1. A good rifle
2. A good shotgun
3. Cleaning kit for above
4. A Good, practical knife
5. Flint & Steel
6. Honing stone
7. "Possibles Bag"
8. A "housewife" (original combination dopp kit and sewing kit)
12. Fishing pole with accoutrements.
1. A custom tailored tuxedo.
2. A high powered rifle that he is proficient with.
3. A clean and presentable home
4. A comfortable and quality bed. (There is no way to measure the value of a good night's rest.)
5. Membership in a charitable civic organization
6. A decent personal library. (Decent by quality, not quantity)
7. A quality coffee maker.
8. A shoe shine kit.
9. A proper oral hygiene and personal grooming kit.
10. A bowflex (or equivalent)
I like your list, may I suggest to add.
11. A wardrobe for all occasions from White Tie to Casual. (properly tailored)
12. Modern Information Technology Setup. (Cell Phone, Computer, Cellphone, Email Address, Internet Connection)
I know there is a lot more a man should own, but there's twelve off the top of my head.
Some people seem to be mixing in things that I would call virtues, qualities, goals, etc. We can have a very good discussion on those of course, but for this post I will stick to Objects a man should own.
1) A suit.
2) A good pair of dress shoes.
3) A good quality pair of boots.
4) Something along the lines of a dopp kit
5) Sewing kit
7) Multi-tool or a good tool kit you can transport
8) Pen and Paper
9) A good book
10) If you follow a religion, a bible/quran/torah whatever (I dont follow a religion, but understand the the impact it can have on a mans life)
12)communication (whether you choose landline/cell/computer/carrier-pidgeons, whatever. some on AoM focus quite a bit on the rustic, but i bet you most of us are more likely to find ourselves in need of calling 911 or calling our family or looking up some piece of info than finding ourselves mysteriously transported into the middle of some dense forest.)
13. a good axe or hatchet (you know, in case i'm wrong about #12)
There's no sense in getting the best you can afford in all things. You just need to buy what's necessary.
If you're going to be wearing your shoes every day, get good ones. If you're going to wear them once, get cheap ones. You're not being smart if you're buying something needless expensive.
I agree it's good as a general rule with exceptions but, to be fair, the thing I'm commenting on is that he said "In all things" which is exactly not a general rule with exceptions.
I think we both think that it's good to have high quality stuff but I think it's not necessary to speak as if absolutely everything you buy has got to last for a couple of hundred years to be worth buying in the first place.
3. High quality pair of shoes
4. A suit
6. Strong and dependable bag
9. Barbeque grill
10. Warm coat
1. 1 suit for the more formal moments. (for job interviews, town dances, weddings, funerals, and for taking a woman out on a date).
2. 1 very comfortable pair of dress shoes that you can wear with your suit and your jeans.
3. a working automobile (All men should be able to transport themselves and their friends, family, girls)
4. An overnight bag (All men take trips/go on vacations/have emergency reasons to get out of town)
5. A appointment book (A man's life is too crazy to be able to remember ever little thing he has to do and where to be).
6. A cell phone (To stay in contact and to network with family, friends, women, and those that you do business with).
7. A straight screwdriver (Things fall apart/need maintenance ...enough said)
8. A Chef's knife or a Skillet both are workhorses in a kitchen and will improve your cooking 10 fold.
9. A Decent pen and a pencil tucked away and ready in your coat/jacket pocket. (for providing you signature and for producing well written notes and also when you go to the bank and their pen sucks).
10. A decent razor (Disposable, Safety, or Straight. Find the razor that works best for you and stick with it).
11. A Cat or a Dog (Preferably a Cat...they are less maintenance than a dog..however both lower stress and blood pressure and provide you with companionship).
12. A set of barbells. Most exercises can be done at home with a set of barbells and or your body weight...
Extra Points: Pair of Running Shoes and or a Bike.
I am surprised by the amount of people putting down "gun" here. Then again, I am a city boy so would never even need to see one, much less own one.
Here is my list for everyday city life:
1. Good suit for weddings, funerals and interviews
2. Good pair of shoes
3. Swiss army knife/ leatherman/ gerber. Get a quality one and not some cheapo rip-off. It will save you in the long run!
4. Your own transport (I have been without for nearly 2 years but want my own car again sometime!)
5. A good personal library. Being well-read pays dividends.
6. Matches/ lighter/ flint and steel
7. Mobile phone - covers address book and appointments too!
8. Pen and note-book. Whether you buy a moleskine or something from the 0.99 shop doesn't matter!
9. Needle and thread. You will need this wherever you are!
10. Overnight bag with soap, razor, toothbrush and paste.
11. Positive mental attitude. This will see you through wherever you are.
12. Not necessary if you have the above!