Entries in knives (4)


Heartwood Forge

I admire a handcrafted item, skillfully made, that will stand the test of time. These handsome knives, made by Will Manning of Jefferson, Georgia are designed for daily use, to be cared for and passed along to the next generation. 

Will learned the art of woodworking from his dad and found a passion for metal just after high school. He studied his craft at Florida State and SCAD, later working with blacksmiths who would teach him even more. After meeting his girlfriend, he realized his love for being in the kitchen. Together they drew some sketches for a kitchen knife and thought they may be on to something here...

I highly recommend that you watch his video that shows Will's process of making a knife, which is incredibly informative when you have no idea how it's done. It's quickly evident how much labor, focus, experience and patience is needed. 

Will hand stamps each blade with his initials. After all the creating, heating, hammering, refining, I believe he should.  

Recyling is important to Will. He uses only reclaimed lumber from saw mills in the Southern Appalachian region. The edges and angles are refined according to the needs of each knife (or knife owner). 

I love oyster shucking so I naturally love any oyster knife that makes the process easier. Made of carbon steel, this super tough tool is crafted to open even the most stubborn of oysters. Each knife, no matter your preference, is an investment for your kitchen...See the entirety of Will's shop, Heartwood Forge, and learn how you can order your own custom knife, here.


Photos: Heartwood Forge    Content: Sweet Peach



Pearce Knives

I like a knife maker who displays their knives on pretty backgrounds. This is the work of Logan Pearce of De Queen, Arizona. He's following in the footsteps of his late grandfather, Perry Pearce, who specialized in making knives and tools out of ordinary objects like wrenches, horseshoes, rebar and railroad spikes. I found Logan via the other day- a great guy's site to add to your bookmarks. 


Heating up metal to high temps in a gas forge or coal fire, Logan forges all of his knives in a traditional manner, crafting each into shape with a hammer. 

The best part is how affordable these knives are, ranging in price from $20-$75. I love a well priced gift that is also one of a kind and beautifully made by hand. 

Logan's most popular knives are made of railroad spikes, which he sells all over the world. He's making his grandpops very proud. See all of Logan's impressive handiwork here.


Photos: Pearce Knives     Content: Sweet Peach


John Rich's TOP SIX Men's Gift Ideas for the Holidays....

One of my absolute favorite shops is Oakleaf and Acorn in Braselton, Georgia and one of my favorite shop owners is its proprietor, John Rich. I posted about his incredible shop a few months back and decided to have John share his Top 6 Men's Gifts for this holiday season. The first recommendation by John are these gorgeous handcrafted ties by Nashville resident, Otis James. 

I adore these ties which Otis makes in his backyard workshop and as John says, "He gives such attention to detail, from the old buttons he uses to his fabric selections." I especially like how Otis will inscribe the name of the tie owner on the underside of the tie- or any message you like. Learn more of his process by clicking on the video on his site here.  And if you like bowties, you will love Otis' really fun yet classic prints. In fact, Otis just won the fashion category for this year's Garden & Gun's Made in the South Awards. Congrats Otis! 


John's #2 pick is Moonshine, a gentleman's cologne, ingeniously created by three UGA grads who saw a niche in the market that they could fill. They wanted something distinctly southern, independent and which didn't need a picture of a naked model or a celebrity to sell...something they would wear.   

As their site explains, Moonshine cologne ($72) has a "woodsy aroma with hints of spice- including notes of black pepper, tobacco, leather, gin and patchouli." Sounds manly and good.... and how can you not love the packaging? 


John's store is a men's store and nothing says manly more than a knife. I can't think of a guy that wouldn't appreciate this gift. Gorgeously handcrafted by Marvin D. Poole in Commerce, Georgia, each knife has a weight and beauty all its own. As John says, "They're just made to fit in your hand, they just feel good." 

Marvin has been making knives for over thirty years (totaling more than 6,000 pieces) and as John explains, "He uses only the finest antique ivory, stag antler, camel bone and exotic stabalized woods to craft his handles. The blades are made from 440c stainless steel heat treated to a 55-57 RockC." I'm not sure what that all means but I bet a manly man would know... You can purchase a knife to last a lifetime ($125) through John's store- either in person or online.



I love the idea of a good comb for a man. I mean, I have a good brush, so why shouldn't a man value and have a good comb? I just bought one of these for my dad as he's always using one plastic comb or another and I bet he'll put this one to good use. These come via Baxter of California.

I'm a sucker for good packaging and these comb boxes have a simple yet eye pleasing design. This grouping of three would make a great holiday gift and is John's #3 selection. In this grouping you'll find a large comb, a pocket comb and a beard comb that range in price from $14-$18 each. Great deal...

As John says, "The comb is something people have gotten away from and it needs to be a DOP kit essential." I agree, let's bring it back in style...



This is so scrumptious, it hurts. I'm in lust with this leather bag that John just recently picked up from chef/craftsman, Shaun Garcia in Spartanburg, South Carolina. It's modeled after the tried and true mail bag and as Shaun explains on his site, it's "timeless in design and impeccably constructed. This bag is destined to become an heirloom." It's made from Horween chromexcel leather and domestic bridal leather for the strap and available for $450. Any man would look good wearing this beauty...


John's #6 pick is this really smart and wonderful collection of soaps called, A Year in the Country by Beekman 1802. Each bar, made with pure goat's milk, was inspired by the scents and comforts of each season. Creators Brent and Josh got the idea from the time spent on their NY farm, which is plentiful with gardens and animals. They explain the process on their site: It took us an entire year, but we've documented what was in bloom or in use on the farm during each of the 12 months and custom-blended pure essential oils to recreate each one. Total cost is $64. 

October has a hint of tart apples...March salutes clay and fresh grass as September showcases fresh basil and pepperty tomato leaves...while November celebrates smoky fires and fresh baking spices. Too fun, right? 

A big THANK YOU to the master curator and shop owner, John Rich for his perfect holiday selections. These well made, high quality goods would make any man a happy man- and may I add a more stylish man. Find all of these selections, and many more gift ideas at Oakleaf and Acorn ... Happy shopping! 


Photos and Content: Sweet Peach 


Oakleaf & Acorn

This 100 year old, 400 square foot store (once a barber shop) exemplifies all I love about the South. Oakleaf and Acorn, a men's store in Braselton, Georgia oozes character inside and out, equal parts history and soul. It's that, "C'mon in, i'll leave the door open for ya" feel where you leave all pressures of time and stress behind and just enjoy the experience of the shop... taking time to chat with the affable store owner, John Rich. 

This is a masculine space for sure but appeals to women for it's bevy of unique, well made finds, all creatively displayed. John wants you to spend some time here, and most people do. Beer, coke and ginger ale are stashed in coolers on the porch, or if you'd like something a little stronger...just ask John for a little bourbon or scotch behind his desk. It's a men's store after all. 

John remembers well his father's time and grandfather's time when products were handcrafted and made to last. John picks items to sell that he likes and items that you should only have to buy once that can be passed on generation to generation. Most items are local as well. The knives come from Marvin D. Poole in Commerce, Georgia, the gorgeous frames from Shuron in Greenville, South Carolina and the uber stylish ties from Hitsman out of Oklahoma and Southern Proper in Atlanta.  

One of the many gems in the shop are the handcrafted belts by Billy Moore of Nashville, Tennessee. Each belt is made of horse hide and is the product of a time consuming process involving a stream, a rock and the sun. One belt can take up to two weeks to make and because of this labor of love, each is unique in look, feel and character. These are belts to last a lifetime, and then some...

My personal favorite are all of John's leather items and I seriously need this green bag by Billykirk. Handmade by brothers, Chris and Kirk Bray, each leather piece is timeless in structure and design. As soon as you hold one of these leather pieces in your hands, you get the feeling that you want to take good care of it. I encourage you to watch Billykirk's well produced video here to learn more of their process. are too cool for words. Keep the door propped open and the beer chilled as I'll be back for another blog entry soon...


Photos and Content: Sweet Peach