A Manly Lunch Bag

Strangely enough, a question I’ve gotten several times is, “What’s a manly way to carry a lunch?”

Of course a man carries his lunch any way he damn well pleases. But I understand the need here. Guys are looking for something re-usable that’s not a cheesy-looking, plastic, Made in China thingie.

A big metal construction worker lunchbox is a classic option, if a little unwieldy.

But the No. 215 bag made by the Artifact Bag Co. fits the bill perfectly. It’s made with waxed canvas and copper rivets and closes with a leather strap. The bag costs $65.00 but it’s handmade in Omaha, Nebraska and after a lifetime of ditching the disposable paper sacks, you’ll have covered the cost.

Check out the No. 215 at the Artifact Bag Co. Comes in khaki and olive.

Found via Cool Material.



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Hunter March 1, 2011 at 4:42 pm

I agree, any way he wants. Now, I’m gonna go find a tin construction workers pail. Those things rock!

Danny Grubb March 1, 2011 at 4:46 pm

The only manly way to carry a lunch is in your stomach.

Marcus March 1, 2011 at 4:55 pm

I totally agree. This bag looks just great!

Derek March 1, 2011 at 5:01 pm

I use a Coleman Personal 8 cooler that I’ve had for more than 15 years. Carries lunch and, for those days I work late, dinner. Plus snacks.

Visually, however, the No. 215 puts my lunch box to shame. It’s hiding under my desk, shivering from embarrassment.

Ethan March 1, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Made my own steel lunchbox in the garage one day, been using it everyday since, way better than the crappy plastic bags. But i like this one a lot too

Patrick March 2, 2011 at 11:17 am

Thank you so much for this, I have been looking for a good lunch bag for a while. I just placed an order.

Joel March 2, 2011 at 2:44 pm

I’ve seen this bag before and it would be great if it had a handle or shoulder strap. As a train commuter, I need a lunch bag I can throw on my back along with my leather satchel and fight my way through the DC Metro crowds.

I am dabbling in leatherwork and am working on a design in my head for just such a bag.

Stay tuned. :)

chris March 2, 2011 at 5:38 pm

A man doesn’t carry lunch. He obtains it by setting dead-falls, snares and traps; or he shoots it. Or he grabs a dog w/the works at the corner.

Mike Duty March 2, 2011 at 6:26 pm

I wouldn’t pay $65 to carry my PB&J sandwiches to work. I’ll stick with brown paper and continue to recycle :)

pcmemoirs March 3, 2011 at 8:37 pm

This is a cool lunch bag, but I wouldn’t carry it through a busy city – it doesn’t go well with business suits. This would be perfect for those that ride a horse to work, or during work :) I also like the fact it’s made in USA!
I think i will order one now :)

Jason C. March 4, 2011 at 1:16 am

Another option is Aladdin Thermos. Particularly the thermos and lunchbox combo made for Stanley. They still make a Stanley thermos that “looks” like the same thermos that stopped being manufactured in the mid 1990′s. There is one main difference….if you flip the thermos over to the bottom, the quality made Stanley will say made in Nashville, TN. The one made today will say made in China. I have owned both. I tossed the China model after the inner bottle cracked with only about a month in service. My coffee would go cold in a matter of an hour. I pulled the TN model out of the attic and now my coffee stays hot for 13+ hours. Aladdin Thermos Co use to make these in a thermos and lunchbox set. Maybe not something you want to tote around in a BMW or accessorize your suit, but functional. There are still quite a few of them sold on ebay. The thermos locks on top of the luncbox so it’s not too cumbersome to carry them. I work 13 hour shifts in AF Securiy Forces and carry a ton of battle rattle to post everyday. It’s a good conversation piece as well lol.

p.s. this site is awesome!

Keith Brawner March 4, 2011 at 10:20 am

I would like to put in a nomination of the Tiffin container as the modern manly lunchbox. It is available here: http://www.thenaturalabode.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=13009&Category_Code=&Store_Code=TNA

Lifehacker recommended it to me as a cool lunchbox to take to work. I now have it sitting daily in my office.

Advantages include:
– Stainless steel construction (manly)
– No breakable parts (I’ve had mine for 2 years or so)
– Dishwasher safe (all stainless steel)
– Segmented, so it can contain separate things without them mixing (no need for tupperware)

– Everyone assumes it is some sort of weapon
– It is asked about frequently (some people consider this an advantage, but its worn on my nerves)

I typically pack:
Container 1 – a sandwich (honey ham and Wisconsin white cheddar on a bagel this week)
Container 2 – a fruit (Florida strawberries this week)
Container 3 – chips (pizza doritos this week)

To Mike Duty, it is an investment in quality. You want a lunchbox that is easily reusable for both yourself and the environment.

For bonus, here is a video of tiffin packing/delivery in Mumbai.

Drew March 17, 2011 at 11:06 pm

If someone in your family bakes a lot, then save the flour bags. They are tougher and stronger than normal paper bags. The “King Arthur Flour” flour bags are particularly cool. Nobody else will be carrying one.

And you don’t have to spend one dime extra on them.

Nataraj Hauser March 18, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Of course, the real manly thing to do would be to make your own. A bag like this would take very basic sewing skills, could be done by hand (while watching a manly action movie, perhaps) for a couple of dollars worth of canvas and scrounging some leather hardware from a yard-sale purse. To be a bit more modern, use fas-tex buckles and webbing. Rinse in some Nik-Wax if you really need the waterproofing. But why? It just makes it less convenient to wash it.

*shrug* I am unimpressed by simple bags exorbitantly priced. I smell a poseur.

Jacob November 3, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Get an old surplus .50 caliber ammo can and put your lunch in it. Can’t get much more manly than that.

Hotell vid Arlanda January 22, 2012 at 7:15 am

I guess guy would carry his lunch, which is most convenient for him. I remember the lunch boxes that some construction workers would carry in the past. But I found the picture of manly Lunch Bag as a cute modern version since it will inconvenient to carry food using a suitcase. Thanks for the interesting insights.

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Kelvin Ewald April 12, 2015 at 1:43 pm

This is a good start, but falls short on functionality. I’ve been designing a stylish and functional lunch bag for men for a few years, and it’s blown up on Kickstarter: http://goo.gl/ximb67

Suggest having a look at The Colborne Bag, which is more functional and beats the price!

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