Established in 1819, Jacob Bromwell is America’s oldest cookware company. All of their top quality products are still handcrafted in the USA, just like they were in frontier days. You may remember we did a chestnut roaster giveaway with them around the holidays.

Well they recently introduced a new product to their unique line-up of old fashioned items: a copper cup. Back in pioneer times, in the days before thermoses and insulated cups, folks relied on copper’s special ability to keep beverages hot or cold. These copper cups will keep cold drinks chilled for ages and keep hot beverages like cocoa warm for drinking by the fire on a wintery night. The cups are hand dipped and entirely hand made using tools from the 1700s. They’re incredibly sturdy and will last for generations.

Jacob Bromwell is giving away one of these copper cups to one lucky AoM Trunk winner. If you’d like to have this handsome copper cup sitting in your cabinet, just leave a comment telling us your favorite beverage to put in a mug. One comment will be randomly drawn as the winner.

Giveaway ends April 10, 2012.

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I recently discovered that back in 1996 Hasbro came out with a Classic Collection of 12″ action figures that harkened back to the 1960′s style G.I. Joe’s which had more realistic clothing and equipment. Included among the collection were a “Historical Commanders” series which included Colin L. Powell, Omar N. Bradley, George Patton, Dwight Eisenhower, George Washington, and….Theodore Roosevelt! The TR G.I. Joe came outfitted  in Rough Rider garb, ready for a charge up San Juan hill. They were more of a collector’s item than a toy even at the time, and today can be found on Amazon and elsewhere for $50 and going up from there. Still would be kind of cool to give to your kid though. “Now son, this is an All-American hero.”





James T. Whitehead

Born 1819.

Killed 99 Bears.

Died Sept. 25, 1905

Via Gentlemint


A video depicting what is perhaps the oldest form of hunting on earth–persistence hunting. A tribesman pursues an animal for 8 hours, keeping after it until it keels over from exhaustion.

Hat tip to Cody D. for this link.


Recently, Huckberry created another corner of their site called The Huckberry General Store. It’s filled with unique items that will be available week after week, unlike the things in Huckberry’s main store which change every week. And new items will be added all the time.

Right now the The General Store is filled with a bunch of indvidual tactical every day carry items (and a kit that includes them all), along with a few other interesting things like a cast iron pot and a set of Vermont-milled stones you can use to keep your whiskey cold. Everything in the General Store right now is Made in the USA.

Huckberry is giving away any item in the store to two lucky AoM Trunk readers. To enter the giveaway, just visit The Huckberry General Store, pick which item you’d like if your name is drawn as the winner, and leave a comment sharing your pick with us. To browse the store, you have to sign up for Huckberry. Just so we’re clear, if you sign up for Huckberry, you’re opting into receiving weekly emails from Huckberry on their exclusive deals. You can unsubscribe anytime you want.

Giveaway ends Monday, April 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm.


I’m really looking forward to seeing another film version of my favorite book, The Great Gatsby.  Leonardo DiCaprio stars and Baz Luhrmann is directing. And it’s going to be in 3-D, which is…interesting.



Huckberry is a deal site that features special sales each week exclusively to members, and the products available change each week. Every week, I pick out my favorite things from the week’s offerings.

Criquet Shirts

As regular readers of The Trunk may remember, we did a giveaway with Criquet shirts awhile back. Well, if you didn’t pick up one of these awesome polo shirts then, now’s the perfect opportunity to grab one at a discount. The cotton polos have a stylish vintage golf shirt vibe and are Made in the USA. I love the one I have and wear it all the time and will definitely be getting another.

Military Watch Company

Based in Zurich, Switzerland, the MWC makes quality, sturdy watches for American armed forces, police departments, and other government agencies. Some good-looking field watches here.

To browse the Huckberry Shop, you have to sign-up for the site. If you do, you get a $5 credit for being an AoM reader.  The reason that you must sign-up to browse and see the prices is that this is a members-only deal site, and the brands that offer their products for these special sales are only willing to offer those special prices to a small group and not to the public at large


While I was looking for an image for yesterday’s post on camp stoves, I came across this photo of WWII GI’s using a specially made “Pocket Stove” that was designed and manufactured for soldiers by Coleman. And I learned this interesting historical tidbit from the Coleman’s site:

“Less than twenty years later, World War II swept across the globe. Like many companies, The Coleman Company did its part to support the war effort. Allied munitions and air forces contained parts manufactured in Kansas by The Coleman Company. In June of 1942 the Army Quartermaster Corps issued an urgent request to the Coleman Company. Field troops were in dire need of a compact stove that could operate within a wide range of conditions in multiple theaters, weighed less than five pounds, could be no larger than a quart bottle of milk, and could burn any kind of fuel. And, the U.S. Army wanted 5,000 of the stoves delivered in sixty days.

Work commenced immediately to design and manufacture a stove that met the Army’s strict specifications. The end product far exceeded anything that the Army had requested: the stove could work at 60 degrees below and up to 150 degrees above Fahrenheit; it could burn all kinds of fuel; it weighed a mere three and one-half pounds; and it was smaller than a quart bottle of milk. The first order for 5,000 units was flown to U.S. forces involved in Operation Torch, an allied invasion of North Africa in 1942. World War II journalist Ernie Pyle devoted 15 news articles to the Coleman® pocket stove and considered it one of the two most important pieces of noncombat equipment in the war effort, the other being the Jeep.”

Via A Continuous Lean


Creek Stewart is a survival expert and instructor at Willow Haven Outdoor. He also occasionally writes incredibly awesome articles for AoM, such as How to Field Dress a Squirrel, How to Make a Survival Shotgun, and, one of our most popular articles of all time, How to Make a Bug Out Bag. If you’re one of the many readers who found that post interesting and useful, consider preordering Creek’s new book on the subject: Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag: Your 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit. The 200 page book includes 350 photos and goes much more in-depth about building and using your Bug Out Bag. The book covers:

  • A complete Bug Out Bag checklist that tells you exactly what to pack based on your survival skill level
  • Photos and explanations of every item you need in your bag
  • Resource lists to help you find and purchase gear
  • Practice exercises that teach you how to use almost everything in your bag
  • Demonstrations for multi-use items that save pack space and weight
  • Specific gear recommendations for common disasters

The book even includes special considerations for bugging out with children, the elderly, the physically disabled, and even pets.

If you’ve enjoyed Creek’s articles on the Art of Manliness, give the man some support by preordering Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag: Your 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit!



The NYT had an interesting article this week that focused not just on the rise in popularity of Mixed Martial Arts, but how the sport ties into the modern culture of manhood:

But in the faces of Mr. Ettari and the 16 friends with whom he had traveled to Atlantic City — including his identical twin, Anthony — one could read the significance of M.M.A. itself. To this generation, who came of age alongside the notorious sport, mixed martial arts has come to represent everything that boxing once did to their fathers and grandfathers: the ultimate measure of manhood, endurance and guts.

“Boxing isn’t the biggest, baddest sport on the block anymore, and it hasn’t been for years,” said Jim Genia, 41, the author of “Raw Combat, the Underground World of Mixed Martial Arts.” Today, he said, M.M.A. is “the one sporting endeavor that encapsulates what it means to be a warrior.”

The author traces some of the interest in MMA to the film Fight Club:

For many parents, their young sons’ near-obsessive attraction to mixed martial arts is puzzling, to say the least. Some pinpoint its origins to the David Fincher film “Fight Club,” a movie that, in the 13 years since its release, has had a cultural resonance far beyond its modest box office numbers.

Jan Redford of Squamish, British Columbia, said that her son, Sam, now 20, became fixated on mixed martial arts when he was 15, partly as a result of that film and the following it generated among his peers.

“They had a fight club at his high school,” said Ms. Redford, who ultimately allowed her son to train in hopes of channeling his aggression. “They’d punch each other as hard as they could and not be able to show pain.”

While some parents like Ms. Redford are “horrified” by the sport, other parents see it as a healthy outlet for their sons. MMA-themed birthday parties have even become popular apparently.

And the popularity of MMA cuts across lines:

The fascination with the sport has even seeped into the walls of academia. Robert Thompson, a professor of popular culture at Syracuse University, said that many of his male students wanted to write papers about mixed martial arts. And they are not always the students you would expect.

“People who don’t know these sports very well think their fans must be these kind of crazed, people-on-the-verge-of-a-breakdown, violent kind of thing,” he said. But the students he sees who are most interested in the sport “tend to have really good grade-point averages and be really fine students,” he said. “This is not something that smart young people look down their noses at.”

He agreed that the impact of “Fight Club” could not be discounted; it became a manifesto for a generation of boys who felt estranged from their masculinity. “It became this kind of magnum opus, and it described a certain culture of this kind of sport,” Professor Thompson said. “This was their thing, and they defined themselves accordingly.”

What do you think of the popularity of MMA? Do you think it relates to modern manhood? And if so, is it a good sign or a bad sign of its state?

Read the whole article: “The Fight Club Generation” (@NYT)