Buy It For Life: Bedford Overnight Bag By Ernest Alexander

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Ernest Alexander, based in New York City, specializes in handcrafted luggage and accessories for men. His luggage designs include details like signature wax cottons, contrasting linings, double stitching and zipper pulls. His company is committed to ethical manufacturing practices, and produce all of their products in the U.S. Alexander offers a 30 day warranty on his goods (they pay for return shipping), and they will repair their products for free. The Bedford Overnight Bag, featured … [Read more...]

Buy It For Life: The Estwing Hammer

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In our “Buy It For Life” posts we feature products that are built to last a lifetime. We also give preference to products that are very durable, are warrantied for life, and are made in the U.S. Estwing is a company in Rockford, Illinois that has been forging tools since 1923. It was the first company to make an all-steel hammer that is forged in one piece, according to the manufacturing manager Dan Eisman. Before this time, hammer heads were forged separately, and attached to a handle. The … [Read more...]

Buy It For Life: The Rada Tomato Slicer

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In our “Buy It For Life” posts we feature products that are built to last a lifetime. We also give preference to products that are very durable, are warrantied for life, and are made in the U.S. Rada Cutlery is a small company in Iowa that has been making knives since 1948. Their knives are constructed with a high carbon surgical stainless steel, and they feature dual serrations and hollow-ground blades. This construction is aimed to ensure a sharp cutting edge for years. Rada offers a … [Read more...]

Buy It For Life: Heritage Belts by Tanner Goods

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In our “Buy It For Life” posts we feature products that are built to last a lifetime. We also give preference to products that are very durable, are warrantied for life, and are made in the U.S. Tanner Goods is a small team of craftsmen in Portland, Oregon. They specialize in manufacturing heritage leather good. All of their sewing is done by a heritage saddle maker who started as an apprentice in the industry in 1964. The company uses domestically sourced material. Their leather goods are … [Read more...]

Buy It For Life: Pelican Cases

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In our “Buy It For Life” posts we feature products that are built to last a lifetime. We also give preference to products that are very durable, are warrantied for life, and are made in the U.S. Pelican Cases are perhaps the most durable cases available -- they are certainly constructed to last a lifetime. The Pelican Products company was started in Torrance, California in 1975 by Dave Parker, a scuba diver, and Pelican Cases are still manufactured in Torrance. The cases are made with a … [Read more...]

Buy It For Life: All American 920 Pressure Cooker / Canner

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In our “Buy It For Life” posts we feature products that are built to last a lifetime. We also give preference to products that are very durable, are warrantied for life, and are made in the U.S. The 920 Pressure Cooker has been made in Wisconsin since 1930 by the Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry. This cooker is renowned for its ability to endure a lifetime of use. They are built with heavy-duty cast aluminum and feature no gaskets, which tend to fail eventually. Instead, the cooker has a precision … [Read more...]

Buy It For Life: Slim Portfolio Briefcase by J. W. Hulme

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In our “Buy It For Life” posts we feature products that are built to last a lifetime. We also give preference to products that are very durable, are warrantied for life, and are made in the U.S This Slim Portfolio Briefcase from J. W. Hulme is handmade in St Paul, Minnesota. It is constructed with "analine finished deep burgundy" leather and brass hardware. The company has been producing leather goods since 1905. All their products come with a lifetime repair policy. Available directly … [Read more...]

Buy It For Life: Vitamix 5200 Blender

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In our “Buy It For Life” posts we feature products that are built to last a lifetime. We also give preference to products that are very durable, are warrantied for life, and are made in the U.S Vitamix blenders, manufactured in Cleveland since the 1940s, are truly industrial-strength devices. Built like tanks, they are widely used in restaurant kitchens due their durability and long warranty. It is Consumer Reports' top scoring blender. The Vitamix 5200 blender contains a 2 horsepower … [Read more...]

Buy It For Life: Zeroll Ice Cream Scoop

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In our “Buy It For Life” posts we feature products that are built to last a lifetime. We also give preference to products that are very durable, are warrantied for life, and are made in the U.S. The Zeroll Ice Cream Scoop was invented by Sherman Kelly in Florida in 1935, and the design has remained virtually unchanged since then. Kelly's innovation was simple but effective -- the scoop contains liquid freon inside, which is warmed by the user's hand, allowing the scoop to slice through ice … [Read more...]

Buy It For Life: Arc’teryx Veilance Clothing

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Arc'teryx, known primarily for its outdoor gear, has a line of very durable urban clothing called Arc'teryx Veilance. The clothing is developed for outdoor performance, but is intended to suit the needs of person who lives and travels in the city. To construct the clothing, Arc'teryx makes use of highly durable materials like Gore-Tex Pro Shell, Gore-Tex Soft Shell, and Schoeller Nylon Face, a fabric that fuses a nylon shell to a merino wool backing and a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) … [Read more...]