a little cliché, but you just can’t beat good whiskey and it’s like the knite- you truly never know when you’ll need it. Hirsch is the best, but if you can’t find it, something like Pappy Van Winkle or Blanton’s will do just fine.