Shop Here: Best Made Co.
Like so many worthy endeavors, it all started with an axe. Best Made Company was founded in 2009 by Peter Buchanan-Smith who wanted to create a better axe—a versatile tool that was made to last as well as look beautiful, an object to “inspire people to reconnect with their hands, craft, and nature.” Now, the company’s axes, as well as their knives, lighters, belts and more (often accompanied by their signature X-marks-the-spot branding) can be found in EDC photos all over the web, as well as the Saatchi Gallery in London.
The shop, located at 36 White Street in New York’s TriBeCa neighborhood, is an outdoorsman’s dream: wood-paneled and looking like most well-kept barn storeroom ever, it offers maps, tactical flashlights, gloves, even a bucksaw, all practical items that take on an artistic feel through the Best Made lens. The store offers unique everyday carry items you may not even know you need, like compasses and a brass “stowaway capsule,” as well as simple and well-formed flasks, scarves, and clay pipes. And while you can order most of their items online, only at their shop can you attend workshops ranging from axe restoration to field medicine to foraged cocktail making, and the professionals at Best Made not only look the part; they’re knowledgeable about their products and are always more than happy to discuss the qualities of individual tools.
Photos courtesy of Best Made Co.