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The Smart Card: Impossible Dream, or Coming soon?

SmartcardReaders may remember when I recommended the Plastc Card. Or when I retracted that recommendation. Well, the story didn’t end then. Plastc declared it’s intention to file for bankruptcy on April 20th 2017. They originally promised a Summer 2015 delivery, but now will be leaving some $9 million in preorders in questionable status.

Plastc’s abrupt exit from the marketplace has left many of their backers frustrated: Many did not pursue a refund when it was an option, and now they are locked in struggles with payment agencies, trying to recover hundreds of dollars apiece. Lawsuits are being explored, and a Facebook support group has cropped up as well. With pent-up frustration and anger, many of the former Plastc backers are understandably suspicious of newcomers into the market.

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If you get a Workman Wallet, you’re gonna want a Tether from Tanner Leather Goods.

Call me crazy, but I love hand me downs. The very nature of hand-me-downs is exactly what typifies ideal purchases: After an item has lived through its intended purpose, it still has enough life left in it to be passed on to a new owner. So when my Dad took a trip to San Francisco and was concerned about pickpockets, he purchased himself a Tanner Leather Good’s Workman Wallet made from brown Chromexcel leather. Continue reading If you get a Workman Wallet, you’re gonna want a Tether from Tanner Leather Goods.

A look at Koch Leather’s Field Notes Sleeve

I first came across Koch Leather on Kickstarter. Their project is designed to help them deliver their high quality, hand-stitched leather goods to a larger audience. Presently, everything they sell is hand produced by Josh and Jen Koch (no relation to the Koch Brothers), and this projects’ success will allow them to take their 2-person, hand produced business and make it a fully fledged brand. And they’ll keep the hand-production in the process! Josh was kind enough to let me check out their Field Notes sleeve, and to let me give it away to one lucky reader. Possibly you– Contest in the post!

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Trip Out West

Took a trip out West, and took some photos while I was there. Lots of stuff I’m planning to review, but I also thought I might share a few of these photos– Some are definately better than others. Which one is your favorite?

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Saddleback Leather Part 3: Spring Travel Update

It’s a busy time of year. After heading to research conferences in San Diego and Pittsburgh, you can consider me exhausted. But today, I got home and had a bit of free time after finishing up some house chores to snap a few pictures of my travel companion: my tobacco brown Classic Briefcase from Saddleback. Continue reading Saddleback Leather Part 3: Spring Travel Update

Wolverine 1000 Mile– Boots which surpass their name

The average American walks around two and a half miles a day. It would take one of us 400 days to walk those 1000 miles, but from what I can tell based on my experience with the Wolverine 1000 Mile Line, these boots might be better named Wolverine 10,000 mile. Wolverine boots are all hand-crafted in Michigan or Missouri. I reached out to the company and they sent me a pair of their flagship 1000 Mile Boot, which uses Horween’s Chromexcel leather– Widely regarded as the best leather available.

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Now here’s to you.

Willett Straight Rye Whiskey, Jury Duty
From Wefty’s First Post

Ten thousand nine hundred fifty eight. The the number of days you, my brother, have been alive. For those keeping track, that’s thirty years. When you started this blog, you set out to create a tribute to things that get better with time. And on this day, I wish I could be in Portland Oregon celebrating it with you.

To celebrate, Wefty will be drinking Willet’s Family Estate Straight Rye Whiskey. A 95% rye 5% barley, this high-rye aged 4 years by Kentucky Bourbon Distillery is among my favorites, and hopefully will be among his soon. With a vanilla nose, complex palate and long spiced finish, it’s a fine example of Rye Whiskey. And I hope that my brother enjoys it tonight– I will have to sip a bit alongside you on this side of the country. Perhaps it will take the sting off being summoned for Jury Duty.

So to my brother. To paraphrase Harper Lee, it’s not idealism to believe in the integrity of our courts and in the jury system– that is no ideal to me, it is a living, working reality. A court is no better than each person sitting on a jury.  A court is only as sound as its jury, and a jury is only as sound as the people who make it up. So my advice to my brother: Drink more Willet, show up drunk, and turn the courthouse into a party.

Cheers,
Mash

PS: It’s not much yet… But Wefty + Mash may soon adopt a trademark.  In honor of Wefty’s birthday, Here’s a rough sketch of the most current version.