Ben's Way


Pen



WHAT IT IS
Lamy 2000 "Taxus" ballpoint pen

WHY WE LIKE IT
Iconic Bauhaus design
No unnecessary frills
Ideal size and weight for comfortable writing
Natural wood barrel (Taxus baccata is the Yew tree) which doesn't get slippery like metal and plastic can

The quality is so good it could be the last pen you buy.

Made in Germany.

Hedge shears

WHAT IT IS
Barnel hedge shears

WHY WE LIKE IT
Professional-grade tool
Aluminium handles keeps the weight down

We've used lots of cheaper shears over the years. Should have bought these to start with.

Made in USA.


Tip: for home garden use, the short handle version (B1100S) is probably more practical than the long handle version (B1100L) that we use.

Multitool

WHAT IT IS
Leatherman "Sidekick" multitool

WHY WE LIKE IT
No ornamentation - just plain, beautifully-machined stainless steel
Ultra sharp knives and saw (be careful!)
Fits beautifully in the palm of the hand when folded

When you've used cheap copies this thing is just a delight. 25 year warranty.

Made in USA.

Outdoor chair

WHAT IT IS
Ice chair by Pedrali

WHY WE LIKE IT
Lightweight but strong
Smooth contours (less places for spiders, easy to clean)
Drain hole to shed water
Stackable, durable, comfortable


Next time you're outdoors at a cafe (or even indoors for that matter) take a closer look at the chair you're sitting on. There's a fair chance it will be one of these.

Made in Italy.

Publisher

WHAT IT IS
Any book by Steidl Publishing

WHY WE LIKE IT
Exceptional production values
Book build quality you sense as soon as you pick one up
We're photographers -  most Steidl books are photography books :-)

Gerhard Steidl's obsessive commitment to quality produces books that are a delight to use yet don't cost much more than "ordinary" books. He says his motivation is not so much to make money, as help great artists get their work out into the world. We reckon it shows.

Made in Germany.

Pocket knife

WHAT IT IS
Opinel No.6 pocket knife

WHY WE LIKE IT
Simple, functional design
Blade can be locked open or closed
Natural Beechwood handle

You feel like you're joining a very big family when you buy one of these - they sell millions of them every year. A true design icon.

Made in France.

Bass

WHAT IT IS
Short scale fretless bass from Birdsong

WHY WE LIKE IT
Handmade from solid walnut, maple and ebony
Balanced (no neck dive)
Low action
Quality pickups and hardware

Superb instruments yet surprisingly affordable.

Made in Texas, USA.