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Takumi Macinari Wood Writing Instrument

Recently, a decidedly non-gear item crossed our desks and “thoroughly impressed” became the typical response when grasping and using the 8 gram Takumi Macinari Wood Writing Instrument ($35). Designed by Hosei Suzuki and hand-made in Japan, the Macinari is available in the form of pen or pencil and constructed entirely of maple or walnut. Even...

Putting Everything in Its Right Place

Mio Grid Wall Pockets

Call us OCD, call us crazy, but Gear Patrol’s got a thing for organization. Doctor’s hypothesize it’s because we were ripped away from our cubbyholes in Kindergarten prematurely, but what do they know. Made in the U.S.A. from a combination of local materials such as recycled wool felt, polyester, and rayon, these Grid Wall Pockets...

A Great Idea We Want to Own Now

FastMac U-Socket

Longtime Gear Patrol readers may remember our post on a similar product called the Truepower USC Power Outlet that promised to integrate powered USB ports into the universal American outlet. Unfortunately it looks like that particular model which featured its USB ports on either side of the main AC sockets has since been scrapped. Macheads...

Bright, Energy Efficient, and Oozing with Style

z-Bar High Power LED Desk Lamp

A flexible, bright desk lamp is a must have for any guy who spends time toiling away in a home office. The z-Bar High Power LED Desk Lamp ($170) has both qualities in spades along with killer modern looks which make it in like Flynn for bachelor pads and man caves. Sporting 6 next generation...

Working From Home, Alternately

Ecostudio WorkPod

Whether the loft space above your garage just isn’t cutting it or you just want some space away (yet close), there’s a good chance Ecostudios’s WorkPod will fit the bill. Taking the best of what modern day pre-fab has to offer, the WorkPod is a compact, ergonomic workspace designed by architects to serve people who...

Cool As a Titanic Relic and Priced Accordingly

Vintage Cigar Leather Mayfair Steamer Secretary Trunk Desk

We can’t afford it either, but this commissioned desk by Restoration Hardware makes us wish we were willing to dedicate a larger portion of our tax return on “unnecessarily expensive and cool things for home”.

Does Not Yell "You've Got Mail!"

8-Bit Hanger

The 8-Bit Hanger is certainly an item that separates a man in control of his decor from one whipped into submission by his throw pillow-obsessed domestic partner. Nothing screams “Welcome to Level One” quite like a coat hanger made to resemble the pointer we have all come to know and love (except for when it...

Because All Your Notes Are

Very Important Stuff Notepad

Let everyone know what sort of things you’re jotting down with this reporter style letterpress notepad. It has 40 pages and recycled Kraft board covers, all held together with metal screw posts. Measuring 7.25″x3.5″ its a good pocket size way to keep your thoughts in order. For those of you looking to customize it, the...

Precision (Wood) Engineering

Automoblox C9-R Sports Car

They may be made for kids, but Automoblox look good enough to go on your desk while satiating the 5 year old psyche that still dwells inside of you. Precision engineered from wood, plastic, and steel, each Automoblox is fully modular allowing you to mix and match between models and build your own unique configurations....

Organizing With A Touch Of Yore

Pottery Barn Rustic Wall Organizer

Spruce up your drab office corkboard or dry-erase with a vintage touch. In this case: burlap and slate. Pottery Barn’s Rustic Wall Organizer ($19-$199) comes in either a burlap-covered pinboard with vintage postmarkings, whiteboard calendar, or our favorite: a magnetic surface chalkboard that lets you jot notes and Beautiful Mind inspired scribblings. All organizers are...

Get More Desk in Less Space

Offi Trundle Desk

As men bound to our computers and desks when we’re not out reviewing gear, we’re constantly on the prowl for desk solutions that meet both our design and function requirements. Our latest find is the clean yet sophisticated trundle desk from Offi. Sporting a hidden second surface that expands out to double the desk’s already...

Dress Your Desk To Impress

Deskology Modern Desk Accessories

Proud owner of a new iMac or Macbook Pro? If so, you’ve probably noticed just how not-cool these brushed aluminum beauties can make the rest of your desk area feel. That’s where Deskology’s Desk Set Professional comes into play. Constructed from 3/16′ thick anodized aluminum material with a matte anodized finish, these modern accessories are...

And Ready For Your Handwriting

Billykirk No. 231 Hand-Stitched Journal

If you love your Moleskine’s and have a office-supply obsession like we do, the new Billykirk No. 231 Hand-stitched Journal will be right up your alley. With all the quality and high-level craftsmanship you’ve come to expect from Chris and Kirk Bray, it’s the perfect way to upgrade and differentiate your pocket notebook. Offered in...

Leave No Stone Item Unlabeled

Dymo LabelManager 260P

The best part of getting organized is convenience and access, so why shouldn’t the same apply to the gear that helps you get there? DYMO’s new LabelManager 260P integrates a rechargeable lithium-ion battery instead of inconvenient batteries (it’s beyond us that AA batteries are still around) making labelling quick, conveninent, and easy. The LabelManager 260P...

Drywall = Dry Erase

IdeaPaint

Sure, chalkboard paint is a unique way to turn any wall into a writing surface, but what about those fiending for a surface on which to use dry-erase markers? IdeaPaint by Behance makes that a reality for your home or office. The IdeaPaint kit includes enough paint to cover a 25 sq ft surface, a...

Modern, Industrial, Wood

West Elm Sungkai Sawhorse Worktable

This is the West Elm Sungkai Sawhorse Worktable. We sought this product in response (somewhat) to our Gear Patrol faithful’s habit of keeping us faithfully aware that not every well-designed product, in this case a desk, commands three paychecks or forking over your 7 pounds. There exist quite a few beautifully designed desks out at...

Oh Bacon Flavor, How We Do Love Thee

Mmmvelopes and BaconPop

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Bacon Salt and that we completely agree that, in fact, everything should taste like bacon. Still, not content to rest on their laurels, Justin and Dave (of J&D’s) have continued to capitalize on what seems to be a world-wide-web-wide craze for all things bacon. It’s in that...

The Fixation | Mark Albrecht Desk

Few things hit strike my inner nerves harder than Industrial Design: purposeful, task oriented, functional. This week’s fixation comes from Long Island City, New York based designer (literally, they’re a mile away from our offices) Mark Albrecht who’s fashioned together an achingly gorgeous desk, with an aching price to match. Fashioned in your choice of...

Thoughts? Here's A Simple Solution: Write

12 Monthly Notebooks

Whether your keep a journal, diary, or just file away your emails nothing beats having a way to reflect and look back on your year than some handwritten diatribes and opinions. Complaints included. Pottery Barn has issued a set of 12 monthly journals in varying leather (faux) covers and textures, each with 50 pages to...

Drink to the Greatest Staches of All Time

Great Moustaches Mug

Watching the finale of HBO’s new series Bored to Death last night, I happened to see Zach Galifianakis drinking out of a mug that was particularly relevant to this month’s Movember charity and epic mustache growing event. Shown here, this Great Moustaches Mug is a man’s kitchen must have. Adorning the cup are 14 different...

Light-Bright

Humanscale Element LED Task Light

Humanscale has helped solve many of the issues that plague the office environment: uncomfortable seating, keyboards and mice that cause stress on the wrists, and cluttered desktops. They have also thought through the cheaply made, non-serviceable, dim desk-lighting problem – enter the Humanscale Element LED task light. Out with the bluish or yellow-tinged glare –...

The Perfect Secretary, No Interview Required

West Elm Bookcase Secretary

Part bookcase, part desk in disguise, this versatile unit should star in the next Micheal Bay film (although we’re not sure how it would look once a jet pack was installed). Seeing the case straddled by Meghan Fox would be another story. Great for small spaces or rooms pulling double duty for life and work,...

Reading, With An Ergonomic Edge

Atlas Book and Copy Stand

We’re willing to bet that there’s a good number of you who spend long hours seated at a desk while work or studying. The Gear Patrol Crew is no different. You can find us hunched over our desk tweaking photos, writing articles, and trying to provide quality content for you, our readers, at all hours...

Have Outlet, Will Charge

EZ Mount Cell Phone Charging Station

We’re big fans of clever space utilization; consequently, it’s surprising that we haven’t come across something like this before. The EZ Mount Cell Phone Charging Station replaces your standard two-outlet wall plate with a wider panel that has a built-in key hook (also doubles as an excess cable reel) and a non-skid, angled shelf for...

Be An Organization Tour De Force

Pottery Barn Daily System

Being a bit compulsive, a bit obsessive, and certainly with disorder it’s tough to compare myself to Gear Patroller Patrick Tuttle. His tenacity to be on time, with the right goods and gear in hand is inspiring, if not a bit frustrating (he consistently makes, and I’m willing to bet enjoys just a little bit,...

New Brand. Vintage Craftsmanship.

Twig & Fig | Letterpress Invitations and Stationery

Nestled in Berkeley, California’s Gourmet Chetto, resides an unassuming loft. It’s the home of Twig & Fig, an artisan company dedicated to creating unique letterpress stationery. Founded in 2003 by Suzie McKig and Serge Vigeant, the crew of of Twig & Fig base their operations around a 1974 Heidelberg Windmill Lettepress (the last of its...

A Better Pen

LAMY Safari Pens

A decent set of writing instruments belongs in every man’s daily carry list. Unfortunately, your options are usually boring. They likely range from Grandpa’s Cross set that’s so skinny it slips out of your hand, or, on the stupid expensive end of the spectrum, a diamond encrusted Montblanc. LAMY’s Safari line is a great solution...

(Make Sure) You Have Chosen Wisely

The Definitive Guide to Choosing an Office Chair

By Gear Patrol Reader Patrick Jobin If the average business person or desk bound fellow were to determine how much time they spend in their office chair, they would be surprised. At 40 hours per week, they’d rack up approximately 1900 hours over the course of a year. Multiply that by the average number of...

Man Up Your Desk

West Elm Sawhorse Table

By Gear Patrol Reader Zach Warner Someway, somehow, most men are obsessed with office accoutrements, whether they realize it or not. I’m apt to say that most of you reading this will agree that a requirement for any man is to have a proper workspace – beyond the office cubicle, no matter how small or...

The Beast, err... Best Notebook Coolers Money Can Buy

NZXT Cryo LX & Cryo S

Don’t get me wrong, I love summer. Sometimes, though, it’s just too bloody hot. You know what I mean. There’s nothing like an oppressively hot day to make you want to do no more than just lay down and quit on the world. Luckily, as 21st century men, we have air conditioned homes, cooled seats...

Right Brain Terrain Alternative Motivational Posters

Cheesy motivational posters rarely do anything more than perpetuate cliché sentiments and Office Space quotes. If you’re looking for some decor for your home office (besides a vintage map), then take a look at Right Brain Terrain’s Alternative Motivational Posters. They’ve got a nice lithograph feel to them and manage to conjure up notions of...

Be a Better Man in 30 Days | Day 3: Know How to Say Thanks Through Writing

Being raised in the south, I was taught that no matter how far electronic communication might advance over the next century, nothing quite shows thanks and appreciation like a handwritten note. Call it old fashioned. Call it outdated. Call it true. Why is a handwritten communique so different? Taking the time to sit down and...

Grids + Lines = Doane Paper

Doane Paper

Attention Moleskin fans: there are other options out there when it comes to notepads. Here’s one: Doane Paper.

Take It Easy On Your Eyes

Gunnar Digital Performance Eyewear

Unless you are the one person who is having this article read to you by your valet, chances are good that you are staring a some sort of screen right now. You probably spend a great deal of time doing just that. I certainly do. Not too long ago I changed roles at my day...

Improve Your Coffee with the Push of Button

BonJour Primo Latte Frother

Let’s face it, there is an entire industry dedicated to producing highly specialized (and some would argue pointless) kitchen gadgets. This industry exists because in the mid 90s the kitchen became The Place to deck out in the home, and Williams Sonoma, Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn, etc. needed shiny stainless steel things to line...

Your Very Own Workplace Survival Kit

A Man’s Office Drawer Essentials

A man’s workspace is an extension of himself. Men relegated to working indoors spend a majority of their time confined to an office or cubicle. This is Gear Patrol after all, so we’ll pose this question: is your office drawer equipped with the essential gear? The essentials of an office drawer will inevitably vary from...

Organize and store your documents. Neatly.

NeatReceipts

So I just concluded the annual fear fest that accompanies doing my taxes. My return is filed and accepted, hopefully never to be heard from again. Now that that’s over, I’d like to make my confession to you, dear Gear Patrol readers. This time of year produces in me an acute sense of guilt and...

And A 30 Second Primer To Pens

Lee’s Art Shop

Knowing where to buy your pens is one thing. Knowing what your pens are is an entirely different matter...

Ditch the Bic.

Namiki Falcon Fountain Pen

When I recently purchased some personalized stationary for work (a hand written thank you note in this digital age can get you more attention than landing a jet on the Hudson), I set out to find a pen worthy of writing on such fine paper. The trusty Bic just felt wrong for such a task....

The Notebooks of Legend

Moleskine Notebooks

A few years back, I read an article that talked about how writing by hand stimulates pressure points that inspire creativity. I was searching for the perfect journal in which to  inscribe my thoughts and dreams, and I heard of a “legendary notebook” that was used by Van Gogh, Chatwin, and Hemingway. Upon some further...

Air-O-Swiss Travel Ultrasonic Humidifier

Don’t Throw Away That Water Bottle Just Yet If you do a fair share of traveling you probably know that staying hydrated is important. Outside of Las Vegas, you’re probably not staying in any hotels that take room humidity into factor, an important part of better sleep and avoiding dry/flaky skin. The Air-O-Swiss Travel Ultrasonic...

HermanMiller Sense

Another Reason Why We Love HermanMiller According to über design firm HermanMiller, the ethos behind the Sense desk is that you need a desk that makes it easier to mirror the changes you encounter every day in work life. Sounds reasonable. What I can say is that the Sense is an innovative desk with gorgeous...

Paperwork Recycled Storage Basket

Paper Basket? Recycled paper as a storage basket. Clever. The Paperwork Recycled Storage Basket from Mocha comes with a purposed design: to banish clutter. Not a new concept, I know. Rather, the unique premise of this storage basket comes from the fact that it’s made from recycled rolls of magazines, something I come into contact...

Open It!

The Cure for Wrap Rage Here at Gear Patrol, we have embarked upon an endless mission to scour the Earth for ways that you, Man, may Advance Yourself. Oftentimes, advancement comes through the advent of simple solutions to life’s most insidious frustrations. It is in that spirit that we present the Open It! If you...