Best Made is an American company that was established in 2009 to fill the gap in the market for a high quality, brilliantly made axe, the “oldest and most invaluable tool known to mankind”. A year later Best Made’s limited edition axes were featured in an exhibit at the Saatchi Gallery in London. Which is not so much a statement on their performance (can you actually imagine Charles Saatchi camping?!), but does speak to their rapidly (and well-earned) achieved icon status. They soon joined forces with some of the world’s best manufacturers and broadened their product base to include clothing, bags, first aid kits, maps and more. Which is great for all of us who don’t often find ourselves chopping wood.
Their products are Tonka-tough, beautifully made and elegant in the best sense of the word. Even better, when pushed, they perform. And they keep performing. These goodies are made to last and they’ll survive whatever we and the world throw at them.
These are our picks from the Best Made catalogue:
Best Made works with some of the worlds best manufacturers to create their ranges and their enamelware is no exception. The best feature? The rim — the spot that gets the most abuse — is reinforced with a double dipping of enamel. This is true of their plates, cups and pots. Prices start at $US32 for a set of two mugs.
I truly love their traditional dinner bell ($US50). It’s brings a brilliant touch to any campsite and will lure even the most busy and far-wandering campers back to the campfire.
Perfect for all outdoorsy people of the man variety is the Best Made field shirt ($US165). Or maybe a flannel pullover ($US142)? It’s hard to choose …
There was a minor flurry on Twitter recently as to whether Hudsalve ($US12) is a Danish or a Swedish life saver. Either way, this stuff is brilliant and seemingly useful for just about everything and anything! Designed for one of the Scandinavian military forces, and rapidly adopted by mountaineers and adventurers, Hudsalve is a no-frills skin protection for lips, face, hands, elbows, and feet. It can also be used to grease steel ware, condition boots and many tweets told tales of cooking with it. It’s like Vaseline on steroids.
You can’t go wrong with a cosy Lumberlander Camp Blanket ($US184) for keeping warm on those nights where you find the conversation around the campfire more enticing than your sleeping bag.
And you may find this strange, but I’m also seriously liking their Tengui ($US6). These can be used to hold a chopping board in place and clean knives and work surfaces. An essential bit of kit found in most Japanese homes, it’s also used as a dishcloth, hand towel, even a bandana if you’re so inclined! It’s multi-purpose items like these that become invaluable on a campsite. They even sell their own maple syrup! Go and check them out, there’s loads more and their gear will seriously get your camping juices going.