This year for fathers day think about giving your father the gift of libation, tobacco, or something timeless – non- electronic device/gadget.


Consider a pocket knife.

Case Pocket Knife


Pocket knives are timeless.  When taken care of properly they will last a lifetime.   Generally you always need a knife when you don’t have one.  To open a box, to cut a piece of plastic zip tie, to cut a piece of cheese or fruit.  Pocket knives have slowly gone out of style for a bunch of reasons, airline restrictions, work restrictions etc.  Don’t let these imposed regulations dictate you carrying a pocket knife.  Check your knife in your luggage, verify the size limit at your work.

Case Pocket knives are American Made Knives, and are passed down from father to son, father to son.  Consider picking one up if your father doesn’t have one.   Today they are owned by Zippo, also a wholly American owned and made brand.

While I’m not a fan of frenchie products, the Opinel Cheese Knife is a classic knife that will last a lifetime and can be sharpened laser sharp, but you will have to keep it up.  They’ve been around since the 1800’s .

Wrist Watch

There are watches, and then there are watches.  Since we’re on the subject of timeless items, a proper wrist watch will last a lifetime, and there are certain designs that are timeless and will never go out of fashion.

A Rolex? Really? Yes, Really.  If price is no object a Rolex is a fine watch to own.  I suggest this classic:

The Submariner

“The Rolex Submariner: Because when it was first introduced in 1953, it was the first watch waterproof up to 330 feet. Because today, with a triple-seal system that secures the case as tightly as the hatch of a submarine, that number has gone up to 1,000. Because it’s survived 45-below temperatures on Antarctic expeditions.  Because the Submariner has appeared in not one, not two, but many James Bond movies. And because the blue-on-blue design of this latest version looks damn good.”

Desk Lamp

Vintage Motorcycle Lamp


Not just any desk lamp mind you.  A rugged manly lamp that is built from motorcycle parts.  Using a brake rotor as the base with a spring and shock absorber for the stem. All the lamps Ryland has created are executed with equal care, but like motorcycles themselves, vary in size and shape (averaging 18″ tall), depending on availability of parts.



A Classic Desk Pen

MontBlanc Classic Pen

Has writing gone out of style? Maybe.  I’d be hard pressed to remember the last letter correspondence I received that was hand written.  But if you’re going to write a letter, make sure to do it in style with a Mont Blanc Mark Twain Pen.

With his pseudonym of Mark Twain, the American writer recalled the defining period of his life spent as a steersman on the Mississippi. The design of the writing instrument is also inspired by the river that had a lasting influence on Twain and his work:
The sinuous curving lines on cap and barrel, made of deep-blue precious resin, reflect the shallow waves of the river. The top of the cap is shaped to resemble the Mississippi steamboat chimneys, whose steam is illustrated by ivory-coloured precious resin.

Just make sure that if you buy this pen for dear old dad that it doesn’t collect dust on his desk.  Tell him to use it and write some old fashioned letters for a change.



Walking Boots

Wolverine 1000 Mile Boots

A great gift for Dad, or you if you are so inclined.  These Wolverine 1000 Mile boots have been on my list for a while.  From Gear Patrol:

Drawing on 125 years of history, the collection features Horween leathers, stacked leather outsoles, Vibram soles, Goodyear welt construction, and Made in the USA goodness. That’s a roster robust enough to turn even the most dedicated Sneaker Head. The cornerstone of Wolverine’s collection is the 1000 Mile Boot. Based closely on original Wolverines of the early 20th century, it appears to have time traveled from the foot of one of these fine gentleman to us. The 1000 Mile Boot has all the same impressive construction as the rest of the line, but a simple aesthetic that leaves its competition in the dust.

As for the name, it comes from vintage Wolverine advertising purporting their boots to “last a 1000 miles”. When we got lucky enough to tie on a pair of Rust 1000 Mile Boots we figured wearing the hell out of them was the best way to demo them while honoring the heritage. In that spirit, we’ve submitted them to family parties, job interviews, snow, sleet, rain, public transportation, 14 hour days on our feet, dates, and sporting events. Along the way we were impressed at how quickly the uppers formed to our feet, and the soles became comfortable, allowing them to be worn for long periods of time with very little discomfort.

One of these days I’ll find a pair for me, but for dear old dad, consider it.


A Cigar He Will Remember

Rocky Patel Decade

Rocky Patel hasn’t been in the Cigar Industry very long compared to industry titans like Arturo Fuentes but he does make an amazing cigar.  I’ve tried the majority of his blends and types of cigars and have yet to come across a bad smoke from start to glorious finish.  Pick up a Rocky Patel Decade.

Medium to full bodied; smooth, rich & complex with full rich flavors consisting of dark spice, black cherry, roasted coffee with a light dose of pepper. A well balanced cigar with a long full finish with a lingering sweetness.

If you want to go with something else, then I would suggest an Arturo Fuente Hemingway.


I think that about wraps up this years thoughts and ideas for great Fathers Day gifts.  Tell us what you think below!

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