IN THE GOLDEN AGE IT WAS CUSTOMARY TO SEE THE GENTRY WALKING AROUND WITH SWORDS STRAPPED TO THEIR SIDES. NOWADAYS GENTLEMEN MUST CURTAIL THEIR ARMOIRES INTO A MORE SELECTIVE AND UTILITARIAN NATURE. HOWEVER, ONE THING THAT HASN’T CHANGED IS THE DUTY OF ALL GENTLEMEN TO BE WELL ARMED AND FOR THEIR LADIES’ COMFORT. SO HERE ARE 5 BLADES THAT EVERY GENTLEMEN’S ARMOURY SHOULD CONTAIN.
The Pocket Blade
Available from: Swisstool – £239
Gentlemen are forever prepared and a pocket blade should always be within reach, if not permanently in your pocket. You never know when you’ll need a tiny blade, scissors, can opened or splitter remover. Trust us when we say that if you have a pair of tweezers to remove a date’s agonizing splitter, you’ll look like prince charming and you’ll thanks us when your lady has that stray thread ruining her outfit and needs a quick fix. Victory is only a matter of being more prepared than anyone else, and a gentleman is always prepared.
The Cooking Knife
Available From: Shun – USD $412
Real men cook and real Gentlemen cook well, and so just as a workman is only as good as his tools, a chief is only as good as their knives. A real lady knows how to cook, so a real gent has to know how to cook better. A decent sized and quality kitchen blade is an essential for a gentleman’s kitchen, whether its surf or turf, it’s always required. As with any blade, take care of it and it will last you a lifetime.
The Cigar Cutter
Available From: Linley – £135
A gentleman appreciates the finer things in life and if something is appreciated its used properly and enjoyed. Cigars are one such vice and a good cigar cutter is key, with a poor blade or a sloppy motion, the cigar cut with just end up raggedy and with straggling pieces, ruining your smoke. Remember that to cut a cigar with anything other than a cigar cutter is the height of crassness. Cigars, like wine, are an investment to be enjoyed, so invest in a good cutter and respect the cigars you smoke.
The Shaving Blade
Available From: Boker – £1349
If there is one thing the New Gentry knows it’s that there’s no school like the old school and there’s always a reason why. With shaving a good blade is everything, whether it’s the traditional cutthroat straight blade or the double-edged safety blade, you get what you pay for. Apart from being a far superior shave, if more time consuming, it’s a lot cheaper to buy safety blades or simply strop your own straight razor, but perhaps the most important thing to remember is that is it unashamedly sexy and any lady will love it. Plus a little threat of death via a sliced jugular is the perfect thing to wake you up in the morning.
The Sabrage Sword
Available from: Claude Dorozme – POA
Why do you need a sabrage sword? The straight answer is that you don’t. However, the man you can command a dinner table is a man who could rule the world and slicing the head off the top of a bottle of champagne is something to be watched. More than anything, its something that people will remember and a dinner with anyone who counts themselves as New Gentry, should be worth remembering.