A record of the objects and makers behind the lifetime-quality products of the Best Made Co. catalogs.


The Archive is an in-progress work.

<aside> <img src="/icons/book-closed_gray.svg" alt="/icons/book-closed_gray.svg" width="40px" /> The Used Gear Guide A guide to locating authentic, catalog-era Best Made Co. gear.

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<aside> <img src="/icons/chair_gray.svg" alt="/icons/chair_gray.svg" width="40px" /> The Library A collection of resources and reading on the catalog era.

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About The Archive

When Best Made Company was founded by Peter Buchanan-Smith and Graeme Cameron in 2009, it quickly became a trusted source and curator for heirloom-grade objects that were beautiful, durable, and useful. Beyond just selling in-house products, their collaborations and partnerships were also a way to discover other brands with a similar thoughtfulness and attention to beauty and utility.

The Archive is a celebration of Best Made’s catalogs and the products of that era, and most importantly a guide to the makers behind the products, and the collaborators who helped bring the brand to life in photography and design.


My American Felling Axe at home on the peg board

My American Felling Axe at home on the peg board

The Best Made Company Archive

The Catalogs

The Products

The Makers

The Collaborators

The Used Gear Guide

The Library

A project by This Whole City.

Not affiliated with Best Made Company, Bolt Threads, or Duluth Trading Company.


Please reach out if you have information to add, extra catalogs to help complete the archive, or perhaps best of all: just to say hello.

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