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Esee Model 5 Survival Fixed Blade Knife, 5.25in, Black Powder Coat, Plain Edge, ES-5PBK
Esee Model 5 Survival Fixed Blade Knife, 5.25in, Black Powder Coat, Plain Edge, ES-5PBK
Offered by KnifeCountryUSA
Price: $172.50
7 used & new from $171.50

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Survival Knife!, January 6, 2015
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The ESEE 5 is not a knife for the faint of heart. It's a quarter-inch thick, tough as a Russian wrestler on steroids (is there any other kind?), and weighs a full pound. If the swiss army knife is a multitool, the ESEE 5 is a wrecking ball.

But that's OK, because the ESEE 5 not designed to be an everyday carry blade. (If it were your everyday carry knife, it'd be like making the Taurus Judge your pocket pistol). It's designed to be a survival knife. According to the ESEE Knives web site, it's "Designed By Military SERE Instructors As A Hard-Use Downed Pilot’s Survival Knife," and that's exactly what it feels like in your hand.

Ninety-nine percent of the time I reach for a knife, it's because I need to cut something, but if you unsheathe the ESEE 5, you have a lot more options; you can also chop, break, pound, shatter, shear, split, cleave, peel, and probably more. With the factory edge you can even shave, if you don't mind a rash. It might feel a little short and stubby for its weight, but you'll get used to it.

A Kydex sheath is included, along with a belt clip and mounting hardware. The sheath has an adjustable tensioning screw licensed from Blind Horse Knife Co., MOLLE compatible hole spacing, and a weep hole at the tip. The tensioner slides toward the handle to lock the knife into its sheath, or down to the tip to reduce the force needed to snap the knife out of its sheath. Retention is excellent. At the tightest setting I was still able, with some determination, to pop the knife out of the sheath, but I'm not worried about it falling out. I guess I could screw that tensioner down more and fully lock it, but it's not necessary.

Features of the ESEE 5

The ESEE 5 is 11" long overall, and has a blade 5 1/4'' long, 1.56" wide, and 1/4" thick. It sports a robust pair of canvas micarta scales, one of which features a divot for a fire-drill. I know some people think that's a gimmicky feature, and you might not need it much, but if you ever do need it, you'll be glad to have it.

It has jimping on the spine, but lacks a finger choil like the one on the ESEE 3. This is a nice feature whenever you need to choke up on the blade for precise carving or feathering, but again, the ESEE 5 is not primarily designed to do anything delicately. And in fact you can choke up if you need to; the choil it has does give your index finger a purchase, just not one as deep as the ESEE 3.

A glass-breaker pommel is a nice feature, but you should wrap your hand before trying it.

The blade is made from 1095 carbon steel tempered to 55 to 57 Rc. It's flexible enough to roll the edge instead of chipping it; soft enough to sharpen it yourself; and hard enough to maintain that edge for a reasonable amount of cutting. I think it's a very good balance of characteristics.

It will be more difficult to get a fine cutting edge on this knife than on the thinner ESEE offerings (even the ESEE 6 is thinner). Not only does this knife start out as a 1/4-inch slab, but the saber grind makes the blade profile even more obtuse than if they had used a flat grind. Again, it's all about selecting your features. The saber grind gives the knife more weight and toughness than a flat grind. If you want a fine edge, go for one of the thinner blades, but if it's a survival knife you're after, this is the one.

High carbon steel like this will rust, however, so a little attention to the cutting edge is in order; wipe it dry with every use, and oil it when you can. The rest of the blade is protected with a powder coat.

The Rowen powder coat is phenomenally durable. A great deal of batoning has beaten the coat off the spine of my ESEE 3, but there is merely moderate wear along the side of the blade. Be ye not deceived; this is remarkably little wear in light of the abuse the ESEE 3 has taken. While I have been respectful of the cutting edge, I have otherwise been deliberately brutal so that I could report just how tough it is. If the ESEE 5 follows suit, you'll never be disappointed.

However, if the knife should ever fail, ESEE Knives has your back; it comes with a lifetime transferable warranty. No matter how often it has been traded or sold, your ESEE is covered by this warranty, no proof of purchase required. There are certain exclusions such as rust and normal wear and tear, and a very few others, but nothing you'll find objectionable.

I'm pretty sure this is the very best of many "survival" knives I own.
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Paderno World Cuisine Red Silicone Sleeve (7-7/8-Inch to 13-3/4-Inch)
Paderno World Cuisine Red Silicone Sleeve (7-7/8-Inch to 13-3/4-Inch)
Price: $12.18
3 used & new from $12.18

5.0 out of 5 stars Must-have with your Paderno Carbon Steel Skillet, April 6, 2013
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These are good quality, and slip on easily for a perfect fit. They won't come off very easily, which is great. You really need one as the Paderno carbon steel skillet comes with a bare metal handle.


Delta 9978-SS-DST Leland Single Handle Bar/Prep Faucet, Stainless
Delta 9978-SS-DST Leland Single Handle Bar/Prep Faucet, Stainless
4 used & new from $329.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Feels study and looks great, April 6, 2013
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I love how the head comes out of the tube to make a sprayer, then slips back in without any fuss. These are quite tall, and they look and feel like high quality stuff.


Wheelskins | AXX01-black | 1998 - 2004 | Dodge Ram Truck | Wheelskins Leather Steering Wheel Cover | Black
Wheelskins | AXX01-black | 1998 - 2004 | Dodge Ram Truck | Wheelskins Leather Steering Wheel Cover | Black
Offered by GoFastParts
Price: $53.30
3 used & new from $53.30

4.0 out of 5 stars Huge improvement, good quality, April 6, 2013
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My son stitched this on for me, and did a good job. It really looks classy and high-quality, does a great job sprucing up a used interior. I put it on a 1998 Dodge Ram. It will make your hands black the first few times you drive it, but it washes right off with some gojo.


Paderno Heavy Duty Carbon Steel 9.5 Inch Frying Pan
Paderno Heavy Duty Carbon Steel 9.5 Inch Frying Pan
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2 used & new from $29.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Best cookware I've ever had, April 6, 2013
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It's so easy to get a nonstick cure on these pans, much quicker than cast iron. I bought two of these -- the 9.5 inch and the 12 inch -- and I did the standard cure on one of them; wash it, then oil it and stick it in the oven. But on the second one, I didn't even bother -- just started cooking with it. After just a few uses, it was up to speed. I can fry an egg and flip it like nobody's business... doesn't stick.

Actually, these things are not totally non-stick like a brand new teflon pan. But that's a good thing; if you fry meat in it, it'll get a little bit of a crusty brown in the bottom that deglazes beautifully with a little water or wine. Then melt some butter and drizzle over the steak.... Mmmmmmm! And fried rice will stick just a little, so you get some browned kind of toasty bits that the kids love. But no problem scraping it clean, and as I said, your eggs or omelets won't stick at all.

Cleanup is easy -- just use a plastic bristle brush and hot water. I never use detergent.

I got the thicker ones, not the thin skillets. They're heavy, but I don't mind. Be sure to get the silicon handle-grips that they sell separately -- definitely worth it.


Yamamotoyama - Genmai Cha (Brown Rice Tea) 90 Bag Value Pack
Yamamotoyama - Genmai Cha (Brown Rice Tea) 90 Bag Value Pack
Offered by Lau Family's Herbs
Price: $15.49
7 used & new from $13.30

5.0 out of 5 stars This is my favorite Brown Rice Tea, April 6, 2013
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Each bag is about double the tea from an even pricier brand (I can't read the other brand, though, as it's in an Asian script of some sort). The Yamamotoyama is also well packaged in thick foil. I only steep it about 2 or 3 minutes, or it gets bitter -- but with so much tea in each bag, you still get a really aromatic drink, and I'm talking about in the tall Fiesta mugs. I think it's the best value in this kind of tea.


Paderno World Cuisine 18.5 Inch Polished Carbon Steel Paella Pan
Paderno World Cuisine 18.5 Inch Polished Carbon Steel Paella Pan
Price: $38.99
12 used & new from $31.46

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes Paella just like my mom's, April 6, 2013
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My mother is from Spain, and makes delicious Paella. This pan, broad and shallow as it is, does a great job boiling off the broth while the rice cooks. I was hoping it would double as a steak griddle too, since it's so big, but it's really not suited for that because the metal is too thin; the center gets much hotter than the edges. But if you're making Paella, it's perfect.
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Belkin F5D8053 N Wireless USB Adapter
Belkin F5D8053 N Wireless USB Adapter
Offered by RUN TO SHOP
Price: $24.99
19 used & new from $7.50

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Mac Compatible, February 24, 2010
I bought this when I bought a Mac-compatible Belkin router. So the router is compatible, but not the USB wireless adapter that goes with it. I'll have to buy another brand.


Boldtext Pew Bible: King James Version
Boldtext Pew Bible: King James Version
by Bible
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $8.91
108 used & new from $0.96

5 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A polarizing book, August 25, 2005
Raging against a book -- an inanimate object -- is pointless. Note how personal and vehement the negative reviews are; no rational man has such a reaction to what he believes is merely a work of fiction.

He judges God to be narcissistic: isn't that ironic?

And he condemns God for laughing at his enemies, but he doesn't condemn the acts of God's enemies -- which precede God's judgment. "The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, 'Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.'" Ps. 2:2,3. It's fair warning, nothing to get so upset about.

The bible records the history of the creation and rebellion of man, of those who rage against God, and how God responds. You say you're a good person? You want to stand before God and have him judge you by the Golden Rule? Go for it, but it won't save your soul. Paul says in Romans that men fail to live up to their own rules, the standards they apply to others. If you want to be judged by the Golden Rule, you will be. Nothing unfair about that, is there? But fairness will hang you for all the times you didn't follow your own rules, and the only thing that can save you is the blood of Jesus Christ. And it doesn't take a great leap of faith -- all it takes is for you to be honest with yourself and admit that you don't live up to your own standards.

I was brought up with the NIV and didn't read the King James for most of my life. However, when I began studying Greek, I learned that the King James is the most accurate English translation, and now it's what I use most.


The Art of Natural Family Planning
The Art of Natural Family Planning
by John F. Kippley
Edition: Paperback
Price: $63.00
192 used & new from $0.01

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't mind the detractors, June 8, 2005
Several who had negative reviews did so because of this book's Christian moral content, not because of the utility of the methods it prescribes. I, on the other hand, am very pleased to see a book that promotes a lifestyle based on Christian principles. While the book takes doctrinal positions for which I find no biblical basis, I resent critiques based merely on the fact that the book takes a "Christian" or "moral" stance. This book provides useful information that has given our marriage yet another weapon in the arsenal against the secularization of every aspect of our culture. Bravo!


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