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THERE’S A theory that blokes don’t browse when they shop. They go to one outlet, buy what they need and get out fast. But Ben Harker has other ideas. He wants to tempt guys to break out of the just-functional mould, to tease them with gear that Bunnings won’t stock this century and titillate them with must-haves of the hand-made mode.

“If it’s hand-made, quality, and fits the theme of my store I’ll be looking to get it in here,” he said. Put simply, it’s a bloke’s shop with comfy black sofas for sipping Tas-roasted coffee, of course.

Field Rabbit states its masculine purpose as soon as you step through the doors with benchmade knives sporting labels like Grohmann of Canada, Buck and Esee of USA, and Joseph Rodgers of Canada and Sheffield, England and equipment to sharpen them; well-crafted de Witt garden tools forged in Holland; and books about how to cook game.

Ben also wants to include locally made knives and fishing flies, and it wouldn’t be a blokes’ shop without the accoutrements of shaving: safety and cut-throat razors by Giesen and Forthoff.

Call it a man-cave – maybe. I know a lot of women who’ll bounce into Field Rabbit for a gift for their hard-to buy-for bloke.

3 Emu Bay Road Deloraine Tas 7304
0418232140
https://www.facebook.com/fieldrabbit/
weekdays 8 to 5, Sat 8 to 2, Sun 9 to 12.