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Linksys Max-Stream MU-MIMO Tri-Band AC5400 Wi-Fi Router (EA9500)
Linksys Max-Stream MU-MIMO Tri-Band AC5400 Wi-Fi Router (EA9500)
Price: $399.99
6 used & new from $369.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Average Families & Gamers, May 27, 2016
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It used to be that the fastest routers our there were only needed by gamers and families that were very technologically enabled. All of that is changing. Virtually every household today is streaming content and video to multiple FireTVs, phones, ipads, TVs, etc. Even grandma has an Ipad a TIVO and a connected TV. If you are part of that growing group of large technologically-enabled families, you're going to need a router that can keep up - like this top of the line Linksys.

This particular router has replaced my NETGEAR Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router (R8000), a triband router that streamed at 3.2 Gbps. This new router from Linksys streams at 5.3 Gbps -- yeah that's fast. I used to joke that the Nighthawk looked like a giant spider on the wall with its 6 antennas. This new router from Linksys boasts 8 antennas and beam forming technology which focuses the energy in the direction of your devices to increase streaming speed.

Traditionally, I've always been a Linksys aficionado. The Nighthawk was a departure, which I chose because of the speed. This AC5400 brings me back to Linksys and I'm very happy. I'm used to the web interface and it's incredibly fast. Here are some core features:

- Triband 1-2.4GHz and 2-5GHz bands
- Up to 5.3 Gbps throughput -- you realistically won't quite get that fast but it's very fast (I have multiple TVs streaming Apple TV, Fire TV, Netflix, and Storage. I don't get any hiccups)
- Beamforming triangulates where your devices are physically located and it directs the energy in that direction so that you can get a faster throughput
- True Quadstream technology
- Gigabit ports
- USB 3.0 port
- 1.4Ghz dual core processor
- Smart WiFi -- allows you to control your router when you're away from home

Right now it's early in the morning and the graphical visual network layout shows 17 devices connected and that number will grow to about 34 as the day goes by. Multiple Ipads, laptops, desktops, televisions, phones, Fire TVs, you name it and all those devices will come online and suck up bandwidth. I consider myself an average family of five people. If you have a family that is technologically enabled, you need a router like this or you're starving yourself. It's the heart of the household.

If you are not a family person but you happen to be a gamer or a college student then you need something like this as well because you know how much bandwidth you can soak up. If that's the case, this review is not really for you because you're an expert. This is more for the average person out there wondering whether they need a super router or not.

MATCHING YOUR ROUTER TO YOUR NEEDS (Based on my recent experience and testing)
- SINGLE APARTMENT DWELLER - If you are a single apartment dweller and rarely stream anything, have a computer and cable then this router is likely too much router for you and you might want to look at a more reasonable product like TP-LINK Archer C20i IEEE 802.11ac 2.40 GHz ISM Band Ethernet Wireless Router - - 3 x Antenna(3 x Internal - 733 Mbps Wireless Speed - 4 x Network Port - 1 x Broadband Port - USB - Fast Ethernet - Yes Desktop
- GAMER - You're too smart for this review and know better
- AVERAGE FAMILY -- This router is perfect for a family of 4 with multiple ipads, iphones, FireTVs, Firedevices, kindles, etc. It's the new Top of the line above the Nighthawk
- COOL URBAN MTRO DUDE -- Get this router, it's fast, cool, trendy, looks good.
- SUPERUSERS -- You might need this router or a NETGEAR Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router (R8000) if you're a diehard gamer and have a family or if you're a bunch of college dudes.
- SMALL BUSINESS - If you're running a small business with multiple devices or your offer free WIFI to your customers, you need a really fast router that can handle the load -- this is a great choice for that.

OVERALL
This is the new King of the Hill. Get this if you need top of the line performance.


adidas Fingerless Gloves, Black/White Logo, Medium
adidas Fingerless Gloves, Black/White Logo, Medium
Price: $14.74
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5.0 out of 5 stars Avoid callouses and blisters --- Thin, Light, Cool, and Sensitive, May 26, 2016
This review is from: adidas Fingerless Gloves (Sports)
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These are exactly what I thought they would be. The backing is a translucent very cool mesh. The palms are a soft either real or synthetic leather - I would say synthetic. I can feel the bar nicely and I also use them for hiking and holding on to a walking stick. Overall, the sensitivity is very nice. I also use them for pullups -- they really help avoid blisters for all kinds of weight work.

Some people will say that these won't last and that the build quality is not very strong. I expect them to last about the same as a regular set of golf gloves. They won't last forever and they won't wear like iron but they're solidly built gloves. They're built nice enough that they'll last me a season I'd say - 1 good year of regular use or two years of light use.

I'm a medium-large and medium fits well but it was a bit of a stretch to get them on my hand. Once my hands were in there they felt great - perfect sizing.

Get a set, avoid the blisters.


Cobra ACXT1035R FLT Walkie Talkie
Cobra ACXT1035R FLT Walkie Talkie
Price: $99.99
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent FRS/GMRS Radios for Camping / Boating / Hunting etc., May 26, 2016
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I was duly impressed with these Cobra ACXT1035R walkie talkies. Are you going to get 37 miles from them? Maybe, but likely not. If you are on flat ground at night in the desert on a cool night and if the atmospherics cooperate, yeah sure, you can hear these radios for miles and miles. If you are at a campsite, in the woods, on hilly country, you will readily get half a mile to a mile of reach. These are great if you are on a hunting party and your partner is a mile away. They are solid, strong, reliable walkie talkies -- you can walk and talk with them. These come with some great features:
- privacy codes DCS and CTCSS
- weather radio
- night light
- back light
- voice activated talking (VOX)
- FRS and GMRS (22 channels total) -- read writeup below on LICENSING
- waterproof
- rechargeable (with included base stand and via micro USB)
- headphone capable (not included)
- they float
- the rechargeable batteries are standard double A rechargeable lithiums so as the years go by you can easily replace them when they finally give out (rechargeable batteries last me about 3-5 years of hard use and then I need to replace)...standard batteries is a great feature for these radios. In a pinch you should also be able to slap some regular batteries in there but I don't recommend it because you have to open them and if you forget you could make a mess when you put them in their recharging cradles.

I take these bad boys camping and I give them to my kids when they're going to walk away from me for a bit. It gets them used to radios and how they work.

LICENSING MISUNDERSTANDINGS
First of all, and to correct some misunderstandings. These are FRS / GMRS radios. FRS stands for Family Radio Service. It's an improved walkie-talkie radio system that has been authorized in the US since 1996. It uses the UHF 462 and 467 MHz part of the spectrum. It generally does not suffer from the interference that CBs have which use the 27MHz and the 49MHz part of the spectrum. FRS uses frequency modulation and is limited to 500 milliwatts of power. That's part of the reason that makers like Cobra don't advertise how much wattage these radios put out -- they are limited to 500 milliwatts by law.

What this means to you is that you can use the FRS network without a license. It also means that it is a shared network so anything you say can be intercepted by somebody out there. CARDINAL RULE: Don't monopolize the network - jump on, say what you need to say, and clear the channel for a response or for someone else to use.

These Cobras are also GMRS radios, they state so on the face of the radios. Channels 1-7 are both GMRS and FRS. As an unlicensed operator, you may use channels 1-7 in "low power mode", which puts out about half a watt of power. As an unlicensed operator, you are also free to use channels 8-14, which are FRS only. The higher channels of 15-22 are GMRS only and channels 1-7 in high power mode (these radios put out about 2.5 watts) are also GMRS. If you want to use the high channels or the lower channels in high power mode, you will need an FCC license to do so legally.

If you don't know what you are doing, you can easily become a "bubble wrap pirate" with these radios (someone that opens up a bubble wrap box and starts violating the law) and you do not want to be a "pirate." Basically, a pirate is someone that uses the electromagnetic spectrum in an illegal manner. Yes the spectrum is policed, many times by volunteers who do not take kindly to pirates (some amateurs spend thousands of dollars and countless hours getting licensed and we do not appreciate bulls walking into the china shop making a mess of things). The spectrum is policed and if you violate the law, you will be found, prosecuted, and fined. Some volunteers specialize at chasing down pilots and bring them to justice --well, they'll try. If you run a business do not violate the law -- if you are found to be using an unlicensed commercial station, the penalties can grow more severe than if you're just Bob and Robert out camping and unknowingly use high power on GMRS.

In all seriousness, we share the air-waves with air traffic controllers, radio stations, tv stations, police, ambulances, fire, cell phones etc. To manage that limited resource, we have established laws and rules to help us manage this limited resource. Even if you don't think you're doing anything wrong, you could be disrupting someone who is perhaps performing a life-saving function on the airwaves.

If you want to use the higher power channels, GMRS licensing is easy -- go online. Fill out a form. Read up a bit on what it means to be licensed, pay $85 to Uncle Sam and receive a super cool CALLSIGN and a certificate suitable for framing....for 5 years no less! It's easy to get licensed and that gives you the full access to the high powered channels. Better yet, get yourself HAM radio licensed and enter the world of Amateur radio.

That's one of the nice things about these walkie-talkies. They are a wonderful introduction to our kids about how radios work and electrical engineering.

PRIVACY CODES
These radios come with CTCSS Tone and DCS Code capability which allows you to add some privacy codes. Be aware that most radios have these privacy codes and some advanced radio units can scan the entire spectrum. The privacy codes are just there to allow more people to use the spectrum without talking over each other. I always use privacy codes out of respect for other users but I never expect "privacy" from any broadcast. If you hit that button and talk, you are putting your entire words out to the world to hear. It's not prudent to broadcast your real names, age, personal details, credit card numbers, you children's age, your exact camping location, etc. There could and likely are people listening out there. Some people out there 25 watt units with towering antennas that can pick up your transmissions from a long way away. Just because your radios are out of range of each other does not mean that an accomplished amateur can't pick up your transmissions from a fair distance. Don't use your real names. Instead, establish call signs....Han Solo and Chewie, Smokey and Bandit, General Lee and Boss Hogg, Magnum and Higgins are all great choices. It's more fun when you use call signs anyway.

ESTABLISHING A TEMPORARY STATION
If you are using GMRS high power channels and when you get to your camp location, always transmit in the blind first. State your call sign and any aliases that you will be using and ask if anybody is on the network. If someone is on the network, they'll reply back and you can then change channels or privacy codes so that everyone can enjoy more. If there are no other channels available, doubtful but possible, then it's ok to share, just make sure that you all have call signs and that you don't start reciting a book over the channel. State explicitly that you are establishing a temporary family station. You can be formal or relaxed -- generally people broadcast their FCC call sign every 15 minutes as a station identification while you are operating your station. If you are a stickler for radio protocols just be aware that others might not be. If you are not a stickler for the rules follow the cardinal rule -- keep it short and sweet. Jump on, say what you need to say, and jump off the channel so it's available for someone else to use. Do not give long winded commentary or reports out on GMRS/FRS. When you are done using the channel, sign out --- particularly if you are actively sharing a channel with another party -- that way people know that you are leaving the area.

HAVE FUN
These radios are about having fun and being able to stay in touch with your party while you're out camping, fishing, hunting, etc. Go have fun, stay in touch, and teach your kids about the wonders of radio, the electromagnetic spectrum, and electrical engineering.


Pinemeadow PGX 500 Driver (Men's, Right Hand, Graphite, Regular)
Pinemeadow PGX 500 Driver (Men's, Right Hand, Graphite, Regular)
Offered by Bob Wards
Price: $69.99
2 used & new from $48.21

5.0 out of 5 stars This club helps you enjoy your game more! Go have fun this summer!, May 25, 2016
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If you're a recreational golfer or if you are just learning, this driver is perfect for you. Yes it is a "nonconforming" club which means that this club does not meet the equipment standards set forth by the USGA or the IGF. We'll get to what that means in a bit. For the vast majority of recreational golfers, it won't matter.

THIS CLUB
I'm a short guy at 5'10" on good days. I found this club sized for someone who is about 6'. If you are 6', the club face squares perfectly with the ball. It does have a very nice large sweet spot and it's very forgiving. I was hitting straight in no time with this club. It is noticeable from my 460cc club that I normally use. I tend to play with Taylormade or Callaway equipment.

I will say that the 10.5 degree is rather odd on a club like this. Quite frankly if you're going to make a non-conforming 500cc club, you really should give it a larger loft like 12-14 degree loft. Why give it a pro's loft and then make it oversized? It's already non-conforming. Give me 12 degrees and help us get some loft on the ball. I'm just saying. :-)

IN REALITY, WE ARE NON-CONFORMING ON MOST SPORTS
I've played plenty of enjoyable billiards games on non-conforming tables. I've played soccer on non-conforming fields. I've played plenty of basketball games on non-conforming courts. I was still learning and I was still enjoying myself. In fact, playing on a smaller non-conforming billiards table is a great way to learn billiards before moving up to a bigger table. Same here with golf. Many times, we have more clubs than allowed in our bags. We take our drops where we legally can't. We take mulligans. It's Golf. If a slightly larger club like this one makes you play better and that makes the game more enjoyable for you -- go for it. This is a great starter club or a club for someone that has trouble getting off the box.

RULES CHANGE
Traditionally clubs were made of wood and drivers were small up until the 1980s. Technology in the 80s and 90s allowed clubs to be made of metal and for their size to grow. In 2004, the USGA limited the size of drivers to 460cc (28.1 cubic inches). That's not to say that they won't change the rules again to allow bigger clubs or to restrict the size further. So, just because you are playing with a non-conforming club today does not mean that it will be non-conforming tomorrow.

FROM A USGA STANDPOINT
You should be careful that you don't go and try to establish a handicap while using this club or any other non-conforming equipment. Establishing an official handicap with this club would not be legal because you're using non-conforming equipment. In fact, whenever the rules change -- and whenever you upgrade your equipment to the latest -- you should probably re-establish your handicap so that you have a fair understanding of your performance.

FROM A PERSONAL STANDPOINT
Golf is a gentleman's and gentleladies' sport. Be up front with your team mates. If you have 15 clubs in your bag because you're trying to test out something new -- just let them know what you are doing and that you're not playing for an official score. It's a friendly game and most people aren't going to give you a hard time, unless you're playing for real. Then, make sure you dot your i's cross your t's, be up to date with your memberships and follow all the rules. Also, don't forget to sign your scorecard -- that small nit has disqualified many-a-pro before...if we're being sticklers. :-)

BE TRUE TO YOURSELF
I've been out on the greens with guys that have $2,000 worth of shiny new equipment in their bags. Their bags are conforming but then they go out and break half a dozen rules of golf in the first hole. Yet, they'll raise a ruckus if they find that someone has 15 clubs in their bags or if someone has a non-conforming club. In reality, the rules of golf are many and it's easy to break them unless you are very diligent and careful. Don't discount this club because it's non-conforming while you then go out and break a bunch of other rules. Be true to yourself and to your game. I'm out there to have fun. I know I'm not a great golfer and I will take whatever advantage I can that will shave strokes. If I ever get to the majors, I'll worry about printing the rules and making sure my clubs are perfect. Above all, be polite and get a gentleman / lady while out there. Have fun.

Go out and enjoy! That's what the game is really about.


Drama
Drama
by Raina Telgemeier
Edition: Paperback
Price: $6.54
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: ADULT THEMES, May 24, 2016
This review is from: Drama (Paperback)
IF YOU ARE UNDER 18, PLEASE DON'T READ THIS REVIEW -- HAVE YOUR PARENTS READ IT

Today, I found my 8 year old girl asking about very adult themes on a car ride from school. The source of her inquiry was this book which I had no idea was about that topic. To the best of my understanding the book was about a school play and that the book was written by an author who is well known for other children's books -- which my daughter had read. I assumed that because it was a Scholastic book that it was vetted to be age appropriate. My daughter is an advanced reader, but, even at 10 years old - the age this is targeted to, the subject matter is too mature. In my mind, you have to learn about puberty, then the other stuff, and THEN about more complex topics. That's how I want to do it and that's my choice as a parent. Ms Telgemeier and Scholastic - you breached a sacred trust.

Please don't misunderstand. I read the book and I personally can sympathize and I can relate to the challenges that the character faces. I had a friend in high school who did not come out until much later. In retrospect, I can see how he agonized with who he was. That's not the issue with the book. The first issue with the book is that it's something that I, as an adult, can relate to but a prepubescent child cannot hope to even grasp. The second issue with the book is that the parents receive no warning of this subject matter in any way shape or form - except from the duplicitous title "Drama" which we can't hope to decipher until after we read the work.

We are in this together Scholastic and Ms. Telgemeier -- if you don't alert us to what you are going to ram into our children's brains, you can't expect us to react well when our prepubescent children broadside us with on the car ride home. If I can't trust one book from Scholastic, I can't trust any.

I'm sorry I can't possibly read everything that my daughter reads, perhaps I should. I erroneously offloaded some choices to supposedly reputable organizations like Scholastic. Boy, I was wrong.

If you're going to publish a book on this topic, please have the common decency to make that disclaimer on the cover so that parents can decide at what age we decide to expose our children to those themes. This is very mature subject matter. The author knew this. Scholastic knew this. They both decided to move forward with a very duplicitous and thinly veiled story. Now that I know I understand the title, "DRAMA," (Yes, cute) I can tell what the story is really about.

I'm not living in the dark ages and I understand we live in a complex society. I would just appreciate the opportunity to teach my daughter about puberty, then the other stuff, and then move on to more complex topics -- as she is ready and as we the parents deem her to be ready. This is not the right of the author nor of Scholastic --- I removed that right, which you had earned for decades, I removed that right as soon as my 8 year old daughter started asking about the subject matter in this book.

Scholastic chose to usurp my parental choices. Because the author was underhanded in how they presented the work and because Scholastic was complicit (now that I've seen the internet reviews on the subject), I'll never buy her work again and the publisher is similarly blacklisted. Too bad, I grew up with Scholastic. I just don't trust you now. Once you break a sacred trust, like the one I had in Scholastic, it won't be easily regained.

One very frustrated, disappointed, and blindsided parent. Blindsided by a brand and an author I thought I knew and trusted. I'll be a lot more careful going forward.

No, there is absolutely nothing wrong with being gay. There is no issue with the subject matter either. It's just that sexuality in general is a BIG topic for children...we parents want a heads up so we can time the presentation of these topics and so that we can prepare to expand on the topics....also, the female character could be a bit more self empowered.


KA-BAR BK-22 Companion Fixed Blade Knife with HD Polyester Front Pocket Sheath
KA-BAR BK-22 Companion Fixed Blade Knife with HD Polyester Front Pocket Sheath
Offered by TOMAR'S KA-BAR KNIVES
Price: $84.81
68 used & new from $74.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most imposing Survival knife I have ever owned – bar none. (no the picture does not do it justice), May 22, 2016
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Is it overkill? Yes, most definitely. Is it cool? HECK YEAH! I love this knife!

KNIFE EVOLUTION
I have a theory on how this knife evolved. For years, survivalist experts have been clamoring for the ultimate survival end-of-the-world knife: full tang, thick blade, indestructible – etc. etc. etc. Any knife produced under the umbrella of a survival knife was quickly subjected to torture tests that involved hammers, vices, blow torches, and knives being used in a manner that they were never designed to be. This was very good because survivalists quickly whittled away the "JUNK" that was being passed along as survival knives.

This crucible of testing produced knives that a nomadic Neanderthal living at the edge of an ice age would dream about all his entire short life. I'm confident Neanderthals dreams of this Kabar BK-22! (I DID, for decades).

It’s quite frankly the very best hunk of steel a nomadic close to extinction Neanderthal living at the edge of an Ice Age would dream of carrying.

In knife evolution, all of these inventions were being used to fell full size trees, dig holes through rocks, skill wooly mammoths, etc. Videos were posted of all of this. In time, the industry responded by producing knives that were tougher and tougher.

Sturdy full-tang knives like the excellent Marine Corps Kabar were relegated to the degrading rat-tail tang category. This knife is at that long line of survival-knife-abuse evolution. It’s the toughest, baddest, most well designed and engineered survival knife on the planet. I am confident of that. Sure, you can pay a guy $4,000 to go make you a custom crowbar…but for us simple folk who deal with mass produced tools – this is the Apex Predator of our realm.

Is this knife going camping with me from now on? HELL YES. Does it replace my Axe? HELL NO. Does it replace my .357 magnum? HELL NO. Does this mean my SOG Pup or my folding knife aren’t going with me? HELL NO! I always carry at least two knives with me – my main side knife and a folding knife that actually sees all the action while camping.

Mind you, I’m not a big fan of using knives as crowbars. In my humble opinion, it’s not the kind of work that knives were designed for. Use an axe to fell a tree. Use a crowbar to pry things. Just because a knife is at your side does not mean that it should be used as a hammer, crowbar, axe, and chisel – but that’s just me and experts do disagree – as evidenced by the creation of this brute!

Also, without survivalists torture testing knives, this beast would not have evolved and it would be a much more boring world-of-knives with junk knives being peddled as survival knives – so thank you to all you torture testers out there. This knife though is now more than just the ultimate survival tool, it’s an image – it’s fashion. Most of these knives are not going to see much action, they are going to be heirloom display pieces, which is just fine.

BEING SERIOUS
I’m a backpacking camper. I’m not Rambo. I don’t expect to go out into the woods and have to survive a Zombie Apocalypse. The knife I always carry is a Coast DX356 Double Lock Folding Knife. It’s a smaller folding blade knife that I wind up using all the time to cut line, whittle a stick, etc. It’s cheap, it locks, the blade geometry is great (that means its thick enough and wide enough that I like it and robust enough that it’ll cut through bark etc.). It’s a perfect camping knife. I will turn the house upside down before I go camping if I can’t find that little folding knife. If I were to lose that little knife, I would cry because I use it so much but I know that I could just buy another one for very little money.

I almost always carry a bigger knife at my side that doesn’t see almost any action out in the woods. It’s more of a showpiece that’s there in case the Zombie Apocalypse hits. The thunder is stolen from that show-knife by my folding knife and by my camping axe. The knife that almost always winds up on my side is a nice and sturdy SOG Specialty Knives & Tools E37N-CP Seal Pup Elite Knife with Straight Edge Fixed 4.85-Inch Steel Blade and GRN Handle, Satin Finish. It’s light and its short enough that it’s not a weapon but it’s a proper knife. I posted some pictures that compares a SOG pup and my little Coast knife to this knife.

I put on a 40lb pack, hike for a day, camp and then do it again the next day. Weight is everything to me. The best purchase I made was a Estwing E45ASE 26-Inch Special Edition Camper's Axe-All Steel with Shock Reduction Grip. I probably shouldn’t say this because it’ll give up my secret, but what I find is that most campers will gather all the small wood and leave the larger dead pieces that they can’t harvest – a 28inch camper’s axe allows me to harvest wood that less experienced campers cannot. Yes, that axe weighs 3lbs but those are the very best 3lbs I carry.

STEEL
People get all wrapped up around the axle over steel types for knives: S5, 1095, ATS-34, AUS8A. You can have arguments with engineers who are experts at metallurgy and you can have countless arguments with people who know nothing about steel but who will still argue that their knife is best. Just know that there are thousands of different types of steel. One of the most common knife steels out there is ANSI 1095, which is a high carbon steel that keeps a great edge. The major issue with 1095 is that it rusts easily. To combat this, the folks at Kabar have always added Chrome and Vanadium to their steel – hence 1095CV or ChroVan. It’s one of the distinguishing characteristics of Kabar – they made knives for the Marine Corps and those knives had to withstand marine environments. This Kabar is made out of 1095CV steel – which is the same as Sharon 170-06 – steel from Sharon Pennsylvania. It’s basically ANSI 1095 with a bit of Chrome, Vanadium, Nickel and Molybdenum to help protect it. So, it’s not pure 1095 but 1095+. The blade is coated to further inhibit corrosion. Will it rust? All steels rust if subjected to the right conditions. If you throw it in the ground and leave it there for two months in the rain – yes, it will rust – you can, of course, polish those rust stains out. But, if you take care of this blade, keep it sharp and clean, with maybe a drop of oil now and again, it will last three lifetimes and you’ll never have a problem.

WEIGHT
When you have a hunk of steel like this one, you’re going to pay with the weight. It weighs in at 15 ounces. That’s a pound of solid steel because the handles don’t weigh much. The sheath adds another 5 ounces – 20 ounces total. That’s heavier than my .357 Magnum Snubby – which is always at my side. By comparison, the SOG pup comes in at 5 ounces and the sheath adds another 5 ounces for a total of 50% weight savings. It bears repeating, this knife weighs as much as 3 SOG Pups and more than my .357 Magnum!! Bear in mind, my 28” camping axe weighs 46 ounces – this knife weighs 20 ounces. If you give me a choice of taking my axe or this knife, I will take the axe every day of the week.

If you’re a light camper that is concerned with weight, this knife weighs you down. If you’re a diehard survivalist, you’ll gladly carry it.

FIGHTING
Quite realistically, you are not going to fight with this knife. It’s too heavy. As a trained knife fighter, I’d say that the full size KA-BAR Full Size US Marine Corps Fighting Knife, Straightor even the SOG Pup are better knives for fighting. This thing is a brute…you could use it as a hatchet maybe and crack a skull or a femur but you can find better fighting knives. Of course, if I’m fighting a Grizzly Bear or the Alien Predator from the Schwarzenegger movies, and I’ve lost my rifle and gun, this is the knife I want in my hands when they find my dismembered body.

SHEATH
This new nylon sheath is much more in line with a high quality sheath for this knife than the previous generation. It does have a kydex-like liner to protect the nylon, just like the SOG sheath, and it has an outer pocket which is perfect for a fire starter magnesium block. I love that the belt loop is held together with Velcro (hook and loop) and with a snap closure, so I don’t have to take off my belt to don this. It also comes with a variety of attach points that you can use to latch this to an Alice pack or for you to use paracord to strap this to your leg, if you so choose. It’s a really nice sheath in my opinion.

Basically, the BK2 had the old sheath and the BK22 has the new sheath. I recommend the new model.

THE LAW
In my state, it is illegal to carry a knife whose blade is 5” or longer. Because this knife is 5.25”, you would need a weapons carry license to lug this bad boy around the woods. I am a licensed carrier so I can carry this knife but I always check up on my laws and the laws of the states I visit. The last thing you want is to go camping and wind up with a felony weapons charge. Know your knives and know your knife laws. The SOG pup’s blade is 4.75” which makes it easier to carry without legal entanglements. Personally, I think it’s ridiculous to have laws of this sort but they exist – ignore them at your grave peril.

WHO SHOULD CARRY THIS KNIFE
- If your name is Arnold Schwarzenegger, you should carry this knife
- If your name is Vin Diesel, aka Riddick, you should carry this knife
- If your name is The Mountain, from Game of Thrones, you should carry this knife
- If your name is Quartermain’s towering travel companion, you should carry this knife
- If you are a guide in Alaska, you should carry this knife
- If you are a bush craft master and a knife is the only tool you are allowed to take into the woods, take this knife
- If you drive a Hummer or an F250, you should carry this knife
- If you want to impress a bunch of 5-year-old boy scouts, you should carry this knife
- When the Zombie apocalypse hits, carry this knife
- If you are a red-blooded American, you should carry this knife.


14k Yellow Gold Green Jade Round Stud Earrings
14k Yellow Gold Green Jade Round Stud Earrings
Price: $36.84

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous stone of significant cultural value to numerous cultures., May 19, 2016
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These Jade studs are just gorgeous. They're perfect little round spheres affixed to solid 14k yellow gold posts.

In case you don't know, Jade was one of the most precious of stones for Pre-Columbian Latin American cultures. Jade was used to fashion axes and as ornaments permitted to be worn only by their Royalty. The stone is such that it makes a certain sound when it is struck -- a quality that Mesoamericans used to find jade deposits. It sounded different from stones like limestone. Study of Indian, Chinese, and Korean prehistoric times reveals extensive use of Jade in their temples and other ceremonial uses.

You are certainly wearing something that is rare and beautiful.


Horace: Poems (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets)
Horace: Poems (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets)
by Horace
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $13.78
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grab this little book, head out into the countryside, and Carpe Diem!, May 17, 2016
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Horace lived during the fall of the Roman Republic and the birth of the Roman Empire. Like most literary people from that age, Horace was well educated and well connected. The legacy he sent forward in time still echoes across eternity. I can almost hear the footsteps on Italian marble from those ancient times. What it must've been like. Such a wonderful collection of poems all gathered in one place.

It's almost like Everyman's Library know how this book will be used -- it's going to be carried to quiet places and contemplated. For solitude and contemplation, the format is perfect. It's the pocket edition so it's compact -- you can take it anywhere. The binding is tight. The paper is acid free. The dust jacket is tasteful. This is a wonderful book that will last 200 years if well taken care of.


Putin's Shoot-down! (A Novelette)
Putin's Shoot-down! (A Novelette)
Price: $0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Clancy on Steroids! I kept checking current events - the parallels are eerie., May 17, 2016
Do you ever read a story that is so similar to real life that you find yourself checking the internet to draw parallels. This story had me doing that. I found myself going back and looking at a real life story of a very similar situation. Drawing on real life events and spinning a darn good yarn from those events takes real skill. This is one of my favorites from Joseph!


Lifeproof NÜÜD SERIES iPhone 6s Plus ONLY Waterproof Case (5.5" Version) - Retail Packaging - BLACK
Lifeproof NÜÜD SERIES iPhone 6s Plus ONLY Waterproof Case (5.5" Version) - Retail Packaging - BLACK
Price: $54.97
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5.0 out of 5 stars These are the absolute best around the pool, May 17, 2016
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My daughter is a competitive swimmer and she's always by the pool. One of the things I worry about is her phone getting dropped in a pool or splashed with water. This case solves those problems. It's waterproof, splash proof, dust proof, and shock proof. Her phone is very well protected. I'm quite comfortable that this case will extend the life of her phone. All the buttons are accessible. You do need to have an adapter for headsets but everyone is using Bluetooth headsets these days so it doesn't really matter.

The biggest feature about this product is that although it's waterproof, you can still actually touch your actual phone's screen. It uses a gasket around the edge of the glass of your screen to allow you to touch your actual screen. I'm not a big fan of plastic screens over my phone and this is the only case that gives you waterproof + be able to touch your screen....hence the NUUD name.


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