Items of Want 036

Anyone that knows me knows I'm a big fan of pocket notebooks. But I'm also a sucker for anything that has a topographic design element to it. These new notebooks check both of those boxes and the only difficult question is which color notebook to go with.

"From the highest peaks to the deepest valleys, the world has plenty in store for the adventurous at heart. It’s this sense of exploration, along with the unexplainable beauty of a topographic map, that’s inspired the latest series of Word. Notebooks."

Pack Config Recon Patch

A well designed and thought out morale patch worth adding to the collection. Not sure what morale patches are? Check out the history of them here. "Reconnaissance, in it’s simplest form, is about exploring an unknown territory to gain information. This Recon patch represents our willingness to explore and report back on our findings. For many this takes the form of photographs that remind us of our own experiences and inspire others to discover for themselves. For others it serves as a reminder of the boldness it takes to travel to unknown and dangerous places.

Using vintage Navy Photographic Reconnaissance Squad patches as inspiration, the elements have been designed to allow the user to interpret for themselves. The aperture opening of a camera with a compass dial, or the barrel of a gun surrounded by crosshair markings? Whatever they mean for you, the focus is on the great outdoors."

Grivel Mont Blanc REI Limited-Edition Ice Axe

I don't have any kind of use for something like this, and I haven't even been an REI member for that long (5 years?) but this is cool. Cool enough for me to want it which makes it good enough for this list.

"Individually numbered, each hot-forged Grivel Mont Blanc REI Limited-Edition Ice Axe rests in a commemorative wooden display box with green felt lining, and a special REI co-op message printed inside. Grivel now uses only solar energy in their production process, and has been perfecting the art of hot-forging since 1818."

El Purista Smokers Armchair

I certainly don't need this for smoking but it's such an interesting design and looks so darn comfortable that I'm adding it to my wish list.

"Created by Rodrigo Gonzalez and Alexander Sauer, the chair's design recalls the iconic Eames lounger, but with a more square form and hidden slide-out storage in the arms that doubles as a place to set an ashtray and your drink of choice. The inner layer of the chair is made from beech while the top is a walnut veneer, both using trees from sustainable German forests. It's finished with eco-friendly aniline leather, barrel-dyed to preserve natural features like thorns, cracks, and bites, and is made by hand in Germany."

Bexar Goods Co. Apple Watch Strap (Tan)

I just recently picked up a used Apple Watch (for a killer price) and it's making me miss my "real" watches. To stave off the feeling that I'm neglecting my other timepieces, I think a leather band will ease the transition. And this custom leather strap is even cheaper than Apple's version. "All straps are precisely cut from 4 ounce American Bridle Leather. This includes the proper Apple Watch hardware lugs and a leather strap. We have 3 different hardware finishes (lugs and buckle) to match your Apple Watch model and all come with rounded hardware."

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