Practical Manliness Launch Giveaway 93

[A]ll call upon us for a vigorous and manly exertion…”

– George Washington

Today, on the 278th anniversary of George Washington’s birthday, Practical Manliness is finally launched. After months of planning, writing, and researching, we are finally ready to start “applying the historical ideals of manliness to modern men”.

To help celebrate the launch, you can read the six articles we have already published (one in each category) and, of course, enter our launch day giveaway below.

Over the coming weeks and months, I have loads of valuable articles ready to publish, and I hope to run more giveaways as well. Be prepared for an exciting time!

The Prize

The prize for today’s manly contest is… a shiny new Leatherman Wave multitool!

This is a newer version of the pocket knife that I have carried on my belt for the last few years. Along with my flashlight and wallet, my Leatherman Wave is with me nearly all the time.

One of the best knives available, this multitool will come in handy during nearly any manly project. Whether you’re replacing a broken pipe, fixing your bicycle, or setting up camp, this knife will almost certainly make your task easier.

This versatile multitool includes over seventeen different functions:

  • Clip Point Knife (420HC)
  • Sheepsfoot Serrated Knife (420HC)
  • Needlenose Pliers
  • Regular Pliers
  • Wire Cutters
  • Hard-wire Cutters
  • Wire Stripper
  • Large Screwdriver
  • Large Bit Driver
  • Small Bit Driver
  • Scissors
  • Wood/Metal File
  • Diamond-coated File
  • Saw
  • Bottle Opener
  • Can Opener
  • Ruler (8 in./19 cm.)

How To Enter

Entering to win this manly knife is not very difficult. In fact, you only have to complete two simple steps:

1. Subscribe To Practical Manliness

If you already are subscribed, you can skip to step two.

Otherwise, simply subscribe to Practical Manliness via RSS or email. Once you do this, each new article on Practical Manliness will be delivered directly to your feed reader or email inbox.

2. Post A Comment To…

  1. Tell us you are subscribed (honor system), and
  2. Share some manly advice. (i.e., some tip that has helped you be a better man)

Once you have completed these two simple steps, you will be entered for a chance to win the Leatherman Wave!

The Selection Process

The contest will end on Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 11:59 PM (Pacific Time).

On Monday, March 1, the winner will be randomly chosen and announced on this blog. If you win, you will be notified via email.

The Fine Print

  • Giveaway ends on Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 11:59 PM (Pacific Standard Time).
  • The odds of winning depend on the number of entries by the deadline stated above.
  • Only one entry per person. (You can comment multiple time, but only the first comment will count.)
  • This contest is only open to people in the United States. For those of you outside the US, I hope to make future contests open worldwide.
  • Participants who cheat are automatically disqualified.
  • My family members are not eligible to enter.

93 thoughts on “Practical Manliness Launch Giveaway

  1. Reply The Gentleman and Scholar Feb 22,2010 8:24 AM

    I am subscribed via Google reader.

    My father rarely gives me advice verbally. Usually, he just sets the example. But I remember once he told me to ask other people for their advice. He said people loved giving advice. It’s true. I do. He does. But now that I very consciously ask people for their advice, I get not only advice, but trust, interest, and conversation.

    This piece of advice, along with many others I’ve picked up, are shared on my new blog

  2. Reply Derek Feb 22,2010 8:59 AM

    Subscribed, and looking forward to seeing what’s next!

    My manly advice: What other people think of you isn’t nearly as important as what you think of yourself. Focus on your sense of self-worth and your own internal mission.


  3. Reply Elliot Feb 22,2010 9:04 AM

    1. Subscribed already, as you can imagine. =)

    2. Ephesians 4:13. I’m not responsible for what others think of me. I am responsible to live my life in a way that’s pleasing onto God. Positive role models are good, but Christ must always be the ultimate goal…

  4. Reply Jordan Williams Feb 22,2010 9:19 AM

    I am subscribed via email, and rss feed.
    I just read the shoe shine article and loved it. I don’t know if this is considered all that manly advice but, the condition of your shoes can say a lot about you. They can also make a good suit look not so good if they are not well polished/buffed. If it happens that I am out of town and I forgot to polish/buff my loafers. A quick and easy fix is to buy a banana, eat the fruit, and use the inner part of the peal as a shoe polish. After your finished with the peal take a towel/rag and wipe of the excess banana residue. It works really good for a quick fix…

  5. Reply Peter Feb 22,2010 9:44 AM

    1. I became a fan of the Facebook Page, Added you to my Twitter account & added this site to my Google Reader.

    2. My advise is to not think too highly of yourself that you cannot humbly repent & ask forgiveness of those who you have offended (sinned against) as soon as you are convicted of your wrongfulness (is that even a word?), especially with your children. You need to set an example for them & non-christian around you to be witness to.

  6. Reply KENNY Feb 22,2010 9:52 AM

    1) Subscribed a WHILE ago
    2) One of the best things I’ve ever done to become a better person was read “Hold on to Your NUTs: The Relationship Manual for Men” by Wayne M. Levine.
    There are many great ideas and “rules” in it but to me, the “fake it til you make it” advice was the BEST! It is D-I-F-F-U-C-U-L-T at times but definitely worth it.

  7. Reply Ibrahim | Feb 22,2010 10:15 AM

    Never let a day go by where you didn’t improve in some aspect of life. Follow this rule and every day you’ll be a better person.

    Congrats on the launch Nate, I wish you great success!

  8. Reply Ibrahim | Feb 22,2010 10:16 AM

    P.S. I’m fairly certain I was your first facebook fan and subscriber! Woohoo!

  9. Reply Nate Desmond Feb 22,2010 10:18 AM

    @ Ibrahim

    Although I have no way of knowing who subscribed first, I do know you were the first Facebook fan.

    Thank you!

  10. Reply Pete Feb 22,2010 10:33 AM

    1. Already registered a few weeks back (eagerly awaiting launch of this site).
    2. Always be open to learning.

  11. Reply Kenneth Feb 22,2010 11:04 AM

    Subscribed just last week and glad to be aboard.

    My dad always admonished me whenever I left the house, “Remember who you are.” By that he meant that I represented him and our family, our family name and honor, and that I would someday have my own family that deserved a dad worthy of respect. It became a watchword for me and I’ve used it in raising our five children and seven (going on eight) grandchildren. A true man lives not only for himself, but for others.

  12. Reply Rod Feb 22,2010 11:06 AM

    I am subscribed via Google reader.

    When in an arguement seek first to understand where the other person is coming from, before you seek to be understood yourself.

  13. Reply Newlywed & Unemployed Feb 22,2010 11:10 AM

    I confess, I’m entering in hopes of winning this as a surprise for my husband!

    1. Subscribed via Google reader.
    2. Some great advice my father in law gave my husband was “you can be right or you can be happy.” This doesn’t mean I get to be right all the time, but it’s helped both of us prioritize what’s worth butting heads and what isn’t. I’ve learned a lot from my husband’s example on this one.


  14. Reply Tanner @ Art of Citizenship Feb 22,2010 11:59 AM

    Subscribed via google reader and have been looking forward to this for a while.

    My manly advice? Be as self sufficient as possible. It’s not wrong to depend on people, but you and your family need to be as independent and self sufficient as possible. Your destiny should be in your own hands.

  15. Reply Nikki Feb 22,2010 12:59 PM

    Subscribed! :)

  16. Reply Brandon Feb 22,2010 1:22 PM

    Subscribed via email.

    Some advice a pastor once gave me, which is very appropriate for me as I am in the ministry, but really holds true for any man who is active in service to his church:

    The church is Christ’s bride, not yours. Christ will always take care of his bride, and only sometimes through you. You need to be sure to take care of yours. If you are neglecting your bride to take care of Christ’s, you are not doing God’s will.

  17. Reply Bob F. Feb 22,2010 1:25 PM

    I’m a subscriber

  18. Reply Nikki Feb 22,2010 1:25 PM

    As a woman, it is hard to give manly advice, but here goes: Do your honey-do’s. ‘Cause if you don’t, then your wife has to do it herself. And she will not think YOU are the man when SHE is the one swinging a pick axe in the back yard because you were too lazy to do it. I speak from experience. Not doing your honey-do’s is the fastest way to earn her contempt.

  19. Reply Noah Kephart Feb 22,2010 1:38 PM

    1. I am subscribed via email.

    2. Manly Advice: Don’t spend your time pursuing worthless things, i.e. that which will not have a bearing on eternity. From the Bible, Proverbs 12:11: “He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, But he who pursues worthless things lacks sense.” Put away the video games and the hours of TV and pursue something that will last for all of eternity.

  20. Reply Dene Feb 22,2010 1:39 PM

    Subscribed ages ago.

    My advice: we don’t have time to learn from all our own mistakes – let the fool serve the wise.

  21. Reply Jordan Strang Feb 22,2010 1:53 PM

    Hi Nate! We are already subscribers!

    Manly Advice: Establish your life mission when you are young. Don’t be standing around at 18 years old with your hands in your pockets.

  22. Reply Judah P. Strang Feb 22,2010 1:54 PM

    Manly advice from a three year old: Obey your parents in the Lord for this is right!

  23. Reply Terry Bonn Feb 22,2010 2:33 PM

    Just subscribed via email. Would like to win this Leatherman Wave Multitool.
    It looks very complete with just about anything a guy would need.

  24. Reply John Feb 22,2010 2:43 PM

    I subscribe via email.

    My favorite manly advice comes from Teddy Roosevelt: “Don’t hit at all if you can help it; don’t hit a man if you can possibly avoid it; but if you do hit him, put him to sleep.”

  25. Reply Jennifer B. Feb 22,2010 2:52 PM

    I subscribed to your RSS feed.

    I may not be a man, but my husband has helped me be a better person. I can build stuff or work in the yard side by side with him and feel completely capable. His advice to me… “just try it, if it isn’t perfect, who cares… and go have a beer”

  26. Reply Dad is in the House Feb 22,2010 3:02 PM

    I subscribed via Google reader.

    My favorite fatherly advice from my violin teacher: always keep your car 1/2 full of gas.

  27. Reply Francis Welch Feb 22,2010 4:26 PM

    Subscribed via email.

    When I was 17 my friend and I went golfing with a neighbor who was a teacher. He asked a woman in her late 40’s to play with us. I thought we would be slowed down. She shot 85 from the men’s tees. The teacher knew she would and taught us a lesson on being a man without opening his mouth.

  28. Reply ky2here Feb 22,2010 4:38 PM

    Twitter subscriber ky2here1. My father taught me to only open my mouth if I could back it up. Surprisingly, I’m not more quiet.

  29. Reply Danielle Crown Feb 22,2010 5:38 PM

    i subscribed – being able to put together my desk made me more manly!

  30. Reply Peter D Feb 22,2010 5:49 PM

    Subscribe via email.

    Never blame the tool if you do a poor job.

    Thanks for the giveaway –

  31. Reply Larry Feb 22,2010 6:29 PM

    Subscribed via email

    Take responsibility for your actions, responsibility is what turns boys into men.

  32. Reply Cujo Feb 22,2010 7:43 PM

    I subscribed.

    Best advice – keep a sense of humor.

  33. Reply O'C. Feb 22,2010 8:24 PM

    my advice – relax

  34. Reply SANDY Feb 22,2010 9:00 PM

    subscriber to you

  35. Reply stephen mayes Feb 22,2010 10:58 PM

    best advice i have received:measure twice cut once.
    i am following with twitter,and a subscriber!

  36. Reply SANDY Feb 22,2010 11:00 PM

    my manly advice- treat your wife or women with respect, take a day and watch yourself and see if you say thankyou or if youdemand things. She may be a sahm sahw but cooking, cleaning, nursing, laundry, maid, cook, tqaxi driver,, lover and morecan be exhausting

  37. Reply Karen Pochodowicz Feb 22,2010 11:10 PM

    I subscribed via rss feed through google. Manly advice is going to be tough but I will say whenever you have the opportunity to learn something new take advantage of it.

  38. Reply Robert Lamb Feb 22,2010 11:38 PM

    Subscribed via email and RSS.

    I would never worry about worst case scenarios with this little baby! Look out MacGyver!

  39. Reply Ben Boblis Feb 23,2010 12:33 AM

    I am subscribed to the RSS feed.

    Best advice someone gave to me is to look people in the eye when talking to them. It makes them feel more comfortable as well as yourself. Also just to make eye contact and smile at people as you’re walking. Not everyone looks up while walking but those that do, you can help them have a little bit of a better day just by smiling at them.

  40. Reply Travis Feb 23,2010 3:50 AM

    I subscribed via email and found out about this place through the art of manliness. I like it!
    My Grandfather always says that every man should carry a pocket knife and a handkerchief. Always do what your grandfather says!

  41. Reply Andria Feb 23,2010 8:21 AM

    email subscriber

  42. Reply Nate Desmond Feb 23,2010 9:48 AM

    Thank you all for your entries. I have enjoyed reading your manly tips and advice.

    Keep it coming!

  43. Reply jeanne pellin Feb 23,2010 10:16 AM

    I subscribe via email and RSS.

    I am not a man but entering for my husband. He shows he is a better man by being true to himself, his convictions and his family.

  44. Reply Rich Feb 23,2010 10:57 AM

    Subscribed via e-mail.

    Manly advice> Always remember that the person responsible for where you are and where you’re going is looking at you in the mirror.

  45. Reply Nate Desmond Feb 23,2010 11:13 AM

    @ Jeanne Pellin

    Thanks for your entry!

    Just as a note, you do not have to be a man to enter. Practical Manliness is geared toward men (obviously :) ), but women are welcome also.

  46. Reply Linda Lansford Feb 23,2010 12:07 PM

    my advise is do it right the first time and I am subscribe

  47. Reply Aaron Smith Feb 23,2010 1:01 PM

    I am subscribed via Google Reader.

    A good piece of manly advice from Teddy Roosevelt on not making excuses, ingenuity and getting things accomplished: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

  48. Reply Ted Feb 23,2010 2:28 PM

    subscriber via Google reader

    I participated in Marriage Counseling.

  49. Reply Monique Rizzo Feb 23,2010 3:36 PM

    Mine was from my Grandpa,
    Don’t throw stones if you live in a glass house.

    Thanks for the chance.

  50. Reply Nycole Feb 23,2010 5:50 PM

    I subscribed.
    Since I’m a woman I’ll tell you what helped me hold my own with a group of men. Baseball. A true love of the game, and I get props from men who don;t even like sports. Go Yankees!

  51. Reply Tony Feb 23,2010 6:33 PM

    I subscribed via e-mail.

    My advice, which is advice that my father gave me word for word, is this:

    If you get drunk, go to work.

    This may sound misguided, but what he meant was: If you go out drinking at night, don’t use it as an excuse to slack off the next day.

  52. Reply Thomas Feb 23,2010 7:47 PM

    Hello! I subscribed!

    My best manliness advice? Better safe than stupid.

    Meaning, better to make sure you’re doing it correctly and safely than to look stupid later, after you hurt yourself (and have to explain to everyone you’re eye is swollen because the safety goggles were too far away)

  53. Reply David Feb 23,2010 8:03 PM

    David : 2-23-10 Hello I subscribed by e-mail I don’t know much, but I do know this. WE are ALL siners, salvation is FREE to all that will except the LORD JESUS CHRIST as there savior !

  54. Reply Chris Feb 23,2010 9:36 PM

    I subscribed via e-mail as well. My advice is to take responsibility for your own actions. Too many people today play the victim card and blame their dfficulties on others. A quote by Hermann Hesse sums this up well. “Those who cannot think or take responsibility for themselves need, and clamor for, a leader.” Be your own leader and make your own way.

  55. Reply Ryan Feb 24,2010 10:31 AM

    I subscribed.

    Always carry around a pocket knife.

  56. Reply Marc Kelly Feb 24,2010 2:32 PM

    New subscriber.
    Manly advice: Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.
    Okay, it was originally from Winston Churchill but I like it!

  57. Reply Rick J Bryant Feb 24,2010 2:47 PM

    Just subscribed and my advice is: just make a continual effort to be kind. It takes little effort and has vast repercussions over time.

  58. Reply Stormbringer Feb 24,2010 2:56 PM

    Yep, I subscribed as well. Got the first edition in my e-mail.

    My advice for manliness is to guard your integrity. I don’t have much, so I watch over my integrity. That means if I say I’m going to do something, I’ll do my best to do it. None of those promises because I want to be thought of as a really swell guy, I won’t promise if I do not intend to deliver, or do not think that I can follow through. I want people to know that my word has value.

  59. Reply Jason V Feb 24,2010 4:28 PM

    I have subscribed.

    My advice: Know the true instruction manual, and learn it. Stand by it vigorously.

  60. Reply Jesse Feb 24,2010 4:31 PM

    Woo, how exciting. The site looks great and I have been subscribed for months.

    My manly advice is be unmovable. I don’t mean be a stubborn ox and a jerk, but stand by your word like they did when manly was more common. Be a rock for others to stand on.

  61. Reply Mike Anderson Feb 24,2010 6:22 PM

    My advice is stay honest and do the right thing.

  62. Reply Nathan K Feb 24,2010 6:38 PM

    Hey, I just subscribed. 😀

    My piece of advice is to never give up on anything. It helps. xD

  63. Reply wendy wallach Feb 25,2010 5:28 AM

    i am subscribed and although not a man I have often heard that the best advice for a man is to always respect his woman.

  64. Reply Charlie Sams Feb 25,2010 1:50 PM

    subscribed…my advise find a good woman :)

  65. Reply Tavi Nemet Feb 25,2010 2:56 PM

    Only US, that *****…

  66. Reply Nate Desmond Feb 25,2010 3:00 PM

    @ Tavi

    Sorry, I am paying for this contest myself, so I cannot afford to ship outside of the US.

    I am planning to make future contests be worldwide though.

  67. Reply Josh Cunningham Feb 25,2010 4:30 PM

    I subscribed.

    Never lose sight of your goals.

  68. Reply EC Feb 26,2010 8:08 AM

    I’m a subscriber. The best advice is to always be as prepared as possible.

  69. Reply Nanette Olson Feb 26,2010 8:21 AM

    I subscribed and I am also a woman. But I am a woman who likes to use power tools so I would suggest in order to be manly, keep your power tools running well.

  70. Reply Jason Nickolay Feb 26,2010 9:09 AM

    I am a new subscriber. My manly tip is this – If you are ever fishing and get a treble hook through your cheek, just clip off the barb and slid it back through your cheek followed by a quick shot of Jack to sterilize the wound and then your back to fishing!

  71. Reply Larry Zolla Feb 26,2010 12:33 PM

    Subscribed via email.

    While a man may have many interests, they are secondary when it comes to taking care of business for Family and Community.

  72. Reply Tammy S Feb 26,2010 2:22 PM

    Before cell phones, my dad said to carry a flashlight, change and good shoes in my vehicle, in case I broke down on the side of the road. Great advice.

  73. Reply Joseph Feb 26,2010 11:22 PM

    Subscribed via Google Reader.

    My advice? Grab every opportunity.

  74. Reply Janette Feb 27,2010 1:17 AM

    I’m subscribed. I’m not quite a man but the manliest thing to me is having confidence and self-control.

  75. Reply chuck58ms Feb 27,2010 5:44 AM

    Drive slow and don’t squeal tires.

  76. Reply ed Feb 27,2010 9:06 AM

    Subscribed via email.

    i can use the muli-purpose tool daily!

  77. Reply Melaine Feb 27,2010 10:15 AM

    Im subscribed!

    {I have to confirm it though}

  78. Reply Kevin E Feb 27,2010 10:57 AM

    1. I subscribe via Google Reader

    2. Respect is a two way street. Treat others the way you would like to be treated.

  79. Reply Eric Henry Feb 27,2010 11:36 AM

    I subscribed.

    Advice: Be careful when you think you know what you are doing…. I have accidently stabbed myself with screwdrivers twice in the last week “thinking” i knew what I was doing.

    Take a minute, step back, and figure it out before diving in!

  80. Reply Frances Watson Feb 27,2010 1:18 PM

    I would love to win this thank you for the chance

  81. Reply Maja Meza Feb 27,2010 1:44 PM

    i am a woman, trying to win this for a man. :)

  82. Reply Timbo Feb 27,2010 3:04 PM

    I subscribed 😀

    And my best piece of manly advice is to ****** well think for yourself. The most dangerous and successful men are those that think and figure things out for themselves.

  83. Reply Maja Meza Feb 27,2010 6:38 PM

    My husband likes to cook and he suggests that a manly thing is not to mess up the kitchen so your wife slaves over it afterwards.

  84. Reply Chrysa Feb 27,2010 7:00 PM

    I’m subscribed to your RSS feed in my Google Reader.

  85. Reply Janice Wright Feb 27,2010 7:07 PM

    I am a subscriber. My advice would be to teach your children by example.

  86. Reply Brian E. Feb 27,2010 7:42 PM

    …subscribed via RSS-Yahoo.

    My tip, follow the Golden Mean: everything in moderation.

  87. Reply Wes Tucker Feb 27,2010 8:12 PM

    I subscribed.
    Always treat others the way you want to be treated yourself.

  88. Reply Bruce Feb 27,2010 8:25 PM

    1) I subscribed
    2) Trust your instincts and be true to yourself.

  89. Reply Gianna Feb 27,2010 11:50 PM

    I subscribed.

    Learn anything and everything about your car and take care of it.

  90. Reply R Hicks Feb 27,2010 11:57 PM

    I am subscribed via email

    My advice is to be a gentleman and open the door for the ladies whether the car or store

  91. Reply Darren C Feb 28,2010 12:26 AM

    I subscribe to the rss feed via google reader.
    Answer all questions with an air of confidence, even if you aren’t sure if you are correct.

  92. Reply Buddy Garrett Feb 28,2010 12:39 AM

    I subscribed. The best advice I received was to be responsible for your actions.

  93. Reply Lily Kwan Feb 28,2010 2:09 AM

    I subscribed to your blog. My manly advice is to be yourself.

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