Every week there are dozens of new and exciting pieces of gear. But are they actually worth buying? Trust the team at Cool Material to help you find the latest and greatest releases in a recurring column: What We’re Buying.
“A solid knife goes unappreciated in a kitchen and especially so in the summer. Between slicing tomatoes to cutting up stone fruit, those dull knives found in my butcher block just don’t cut it (pun intended). I love this knife by Fields Outfitting, and it’ll surely be a part of my rotation. Based on the Japanese Nakiri knife, the Noa is built for slicing, dicing, and chopping fruits and veg (perfect for me, as a vegetarian). And while its functionality is great and all, it’s also just a beautiful piece of cutlery, too. Made from purple heart wood and Swedish Sandvik Stainless Steel, it’s a knife that looks as sharp as its blade.” Buy: $158
“I alluded to this in the last edition of this column, but my amaro selection at home needed a bit of a refresh. So, I turned to Brooklyn’s Faccia Brutto, one of my favorite Italian spirit makers in the US. Nocino is a traditional bitter Italian digestivo made from walnuts and Faccia Brutto’s rendition is brilliant. Deep nuttiness is softened by barrel-aging, vanilla, and spices. It’s luxurious and perfect as a true leather-armchair nightcap.” Buy: $65
“I have a lot of watches to take care of, and sometimes I neglect them. Cape Cod Polishing Cloths for Fine Metals are affordable, convenient, and very effective. They’re great for regular cleaning and for removing tarnish and hairline scratches on watch cases and bracelets. They come in a resealable package, and for less than ten bucks they can make your watches look like new.” Buy: $6
“New York Times Bestseller and National Book Award Winner ‘The Year of Magical Thinking’ by Joan Didion ended up on my doorstep as a gift from a dear friend after the sudden loss of my mother. If I’m being completely honest, I had no interest or desire in attempting to deal with my grief by, well, reading… but once I actually delved into Didion’s stunning tome of honest exploration into the world of grief as a whole, I was verklempt before being left with an overall feeling of catharsis. Even without significant recent loss, this is a book worth reading.” Buy: $12