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Derwent Battery Operated Sharpener
Derwent Battery Operated Sharpener
Price: 9.01

3.0 out of 5 stars Needs a sharper blade, 6 Jun 2014
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The product is fine in sharpening pencils, but it does want to rip the pencil from your hand as the blade seems to "catch" on the grain all too often. Maybe a sharper unit would help.

Various widths of pencil are committed by the means of twisting the access hole around to the appropriate size. In addition, there is a dedicated hole for offering up a longer point, great for shading. Quite large and despite the footprint, still need a spare hand to steady. OK product, but expected better from teh Derwent brand, who are my "go to" brand for artist materials and pencils.

Razorpit Razor Blade Sharpener
Razorpit Razor Blade Sharpener
Price: 12.71

4.0 out of 5 stars Seems to do the job., 6 Jun 2014
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I have been using this product for many months now. I would challenge the term "sharpener" as the material is a PVC/rubber style and is not abrasive. What this does appear to do is remove debris (skin cells, soap, etc.) from the blades.
To clean the razor, you will put a small amount of foam or shaving cream on the surface of the "pit". You then push reasonably hard with the head into the pit and move it in the opposite direction to shaving, around 4 times.

I do find that this makes the razor last around 3 or 4 times longer than when not issuing it, so as an investment it is well worth it. I have used it with Mach 3 and Fusion blades. One slight downside is that the lubrication strips which are embedded into the blades are worn away really quickly, due to the cleaning, but that is a small price to pay.

Korbond 4.5 m Hemming Tape, Black
Korbond 4.5 m Hemming Tape, Black
Offered by BuySend Limited
Price: 3.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great for black, 6 Jun 2014
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This tape certainly did the job and held the material well. The material was not a natural fibre, so was conerned about using a low heat to secure a bond, but the tape responded perfectly. This is a very good alternative to the webbing produce, as it is black and also is more tapelike rather than a dispolving 'glue', like the other webbing can be. Simple, quick and perfect for black garments.

Canon BCI-3e Black Twin Pack
Canon BCI-3e Black Twin Pack
Price: 18.60

5.0 out of 5 stars Always reliable, 6 Jun 2014
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The ink from Canon has always been reliable. The tanks last well in my printer (a steadfast ip5000) and having tried a couple of other big brands, I have to say my impression is always that Canon do the best graphics printers and inks for the home market. The larger tank capacity lends itself well to text printing, leaving the colours alone. Nothing worse that all three colours being used to make a black and costing the earth.

James Martin Mini Grinder ZX595 150 Watt, Stainless Steel
James Martin Mini Grinder ZX595 150 Watt, Stainless Steel
Price: 16.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great to grind, hard to transfer., 8 May 2014
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The design of this grinder is great in all aspects bar one. Once the beans are ground, you need to unplug the whole device to transport it to the coffee machine, or tip the contents into another receptacle to transfer. This issue could have been resolved by making the cap-lid ever so slightly bigger and then allowing the user to invert the whole machine to drop the grounds into the lid, unscrew and job done. Even if you have a plug near a coffee machine, the lead is quite short, maybe a meter at best. So that is the nuisance factor which dropped the star.

The only other element keeping it off a 5 star is that it is a small compartment. It is a compact unit, so if brewing 2 to 3 cups, the yield is OK. Anything more and you will need to grind another batch at maximum capacity.

The lid is a twist lock design and easy to manage.

The grind/power button is large and easy to press. The whole item is easier if you hold it in your hands rather than keep it on a surface, in my opinion. It is easy to hold and is not a big item.

The looks are pleasingly modern and it works quickly. A batch takes about 5 seconds. Be sure to shake the unit slightly between pulses, to get all the beans.

Magnum  Unisex Patrol CEN Tactical Footwear Military Police Security Leather Boots Black 11891 11 UK
Magnum Unisex Patrol CEN Tactical Footwear Military Police Security Leather Boots Black 11891 11 UK
Price: 52.83

5.0 out of 5 stars Probably as comfortable as a boot can get, 8 May 2014
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I am working in woodland terrain and across a combination of indoor and outdoor areas, wet & dry. With the promise of anti-slip tread, I bought these to solve my issues.

I took advice on buying slightly larger. I am 10.5 and I purchased an 11. With a work sock, these fit very comfortably.
I spend many hours standing, up to 4 after a stint with a 20 minute break. The boots elevate your foot very satisfactorily and there is no obvious pressure point.

Walking is slightly unusual in the boots, as there is a clear bounce/cushioning. You will find you adjust your walking style slightly. I have not tried to run in them, although I perceive that it would be clumsy. Walking indoors is quite pronounced, and people hear and possible feel you coming.

On the second day of use, I was asked to perform a 4 mile patrol, across muddy and steep inclined woodland. They performed well and there was only a very small rubbing on my heel. I expected a lot worse from a new footwear which had not been walked in.
Price is acceptable, given the quality of the item. It appears as though it will last, as everything looks securely stuck or stitched.

The toecap can be polished to a high shine, and the rest of the boot can easily be washed over with a sponge to clean.

These boots did not fatigue me in either standing or brisk patrolling in woodland. There is a sure grip and cushioned feel to leave you comfortable. Not a fashion item, but a smart working boot which can just about crossover to an office environment.

Black 7" Straight Gas Lift for an Office Chair
Black 7" Straight Gas Lift for an Office Chair
Offered by BiMi
Price: 11.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fix your own chair., 20 Feb 2014
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The gas lift is very simple to fit. All the effort is in fact removing the old unit, which take a bit of hammering and coaxing out. There are some good YouTube videos showing you how to do this safely and effectively. Maybe look at

Be sure to measure the length of your current unit before ordering.

Arrived quickly and I write this in a cushion of air, having replaced a failing gas lift.

Price: 1.86

4.0 out of 5 stars Gaze into Medusa, 20 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Medusa (Kindle Edition)
Taking a leap and reading works from a new author are often a mix of trepidation and excitement. B.W. Cassidy has launched with a subject matter which many would and will shy away from. The story provides a balanced and interesting investigation into the psyche of the characters, taking religious and political views and challenging them in a logical and thoughtful way. I stopped and re-positioned my thinking myself as some of the situations played out.

There is a very strong dedication to the character dialogues, which are key to the way that the book is presented.
The areas where I wanted more coverage and research were those of the governmental departments, which came across as being naive in the story-line. A little more attention to procedures would have left me more comfortable.
I seldom read fiction, but this story played out as almost documentary in parts, leaving a strong representation of the characters.

Looking forward to see the next book.

Call of Duty: Ghosts (PC DVD)
Call of Duty: Ghosts (PC DVD)
Price: 14.97

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1.0 out of 5 stars Bugs, glitches and "unfinished", 7 Nov 2013
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
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This is a big release and you fully expect that it gets care and attention. I received the game on the release day and there are fundamental issues with the quality and testing in Multiplayer mode.

The single player mode works fine, looks fantastic and is relatively enjoyable to play. I have all setting maxxed out and there are no real problems so far.
Multiplayer....well, that is a different matter altogether.
I run an SLI card, and there was flickering(strobing) on many game elements, such as the gun sights, your watch and many in game elements such as trees. When SLI was disabled, this resolved the issue. Folks with a single graphics card may not experience this, but I am running a GTX 590, which is effectively 2 cards "glued" together and bridged with SLI. To play this game, I need to go into Nvidia control panel and manually disable the options.

Other issues are that the mouse loses focus in Multiplayer menus and then then game itself. I have managed to find a "workaround" which is to toggle the vertical sync option (Sync every frame) from Yes to No, or if set to No, back to Yes. Weird.

In game options, such as when you die, offer a menu to change player by left or right clicking on the mouse. These simply do not work. Other players have confirmed this is not just me.

There is a serious lack of player education, so you have to guess your way through the menus and what options do what are only hinted at with a few words. I am lucky to play among friends where we work it out together, but if I was solo, this would be as confusing as heck. Remember the days when you got a manual to get the best of your game?

The gameplay itself, when you get in and it works, is OK, although very console-oriented and appears to favour the run and gun style, rather than anything which is more akin to military tactics.

Single player looks great, multiplayer looks "consoley" and the graphics are, in my opinion, far simpler and less enhanced than Call of Duty Black Ops 1.

When the patches come out, I may amend this review, but paying that amount of money for an incomplete and bug-ridden game is shoddy. It is like buying a car where it is delivered without the windscreen and the manufacturer stated "we will sort that for you out later, but you can still drive the car".
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De'Longhi ICM2B 10-Cup Filter Coffee Maker
De'Longhi ICM2B 10-Cup Filter Coffee Maker

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great value and moderately well designed., 19 Sep 2013
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Bought on a deal of the day on Amazon for approx 12, this was a solid looking deal.

Tips: Amazon says that other folks bought paper filters with this purchased (as I did). You do not need to as there is a persistent, removable filter basket. Save your money.

The item is well packaged and protected well in transit.

There is nothing really to set up, but I chose to run a full jug of water through before my first brew. Processing a full jug of water takes approximately 5-7 minutes.

There are two design issues, although they are not major, just annoyances. The water-tank is unusually shaped and might have been designed with a wider opening. The jug itself sits snugly on the hotplate, but there is a little maneuvering to get it to sit.

No aftertastes or plastic smells/impairment. A great little machine which looks good and does the job. No auto-cutout or timers, so a basic machine, but at 12, not an issue.

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