Photography by Wyman Meinzer
These cannon are not props. They’re the real deal. More than a century ago, Captain King situated them at the Main House on King Ranch to defend against raiders crossing the Wild Horse Desert.
Below you will find more of the same: tools hefted by honest hands on the land. That is how each came to be this editor’s choice. — Eric O’Keefe
Drive along any of King Ranch’s thousands of miles of roads and odds are you’ll soon see a Ford Super Duty F-250 King Ranch on the job. Why? Because America’s best-selling pickup truck found the perfect partner in this South Texas legend. [www.ford.com | From $50,825]
Buddy Gonzalez has long been a fan of Moore Maker knives. He likes the Trapper’s two-blade construction. “I use the rounded blade for all-around work: cutting rope, opening boxes, things like that.” He keeps the pointed blade, which he uses on leather goods, razor sharp. [www.mooremaker.com | From $42]
Groceries, pop, adult beverages? Think again. When it comes time to work calves, vital antibiotics and other medications are kept out of harm’s way in YETI’s kick-proof Tundra cooler, which locks out heat and seals in cold. [www.yeti.com | From $300]
There’s only one outfitter that has an 825,000-acre R&D lab: King Ranch Saddle Shop. The result? Classics like this 100 percent cotton shirt, which has been field tested again and again and again. [www.krsaddleshop.com | From $60]