What do you get when you combine years of axe-making skill with a razor? Something along the lines of the Baxter Base Camp X Straight Razor ($280). This limited-edition razor features a Tennessee hickory handle produced by Base Camp X and a square point Hart Steel razor crafted in northern Michigan by artisans that hand grind, mark, and sharpen each blade. The entire package comes wrapped in a rolled pouch crafted from waxed canvas and oiled leather.
No, it's not a joke — although we wouldn't blame you for thinking as much. Campfire Cologne ($13/box) is a package of cedar, oak, or birch wood chips and a pack of matches. Light up a piece — or several — and waft in the authentic smell of a campfire. Of course, you could just go sit around a real fire, but that's not the easiest thing to do in an urban area, or when it's raining. [Scouted by Brent]
Everyone knows that climbing is a great workout — but installing a climbing wall in your house isn't exactly a viable idea. Enter the Treadwall ($TBA). This innovative machine offers a 4 foot-wide climbing area and acts just like a treadmill, only for climbing instead of running. If a vertical climb sounds too dull for you, pony up for the Pro model and tackle inclines/declines of +5 to -20 degrees — or as we like to call it, Spidey-training.
Keep track of your activity day and night with the Fitbit Zip & One ($60-$100). The colorful Zip tracks your steps taken, distance traveled, and calories burned, and lets you simply tap to get your stats, while the One also tracks stairs climbed and monitors how long and how well you sleep, and can quietly wake you up in the morning by gently vibrating on your wrist. As a bonus, both sensors sync to your smartphone or tablet using Bluetooth 4.0, making battery life worries a thing of the past.
Montblanc is best known for its pens and watches — but luckily, its fragrance doesn't smell like ink and grease. Instead, Montblanc Legend ($57-$72) is a clean, masculine fragrance that offers a mix of bright, fresh notes, woodsy floral tones, and a core of tonka beans and sandalwood. Sounds ideal for the upcoming fall season.
We have no idea what it has to do with the movie(s) — other than the fact that the soap maker's husband is a fan — but True Grit Soap ($6) still seems manlier than anything you're grabbing off the shelf at your local Target. Ingredients include olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, castor oil, shea butter, sodium hydroxide, pumice for scraping away grime, and essential oils — several of the citrus variety — that give it its fresh, clean scent.
After a long, hard day of doing manly things like Yeti hunting and combing your pomp back into place, a real man needs his comb to do double duty. The Old Familiar Comb Bottle Opener not only keeps you high-and-tight, it also helps you crack open a bottle of your favorite liquid bread. Designed by an authentic, tattooed barber and crafted completely in Buckeye country, these hardcore combs are laser cut from 12ga stainless steel, and come in two versions — a mini Mustache/ Beard Comb ($10) or the big daddy Full Size Comb ($23).
If you can't look like Bond, you might as well smell like him. Coinciding with the franchise's 50th anniversary — and this November's release of Skyfall — the official James Bond 007 Fragrance ($TBA) gives you a chance to smell like one of MI6's finest. We have no idea what it smells like, but we can take a guess: gin, vodka, sex, gun powder, and blood. Sounds great!
Let's be honest: we put our skin through hell. Give it a little break with Hudson Made Fancy Black Soap ($17). Hand poured and cut, each unique bar is made with natural volcanic ash and fresh, local goat milk, which gives it a high butterfat and protein content that's great for your skin. It's lightly scented with oils, so you'll leave the shower smelling good, and hey, it doesn't look too shabby, either.
For some folks, it's fun to be able to see inside their electronics to the silicon guts that make things work. The new Nike+ FuelBand Ice ($150) does just that for the Swoosh's fitness wristband, offering up a frosted translucent surface that lets you look upon the three-axis accelerometer that tracks your time, your daily steps, calories expended, and NikeFuel, the integrated LEDs, and maybe even the Bluetooth chip — although to be honest, those really aren't that exciting. A limited edition, it will be available later this month.
From the department of How Did No One Think of This Before, we bring you the Rinser Brush ($22). This ingenious toothbrush sports a built-in scoop that funnels water to a small hole on the top, creating an instant fountain for rinsing out your mouth — hence the name. Features include a button to control the fountain, a no-nonsense design, and GreenerStep Snap replacement heads to ensure that the brush stays useful way after its first bristles are shot.
Using a Fitbit to get in shape? Then odds are you're also watching your weight — so why not combine the two with the Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale ($130)? This high-tech bathroom floor-dweller tracks your weight, BMI, and body fat percentage, automatically uploads your stats to Fitbit.com, where they'll enhance the data from your Tracker, and automatically recognizes up to eight users so it won't be getting you confused with other members of your household.