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Feb 04, 2013

The Man Ring: A Titanium Band with Built-In Tools

While the name is a little...uh, overt, the concept behind "The Man Ring" is pretty much brilliant: a more-or-less traditional metal band… read more

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Jan 25, 2013

Celebrating 100 Years of the Erector Set

Many of my earliest creative memories are sitting on that awful burnt orange rug in our basement floor, listening to LPs on my brown plastic Fisher Price record player, and putting together [seemingly] elaborate edifices with construction toys. Honestly, though the specifics have been slightly updated, it's basically how I spent last evening - in the basement, listening to music, and putting stuff together.

See, both my parents were science teachers, and I always had many more engineering-style toys than action figures, and while many kids love their LEGOs, I was always into the (sadly discontinued) Construx and Ramagons, and that kinetic masterpiece, the Erector… read more

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Jan 22, 2013

The Best Affordable Whiskey: 6 Top Shelf Bottles Under $40

These cold winter months, with their insane wind chills and 5:00 p.m. sunsets, are the season of curling up with a tumbler of, as Don Draper says, "something big and brown." No mixers, shakers, or bar tools required - just a heavy glass, and a quality whiskey that can stand up on its own for some serious sipping. And if you know what you're looking for, there's no reason you have to spend more than $40 a bottle. Single malts… read more

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Jan 21, 2013

A Visual Compendium of Famous Guitars

created at: 01/21/2013

The team at Pop Chart Lab has released their latest cultural compilation: famous guitars from throughout music… read more

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Jan 11, 2013

Stylish Handmade Wooden Bow Ties from Two Guys

We've featured a DIY technique for making your own wooden bow ties on ManMade, but if you're in the market for a high-end handmade piece created from exotic hardwoods, check out Two Guys Bow… read more

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Jan 09, 2013

Incredible White-On-Black Typographic World Map

"Constellations of white ink on black paper create a world of typography so mesmerizing you’ll have to be careful not to get lost."… read more

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Jan 08, 2013

50 Men's Style Must Haves Under $100

created at: 01/08/2013

Chances are, you've got a nice, solid stack of post-holiday gift cards sitting on your dresser or in your junk drawer. Yeah, you could save them up for something big, or add them to your account and slowly spend them on books or other goodies as you stumble across them.

Or, you can make a few wise investments in your wardrobe, and snag some of these stylish best buys, each under $100...and most much lessread more

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Jan 07, 2013

Make Smart Food Choices with the Clever "Should I Eat This $#!*"

created at: 01/07/2013

Whether you're trying to uphold a resolution for 2013 or just need a little more swear words as you check out the nutritional value of various foodstuffs, you should check out "Should I Eat This… read more

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Jan 03, 2013

Taste Test: The Best Cheap Beers

created at: 01/03/2013

There are lots of kinds of beer drinkers...those who wouldn't be caught dead with an American Pilsner from a major brewery, those who wouldn't consider anything else, and the entire spectrum in between. But in the race to taste every micro, spring-water brewed ale with as many IBUs as possible, the question still deserves discussing: which cheap beer is actually worth drinking. And by cheap, we mean cheap...like, wherein Bud Light - the United State's best selling beer - is too expensive.… read more

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Dec 17, 2012

Free Music: ManMade's 2012 Rock and Roll Holiday Mixtape

created at: 12/17/2012

Happy Holidays, ManMakers! Each year, I make this confession: I'm a total obsessive geek about collecting "modern rock" holiday songs: seasonal tunes by alternative, indie, and otherwise not-Bing Crosby or Nat King Cole artists. This year, my collection broke 500, making for thirty-two hours of non-cheesy holiday goodness.

No, they're not all completely amazing, but most are solid, and they serve as the soundtrack to my season, and, coupled with a candy cane, the most immediate way to inject the holiday spirit into my home and...uh, self. So, each year, I pick a few of my favorite tunes to share with ye merry gentlemen and women.

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Dec 13, 2012

"Phrenology of a Gentleman" and Other Vintage-Inspired Manly Posters and T-Shirts by Maiden Voyage

A ManMade Twitter follower just sent me a link to this great Etsy shop, Maiden Voyage, who sell tongue-in-cheek graphic illustrations inspired by humorously outdated notions of manly things.

The team describes their brand,

The term "maiden voyage" conjures up images of massive floating zeppelins, prop driven planes and towering ships embarking on their initial journeys. With these vessels came adventurers and their desires to discover the unknown. Their expeditions were retold in countless enchanting tales. More often than not, recounts of these stories became embellished, adding to their mystery and intrigue.
It is this… read more

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Dec 12, 2012

6 Men's Style Essentials for Winter

created at: 12/12/2012

Cold weather is the best time to dress like a man. It's the season for bringing out the heavier, masculine fabrics and materials, layering up, and, generally, just look like a guy.   Our friends at Valet curated this great "Winter Wardrobe Checklist" where they offer six basic pieces that you can mix, match, and interchange for a serious style during these shorter days and cold winter's nights.   

They say, "As we head into the dead of winter, getting dressed can propose a series of challenges in order to look sharp and stay warm. Here are the six must-haves every guys should have in his closet to make it through the frigid days… read more

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Dec 12, 2012

Which Beers Should You Drink with Christmas Cookies and Treats?

There's an old Calvin and Hobbes cartoon that I think of every year around this time. Calvin is  in the kitchen, going on and on about what sort of milk and cookies he's going to leave for Santa, and there's a dialogue bubble coming in from the other room, where Calvin's dad remarks, "I think Santa might prefer a cold beer." (At least that's how I remember it from fourth grade. I looked for it online, but wasn't able to locate it. Can anyone help?)
And now that I'm an adult, I say choose whichever you want...or, in my case, both. Cause nobody says cookies only go with milk, or beer with salty snacks.

Michael Agnew from A… read more

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Dec 05, 2012

Gift Guide: 20 Unique Bottles to Give this Holiday

created at: 12/05/2012

For those who appreciate well-crafted spirits, a bottle of something new (or old, as the case may be) always makes a great gift. It gives the recipient a chance to try something else, an opportunity to entertain, and if your timing's right, an instant way to thank you by uncorking that guy and sharing a pour. Whether it's your boss, your new in-laws you… read more

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Dec 03, 2012

Gift Guide: 27 Stylish Gifts for Men

created at: 12/03/2012

While we don't publish any official "gift guides for him" during the holiday season, I'm always super excited… read more

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