2016 Holiday Gift Guide - items for cigar lovers, fishermen, musicians and more

With the holidays just around the corner, we thought we’d help you out with the legwork and research that comes with buying gifts. There are items in here for the hairy, the shaven, the fishermen, and the flamboyant drinkers in your life.

Daniel Marshall Signature 100 Burl Humidor
danielmarshall.com
$850

 
 

California’s own Daniel Marshall has built his reputation on quality and reliability. This beautifully understated humidor has a nish you can’t ignore, but which will blend seamlessly with the rest of your decor. Most importantly, though, not many build them as well as Daniel.

Schulz & Malley Trading Company - The Regiment
schulzmalley.com
$65

 
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The full lineup of Schulz & Malley products includes all the things you want to put on your face to lubricate your beard, shave, wash your face, and moisturize.

OneBlade Razor & Stand
onebladeshave.com
$399

 
 

Not every man takes shaving seriously. But if you’re the type who loves the ritual and values the highest-quality tools, this is the way to go. From the head that pivots on a Teflon-coated spring to the PVD coating providing corrosion resistance, OneBlade might be the best shave money can buy.

Mini bulldog
art.com
$72.55

 
 

This is a bulldog. He’s made of iron. He weighs 3 pounds. He’s just under 5 inches tall. He’s smoking a cigar.

Sonoma Champagne Sabres - Fox Sciabola del Sommelier (nickel handle)
sonomachampagnesabres.com
$179

Put the days of opening champagne bottles with just your hands like a loser behind you. Once you uncork some bubbly with this sabre, handcrafted in the Maniago district of northeast Italy, you’ll never go back to the hand- popping ways of your past.

Tommy Bahama Corona Palms Mahogany Humidor
$325

 
 

Keep about 100 cigars properly humidi ed and ready to enjoy with this mahogany humidor, which has an LED inside for those who like to pick cigars out in the dark. The build quality is no joke, and the fun Tommy Bahama art makes this humidor great for those who like to keep a little more fun in their man caves.

Zino Graphic Leaf accessories
us.davidoffgeneva.com
Cigar case: $85
Lighter: $130
Cutter: $60

 
 

Transport, cut and light your cigars in style with these accessories, all featuring a graphic tobacco leaf print. It’s the high quality you expect from Davidoff, at accessible prices.

Chris Reeve Sebenza 25 Frame Lock Knife (with micarta inlays)
knifeart.com
$520

 
 

Chris Reeve took performance to the next level for the 25th Anniversary of its Sebenza knife. It has an added nger groove, a more stable washer, and a slightly thicker blade with asymmetrical thumb notches. This model also has canvas Micarta inlays to aid your grip.

MyCharge All Terrain Portable Charger
mycharge.com
$39.99

 
 

This 3350mAh portable USB charger is waterproof, temperature-proof, dirt-proof and shock-proof. Great for the traveler who can’t afford to have a phone run out of juice.

The Cigar World
teneues-books.us
$95

 
 

The ultimate cigar coffee table book, the deep research and beautiful photography — covering everything from the world’s best cigar makers to the basics of blends — will keep everyone flipping through, from cigar lovers to non-smokers.

Fender T-Bucket 300CE Moonlight Burst
fender.com
$299.99

 
 

This bold acoustic-electric guitar with a built-in tuner combines good looks, playability, and Fender acoustic sound. Whether you’re jamming in your garage or taking the stage, this instrument is a good one to have in your lineup.

FireKing SH103
fireking.com
$165

 
 

FireKing humidors, equipped with digital hygrometers and thermometers as well as Boveda humidi cation, are built to protect your cigars from ooding and res. If you have cigars in your collection that are of great monetary or sentimental value, this is how you protect them.

iBobber Bluetooth Smart Castable Fish Finder
reelsonar.com
$99.99

 
 

It’s the smallest, lightest personal sonar depth nder out there. It syncs with a free app on your smartphone or tablet up to 100 feet away, giving you an edge over the sh below the surface and tipping Mother Nature’s scales for your day on the water.

The Limelens Set
limelens.com
$49.99

 
 

Take your cell phone photography to new heights with this set of lenses that includes a dual Macro/Wide lens and a fisheye lens. Both attach to your phone, opening a new world of possibilities for your pictures.

Tommy Bahama Indoor/Outdoor Ashtray
$36

 
 

A great addition to your deck or patio furniture, you won’t have to worry about this heavy-duty polymer ashtray getting worn or surviving exposure to the elements.

Bang for your buck — testing Tour Edge's Hot Launch 2 golf clubs

By Neil Wolkodoff

You’d think that , as golf gear technology has become less expensive to produce, we’d be getting more club for our money. The Hot Launch 2 line from Tour Edge might have taken advantage of manufacturing technology to bring what might have been tour-level clubs five years ago to the average golfer at an accessible price.

What has changed? Shafts are much better than they were 10 years ago, both in consistency and price. Sure, there are tour shafts that cost $900, but you probably don’t need that level of precision. Add to the techno edge the advances in face technology and materials to achieve a spring-like effect on distance with combined forgiveness.

For the last 15 years, Tour Edge has made a name as a player’s club with their fairway woods and hybrids, carried by many players on tour. Those are great clubs that deliver performance for the precision golfer, but they’re not all that forgiving for the recreational golfer.

The Hot Launch 2 series has taken the performance aspects of their tour-level products and enabled the average golfer to improve their results with clubs that are easy to hit and custom fit. The clubs are hand-built in the U.S. and come with lifetime warranties, which is unheard of with custom clubs at this price point.

Tour Edge incorporated some of their upper-end features into these clubs to make them perform close to their tour counterparts. The hybrids through driver feature a variable face thickness design with a rear sole weight to move the center of gravity within the head for ease of getting the ball into the air. The drivers, and both the adjustable and non-adjustable versions, sport a 460cc titanium, four-piece, forged club head.

One recent trend in irons was for clubs to be shaped more like hybrids, which made solid contact a breeze. The Hot Launch2 version of this idea sports many features only available on tour level clubs in the past. Besides custom fitting, the super thin steel face with variable face thickness (why drivers are so long these days) really zings the ball. Their more conventional irons placed an undercut cavity in the back of the club for a higher launch, and also repositioned weight for forgiveness combined with the spring-like effect of the face.

Everyone is skeptical of whether a new club will do what the manufacturer says it will, so I went to the local PGA Tour Superstore for club testing. I play enough golf that I know my specifications and average performance with clubs, so it’s easy to compare when I try something on a launch monitor. I started with their adjustable driver, which retails at $199. It was almost as good as, if not better than, my current drivers, which range in price from $350 to $450. Very impressive for a club that is less than half the price.

I went to the other end of the spectrum and compared the irons, normally done 6 iron to 6 iron. My current iron set was $900 and performs solidly round after round. The Hot Launch 2 iron got me about the same distance as my custom set. The dispersion — or how far off it was from center — was almost identical to the more expensive iron. And surprisingly, they are about $50 per custom fit iron versus the $110 per club for my current set.

If I were on tour, would I play with these clubs? Probably not, as someone would be paying me to play those $900 shafts and the latest club head. Like other golfers, I’m after distance, consistency and the elusive easy-to-hit shot with minimal practice. The Hot Launch 2 products delivered all that at about 45 percent of what I paid for my other custom clubs. I am sure if they were covered with tape I could not tell the difference between the two sets, despite the large price difference.


Neil Wolkodoff, PhD, is a Sport Scientist in Denver, Colorado who has worked with golfers over the last 15 years. During free time, he travels to exotic golf destinations to see how golf, culture and local geography mix with cigars in different locales. He has penned articles for Colorado Avid Golfer, Golf Digest, Everett Potter, Travel World and Golf Magazine. In his travels, he has golfed with royalty, tour professionals, the local duffer, and the occasional goat.

 

Five great gifts to get dad this Father's Day

Every dad is different, but it’s been our experience that most of your fathers have three interests in common: smoking, eating and drinking. With that in mind, we found a few gifts that should be instant hits. Hell, you’ll probably want them for yourself, too.

Brizard and Co. Zebrawood cigar accessories

brizardandco.com

  • The “Deck” Ashtray Oval (double): $120
  • The “Elite” Cigar Cutter: $115
  • The Cylinder Desk Humidor: $199
  • The “Show Band” 3 cigar case: $145
 

This company has been making beautiful cigar accoutrements for a long time. When we saw this zebrawood nish, we knew we had to let people know about it. It’s bright and eye-catching enough for ashier guys, yet understated and elegant enough not to embarrass your dad if he’s on the conservative side.

 

Coravin Model Eight Wine System

coravin.com
$299.00

 

What if you could pour your wine without ever opening the bottle? This gadget pumps argon gas (which won’t oxidize your wine) into your bottle, pumping the wine back out through a hypodermic needle. When you pull the needle out, the cork seals itself, so you can come back to that bottle weeks, even months later and still enjoy it.

 

GoSun Sport

gosunstove.com
$279.00

No fuel. No electricity. Just the sun being reflected into a glass tube and heating up the inside enough to cook just about any meal. It’s perfect for your outdoorsman dad. Sound too good to be true? We tested the sport model and became instant believers.

 
 

Vinturi Red Wine Aerator

vinturi.com
$29.99

 

Pour your wine through this thing, and your wine goes into the glass instantly aerated, bringing you better bouquet, flavors and finish. It’ll also minimize sediment and — if you were sloppy with the bottle opener — cork in your glass.

 

Thermopro TP-08 Wireless Thermometer

buythermopro.com
$99.00

Leave the thermometer in your meat and monitor the temperature from up to 300 feet away. This will make Dad the ultimate multitasking grillmaster.

Put together a winning look for the Kentucky Derby

A guest post by Michael Herklots, VP of retail and brand development at Nat Sherman

When one thinks of the Kentucky Derby (which is coming up on May 6 and 7), a few things always come to mind. First, of course, the horses. They’re usually followed by frosty mint juleps and then, without a doubt, the style. Women and men dressed to the nines using the color palette of an Easter basket, never to repeat a color on an item. It can be intimidating to curate a look for your Kentucky Derby Day. Whether you’re lucky enough to be at Churchill Downs or attending any of the countless Derby Events around the country, you have to dress the part. However, all too often gents go from natty to nightmare quickly. Colors and patterns often collide in sartorial disarray, usually in ill-fitting, poorly made garments that are purchased the way you’d select a Halloween costume. Clothes chosen that way aren’t likely to remain wardrobe assets.

Vineyard Vines remains the official style of the Kentucky Derby. However, curating your entire look here will ensure that you will be wearing the same thing as everyone else and — despite your best attempt to stand out from the crowd in a daring outfit — you’ll simply become another dude in pink shorts with whales on them and a horseshoe bow tie.

So ... a few rules to dress for the Derby:

  1. Pick one trophy item. The Derby is the day to push your limitations and get outside of the box. However, in order to do so you have to pick one thing that is daring and create a platform to support that one daring piece. It could be a bright color trouser, a paisley shirt, a wild bowtie, or specialty shoe.

  2. Become inspired by color, not a victim of color. Select colors that complement each other. Create your palette by using colors that are related, rather than using only the primary and secondary colors. Select colors for your outfit the way you would select paint colors for a room. Then, incorporate textures and patterns to make those items stand out.

  3. Focus on fit. At the end of the day, this is still an outfit. It is not a costume.  Make sure your jacket cuffs rest at your watch and your shoulders follow the form of your body, rather than extending out like you’re in linebacker pads. Your pants should have a full break at most, but don’t be afraid to go with no break. The best dressed men at the Derby will be dressed in something they’d feel equally comfortable wearing on any summer weekend.

My picks for the 2016 Kentucky Derby

Trousers: Blue stripe Cotton Seersucker

Your party mates will be pushing their boundaries with Pink and Yellow, but stay classic with a Seersucker trouser like this one from Jos. A Bank.
Tip: buy the suit, but don’t be afraid to break it up and wear as separates.

Jacket: Blue Blazer with Peak Lapel

I know you think you own a blue blazer, but you don’t. You either have a jacket made from a material more akin to a table cloth, with big shoulder pads and brass buttons OR the top half of a blue suit, neither of which is appropriate or relevant. It’s time for an upgrade. The peak lapel gives a stronger presence, and creates a visual guide, bringing the eyes from the shoulder down to check out the rest of your duds. Take a look at this example on Suit Supply.

 
Image: SuitSupply

Image: SuitSupply

 

Shirt: Light blue button down with cut away collar.

Less is more with the shirt, as the texture of the jacket and its lapels, along with the seersucker trouser is busier than you might imagine. So, opt for a light blue shirt (lighter in shade than the blazer) like this one by Eton. The Cut Away collar offers plenty of room for your tie to be a focus, but also permits the collar to stand firmer, once you’ve had too many mint juleps, and remove your tie.

If you want to be a bit more daring, opt for a shirt with an understated pattern like this one.

Tie: Whether you intend on keeping the tie on or not is inconsequential. You must arrive with tie on.  Bow ties reign supreme on derby day.  The advantage to the bow tie in this case is it doesn’t engage as closely with your trousers, so you can get a little wilder in pattern. This floral bow tie in lilac brings new color and excitement to your look, but is still anchored with the touch of blue in floral pattern. Personally, I prefer a necktie, and would opt for this lavender tie with small white dots, which anchor to the stripe in your trousers.

 
Image: The Tie Bar
 

Accessories: A pocket square is a must to complete the look. In this case, keep it simple. A plain white cotton handkerchief folded into a rectangle with a clean white line exposed above the breast pocket is the perfect accent, and also comes in handy to dab your forehead during the festivities.

Shoes: Though white bucks are the traditional choice and Spectators a close second, no one needs a costume pair of kicks.  A great pair of brown wing tip shoes, like these by Johnston & Murphy, will not only look great with your derby look, but will also dress up your casual weekends, or dress down your office attire.

 
 

Last, but not least...

 
Image: Nat Sherman

Image: Nat Sherman

Cigars: The day is hot, the drinks are sweet. Stock up on some Nat Sherman Timeless Nicaragua 546. It’s a beautiful, soft box-pressed medium bodied Nicaraguan puro that is mellow enough to share with everyone, and allow the booze to be the only behavior modifier. It’s full enough to stand up to and cut through the sweetness of the bourbon (with or without the sugar and mint). Also, it’s quick enough to enjoy in about 30 minutes, and then get back to the rest of the crowd.

 
 

Michael Herklots is the vice president of retail and brand development at Nat Sherman. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

 

Video: Davidoff's Cave de Paille humidors at Art Basel Miami Beach

Every year at Art Basel Miami Beach's Collector's Lounge, we get a chance to see what's new from Davidoff's art initiative. This time around, it was these three beautiful humidors, each designed by artist Lison de Caunes. Tobacco is brought to life (first growing, then aging, then as ash) by her painstaking work laying straw into each box.

In all, there are only 40 of these humidors out there, and they're only available at Art Basel events (which are held in Basel, Hong Kong and Miami Beach).

Les Fines Lames: crowdfunding a cigar knife

Image: Les Fines Lames

Image: Les Fines Lames

A while back, we were contacted by the guys behind Les Fines Lames about the piedmont-style folding knives they were making in France. The kicker: there's a hole in the handle that allows the knife to double as a cigar cutter. Once a sample unit arrived in the mail from France, we began to put it through its paces at Cigar Snob. I even carried the knife around for a couple of weeks to get a sense for just how practical a tool this would be.

It takes a bit of getting used to, but once you get the hang of this thing, you'll find that it cuts cigars as cleanly as many other cutters on the market. When it comes to other uses, the knife works well, but you should know that there is no locking mechanism here (which is typical for piedmont knives), so you'll want to be extra careful about how you hold and wield the knife. This isn't the tool you want to use if you're, for instance, cutting open lots of boxes in an absent-minded rush.

It's great to have a knife that's designed to cut cigars handy. What really sets this knife apart, though, is that it's a unique piece that will start conversations. It's a handcrafted, luxury item for smokers with tastes that favor rustic, old-world charm rather than bright shiny finishes or sleek, modern design.

As of this posting, there are two days left on the French start-up's Indiegogo campaign. They're halfway to their goal of raising $44,000, with which they'll start regular production of the knives. Les Fines Lames tells us that the knives will retail for $520, but making a contribution of $410 through the Indiegogo page will get you a knife. Not a bad discount.

Visit Les Fines Lames' Indiegogo campaign page to learn more about this knife and to get your own (while there's still time).

Fuente Fuente OpusX 20th anniversary collection by S.T. Dupont

 

S.T. Dupont, maker of some of the finest cigar accessories on the market, released a line of products celebrating the 20th anniversary of one of the finest cigars on the market: Fuente Fuente OpusX. At the recent IPCPR trade show in New Orleans, we spoke with Michael Reynolds of S.T. Dupont and Manny Iriarte, who with the two luxury brands to design the collection.

 

Van Horne Pens

 

Van Horne Pens

vanhornepens.com 

Craftsman and cigar smoker Rainey Van Horne makes pens by hand from his Chattanooga shop. Every writing instrument—from ballpoints with inlaid feathers to fountain pens carved into the shapes of cigars—is a unique beauty. 

 
 
 

SoundLink® Color Bluetooth® speaker

 

SoundLink® Color Bluetooth® speaker

bose.com 
$129.95 

Get up to eight hours of big Bose-quality sound anywhere. Whether you’re grilling in your backyard or smoking on a camping trip, your favorite tunes should always sound their best. 

 
 
 

Redbeard Brew Bars soap (3-pack)

 

Redbeard Brew Bars soap (3-pack)

edbeardbrewbars.com 
$22.00 

Brew Bars are “rustic, dense bars of beer soap” made by Zeb, who served as a U.S. Marine from 2002 to 2010, and his wife Lauren. Choose any three of their 9 varieties. 

 
 
 

Humidif travel humidors and ashtray

 

Humidif travel humidors and ashtray

hfbarcelona.com 

Your cigars should travel in style, even if you don’t. The Cinder ashtray, Travel5 and Travel10 humidors (which have capacities of 5 and 10 cigars, respectively) 

 
 
 

Screwpop Cigar Punch 2.0

 

Screwpop Cigar Punch 2.0

screwpoptool.com 
$14.95 

When the Perfect Pairing comes along, will you be ready? Open your beers and punch your cigars with the same handy tool. 

 
 
 

Warped Cigars Homage Bracelet

 

Warped Cigars Homage Bracelet

warpedcigars.com 
$150.00 

Made by Leo’s Wisdom Jewelry, this 8mm Grade AA Lapis Lazuli, Deep Orange Coral, and Mint River Stone features Warped’s signature Tobacco leaf in .925 Sterling Silver. 

 
 
 

Whiskey Barrel Coffee

 

Whiskey Barrel Coffee

whiskeybarrelcoffee.com 
$49.95 

Aged in high-quality bourbon barrels, these delicious beans are available in Dark Roast, Light Roast, and Decaf.

 
 
 

Cigar Oasis ULTRA 2.0 and WiFi Attachment

 

Cigar Oasis ULTRA 2.0 and WiFi Attachment

cigaroasis.com 
$119.00 (WiFi attachment $79.00) 

Keep the conditions in your desktop humidor perfect while using the WiFi attachment to track read the hygrometer and get alerts no matter where you are. 

 
 
 

William Henry Studio – Gentac B30-TCD

 

William Henry Studio – Gentac B30-TCD

The ultimate luxury gentleman’s pocket knife, the Gentac B30-TCD, sports a super-lightweight aerospace grade titanium handle inlayed with carbon fiber. The ‘Dot Matrix’ Damascus blade easily deploys via a thumb stud or button lock, both of which are accented by blue sapphires. Only 500 pieces of each edition are meticulously constructed, and each is delivered with a certificate of authenticity.

$850 MSRP
Length: 6.81”
Blade Length: 3.17”
Blade Material: Stainless ‘Dot-Matrix’ Damascus – Devin Thomas
Weight: 1.7 oz
www.williamhenrystudio.com

 
 
 

Kershaw – Leek Composite Blade

 

Kershaw – Leek Composite Blade

This blade is a beautiful variation on the classic Kershaw Leek design by Ken Onion. This classic gentleman’s folding knife features a composite blade with the standard Leek 14C28N stainless steel on top of the blade, a copper accent separator, and the experimental CPM-D2 steel at the edge. Whether left- or right-handed, you can deploy the blade using the Kershaw patented Speed Safe Assisted Opening or the standard thumb stud.

$109.95 MSRP
Length: 6.75”
Blade Length: 3”
Blade Material: Sandvik 14C28N & CPM-D2
Weight: 3 oz
www.kershawknives.com

 

Benchmade – 890-111 Torrent

 

BENCHMADE – 890-111 TORRENT

Pushing the envelope of what a gentleman’s knife can be, the 890-111 Torrent’s detailed aluminum and carbon fiber handle give it some almost-rugged good looks. The lack of a thumb ramp or jimping also adds to the gentleman’s knife characteristic of the Torrent while the nitrous assisted opening delivers unreal speed of deployment.

$400.00 MSRP
Length: 8.2”
Blade Length: 3.6”
Blade Material: M390 Steel
Weight: 3.8 oz
www.benchmade.com

 

Spyderco – Centofante 3

 

SPYDERCO – CENTOFANTE 3

Developed in collaboration with legendary knifemaker Frank Centofante, this gentleman’s folder is an ideal everyday carry. The lightweight and thin-profiled FRN (Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon) handle fits perfectly in your pocket, and the reversible steel clip gives you the option of right-handed tip up or down carry. The Japanese VG-10 blade is a high-end, edge retaining steel.

$94.95 MSRP
Length: 7.56”
Blade Length: 3”
Blade Material: VG-10 Japanese stainless steel
Weight: 2.5 oz
www.spyderco.com