The Hip Flask Guide - Gentleman's Gazette

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Welcome back to the Gentleman's Gazette!

Today's video is all about hip flask and coat flask.

We discuss the history the do's and don'ts, what to pay

attention to, the different materials and anything else you want to know about

this classic gentlemanly accessory.

First let's start with a history of the hip flask.

Before the modern era consuming alcohol was almost a health measure

because it could disinfect and help to deal with not so clean water.

Some say it all started in the Kalahari Desert in

South Africa 60,000 years ago where people would use ostrich egg shells to

use as a canteen.

Earthenware containers evolved around 2,000 BC and

they were eventually replaced with glass and metal flasks.

For approximately 500 AD to the Middle Ages, Christian pilgrims would use

flasks to bring home oil or other sacred substances.

The flask as you know today is a modern beverage bottle and some

pinpoint its origins to the 18th century England.

The rounded edges of the flask were brought into a curved form that

matched the contours of the body in order to conceal it more than just a

square container on your chest or your hip.

In the US, prohibition made alcohol illegal from 1920 to 1933 but