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December 16, 2010

The Good Stuff Part II: Great Gift Ideas for Gun Nuts

By David E. Petzal

Here are some items that have proved themselves more than worthy in the long haul:

- Minox APO HG binoculars. Tom McIntyre gave them a Best of the Best. They are not cheap, but they may very well be, dollar for dollar, the best glasses on the market.

- Cold Steel Pendleton Lite Hunter. Another BoB winner. After 7 months of constant use, I think just as highly of it as I did when I first got it. Its extremely reasonable price is an embarrassment, but then nothing is perfect. 

- Work Sharp Knife and Tool Sharpener. The damned thing does a better job than I do. Humiliating. I gave away my sharpening stones.

- Empire of the Summer Moon. A book? Yes, a book. And perhaps the only book on the Indian wars worthy to be mentioned in the same breath with Son of the Morning Star. The author is S.C. Gwynne. Start it and you are lost. Review to come.

- Redfield Scopes. The greatest back-from-the-dead story since Lazarus. I would not have given a plugged nickel for the brand, but it is now a good, sound, inexpensive scope made in the U.S. and backed by Leupold. Miracles do happen.

- Nosler Model 48 Custom Sporter. If you’re looking to go into fiscal ruin for one rifle, here it is.

- Bullets. The Swift Scirocco. The Barnes XXX bullets, all of them. The Hornady SST. The Nosler E-Tip. It’s getting very difficult to be a big-game animal.

And for target shooters, any of the Berger bullets and the Lapua Scenar.

 

Check out the rest of Dave Petzal's gift recommendations here.

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from jim in nc wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

IMHO, "Empire" is an even better book than "Son."

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

I think I may have to gift myself a Pendleton Lite and a Redfield scope for my son. I'm sure my wife will run out and buy me a Nosler 48 since they are on sale!

Merry Christmas, All!

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Dave you did such a good job talking up the Work Sharp Knife sharpener that there isn't one available in the free world. I've been looking for one for my brother-in-law. Back ordered everywhere! I did find one for 2X the price on Ebay. Guess he'll get one for his birthday 'cause he ain't gettin' mine!

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

He is probably relaxing somewhere on a sunny beach in a warm clime from the "consideration" received from Work Sharp and Cold Steel! LOL

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Yes, I bet Work Sharp will make sure he never runs out of the little belts as well. Enjoy the sunshine Dave!

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from davidpetzal wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

To WA Mtn Hunter and Beekeeper: Time for a reality check. I was out at the range this morning shooting in 23 degrees. Haven't heard a word from Work Sharp, but should they read this, I could use some belts in the two finest grits.

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from deanlikes2fish wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

I went to go look at the knife sharpener and the website says the item is out of stock, does any one else know where i can get my grubby paws on one?

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

David,

Del in KS sharpened one of my knives in Colorado with the Work Sharp. That Buck Lite is scary sharp now. He even kept me awake sharpening a new machete with it.

You were right on the money with that one.

I'm working up some loads to shoot in very cold weather myself. Probably February when it gets cold here and waterfowl season closes. The black dawg will be whining if I go shooting during the season.

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from mad_dog9999 wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

The work sharp knife and tool sharpener is fantastic. Ive never had my knives so sharp with such ease.

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Oh come on Dave. You know any day shooting is a good day, cold or not! That just gives you a good excuse to come in by the fire when you are done and sample some good Bourbon.

You really have some good picks on the sharpener and the Pendleton Lite. Two very good products that won't hurt the bank.

Cheers!

Bee

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from Happy Myles wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

I thought my Christmas shopping would be easy this year, a Work Sharp for everyone. Now my work cut out for me. Who said being Santa was easy. Kindest to all

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from ishawooa wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

For the last five years or so I have discovered that Berger VLDs are one of the most accurate and reliable HUNTING bullets available in spite of their original purpose. Actually Walt even labels one version for hunting. I love one shot drop dead in their tracks kills that I see time after time with Bergers. Certainly the same can be said for many of the other brands and construction types.
No one I am aware of has had any Work Sharps in stock for a month of so. Consequently I am in much the same shape as Happy and others.
I have an old Cold Steel of nineties vintage. It has been used for everything from skinning/gutting to punching holes in latigos and tightening screws. Good working grade knife at a decent price.

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from 007 wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

At the urging of some of the guys on here, I put a sharpener on my Christmas list, it will be interesting to see if my wife can find one. I've already got a new Redfield 2x7 on my Marlin .35 Remington, like it a lot. Don't need any new books right now, I'm so far behind on my reading list, I may never catch up. Merry Christmas all! Dave, Santa will be proud of you for being such a good helper. haha.

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

You fellows looking for a Work Sharp Knife Sharpener, I've found what may be the only one for sale in the US right now. If you guessed E-bay you are correct. Seller says he will ship expedited shipping on close of bidding (2 days) Check the link and happy bidding!

http://cgi.ebay.com/Work-Sharp-Knife-and-Tool-Sharpener-hunting-and-fish...

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Alas, I don't need any of my hunting knives sharpened until next fall, if then. They are all still razor sharp from last year. My hunting pal dulled his Buck Ergo field dressing my elk. I think that was a field test for a Gear Test or something.

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from buckhunter wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

I suddenly feel the edge on knife is inadequate. Peer pressure is a powerful thing.

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from GunNut wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

I like this list. Right now I'm thinking about getting a redfield scope for my model 88 358. win.

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from Del in KS wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

WAM That Buck ergo I used to dress your elk and my mule deer has not been sharpened and is still razor sharp. As is my machete, tomahawk, hatchet, axe, Pendleton lite hunter and all my wife's kitchen knives.
Dave, That is one hell of a knife sharpener and I might add mine is not for sale.

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from Del in KS wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

BTW WAM if you don't find a way to work me in this year you will have to do your own gutting haha.
I already have 2 other offers but would prefer to hunt with you and the gang.

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from MaxPower wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

My list of things to buy and read is already ginormous. Why must you torment me like this Dave?

My wife has actually asked me "Where do you even find out about all these crazy hunting toys that you're always after?"

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from Shaky wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

May check the Leatherman on your recommendation, Dave. I bought the Worksharp and ran out of knives a half hour after receiving it. So maybe I'll be checking Light Hunter out as well. That sharpener is probably the best toy buy I have made in the last 30 years. If I were going to change anything about it, I would like to have 320 grit belts instead of the 1000 grit, because I shave with a regular razor, and prefer to have the edge a little rougher on a hunting/utility blade.
All in all I am tickled pink with the little machine, so I thank you, Dave. And all you others who waited too long to order yours you missed the chance of a lifetime, because the price is going UP, UP, UP.

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from Shaky wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

P.S. My Worksharp cost 69.95 with the extra belt packet of 6 belts + free shipping, and the company sent 6 more belts for registering. At the rate the belts wear I will have enough to last me 50 years.

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from wgiles wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

I have the Work Sharp Tool & Knife sharpener and I use it, but not on my best knives. The 220 grit belt is too coarse and the fine belt is more for polishing and stropping. I have been able to get 400 and 500 grit belts from an industrial supply house and I like them for touching up a blade. They don't take too much metal off and they don't leave a rough surface, like the 220 grit belt. More than a couple of passes on the 220 grit belt takes too much metal off the blade, especially pocket knives.

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from longtrail wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Cold Steel also makes a Canadian belt knife in the same line. Sub 20 bucks and feels realy nice in the hand, especially if there is cutting to do.

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from Tim Platt wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Dave your link to Nosler goes to the Custom Sporter but you gave the Trophy Grade a best of the best award and it is $1,200 cheaper. I think if you are going to spend three grand why not spend four grand and get the Nosler Custom with a wood stock? If I'm going into fiscal ruin I might as well have a pretty gun...

A knife sharpener that made you give away your stones? That is definitely something to look into.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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from z41 wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

You know about Lazarus, I'm surprised, I hope you know about Jesus and life eternal. The Pastor

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from Shaky wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

wgiles; if you could give an address for the supplier of those 400 & 500 grit belts for the Worksharp, I would be very grateful.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Del,

I think I just figured out the price of admission!

"How good are you at gutting and dragging?" might be the new #1 question!

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from wgiles wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Shaky - You can get the sanding belts at McMaster-Carr Supply, online as McMaster.com. I would suggest 4744A11 and 5142A704 in Aluminum Oxide or 4823A242 and 4823A241 in Structured Aluminum Oxide. They are all 1/2" X 12" and are discounted if you buy 25. The straight aluminum oxide belts are pretty cheap. You can do a search for "sanding belts" and then select "metal", 1/2" wide and 12" long and get a pretty good selection of belts. Don't get the nylon mesh belts, they are too thick for the sharpener.

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from davidpetzal wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

To Dr. Ralph: The rifle we used for Best of the Best was a right-hand Trophy, and I don't hunt with no right-hand rifle if I can help it. The rifle I hunted with was a left-hand Custom. Much as I love wood, you just can't beat chemicals for a working-gun stock.

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from GunNut wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Very nice, but how much does this stuff cost? People like me can't afford $3,000 rifles and stuff of that nature.

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from Steve in Virginia wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Good list. Are the Cold Steel knives made here or overseas? Call me sappy, but I like to buy stuff with USA stamped on them.

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from Sd Deatherage wrote 3 years 16 weeks ago

Great call on the Minox binos. I have had a pair for about a year (not the Model recommended as I'm not a wealthy man) but my 'middle of the roads' work great in Missouri and did very well in South Africa this year.

My PH in SA commented on the quality of the Minox glasses as well so I felt very good about that purchase.

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from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 16 weeks ago

Keep those Berger bullets coming! There is nothing readily available that is so accurate at 500 to 1000 yards! I do wish they could drop the price in 2011 though so I could enjoy shooting more of them.

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from wgiles wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

I am very pleased with the results that I am getting with 400 - 500 grit belts on the Work Sharp Tool & Knife Sharpener. They don't remove metal as quickly as the 240 grit belts, so I have more control over the amount of metal that I want to remove. On most of my utility knives, a couple of passes is all that is needed. Work sharp should start selling these belts.

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from jim in nc wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

IMHO, "Empire" is an even better book than "Son."

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from davidpetzal wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

To WA Mtn Hunter and Beekeeper: Time for a reality check. I was out at the range this morning shooting in 23 degrees. Haven't heard a word from Work Sharp, but should they read this, I could use some belts in the two finest grits.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

I think I may have to gift myself a Pendleton Lite and a Redfield scope for my son. I'm sure my wife will run out and buy me a Nosler 48 since they are on sale!

Merry Christmas, All!

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Dave you did such a good job talking up the Work Sharp Knife sharpener that there isn't one available in the free world. I've been looking for one for my brother-in-law. Back ordered everywhere! I did find one for 2X the price on Ebay. Guess he'll get one for his birthday 'cause he ain't gettin' mine!

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

He is probably relaxing somewhere on a sunny beach in a warm clime from the "consideration" received from Work Sharp and Cold Steel! LOL

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Yes, I bet Work Sharp will make sure he never runs out of the little belts as well. Enjoy the sunshine Dave!

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from deanlikes2fish wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

I went to go look at the knife sharpener and the website says the item is out of stock, does any one else know where i can get my grubby paws on one?

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

David,

Del in KS sharpened one of my knives in Colorado with the Work Sharp. That Buck Lite is scary sharp now. He even kept me awake sharpening a new machete with it.

You were right on the money with that one.

I'm working up some loads to shoot in very cold weather myself. Probably February when it gets cold here and waterfowl season closes. The black dawg will be whining if I go shooting during the season.

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from mad_dog9999 wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

The work sharp knife and tool sharpener is fantastic. Ive never had my knives so sharp with such ease.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Oh come on Dave. You know any day shooting is a good day, cold or not! That just gives you a good excuse to come in by the fire when you are done and sample some good Bourbon.

You really have some good picks on the sharpener and the Pendleton Lite. Two very good products that won't hurt the bank.

Cheers!

Bee

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Happy Myles wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

I thought my Christmas shopping would be easy this year, a Work Sharp for everyone. Now my work cut out for me. Who said being Santa was easy. Kindest to all

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from ishawooa wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

For the last five years or so I have discovered that Berger VLDs are one of the most accurate and reliable HUNTING bullets available in spite of their original purpose. Actually Walt even labels one version for hunting. I love one shot drop dead in their tracks kills that I see time after time with Bergers. Certainly the same can be said for many of the other brands and construction types.
No one I am aware of has had any Work Sharps in stock for a month of so. Consequently I am in much the same shape as Happy and others.
I have an old Cold Steel of nineties vintage. It has been used for everything from skinning/gutting to punching holes in latigos and tightening screws. Good working grade knife at a decent price.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from 007 wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

At the urging of some of the guys on here, I put a sharpener on my Christmas list, it will be interesting to see if my wife can find one. I've already got a new Redfield 2x7 on my Marlin .35 Remington, like it a lot. Don't need any new books right now, I'm so far behind on my reading list, I may never catch up. Merry Christmas all! Dave, Santa will be proud of you for being such a good helper. haha.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

You fellows looking for a Work Sharp Knife Sharpener, I've found what may be the only one for sale in the US right now. If you guessed E-bay you are correct. Seller says he will ship expedited shipping on close of bidding (2 days) Check the link and happy bidding!

http://cgi.ebay.com/Work-Sharp-Knife-and-Tool-Sharpener-hunting-and-fish...

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Alas, I don't need any of my hunting knives sharpened until next fall, if then. They are all still razor sharp from last year. My hunting pal dulled his Buck Ergo field dressing my elk. I think that was a field test for a Gear Test or something.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from buckhunter wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

I suddenly feel the edge on knife is inadequate. Peer pressure is a powerful thing.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from GunNut wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

I like this list. Right now I'm thinking about getting a redfield scope for my model 88 358. win.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Del in KS wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

WAM That Buck ergo I used to dress your elk and my mule deer has not been sharpened and is still razor sharp. As is my machete, tomahawk, hatchet, axe, Pendleton lite hunter and all my wife's kitchen knives.
Dave, That is one hell of a knife sharpener and I might add mine is not for sale.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Del in KS wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

BTW WAM if you don't find a way to work me in this year you will have to do your own gutting haha.
I already have 2 other offers but would prefer to hunt with you and the gang.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from MaxPower wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

My list of things to buy and read is already ginormous. Why must you torment me like this Dave?

My wife has actually asked me "Where do you even find out about all these crazy hunting toys that you're always after?"

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Shaky wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

May check the Leatherman on your recommendation, Dave. I bought the Worksharp and ran out of knives a half hour after receiving it. So maybe I'll be checking Light Hunter out as well. That sharpener is probably the best toy buy I have made in the last 30 years. If I were going to change anything about it, I would like to have 320 grit belts instead of the 1000 grit, because I shave with a regular razor, and prefer to have the edge a little rougher on a hunting/utility blade.
All in all I am tickled pink with the little machine, so I thank you, Dave. And all you others who waited too long to order yours you missed the chance of a lifetime, because the price is going UP, UP, UP.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Shaky wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

P.S. My Worksharp cost 69.95 with the extra belt packet of 6 belts + free shipping, and the company sent 6 more belts for registering. At the rate the belts wear I will have enough to last me 50 years.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from wgiles wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

I have the Work Sharp Tool & Knife sharpener and I use it, but not on my best knives. The 220 grit belt is too coarse and the fine belt is more for polishing and stropping. I have been able to get 400 and 500 grit belts from an industrial supply house and I like them for touching up a blade. They don't take too much metal off and they don't leave a rough surface, like the 220 grit belt. More than a couple of passes on the 220 grit belt takes too much metal off the blade, especially pocket knives.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from longtrail wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Cold Steel also makes a Canadian belt knife in the same line. Sub 20 bucks and feels realy nice in the hand, especially if there is cutting to do.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Tim Platt wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Dave your link to Nosler goes to the Custom Sporter but you gave the Trophy Grade a best of the best award and it is $1,200 cheaper. I think if you are going to spend three grand why not spend four grand and get the Nosler Custom with a wood stock? If I'm going into fiscal ruin I might as well have a pretty gun...

A knife sharpener that made you give away your stones? That is definitely something to look into.

Merry Christmas everyone!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from z41 wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

You know about Lazarus, I'm surprised, I hope you know about Jesus and life eternal. The Pastor

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Shaky wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

wgiles; if you could give an address for the supplier of those 400 & 500 grit belts for the Worksharp, I would be very grateful.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Del,

I think I just figured out the price of admission!

"How good are you at gutting and dragging?" might be the new #1 question!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from wgiles wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Shaky - You can get the sanding belts at McMaster-Carr Supply, online as McMaster.com. I would suggest 4744A11 and 5142A704 in Aluminum Oxide or 4823A242 and 4823A241 in Structured Aluminum Oxide. They are all 1/2" X 12" and are discounted if you buy 25. The straight aluminum oxide belts are pretty cheap. You can do a search for "sanding belts" and then select "metal", 1/2" wide and 12" long and get a pretty good selection of belts. Don't get the nylon mesh belts, they are too thick for the sharpener.

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from davidpetzal wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

To Dr. Ralph: The rifle we used for Best of the Best was a right-hand Trophy, and I don't hunt with no right-hand rifle if I can help it. The rifle I hunted with was a left-hand Custom. Much as I love wood, you just can't beat chemicals for a working-gun stock.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from GunNut wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Very nice, but how much does this stuff cost? People like me can't afford $3,000 rifles and stuff of that nature.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Steve in Virginia wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Good list. Are the Cold Steel knives made here or overseas? Call me sappy, but I like to buy stuff with USA stamped on them.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Sd Deatherage wrote 3 years 16 weeks ago

Great call on the Minox binos. I have had a pair for about a year (not the Model recommended as I'm not a wealthy man) but my 'middle of the roads' work great in Missouri and did very well in South Africa this year.

My PH in SA commented on the quality of the Minox glasses as well so I felt very good about that purchase.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 16 weeks ago

Keep those Berger bullets coming! There is nothing readily available that is so accurate at 500 to 1000 yards! I do wish they could drop the price in 2011 though so I could enjoy shooting more of them.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from wgiles wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

I am very pleased with the results that I am getting with 400 - 500 grit belts on the Work Sharp Tool & Knife Sharpener. They don't remove metal as quickly as the 240 grit belts, so I have more control over the amount of metal that I want to remove. On most of my utility knives, a couple of passes is all that is needed. Work sharp should start selling these belts.

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