A Manly Bag For Your Manly Book: The Saddleback Leather Company Contest/Giveaway

by Brett & Kate McKay on November 23, 2009 · 605 comments

in Dress & Grooming

14 Cody Burns' Machu Picchu leather briefcase


We here at the Art of Manliness love partnering with the Saddleback Leather Company because we’re both passionate about the same stuff: things that are classic, timeless, made to last, and can be passed down to the next generation. Saddleback channels that passion into making rugged, top quality leather bags, bags that your grandchildren will fight over when you’re dead. Here are the Art of Manliness we’re dedicated to sharing and spreading the virtues, skills, and manners every man should know and which never go out of style.

So we figured it was time to bring together our passions for the timeless and classic things in life.

We’ve had giveaways with Saddleback before, but this is by far our biggest and best. We’ve got multiple ways to enter and multiple prizes up for grabs.

We’ve touted our new book-The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man-as a way to take your manliness on the go. The book is full of short sections of essential man knowledge that are easy to read in snatches wherever you travel during the day. But it’s pretty uncomfortable to try to shove the book in your pocket. What you need is a bag, a bag manly enough to carry the world’s manliest book. You need a Saddleback Leather Bag!

Are ready to get your hands on one of these epic leather bags just in time for the holidays?

There are two ways to enter this contest and 3 prizes up for grabs:

  • Grand prize: Limited Edition Art of Manliness/Saddleback briefcase+3 $25 gift cards to the Saddleback online store.
    • How to enter: Submit a photo of yourself in a manly location or doing something manly while reading the Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man.
  • Second prize: Saddleback laptop case+2 $25 gift certificates to the Saddleback online store.
    • How to enter: Leave a comment under this post, join the Man Bag Group in the Community, or email the contest to a friend.
  • Third prize: Saddleback passport wallet+1 $25 gift certificate to the Saddleback Leather Company online store.
    • How to enter: Leave a comment under this post, join the Man Bag Group in the Community, or email the contest to a friend.

Ready for the details? Read on!

The Grand Prize: A Manly Bag for Your Manly Book Photo Contest

The Prize

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We’re awarding one winner a Limited Edition Art of Manliness/Saddleback Leather Briefcase. It’s an extra large light tobacco brown briefcase with The Art of Manliness boxer logo laser etched onto the bag. Indiana Jones will envy you when you win this bag. It’s a $600 USD value. Saddleback is also throwing in 3 $25 gift cards that can be used in their online store.

How to Enter

To enter, you must submit an awesomely manly picture of yourself reading The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man while doing something manly or while in a manly location. Here’s how to submit your photo:

  • Step 1. Join the Art of Manliness Community.
  • Step 2. Take a photo of yourself doing something manly or in a manly location while reading The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man
  • Step 3. Upload the photo to the Art of Manliness Community photo page.
  • Step 4. Tag your photo with “Saddleback.” This step is important! If you don’t tag your photo with “Saddleback,” we can’t tell that you entered. If the photo is not tagged correctly, you’re not entered!

If you’re a visual learner, check out this quick screencast I made during our Case pocket knife contest. View it here.

How to Win

We’ll be judging photos on 1) creativity and 2) quality of work. We want you to have fun with this contest, so let your imagination run wild. You could take a picture of yourself reading The Art of Manliness while straight razor shaving or splitting wood. Or perhaps you know of a manly location that would be a great place to read The Art of Manliness. Be creative.

What’s nice about a contest, as opposed to a giveaway, is the more effort you put in to your entry, the more likely you are to win. So go for it!

Deadline to Enter

Deadline to enter is Monday, December 7, 2009 at 11:59PM CST. You’ve got two weeks to get a photo in!

Second and Third Prize: The Random Giveaway

In addition to the photo contest, we’re giving away two other Saddleback Leather company products in a random drawing. Here’s the rundown on the giveaway.

The Prizes

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The first name we draw will receive a Medium Dark Tobacco Brown Laptop Bag ($256 USD value) and 2 $25 gift certificates to the Saddleback Leather Company online store.

WA-PA-LTB laying down, leather, passport wallet, large fileSaddleback Passport Wallet

The second name we draw will receive a Light Tobacco Passport Wallet ($43 USD value) and 1 $25 gift certificate to the Saddleback Leather Company online store.

How to Enter

You have 3 ways to enter your name in a random drawing for a Saddleback laptop bag and passport wallet:
  1. Leave a comment under this post sharingsomething that you think is classic and/or timeless. This can be an object or a bit of wisdom or knowledge.
  2. Join the Art of Manliness Community’s Man Bag Group. In order to join the group, you have to be a member of the AoM Community.
  3. Share this post with your friends using the “Email Story to a Friend” button in our “Share” Box at the bottom of the post. For each friend you email this post to, you’ll receive one entry in the contest. This means the more friends you share it with, the more entries you get. You can only send 10 at a time, but feel free to come back and send some more. We cannot see your friends’ email addresses, so we won’t be sending them any mail whatsoever.

Increase your chances of winning by doing all three!

How to Win

We’ll randomly select two entries. The first entry we draw will receive the laptop bag. The second entry we draw will receive the passport wallet.

Deadline to Enter

Deadline to enter is Monday, Dec. 7, 2009 at 11:59PM CST

Please read our official rules for more details about the contest.

Got a question about the giveaway? Don’t let it get lost in the avalanche of comments. Message me directly!

201 L. Everett November 24, 2009 at 1:19 pm

I always enjoy using my fathers camping supplies from when he was in Scouts. Rugged and simple. Plus, having the scouting logo gives you street… erm ‘woods’ cred.

202 RobW November 24, 2009 at 1:21 pm

Something classic? The ability to tie a bow tie.

203 D.Spats November 24, 2009 at 1:23 pm

Timeless you say? “Treat a man as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he could be, and he will become what he should be.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

No piece of wisdom is more classic than the idea of the potential of each man when he is treated with opportunity rather than peppered with criticism.

204 Nicholas November 24, 2009 at 1:28 pm

In these times what the every-man biggest challenge can be is no longer the harsh living condition of winter but rather criticism. In this dog eat dog world, it may be hard to find courage to stand for your ideas under such heavy attacks. A Man should find solace in his friends and family and remember what certain doctor once said
Those who matter, don’t mind
Those who mind, don’t matter

That’s what to me is timeless

205 HandyPocket November 24, 2009 at 1:29 pm

I was once visiting my wife’s grandfather in Long Island. He asked me if I wanted some soda. I responded in the affirmative and said that the can would be fine so as not to create any unnecessary dirty dishes. He then exclaimed in a very harsh voice, “GLASS IS CLASS!!!”. It has been five years since that encounter and I’ve never taken soda in the can when there is a glass available.

206 MikeC November 24, 2009 at 1:29 pm

‘Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, covered in scars, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming ‘yahoo!’, what a ride.’
Quote by Bear Grylls

207 Anthony Pienta November 24, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Paraphrasing from “Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters”: Be the man you want your daughters to marry.

208 Taylor Seyfert November 24, 2009 at 1:37 pm

Something timeless… The Golden Rule comes immediately to mind.

“Treat others as you yourself would want to be treated.”

209 Jim Jensen November 24, 2009 at 1:38 pm

“What you do today determines who you will be tomorrow.” That simple thought is timeless. We are all accountable for who we are and who we will be.

210 Scott M November 24, 2009 at 1:44 pm

When I think of timeless I think of a pocket watch passed on from generation to generation.

211 Brian Cromeens November 24, 2009 at 1:45 pm

Timeless is often a completely subjective term. There are few things which we can all agree are timeless. There is a lot of discussion on this site and many like it about timeless fashion, tradition, etc. I appreciate the purpose of this website, by trying to get men back to the basics of life; we may be able to recapture that “timeless” ideal of manly behavior.

Considering this observation, one thing that is timeless is knowledge. The men of our bygone past did not have the luxury of blogs and the like to educate them. They relied on the advice of their fathers and the ideas they learned from the great thinkers of the even more bygone past. Cicero, Locke, Voltaire, and many many more, knowledge is timeless. More timeless that tradition, fashion, or of any other thing we mention…

212 Grant November 24, 2009 at 1:46 pm

Stepping off of a train(plane, auto, boat) in a foreign country with no reservations or agenda. To truly explore where you are, at that moment, that is timeless.

213 Jonathan November 24, 2009 at 1:52 pm

Matthew 5:33-5:37
“”Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.’
But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne;
nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.
Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black.
But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.”

If you are a man of character, simply do what you say you will, and don’t do what you say you won’t. Nothing more is needed.

214 Eric Ivanitsky November 24, 2009 at 1:59 pm

Men who pursue the visible things in life such as wealth, position, and possessions are rarely remembered in the timeless way that men who pursue the invisible qualities such as honesty, integrity, accountability, and character, are.

215 Jim Doherty November 24, 2009 at 2:01 pm

My old K-bar from my time in the Marine Corps…still the best knife I’ve ever had.

216 Joseph November 24, 2009 at 2:09 pm

Their is nothing more timeless then the love between a man and a woman.

217 Ray W November 24, 2009 at 2:09 pm


Sean’s Bond.

218 Lynn November 24, 2009 at 2:11 pm

Timeless advice: Never let your inner child die.
I learned from my father (who is also my hero) that any adventure you would ever need is within your own imagination. you could read books and go on amazing adventures without ever leaving home. you could also fly to the moon in a rocket or be the fastest car racer if you had a cardboard box and some paint. He always encouraged me to think not only outside the box but also down the street. At 32 (me) and 71 (him), neither of us has ever let that inner child die. We live life as an adventure and celebrate the achievements that we have made thus far.

219 Larry November 24, 2009 at 2:11 pm

The United States Military, to include all of the service academies. There is something timeless about a young man raising his hand and swearing to defend his homeland “against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” My time spent in the United States Air Force have given me hundreds of timeless memories, and I’m forever thankful and proud to have served.

220 Brian Goodrich November 24, 2009 at 2:15 pm

“The true measure of life is not time; but honesty.” Anonymous Author

221 Michael Bailey November 24, 2009 at 2:18 pm

There is nothing like drinking a couple of beers with friends on the porch on a summer’s night discussing theology.

222 Brad Hubbard November 24, 2009 at 2:20 pm

Something classic and timeless:

Mahogany Furniture.

I think one of the great examples of manliness (and classic, and timelessness) is a room with dark furniture, hardwood floors, a large fireplace, high bookshelves, and a globe.


223 Lincoln Mullen November 24, 2009 at 2:21 pm

What’s classic? A pocket watch.

224 Hauie November 24, 2009 at 2:21 pm

A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker


225 Andrew Elliott November 24, 2009 at 2:23 pm

I was just noticing what a total pile my current wallet is. If I don’t win one, I’ll buy it anyway. MAN UP!

226 Zachariah November 24, 2009 at 2:26 pm

Knowledge is power.
Readers are leaders.

227 Brian Daniel Krueger November 24, 2009 at 2:30 pm

Something classic: Pince-nez. Our friend Teddy wore the standard c-bridge type. Not many are able to pull it off now, but it’s still a classic.

228 Kelly November 24, 2009 at 2:42 pm

“By affliction He teaches us many precious lessons, which without it we should never learn. By affliction He shows us our emptiness and weakness, draws us to the throne of grace, purifies our affections, weans us from the world, makes us long for heaven. In the resurrection morning we shall all say, ‘it is good for me that I was afflicted.’ We shall thank God for every storm.”

~ J.C. Ryle

229 Arthur November 24, 2009 at 2:46 pm

chivalry is pretty timeless

230 Joe M. November 24, 2009 at 2:55 pm

The True Gentleman is the man whose conduct proceeds from good will and an acute sense of propriety and whose self-control is equal to all emergencies;
who does not make the poor man conscious of his poverty, the obscure man of his obscurity, or any man of his inferiority or deformity; who is himself humbled if necessity compels him to humble another; who does not flatter wealth, cringe before power, or boast of his own possessions or achievements; who speaks with frankness but always with sincerity and sympathy; whose deed follows his word; who thinks of the rights and feelings of others rather than his own; and who appears well in any company; a man with whom honor is sacred and virtue safe.”

- John Walter Wayland

231 Evan November 24, 2009 at 3:10 pm

Something timeless or classic? Throwing the football or baseball around the front yard with your father when you’re 6 or a few years later when you’re 28, taking time off from conquering the professional world for some father/son time…that is something timeless.

232 Dick Page November 24, 2009 at 3:14 pm

The most timeless thing is alcohol. The first thing any civilization does when it reaches a new home is figure out how to ferment something.

233 roentarre November 24, 2009 at 3:15 pm

Yes, seems like a good task to do and it is fun.

234 Nathan November 24, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Just about any movie with Cary Grant or Humphrey Bogart. I’m only 19, but I’ve been more entertained by movies like Casablanca and Father Goose than I have from many new movies coming out today.

235 Devin November 24, 2009 at 3:25 pm

One of the most timeless and classic essays I have ever had the pleasure of reading is Lee Sandlin’s “Losing the War”. It is by far the best piece I have read about World War II and war in general. You can read it in its entirety here:
Or if you want something a little bit shorter, you can get a hold of the compilation “The New Kings of Nonfiction”, edited by Ira Glass.

236 RH November 24, 2009 at 3:30 pm

I have been challenged and taught a lot of timeless wisdom from the book of Proverbs in the Bible … relationships, wise men walking with the wise, financial wisdom, be disciplined like the ant, and so on. It starts with a man telling his son how to live a full life, and it ends with a man describing the type of woman to marry (hint, she’s not barefoot and pregnant!). And in the middle it discusses how wise men seek counsel together, how the foolish men resist wisdom, and how the simple men just don’t get it. You can’t get more classic than that.

237 Tanner November 24, 2009 at 3:31 pm

Nothing is as manly or timeless as Rudyard Kipling’s “If”

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all mend doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
Of you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream – and not make dreams you master;
If you can think – and not make thought’s your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the thruth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build ‘em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all you winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve you turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the will which says to them: “Hold on;”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!

238 Sam Pagano November 24, 2009 at 3:41 pm

The greatest power a man has is to choose his own destiny

239 JD Foster November 24, 2009 at 3:49 pm

One timeless lesson my dad taught me when I was about 10. It was the middle of summer in central California, probably a 100+ degree day. We were driving around town, and there was some road work being done. Two haggard, middle-aged men were down in a trench, their sweat just turning to mud as they dug in the dusty soil. They were obviously working their tails off. Standing outside the trench was a much younger fellow, probably in his 20′s, wearing a spotless hard hat and safety vest. He was standing behind what I later learned was a transit, obviously overseeing and instructing the two men in the trench. My father simply commented, “One of those men went to school.” Nothing more was said, but it resounded with me and has stuck with me for over 20 year now.

240 Randall November 24, 2009 at 3:57 pm

I love this site. I really, really do.

241 Matt S November 24, 2009 at 3:58 pm

Pitting yourself against the wiley rainbow trout, being humbled by a creature with a pea sized brain, finally landing one and then releasing him unharmed. All as an excuse to enjoy the majesty of nature and fellowship of like minded anglers.

242 Mike MacKendrick November 24, 2009 at 4:03 pm

A Fender Stratocaster. And I don’t even play guitar.

243 Jeff November 24, 2009 at 4:04 pm

If by “classic”, you mean “takes you back to some age before now,” then I think leather is classic. Who can sit in a leather chair and not think of their parents. (or even grandparents!)

244 Gary November 24, 2009 at 4:14 pm

What could be more manly than a three-foot-tall figment of George Lucas’s imagination, also known as Yoda, when he said, “do or do not, there is no try.”

245 Aaron November 24, 2009 at 4:15 pm

1Cr 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which [was bestowed] upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

246 Kyle November 24, 2009 at 4:38 pm

Skinny ties are pretty classic, I think. They remind me of that 1960s Apollo program era. I think I could rock one of those with some horn-rimmed glasses. Maybe a slide-rule, too.

247 Bernt Stenberg November 24, 2009 at 5:08 pm

My timeless thought is more of a timeless observation, and that is that growth is hard. Often we think of growth and change as these heroic moments in our lives when we choose do the right thing or make some large sacrifice for another. And while that can be a growth event, in my experience the moments that have helped shape and guide me as a man are the moments I really, really don’t want to be in–the uncomfortable, painful, or just plain difficult moments: owning up to a big mistake at work, having to break it to someone that they’re let go, admitting and seeking help for depression or other problem, or even just admitting to your favorite loved one that you were wrong. By taking these difficult moments head on, we learn and discover something about ourselves and are able to move to the next challenge. Avoid them and it seems like we just keep repeating them.

That’s my timeless manly thought–growth is hard and difficult (that’s why it’s growth!) and usually not heroic. Facing it challenges head on leads to greater (and more pleasant) awareness.

248 Daniel Fryar November 24, 2009 at 5:29 pm

I think ‘timeless’ is a pretty limited term. Quid ad aeternum? Look at any thing or situation in life and ask, What is it in the light of eternity?

249 James Brink November 24, 2009 at 5:59 pm


250 Jamie November 24, 2009 at 6:01 pm

My father was a cobler, thus significantly dealing with leather and various qualities of leather.

hey would advocate the use of leather for everything when practicable. Let me elaborate:

when I was very young, I bought a standard fabric (nylon) backpack. When my father found out he yelled at me for not buying a leather backpack.

When he would get cuts on his fingers, he would cut a rectangular strip of leather and wrapped it around the would (soft side down) and then glued the end of the strip on top of the beginning of strip, essentially making a leather bandaid. He claimed that the nutrients of the leather healed his skin and significantly reduced the formation of scar tissue.

When I received my first plant to take car of, he gave me strips of leather to put within the soil claiming the nutrients of the leather would dissolve into the soil and provide better nutrients to the plant.

He also had an interesting approach to environmentalism in regards to leather. The Pro-Animal trend of ‘don’t farm animals’, and reducing the use of animals products has risen. However, my fathers philosophy was that although animals are enjoyable, leather is biodegradable. Pro-Animal behavior (in that sense) promotes the use of plastics (which is non-biodegradable) and continues to be a pollutant to the earth.

Thus, seeing bags such as the bags presented by the Saddleback company definitely reminds me of my childhood, and working in my dad’s shop.

251 Kevin Fehlen November 24, 2009 at 6:06 pm

“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today” -James Dean

“I used to put cream and sugar in my coffee until your grandpa scolded me for wasting perfectly good cream and sugar, and ruining perfectly good coffee! I’ve drank my coffee black ever since.” -My grandma

252 Kevin Morton November 24, 2009 at 6:42 pm

“Men go to far greater lengths to avoid what they fear that to obtain what they desire.” from The DaVinci Code

“The will is everything. If you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, you become something else entirely.” from Batman Begins

“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.” – Henry Ford

“The secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life, and in elevating them to art.” – William Morris

253 Nick November 24, 2009 at 7:01 pm

As much as I would love that to win the briefcase, I will instead share a tidbit of wisdom in the hopes of winning one of the other, equally awesome, prizes.

“Remember who you are and who you represent.” These are the words of my old wrestling coach. He would tell us this before we got off of the bus at another school. Despite the fact he was just telling us to behave ourselves at someone’s school, I have always tried to fit this saying into my adult life. All of us are, in some way, representing many people other than ourselves. If you work for a company and you are a jerk to someone, it will effect your business. Likewise, if you are a generally rude person, it can reflect poorly on your parents and how they raised you. So my fellow men, never forget who you are and who you represent. Because your shame can become theirs very quickly.

254 Sam Larson November 24, 2009 at 7:02 pm

“If the full role of sincere philanthropists were called, from the beginning of time, it would be found that all of them together by their strictly philanthropic activities have never conferred upon humanity one-tenth of the benefit derived from the normally self-interested efforts of Thomas Alva Edison, to say nothing of the greater minds who worked out the scientific principles which Edison applied. Innumerable speculative thinkers, inventors, and organizers, have contributed to the comfort, health, and happiness of their fellow men — because that was not their objective.”

255 Luke November 24, 2009 at 7:05 pm

With everyone in a state of uncertain employment, things seem very different from even a couple years ago. My father once gave me advice a long while ago on how to keep a job: “be irreplaceable.” I think of what he said and see that it’s just as valid now as it was then.

256 Sam Larson November 24, 2009 at 7:07 pm

If the full role of sincere philanthropists were called, from the beginning of time, it would be found that all of them together by their strictly philanthropic activities have never conferred upon humanity one-tenth of the benefit derived from the normally self-interested efforts of Thomas Alva Edison, to say nothing of the greater minds who worked out the scientific principles which Edison applied. Innumerable speculative thinkers, inventors, and organizers, have contributed to the comfort, health, and happiness of their fellow men — because that was not their objective.

-Isabel Paterson

“Coffee only has two ingredients, don’t skimp on either.”


257 Kyle November 24, 2009 at 7:12 pm

The timeless things are truly worth investing in. Things like safety razors and french presses.

258 Miles Thomas November 24, 2009 at 7:21 pm


259 Andrew C. November 24, 2009 at 7:34 pm

“There’s a divinity that shapes our ends, / Rough-hew them how we will” (Shakespeare, Hamlet, 5.2.10-11).

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

260 Michael November 24, 2009 at 7:43 pm

I can share two sayings which have never steered me wrongly:

1) You are a unique and beautiful little snowflake, just like everybody else.

2) There is only one person on Earth who cannot walk away from your problems.

261 Jason Forbes November 24, 2009 at 7:47 pm

I have three pearls of wisdom I would like to share.

First: “Many hands make for light work.” My father says this one a lot. I feel that many people fail to recognize the benefit of working together for a common goal. In today’s society there is a strong tendency to separate people rather than bring them together. After all, how can there be a rebellion if everyone is watching t.v.?

Second: “Work smarter, not harder.” This comes from my drafting teacher in college and has served me well. You can certainly get more done quickly if you take a minute to think about what you are doing and proceed using the best method.

Lastly, and probably most important: “You must do what you feel is right, of course.” Alec Guinness was not impressed that he was best known for his role as Obi Wan Kenobi but this line has stuck with me. It hearkens to the Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi’s maxim “Do nothing that you will regret.”

262 Robert Black November 24, 2009 at 8:07 pm

Several months ago i happened upon this site while searching for tips on choosing a taylor. (thanks for the article) that discovery has lead to lots of great content contained here on this site. I tell all my male and some female friends (those women who believe that gentlemen are few and far between) about this stronghold of internet manliness. I always point out the link for saddleback leather company because i absolutely love these bags. I come from a family of working men (my grandfather a blacksmith, uncle a fireman, other uncle a farmer, father a pastor etc) and, as many in my generation are, i am attracted to antiques and classic designs. I am an aspiring artist blacksmith and frequent traveler who would love to own one of these magnificent leather bags.

Robert Black

263 Paul November 24, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Alfred Pennyworth: Why do we fall, sir? So that we might learn to pick ourselves up.
- Can’t get much manlier than Batman.

264 Benji Milanowski November 24, 2009 at 8:44 pm

Something timeless for me has always been the pocket knife. AoM has already covered its uses, but I still marvel every time how useful my Leatherman, Victorinox, or Case knife.

“Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” -Lao Tzu

265 Davidxvx November 24, 2009 at 8:47 pm

Toitū he whenua, whatungarongaro he tangata? [English: Land is permanent, man disappears.]

266 Albert November 24, 2009 at 9:01 pm

Relaxing on the porch. Everyone seems to force activity all the time. With the constant availability of stimulus, it’s like most of the people in my generation (including myself) feel the need to grasp at as much as possible even if it does no good, just to avoid missed opportunities. But it’s just as important to take a break every once in a while to sit and admire the world and think about things without having to do anything with your thoughts.

The world needs more porches.

267 Red Dog November 24, 2009 at 9:31 pm

Classic – Oscar Wilde’s last words:

“That’s it. Either the wallpaper goes, or I do.”

268 Jake November 24, 2009 at 9:35 pm

This is a trustworthy statement, and worthy of full acceptance:

Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am chief.

1 Tim. 1:15

269 Devin November 24, 2009 at 9:40 pm

“Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage. ”

-Theodore Roosevelt

270 Todd November 24, 2009 at 9:53 pm

“The strength of the wolf is in the pack. The strength of the pack is in the wolf.”

271 nathan miller November 24, 2009 at 9:56 pm

I find classical music timeless and manly. It just doesn’t get better than sitting back and enjoying a full sweeping symphony for me. Allows me to sort out my thoughts.
Also, some timeless wisdom from Henry V: “when lenity and cruelty play for a kingdom, the gentler gamester is the soonest winner.”

272 Scott F November 24, 2009 at 9:58 pm

Following the path of least resistance is what makes rivers and men crooked.

273 Jared DuBach November 24, 2009 at 10:12 pm

For the longest time I’ve observed how I carry quite a few items throughout the day when I go to my various appointments and I’m often overwhelmed. Having that snazzy laptop case would be perfect. Of course, that snazzy passport wallet would be swell as well!

274 Leif November 24, 2009 at 10:15 pm

I forget where I heard this, so hear goes – “Preconceptions take away our ability to view things objectively”

275 Matt Stout November 24, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Ecclesiastes 2: 24-26 A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

276 James November 24, 2009 at 10:21 pm

“I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.” R.W. Emerson

277 Andrew November 24, 2009 at 10:40 pm

I’d really like that laptop bag. Probably investing in a saddleback in the next 6 months anyway, if the things are as sturdy as advertised it’s well worth it.

278 chris November 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm

As Mr. Bertolt Brecht once said, “from the cradle to the coffin, underwear comes first.”

279 Clayton November 24, 2009 at 11:07 pm

Fountain Pens. Now I’m not referring to calligraphy, not that there’s anything wrong with that, but instead to true fountain pens. Contrary to popular belief, and what the office supply store (and Wal Mart) would have you believe, they do still make these timeless treasures. In today’s world of “disposable convenience,” it’s nice to have something a different, something that lasts. In my mind, a quality fountain pen isn’t much different that my Merkur Classic double edged safety razor, or a top notch product from Saddleback Leather. It’s something real, something made to last, and ultimately, something that brings enjoyment to an otherwise mundane part of life. Good luck on the drawing, and Happy Thanksgiving to all!

280 stephen stacey November 24, 2009 at 11:22 pm

“character” is what you are when no one is watching you—————-not my original but a good measure of a person

281 Forest November 24, 2009 at 11:28 pm

Classics: Winchester 73: the Rifle and The Movie with James Stewart along with an appropriate classic Greek quotation ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ “MOLON LABE” (meaning “Come and take them!” a classical expression of defiance reported by Plutarch in response to the Persian army’s demand that the Spartans surrender their weapons at the Battle of Thermopylae).

282 Jason P. Franklin November 24, 2009 at 11:56 pm

“Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.”
– Douglas Adams

“It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.”
– Epictetus

283 Craig November 25, 2009 at 12:39 am

“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month!!” – Theodore Roosevelt.

This blog put me on to Theodore Roosevelt and as an Australian reader I have loved learning more about him.

284 Brandon November 25, 2009 at 1:03 am

My dad taught me to never trust a gun that you haven’t cleaned yourself.

285 Robin Felix November 25, 2009 at 1:12 am

This is a truly manly series of bags, and my woman’s insistence on calling my Saddleback satchel a “man-purse” is just the envy talking.

286 Nate Hutchison November 25, 2009 at 1:17 am

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
– Saint Augustine

287 CR November 25, 2009 at 1:21 am

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
– Oscar Wilde

288 Gabriel November 25, 2009 at 1:30 am

You can’t go wrong with carrying around a zippo — always classy

289 ts November 25, 2009 at 2:06 am

patience is a virtue……..virtue is a grace……grace is a little girl who wouldn’t wash her face…….

btw clayton…..
i collect….and use fountain pens….both vintage and modern…..
i also collect…..am surrounded by and travel with teddy bears…..
i collect…..and wear hats……
all……CERTAINLY timeless……..all classic!!

i collect MUCH more *stuff*……..it is an affliction…..
GOOD affliction…. :-)

290 Joe Roy November 25, 2009 at 2:19 am

“What is a man, if his chief good and market of time be but to feed and sleep? A beast, no more… I do not know why yet I live to say ‘This thing’s to do;’ while I have cause and will and strength and means to do it.”

“Opportunity is missed by most because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work”.
-Thomas Edison

Gratefulness is always manly. I am grateful that men are defending our liberty and that we can spend this Thanksgiving at home in peace because other men are not.

291 Reed November 25, 2009 at 4:09 am

I’ll tell ya, that wallet looks delicious.

292 Kellen Jones November 25, 2009 at 4:38 am

A little less complaint and whining, and a little more dogged work and manly striving, would do us more credit than a thousand civil rights bills.
W. E. B. Du Bois

293 AHein November 25, 2009 at 6:02 am

“We’re all eating our way through the potato.” -Tom Waits.


294 Frederic November 25, 2009 at 6:23 am

I find wind-up watches are something classic and timeless (funny to say that for a watch). I’ve just had one cleaned and fixed (my grandfather’s wristwatch) and I love it.

295 Ceezer November 25, 2009 at 6:33 am

“He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man” ~ William Shakespeare

“Now don’t go ninja’in nobody don’t need ninja’d” ~ Boone County Ninja

296 Andrew November 25, 2009 at 6:42 am

Work smarter, not harder

297 Jason November 25, 2009 at 6:44 am

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

298 Peter November 25, 2009 at 7:45 am

I am saving my pennies for a Saddleback laptop bag – save me some time AoM!

299 Roy November 25, 2009 at 8:53 am

“Look not mournfully into the past, it comes not back again. Wisely improve the present, it is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future without fear and with a manly heart.”–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

300 Jeff Young November 25, 2009 at 8:59 am

As for a bit of wisdom, I suggest the poem Dreams by Langston Hughes.

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

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