W.O.E. 2023 Holiday Gift Guide

W.O.E. 2023 Holiday Gift Guide

In preparation for the holidays, we provide the W.O.E. stamp of approval on the following products.  

We have closed up “shop” for the year but will be back next year with some exciting tools for our community.  Please sign up for “Notify Me When Available” for anything that interests you.  In the meantime, check out the following items as gifts for loved ones, friends or yourself. 

There are no affiliate links or discount codes.  We are highlighting these tools because we believe in them, not for financial gain.  None of these are sponsored products.

Please highlight any other gift ideas in the comment section.  We are always in the market for new tools and specifically love support small businesses and people doing innovative things.

Watches

We chose three watches at different price points.  Check out our previous Dispatch on “Best Watches Under $1,000” for a more comprehensive list.

Seiko: SEIKO 5 Sports- SRPG35 - $210

SEIKO 5 Sports- SRPG35

A simple field watch and perfect first mechanical watch for yourself or a friend.  Purchasing a watch for a father/son/daughter or nephew?  The Seiko 5 Sports line is a great place to start.

Elliot Brown - HOLTON: 101-001  - $511

Elliot Brown - HOLTON

The Holton Professional was developed in response to a request from a specialist branch of the UK military who demanded a fit-for-purpose professional watch capable of a life in the field.  We will do a more thorough write up on EB at some point, lots of history here!

Omega Seamaster Diver 300M - Green - $5,600

Omega Seamaster Diver 300M

The Omega Seamaster has a long history with our community, as we have documented with the British Special Boat Service (SBS) Seamaster.  Since 1993, the Seamaster Professional Diver 300M has enjoyed a legendary following. Today’s modern collection has embraced that famous ocean heritage and updated it with OMEGA’s best innovation and design. This 42 mm model is crafted from stainless steel and includes a green ceramic bezel with a white enamel diving scale. 

Gear and Community

The Grey NA TO - Supporter Subscription  - $100 year

The Grey NA TO TGN

TGN is a community of like-minded individuals who believe in using their tools.  Hosts Jason Heaton and James Stacey break down their love for adventure, their addiction to watches, and also discuss travel, diving, driving and gear.  A subscription to The Grey NA TO includes a NA TO strap (grey, of course), stickers and access to additional content.  At $100 a year, a unique gift for someone who has everything.

Field Ethos - Magazine Subscription - $15.00 - quarterly 

Field Ethos Magazine

The premier lifestyle publication for the unapologetic man is here. Enjoy a mix of modern adventure, historical context, and perspectives forged through global travel while staying current with the latest products that elevate an unapologetic life.

Eagles and Angels Ltd - Signature Hats & Tools - $39.00 and up

Eagles and Angels Signature Hats

We salvage the old uniforms of our brave men and women, transforming them into high-end accessories to be proudly worn by those who support our troops. Each piece is beautifully crafted in the US and carries the story of the soldier who wore it first. Each purchase helps support the families of fallen heroes.

The Observer Collection - Piecekeeper - $30.00

The Observer Collection:  Piecekeeper

The Piecekeeper is designed to halt hostilities between your watch and laptop. The same natural dyed Italian suede used in the Observer Collection bags creates a comfortable barrier between watch bracelet and workspace preventing scratches to both watch and laptop.

Leather Works Minnesota - No. 9 Wallet - "Coral" Mahogany - $110

Leather Works Minnesota Wallet

So named for the number of pockets this wallet has, the No. 9 boasts the most capacity out of any wallet in our line. It’s easy to see why it immediately became one of our best sellers. This is the wallet for the ultra-organized, the one who needs to keep it all with them, or the person who has a card for everything.

Art

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 Bad Art Nice Watch - Custom Print

Bad Art Nice Watch

Commission a piece on your favorite watch.  North Carolina artist, Bryan Braddy, combines his passion for watches with his love for art.  What started as a doodle at his kitchen table with his daughters has blossomed from a hobby into a business. Embracing the concepts of wabi-sabi, the acceptance, and contemplation of imperfection, guide the principles of his style. “I want you to see my artistic choices, good or bad, with the pen or the brush.”

King Kennedy Rugs - Driver Rug-  prices vary

King Kennedy Rolex

We have no idea who runs this company, but his rugs are incredible. Check out these “Vintage Rolex Hand Woven Rugs” rugs from Pakistan. $325 

Prairie Fire Art Company - "The Professional" Billy Waugh MACV-SOG Art Print - $65.00

Prairie Fire Art Company

Billy Waugh had a 50 year career in Army Special Forces and as a paramilitary officer.  He patrolled the jungles of Laos and Vietnam. He hunted down Carlos the Jackal. He was the first to put sights on UBL and he invaded Afghanistan when most said he was too old for the mission. "Beware of an old man in a profession where men usually die young".

Knives

Winkler Knives, WK Huntsman - $300.00

Winkler, WK Huntsman Knives

The Huntsman is an adaptation of a Small Hunting Knife I made back in the 1990’s. Perfect for hunting and everyday carry. This model is fast becoming one of our most recommended designs.

Sangin Knives - Carbon Fiber Corsair - $699

Sangin is known for their watches, but they also recently stepped into the knife game with a premium blade, the Corsair.  

Sangin Knives - Corsair

The Corsair is a 9.0” blade, made from premium Crucible Metals CPM M4. The blade is finished in an ultra-corrosion resistant black KG Gunkote. The Corsair is fitted with premium Camo Carbon Fiber handles, giving it a unique design with a sturdy feel, ready to be used in any scenario. With precision-turned titanium tubing, we can hold incredibly tight tolerances which allow our handles to be press fitted and secured using friction. This is a significant upgrade, solving the issue of handle scale fracturing and separation from the steel.

Half Face Blades, Brad Cavner signature series - $375

Half Face Blades, Brad Cavner

Half Face Blades was founded by Andrew Arrabito, Navy SEAL (ret.), to meet the need for high-quality, “go-to” knives and axes – usable, personalized, functional, versatile tools that work for every person in every walk of life. 

Toor Knives - Field 2.0 - $295.00

Toor Field 2.0 Knives

Toor designed the Field 2.0 with every day use in mind and it has quickly become known as the workhorse of our Outdoor Series. Its small size allows for all day carry comfort, while having the capability to handle almost any task out on the trail.

Tools

Soturi - The ‘Diplomat’ Strap - $185

Soturi Diplomat

Our most refined Cordura strap, The Diplomat is a tailored addition to our lineup that is just at home in the field as it is the office. Featuring a fully rolled edge, tapered design, and supple nubuck leather lining; it’s built to suit your every endeavor.

Bergeon - 7825 Spring Bar Tweezer Spring Bar Removal Fitting Tool - $170

Bergeon Spring Bar Tool

Bergeon 7825 is a tweezers, special watchmaker tool for inserting and removing spring bars in difficult to access end links and the short spring bars in the inner link. 

Jack Carr - Signature Whiskey Glass - $23.00

Jack Carr Whiskey Glass

Handblown by Mexican Artisans and made from recycled glass Coca-Cola bottles.  Crossed Hawks etched emblem on front of glass.

Ball and Buck - Arthur Zippo - Brushed Brass - $68.00

Arthur Zippo - Brushed Brass

Originally made in 1941, Zippo served as an essential accessory to American soldiers fighting in World War II and on. Their heralded tradition continues wherever men roam, igniting in every condition it encounters; the lighter's metal ring sweetly sounding in an American echo.

With The Arthur Zippo, you can proudly display your support of American quality and manufacturing. Whether you're enjoying a smoke or building a fire in the woods, the Ball and Buck Zippo lighter is sure to become a staple for your everyday carry.

Books

G-SHOCK 40th Anniversary Book - $65

G-Shock Book

Celebrating the story of G-SHOCK, a truly unique watch whose pioneering innovation, function, and versatile design has made it a cult-collectible worn by devoted fans across the globe as well as by cultural icons in the worlds of fashion, sports, music, and popular culture for the past forty years.

The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal - $15.99

Billion Dollar Spy

It was the height of the Cold War, and a dangerous time to be stationed in the Soviet Union. One evening, while the chief of the CIA’s Moscow station was filling his gas tank, a stranger approached and dropped a note into the car. In the years that followed, that man, Adolf Tolkachev, became one of the most valuable spies ever for the U.S. But these activities posed an enormous personal threat to Tolkachev and his American handlers. 

Watchistry  - Marine Nationale Book - $77.00

Marine Nationale book Tudor

An exploration of a collection of 34 watches and instruments issued to the French Navy. 224 pages of photos and text cover vintage military watches from Tudor, Omega, Longines, Breguet, Auricoste, Doxa, Triton and others are featured, along with detailed provenance and commentary. It represents an unprecedented look at the nuance and breadth of the pieces used by the Marine Nationale.

A Die Hard Christmas - $19.99

Die Hard Christmas Book

True story.  All John McClane wants for Christmas is to reunite with his estranged family. But when his wife’s office holiday party turns into a deadly hostage situation, he has to save her life before he can get home in time for Christmas!  The unconventional fan-favorite movie Die Hard is now an illustrated storybook- complete with machine guns, European terrorists, and a cop who’s forced to rely on all his cunning and skills (and the help of a fellow officer) to save the day. 

Small Arms of WWII: United States of America, James Rupley, Ian McCollum-  $98.00

Small Arms of WWII: USA (Standard Edition)

The Second World War was a fascinating and dynamic time in the history of firearms – a period that began with revolvers and bolt-action weapons, and ended with the first generations of modern select-fire combat rifles. We detail these developments in Small Arms of WWII, discussing not just what the weapons were, but why they were developed and how they performed in the field. If you want to get a better understanding of how these weapons changed warfare and were in turn themselves changed by warfare, this is the book series for you! 

A Man & His Watch: Iconic Watches and Stories from the Men Who Wore Them, Matt Hranek - $28.49

A Man and His Watch

Paul Newman wore his Rolex Daytona every single day for 35 years until his death in 2008. The iconic timepiece, probably the single most sought-after watch in the world, is now in the possession of his daughter Clea, who wears it every day in his memory. Franklin Roosevelt wore an elegant gold Tiffany watch, gifted to him by a friend on his birthday, to the famous Yalta Conference where he shook the hands of Joseph Stalin and Winston Churchill. JFK's Omega worn to his presidential inauguration, Ralph Lauren's watch purchased from Andy Warhol's personal collection, Sir Edmund Hillary's Rolex worn during the first-ever summit of Mt. Everest . . . these and many more compose the stories of the world's most coveted watches captured in A Man and His Watch

The Wrong Wolf, Chris Craighead and Matthew Klein $19.99

The Wrong Wolf

From the very start, the Wrong Wolf knew he was different. Over the course of a journey marked by loss, mercy, courage and self-sacrifice, he learns that where and how you are born does not always determine where you end up.

Sweetwater - Jason Heaton - $14.99

SWeetwater Jason Heaton

With an American presidential election looming, a decades-old plane crash is once again thrust into the news. Old secrets threaten to expose dangerous truths and underwater archaeologist Julian "Tusker" Tusk finds himself at the center of a mystery with the highest of stakes. With time running out, Tusker is forced to come to terms with not only his own past, but that of his father, in an adventure that spans two generations and hits close to home in more ways than one. 

Moscow X, David McCloskey - $25.49

Moscwo X CIA

CIA officers Sia and Max enter Russia under commercial cover to recruit Vladimir Putin’s moneyman. Sia works for a London law firm that conceals the wealth of the superrich. Max’s family business in Mexico―a CIA front since the 1960s―is a farm that breeds high-end racehorses. They pose as a couple to target Vadim, Putin’s private banker, and his wife, Anna, who―unbeknownst to CIA―is a Russian intelligence officer under deep cover at the bank.

Clothes

Relwen - Quilted Insulated Tanker Jacket - $318 

Relwen Jacket

This will be your go-to, so don’t fight it. Our Tanker is that one jacket that fills all the voids, whether tailgating, going out for dinner, or off to work. The soft peached nylon/cotton shell utilizes a water-resistant polyurethane coating, ideal for all weather conditions. Lightweight quilting provides warmth across temperate conditions making for highly pragmatic style.

Clarks, Desert Boot Suede - $150

Clarks, Desert Boot Suede

Cultural cachet and design DNA: no shoe is quite like the Clarks Originals Desert Boot. Nathan Clark’s 1950 design was inspired by a rough boot from Cairo’s Old Bazaar, and its minimal, progressive style sparked a worldwide footwear revolution

GBRS Group - Set Point Flannel - $75.00

GBRS SetPoint

The Set Point by GBRS Group MD Approach Flannel is a multi-purpose flannel for everyday use. Combining the crisp look of a heavier flannel with the comfort of a lighter one makes this flannel resourceful on any occasion.

Vuori- Strato Tech Tee - $54

Vuiori Shirt

The Strato Tech Tee is the softest piece of workout apparel on the planet, doubling as your go-to t-shirt. With next-level comfort, our softest performance knit is quick drying and moisture wicking.

Goodr - Bosley's Basset Hound Dreams - $25

Goodr Glasses

Tortoiseshell sunglasses? More like houndshell shades. These sunnies were named in honor of Bosley, king of the basset hounds. So every time you wear these no slip, no bounce brown frames with non-reflective polarized brown lenses, you’ll be in the presence of royalty.

Hot sauce

Tabasco: Priceless, available at your local convenience store, this delicious nectar of the gods.  Tabasco.

Tabasco

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

 

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*W.O.E. has received no financial compensation for the above products and these are NOT/NOT sponsored.  Please do your own research before making any purchases.

14 comments

Great list except for the Trump magazine. Eric Trump is a tool. The rest is aces. Gonna pick up that lighter.

Zane Smith

The Clarks desert boot traces its roots to the Veldschoen made by Afrikaans farmers in South Africa before the Boer war

Bert Furmston

As an EDC/knife reviewer I am not exactly impressed with the list here. Too many new makers that are just pushing into the industry. There are more and better choices. The one choice I do like is Winkler.

Brad

Tabasco for life.

A great list indeed. I use my MacBook Air 95% on my desk with a bluetooth keyboard, but when I start to travel the Peacekeeper is going to be a must buy purchase. I have the midnight blue version of the laptop and have experienced the fingerprint issue and want to avoid the scratching issue.

SMB

That Holton watch looks amazing. Very tempting.

Guy Stella

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