How do you tie a lark's head knot? What's the correct way to use an emergency whistle? How do you create white smoke from a signal fire? The answers to these and 49 other survival-related questions are set out on this handsome set of playing cards from Gentlemen’s Hardware. Presented in a gold-effect illustrated gift tin, it's the perfect way to soak up a bit of backwoods know-how while you play a few rounds of Pontoon. As an added bonus, these weatherproof cards are built for the outdoors, so they won’t stick together in a soggy mess of melted paper if they get a bit damp in your bag
Hailing from Nashville, Tennessee, Gentlemen’s Hardware have got the business of outdoorsy gifts down to a fine art. They’re all about responsible sourcing, top-quality materials and quirky product development, and their stuff will bring a touch of style to any adventurous life.
At the core of their range is a line of creatively designed multi-tools for different outdoor tribes. So for example you’ve got a multi-tool based around a pair of secateurs for the green-fingered types; a hammer version for the avid DIYer, or a pocket-sized set of folding wrenches and screwdrivers for adjusting your snowboard on the fly. There’s even one shaped like a carabiner so you can clip it onto your trekking backpack. Far from being novelty items, these are built in durable stainless steel and titanium for years of hard use.
And if you’re looking to unplug from your electronics and enjoy a bit of old-school fireside entertainment, why not check out their range of portable games – great for the tent or the back of the van. They come neatly packaged in stylish little presentation tins, and make the perfect birthday or Christmas gift for the free-range folk in your life (or even just for yourself – we won’t tell).
Use these daily in my isolation training to keep workouts unpredictable. They hold up very well.