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SAVFY 550lb 7 Weave Strand Adjustableparacord survival bracelets Military(Red)
SAVFY 550lb 7 Weave Strand Adjustableparacord survival bracelets Military(Red)
Offered by eLifeStore Ltd
Price: £2.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Useless., 15 Jun. 2016
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A bit useless. As a survival aid, this does not unravel on its own, you have to unpick it which takes ages, so in a survival situation where you need to deploy it, you would waste precious time. I unpicked it, threw away the bar and rebaled it in a more user friendly configuration. As a survivial aid for lightweight hiking, also useless as you have a heavy metal notched bar which attaches to a shackle. You want to throw away the bar as it's useless. The shackle may be useful but you need to be careful as the bolt is not captive, another design flaw. As a fashion accessory, it is also useless as it is too big even for my huge wrists, and the way the shackle fits the bolt, is major pain in the a** to put on.The paracord is also not the best quality.


Osprey Kestrel 68
Osprey Kestrel 68
Price: £115.13 - £156.56

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fatal design flaw., 6 Jun. 2016
This review is from: Osprey Kestrel 68 (Misc.)
A good sternum strap is essential for good weight distribution in a big pack like this. It is attached to the shoulder strap by two plastic clips. One of these came off in the middle of a hike and took ages to get back on again. I am quite strong, and just about managed to do it but do not think many people would have managed to do this successfully. Now imagine being stuck on top of a mountain with a heavy 68l bag with a non functioning sternum strap.I would say that is, at best, very bad for your back and at worst dangerous. The worst of it was Osprey's dreadful customer services, I told them and they refused to believe me, telling me, rather patronisingly, to continue to enjoy adventures with the bag!! Small claims being considered.


The Glaze Book: A Visual Catalogue of Decorative Ceramic Glazes by Stephen Murfitt (2002)
The Glaze Book: A Visual Catalogue of Decorative Ceramic Glazes by Stephen Murfitt (2002)
by Stephen Murfitt
Edition: Hardcover

2.0 out of 5 stars Needs a new edition, 15 Mar. 2016
There are a lot of recipes, many are good but the book is awfully flawed. There are gaping omissions, like a good base earthenware lead glaze, lots of typos, some factual errors (Rutile is "Rutile" and not "Rutile Oxide") and really odd things that look like mistakes (eg several recipes with the same ingredient listed twice, which makes you think he's either failed to add it up or left an important ingredient out. One recipe was made up by adding two glazes, with similar ingredients - rather than recalculating it, it was just left as that, you weighing out the same things twice. There are crazed glazes which are claimed to be okay for domestic ceramics?! None of the recipes have names or any details about the quirks of the glaze itself (eg runniness, ideal thickness of application, need for a soak etc. ) It does not give you a lot of confidence.


Kiln Construction: A Brick by Brick Approach
Kiln Construction: A Brick by Brick Approach
by Joe Finch
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars One of the best, but I don't think enough., 8 Feb. 2016
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I have this and Olsen's book - the two are complementary. This book is much clearer than Olsen's and I think for a newcomer, much more practical and user friendly, that being said, it lacks a few essential details without which it is impossible to build a kiln. His diagrams are very clear but they stop short of instructing you how tall to make the chimney - an extremely important part of the kiln - he glosses over this subject in an early chapter but with no detail - you have to refer to Olsen for the calculations. This is quite a gaping omission. He also fails to discuss the equally important topic of gas burner choice - something that is also quite critical. Another oddity is that he describes three kilns - they are essentially the same sort of design - flame fired sprung arch downdraught kilns with different sizes but they differ wildly in floorplan and the angle of the chimney to the flue collection box - I am sure there is a good reason for this but I am stumped by the fact that he fails to discuss why. Perhaps I am nitpicking here but I do not think it is safe tu build a kiln without knowing why you are putting bricks where you do. Otherwise, this book is good and one of the best out there.


6 Inch 150mm Plastic Ruler Sliding Gauge Vernier Caliper Jewelry Measuring
6 Inch 150mm Plastic Ruler Sliding Gauge Vernier Caliper Jewelry Measuring

1.0 out of 5 stars Junk., 29 Dec. 2015
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Flimsy moulded plastic thing - far too flimsy to be useful as a precision measuring instrument. The slider moves too easily so you will lose measurement accuracy. No thumb wheel. No lock. Cheap but in a cheap and nasty way; in this instance you get what you pay for.


Guildhall 4590Z A3 GLX Ergogrip Binder - Blue
Guildhall 4590Z A3 GLX Ergogrip Binder - Blue
Price: £25.81

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The lever mechanism is made of thin moulded plastic components that will be lucky to last more than a month., 25 Aug. 2015
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Flimsy Junk


Fundamentals of Distillery Practices
Fundamentals of Distillery Practices
by Bill Owen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £21.94

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Out of date, 10 Aug. 2015
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This is a scanned copy of a book that was originally published in 1943. You can see the handwritted commments of the previous owner of the book in the scanned pages and it is also badly out of date as the content is over 60 years old.


Letraset 0.5 mm Fine Line Drawing Pen - Black
Letraset 0.5 mm Fine Line Drawing Pen - Black
Offered by The Crafty Shop
Price: £1.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not enough ink., 10 Aug. 2015
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The nib and line are okay but the amount of ink is miserly. These will last you a week or two if you are lucky.


Anglepoise Type 75 Desk Lamp, Brushed Aluminium
Anglepoise Type 75 Desk Lamp, Brushed Aluminium
Price: £89.89

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unacceptably poor build quality., 28 July 2015
The lamp does not stay where you put it but keeps drooping. This can be fixed for a few weeks by tightening the screws but they will quickly loosen up. This is what I would expect from a cheap Chinese import, not an iconic and expensive original. Unacceptable.


The Kiln Book
The Kiln Book
by Frederick L Olsen
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What a shame, 28 July 2015
This review is from: The Kiln Book (Paperback)
The author clearly knows a lot about kilns but in my view, the books fails. The text is ranges from rambling and confusing to phrases that are patently don't make sense. He also fills the book with waffle so it is virtually impossible to see the wood for the trees. An example - he says it is important to know what you want to fire and how before you choose the shape and draft type of kiln (which I agree with) but in the following 200 pages, filled with many vaguely interesting but otherwise useless anecdotes, he, frustratingly, completely fails to elaborate on this important point. The book is riddled with typos and self contradiction. The subject of kiln building is moderately complicated but perfectly comprehensible- sadly, Olsen manages to overcomplicate the subject to the point that it is incomprehensible and the book is a frustrating example of an expert failing to impart his knowledge well.


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