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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.”





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


Next time you roughhouse with your kids, try using a Daddy Saddle. Made by Kenner back in the 60s, the Daddy Saddle made playing horsey a bit more realistic. There’s actually a company today that makes something similar called the Daddle, though it pales in comparison to the old-school Daddy Saddle.

Via Kenner Collector


In a world where thousands of graphic tee companies print up doofy and forgettable designs on their shirts, Declaration Clothing really stands out. Inspired by the American Revolution and the Spirit of ’76, their knits and handmade goods feature some of the coolest and most unique designs around. Their tees give homage to the virtues of simplicity, liberty, and patriotism, and incorporate unique historical symbols like the U.S.A. monogram that was engraved on the buttons of the Continental Army’s officers during the Revolutionary War and Benjamin Franklin’s famous “Join or die” woodcut.

Declaration Clothing is giving away two items from its shop to two lucky AoM Trunk readers. To enter to win, simply browse through Declaration Clothing’s offerings, and leave a comment telling us which item you’d like if your name is drawn as the winner (except for the wallet–they only have one left unfortunately). Don’t leave a link, as this can get your comment marked as spam–just the name of the item will work.

Giveaway ends Feb. 12, 2012 at 10:00 pm CST.

Update: Contest is over. Check back soon for the winner.

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You’ve read about this paragon of manliness, now you can look like him with the Teddy Roosevelt Instant Disguise Kit. Includes wig, pince nez glases, and mustache. Vim and vigor not included. Only $12.88.

via Gentlemint


Last week we talked about our new partnership with Huckberry is a site where members get exclusive deals on sales of products that last a limited time. Because of this set-up, the products on Huckberry’s site change every single week. So at the start of the week, I’m going to highlight a few products among those offered that week that catch my eye, in case you want to check them out.

Remember, Art of Manliness readers who join the site get a $5 credit towards a purchase in the Huckberry store.

This week, Huckberry focused on a line-up of manly gear:

BCX hammers and axes are crafted in a log cabin studio in Canada that was made by the company’s founder, Graeme Cameron. Each axe is made to order from drop forged high carbon, fine grain steel, that is hand tempered and ground in Maine. The handle is turned from Tennessee Hickory and fixed to the head by a steel kerf wedge.

Whereas many portable water filtration systems are bulky and complicated, the Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter is compact and simple; you can roll it up to put it in your pack and at only 3 ounces, it’s the lightest filtration system on the market. The Squeeze Filter is a compact, reusable bag that acts as its own clean water station. Brackish water goes in, fresh drinkable water comes out. (You never change the filter, you only clean it). You can put the Squeeze Filter in your Camelbak, attach the drinking tube, and enjoy carefree sipping. Made in the USA.

Two tools from Pockettool X are on tap, one for bikes that can be customized for your cycle’s components, and one multipurpose tool that’s designed for tightening screws, loosening bolts, prying things open and popping the tops on your favorite beverages. Each is Made in the USA and TSA compliant.

Check out these products and more on


If you have a son that plays sports or if you’re a weekend warrior, you might trying using some eye black to reduce the glare from the sun or lights. Farkas Eye Black has old school style, works better than those crappy stickers, and is owned by the grandson of the football player who first used eye black in 1942, “Anvil” Andy Farkas.

A tin will set you back about $7.

NY Jets safety, Jim Leonhard, has teamed up with Farkas in a campaign to stop sticker wearing athletes and encourage the use of manlier and more effective eye black.

It’s a pretty clever and fun ad campaign:

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This week Red Wing Heritage released a video featuring the Puritan sewing machine, often referred to as the work horse of the shoe factory. For more than fifty years, Red Wing has relied on these machines to create its iconic triple stitch detail, which the company says ensures the strength and durability of Red Wing Heritage boots and shoes.

An effective bit of advertising, I must say. I’ve long admired Red Wing’s Heritage collection–which are all Made in the USA–especially their dress boots. Any Red Wing boot owners out there? How have you found them to be? I’d be interested in hearing your review.


Huckberry is a great member-deal site that features products for urban and outdoorsy guys, often stuff that’s Made in America. Each week they feature products that are on sale at insider prices only available to members. The way it works is that you sign up for the site (membership is free) and in return you get a weekly email from Huckberry which tells you about that week’s deals and you get access to their shop.

AoM is partnering with Huckberry as an affiliate, and Huckberry is running a special deal for AoM readers. If you sign up for the site (again membership is free), you get a $5 credit to spend in their store. Good stuff!