Swedish FireSteel Fire Starter

Swedish FireSteel

Swedish FireSteel was originally developed by the Swedish Department of Defense – due to the weather conditions in Sweden a fire starter was needed that was waterproof, snowproof, altitude immune and exceedingly reliable. Matches, lighters and other traditional methods of starting fires all have significant drawbacks, so there’s a huge benefit to a small, simple…

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The Mercator Knife

The Mercator Knife

The Mercator Knife is a classic German pocket knife that became famous after the Second World War when returning American GIs brought them home after their successful campaign with the Brits across Europe. Each knife has a stainless steel blade, a corkscrew, a spike and a tin opener, and each is made to the same specifications…

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The Sicura Instalite

Sicura Instalite

The Sicura Instalite is a watch with an interesting history behind it – it’s the first mechanical wristwatch ever made with a separate electrical system for backlighting. Although you may never have heard of the Sicura before the company is actually closely related to Breitling, in 1979 when Breitling went bankrupt due to the challenge…

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Yashica Mat-124 G

Yashica Mat-124 G Camera

The Yashica Mat-124 G was produced by the Japanese camera manufacturer between 1968 and 1971, the model was fitted with a 4 element, 80mm F3.5 lens and shot images at 6 cm x 6cm. The Mat-124 G is a popular camera on the vintage market and film is still easy to come by, the one…

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.410 Gauge Walking Stick Gun

walking-stick-gun

There’s something undeniably dapper about a gentleman with a discreet walking stick gun – a tool originally designed as a defensive weapon against the street urchins and ruffians of the Victorian era. The vintage .410 gauge walking stick/shotgun you see above is an original, working example and is leather covered with a brass collar concealing the…

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Asprey Pocket Knife & Game Counter

Asprey Pocket Knife

This ivory-handled Asprey pocket knife has a clever game counter and place finder built into its side – to ensure that the country gent can keep tabs on his afternoon’s shooting without losing count. The knife itself contains one large blade and two smaller blades, a flat-head screwdriver, a wood-saw, a cartridge-extractor for 12 & 16-bore…

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Magnum Damascus Knife by Böker

Damascus Steel Knife

Damascus steel was first invented 300 years before the birth of Christ, the original methods used to create it were lost for centuries and only relatively recently have metallurgists reverse engineered the process to the point where they can now create ingots of the metal that are indistinguishable from the original. In 2006 a research team…

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Hip Flask Book Safe

Hipflask Book Hiding Place

Most enthusiastic drinkers will tell you that it’s important to have a stash somewhere in the house that the other half doesn’t know about – with the best hiding spot being inside a book that they’ll never even look at twice, like a boring plain black volume called “An Encyclopaedia of American Humor”. Each one…

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Pop’s EDC Kit by Kaufmann Mercantile

Pops EDC Kit by Kaufmann Mercantile

Pop’s EDC Kit by Kaufmann Mercantile is designed to be a pocket-friendly everyday carry kit that can be easily customised to include your house and/or car keys. The kit can be bought as the pouch only, or fully equipped – the fully equipped kit includes a waterproof brass lighter, a pry bar, a flat head and phillips head…

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Sterling Silver Pocket Compass

Silver Pocket Compass

There’s a lot to be said for having a compass on you at all times, you never know when that world-ending ebola outbreak is going to occur and in the meantime, if your iPhone battery dies you’ll still have a hope of not getting lost. The 1.4 inch compass pictured here is handmade in England from…

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