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Carhartt Men's Dungaree Suspender,Navy,One Size
Carhartt Men's Dungaree Suspender,Navy,One Size
Price: $20.00
4 used & new from $17.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Big logos on the back and on the front clips ..., January 18, 2016
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Big logos on the back and on the front clips. I'll wear these when Carhartt sends me the sponsor money.


Diversified Woodcrafts C7906K30L Acrylic Finish Solid Oak Wood Table with Book Compartment and Epoxy Resin Top and Leg Braces, 60" Width x 30" Height x 42" Depth
Diversified Woodcrafts C7906K30L Acrylic Finish Solid Oak Wood Table with Book Compartment and Epoxy Resin Top and Leg Braces, 60" Width x 30" Height x 42" Depth
Price: $660.86
3 used & new from $660.86

5.0 out of 5 stars solid, December 10, 2015
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This is typically an institutional table, but I'm using it for an informal kitchen table. The epoxy resin top is more durable than wood, while not being as harsh as granite or glass. It takes heat and chemicals, and although its not as scratch resistant as granite, you'd have to be pretty deliberate to put a deep scratch in it. It's stronger and tougher than melamine and doesn't look as cheap. I use it bare, but it would work with a table cloth. You would probably also want a pad for that.

It comes with leg braces on the short side (not pictured), but I left them off because I seat people on the ends. This table is plenty sturdy the top is very heavy which lends to its rock-solid stability. It's at least 250 pounds. The legs are made up of three pieces of solid oak (for dimensional stability) and the skirt is solid oak. The legs are fastened with steel corner plates and have threaded feet on the bottom with the vinyl splash shield over the feet. The legs can easily be removed to pack or move the table or to cut them down to adjust the height. I adjusted mine to about 28 inches so it would be at the right height for my wife sitting. I believe there is a 36" height table that could work for standing or high stools.


Cold Steel Frontier Hawk Tomahawk without Sheath - 90FHS
Cold Steel Frontier Hawk Tomahawk without Sheath - 90FHS
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67 used & new from $17.54

3.0 out of 5 stars Great Hawk, Poor Handle, November 11, 2015
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The head is acceptable quality and the particular shape and style of this Frontier Hawk is my favorite of all the various types. I favor this shape because it has a nice wedge from the blade to the eye, and does not have any excess weight for a hammer, pipe bowl, or spike. The Norse Hawk looks good in side profile, but instead of a wedge to the eye, it has a sharper curve.

The handles on these Tomahawks are made both incorrectly and carelessly. The taper on the handles is not gradual, but instead there is a sharp knob on the last inch of the handle, and a set screw the compensate for the incorrect handle shape. Historical examples of tomahawk certainly did not use set screws, not only because the machine work would have been inaccessible, but the screw itself would easily be lost and irreplaceable in the field. A proper friction fit is better than a set screw that only damages the handle. But to achieve a good friction fit, the contour of the handle must match the taper of the head. Cold Steel's handle has parallel sides and then a rapid taper in the last inch. This results in only the top sixteenth of an inch of the head bearing on the handle. Although the handle can be re-profiled, there is barely enough material left create the correct thickness at the base of the head's taper.

The grain orientation of the handle is often wrong, which is simply carelessness that results in an inferior product.


Herm. Sprenger® Fur Saver Link Chain Training Collar, 4.0 mm
Herm. Sprenger® Fur Saver Link Chain Training Collar, 4.0 mm
Price: $15.68
3 used & new from $15.68

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5.0 out of 5 stars Chrome-plated steel, not stainless steel, but still desireable, October 20, 2015
This is a carbon steel chain that is nickel and chrome-plated. It is not stainless steel. H-S makes stainless steel collars, but they are about twice the price and have a small tag on one of the round end links identifying that their stainless even from a distance. You will not find a stainless H-S chain like this for less than twenty dollars new. They're typically about twenty-eight dollars lately.

Here's the advantage of chrome-plated steel: it is much glossier and shinier than stainless steel. H-S highly polishes the nickle plating before they chrome-plate the chains. They have a mirror-like finish. Stainless steel, on the other hand, is a bit duller even after polishing, and then when it wears it turns a duller grey. As already mentioned, the chrome-plated steel can be had for less than half the cost of the stainless.

The stainless steel HS uses has a higher tensile strength than their chrome plated collars, and it is lighter weight for the same thickness. If you want a stronger, lighter chain that won't ever rust, but will stay a sort of bright-grey, dull mirror finish, then get the stainless.

The chrome-plated steel chains are not weak by any means. They will not wear from abrasion the way the brass ones will, and they are more than strong enough to hold any dog. The strength is slightly less than the stainless chains, but mostly insignificant since both are far stronger than needed for the purpose. The difference in weight is more significant. The chrome-plated steel chains do weigh significantly more than the stainless ones, and this could matter depending on the size of chain and dog. The other disadvantage of the chrome-plated steel is they could rust if the chrome plating is worn off and if the chain is neglected such as being left in the yard, or stored outdoors or in a wet location.


The Men Who Built America Season 1
The Men Who Built America Season 1
Price: $18.99

3.0 out of 5 stars I'm pretty sure they were busy, October 19, 2015
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The narration is entertaining if not overly simplified, and it too frequently is dubbed over scenes of the rich men sipping whiskey in their office. While the narration is slightly deeper, the pictures suggest these guys built empires by brooding greedily over glasses of liquor instead of actually doing any work. While they may not have literally broken their backs the way some of their workers did, I'm pretty sure they were busy, stressed, and totally consumed by running their empires and not just engaged in the kind of solitary brooding the episodes depict. Admittedly it would take a great deal more effort to re-enact the hectic daily life of these men, but the images often serve merely as a back drop to the narration. It would have been better had photographs or paintings of the actual men and sites been used instead, but understandably, this was from an era before photography was especially extensive. By way of comparison, Ken Burns documentary on Prohibition has a lot of original photographs, but is admittedly from an era slightly later.

The reason I still appreciate this pseudo documentary is because it was able to hold the attention of my kids (7 and 8) who probably would not have been able to follow one more concerned with accuracy, detail, and authenticity. I believe they learned something about this significant era in American history that they'll be able to build on later as they get older. We used this as part of a study on the reconstruction following our study of the civil war. We followed it with a study of WWI and then the Prohibition era.


Set of 12 Multipurpose 7" Sport Training Soft Traffic Cones in Bright Orange
Set of 12 Multipurpose 7" Sport Training Soft Traffic Cones in Bright Orange
Offered by cleartrades
Price: $14.95
2 used & new from $14.95

4.0 out of 5 stars and these are working great as long as we don't hit them too often, October 14, 2015
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These are inexpensive and more durable than hard plastic, but not especially durable for use with cars (driver training). I didn't want to spend twenty bucks per cone for really thick soft vinyl traffic cones, and these are working great as long as we don't hit them too often. Obviously they're tough enough for ball games.


Universal Waterproof Case, JOTO Cell Phone Dry Bag for Apple iPhone 6S 6,6S Plus, 5S 7, Samsung Galaxy S7, S6 Note 5 4, HTC LG Sony Nokia Motorola up to 6.0" diagonal (Black)
Universal Waterproof Case, JOTO Cell Phone Dry Bag for Apple iPhone 6S 6,6S Plus, 5S 7, Samsung Galaxy S7, S6 Note 5 4, HTC LG Sony Nokia Motorola up to 6.0" diagonal (Black)
Offered by Tech Vendor
Price: $8.99
2 used & new from $8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star, October 14, 2015
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leaked, only slightly but not worth the risk for boating


Mediabridge USB 2.0 - Micro-USB to USB Coiled Cable (1-3 Feet) - High-Speed A Male to Micro B with Gold-Plated Connectors - (Part# 30-004-02C )
Mediabridge USB 2.0 - Micro-USB to USB Coiled Cable (1-3 Feet) - High-Speed A Male to Micro B with Gold-Plated Connectors - (Part# 30-004-02C )
Offered by Mediabridge Products, LLC
Price: $6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars These are better than the plain cords that come with devices, October 14, 2015
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These are better than the plain cords that come with devices. They are so much better that it is well worth replacing the plain cords.


ODI Rogue Bicycle Grip Bonus Pack (Black/Black)
ODI Rogue Bicycle Grip Bonus Pack (Black/Black)
Price: $19.63
26 used & new from $16.31

5.0 out of 5 stars son's bike has these and they're great, so when the cork grips on my bike ..., October 14, 2015
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son's bike has these and they're great, so when the cork grips on my bike failed, I got more of these. They work great with terrific grip and they're tough enough to survive many drops


Suunto Clipper L/B NH Compass - SS004102011, Northern Hemisphere, Black
Suunto Clipper L/B NH Compass - SS004102011, Northern Hemisphere, Black
Offered by Payless 'N Save
Price: $16.24
13 used & new from $14.25

5.0 out of 5 stars but I like it; part of my EDC, October 14, 2015
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pricey, but I like it; part of my EDC, it clips on my whistle lanyard in my pocket


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