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12" DIAMOND SHARPENING STEEL. DELUXE PROFESSIONAL GRADE.DOLOMITEN INOX.
12" DIAMOND SHARPENING STEEL. DELUXE PROFESSIONAL GRADE.DOLOMITEN INOX.
Offered by The Knife Company UK
Price: £35.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Works well but feels low quality, 9 Feb. 2016
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While still new, this product cuts into a knife to make a short job of sharpening. I'm at that stage where the diamonds that particularly stick out are being quickly worn down, and I'm hoping for stability and about a year of use thereafter. The strength is low cost and the length of the sharpening stave, although this is hollow and feels ... shoddy. None the less, so far it is doing a good job of sharpening my low priced knives and if you want something that gets the job done and probably stays hidden away from show, this is a good choice


Ultimate iScoot© X50 Black Adult City Push Kick Scooter with Large 200MM Wheels, Dual Front and Rear Spring Comfort Suspension, Kick Stand, Mud / Rain Guards and Folding Frame with Carry Stray - Easy to Carry Light Weight Aluminium Kickboard
Ultimate iScoot© X50 Black Adult City Push Kick Scooter with Large 200MM Wheels, Dual Front and Rear Spring Comfort Suspension, Kick Stand, Mud / Rain Guards and Folding Frame with Carry Stray - Easy to Carry Light Weight Aluminium Kickboard
Offered by Electro World
Price: £149.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous product failure - I am returning it, 9 Feb. 2016
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For me this has not been a good product. First the good points. Arrived quickly. Great solid build. Has a low quality strap for shoulder carrying, but product is substantial and not an easy carry-on carry-off commute scooter. The connect together is easy and quick; the whole thing snaps together nicely. I have used this once to go from work to swimming bath, and the ability of the handles to fold / snap down meant I could get it into its own locker - nice! The handle is a little more flimsy that I'd like and at 6'4" I did not feel comfortable extending it to its full height. None the less my large foot fit nicely on the platform, although stuck out towards the end near the secure leaver(see next paragraph). The wheels are large and perform smoothly and the standing area has great solid grip. The scooter is nicely suspended which makes riding over London pavements a smooth experience. After a short amount of practice the break works well, although as this is a stamp down on the surface of the wheel I wonder about longevity. The immediate worry was the collapse handle lever which is pushed from the platform towards the handle. I worried that I might step on it and collapse the scooter when riding. Along with the carry strap, the stand is no more than window dressing and the product would be better with both left off.

The bad point. This scooter folds down with the wheel and handle rotating 90 degrees toward the base. The handle then telescopes into a smaller section. When riding, the handle is kept in place by what I think is a spring and latch which locks it in place with the forward pushing release lever. I have ridden it once. When going over london pavements in the Baker St area, the irregularities of the road knocks the handle release out of position, and the scooter collapses. To be fair, this did not happen while in motion, although it it had I'd be in hospital. It only happened when I took weight off the platform although over the course of a couple of miles it did this 10 times. I believe what has happened is that the secure mechanism inside the handle had failed (I hear it jingle when I rode it). I do not think this is a systemic fault of the product, and if you are looking for a rugged commuter scooter I think you should still consider this, but I do advise you to look out for this when you buy it.


Generic Swimming Swim Safty Pool Training Aid Kickboard Float Board Tool For Kids Adults
Generic Swimming Swim Safty Pool Training Aid Kickboard Float Board Tool For Kids Adults

1.0 out of 5 stars Flimsy and easy to break - avoid, 9 Feb. 2016
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Well, it floats, but not for long. Product very flimsy and unlikely to last more than a month? The top section with the slits tears off. Buy one of the more expensive products; 2 or 3 times the price is worth it


Hangerworld Premium Aromatic Cedar Wood Shoe Shine Care Box with Foot Rest
Hangerworld Premium Aromatic Cedar Wood Shoe Shine Care Box with Foot Rest
Offered by Hangerworld
Price: £21.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Great but small medium size, 9 Feb. 2016
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Great product well made and nicely priced. Shoe support fits nicely inside the box for easy transport. Lid fits snugly with a small easy to operate catch. However, the box is smaller than it looks, hence only 4*. If you have just an average or average small + amount of polishing equipment, this will work well for you and you can buy with confidence. Recommended


Master Class Non-Stick Deep Mini Round Cake Tin / Pork Pie Mould With Loose Base, 10 cm (4")
Master Class Non-Stick Deep Mini Round Cake Tin / Pork Pie Mould With Loose Base, 10 cm (4")
Price: £7.61

3.0 out of 5 stars Mild Warning, 9 Feb. 2016
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A bit miffed here. Logged on, asked Amazon for panettone tins. This was shown. I bought without looking at the product dimensions. The picture angle shows the product to appear deeper than it is, so I ended up buying pork pie tin thinking it was much deeper. I'm returning the product, and a bit perplexed as to how to grade it. Disappointed with the Amazon shopping experience (selection and presentation of products), but the tin itself looks perfectly reasonable. Decided on a 3 with apologies to the product provider.


Nexus 6P Case , SLEO Retro Vintage PU Leather Wallet Flip Case Cover for Google Nexus 6P (Verizon, AT&T Sprint, T-mobile, Unlocked) - Brown
Nexus 6P Case , SLEO Retro Vintage PU Leather Wallet Flip Case Cover for Google Nexus 6P (Verizon, AT&T Sprint, T-mobile, Unlocked) - Brown
Offered by SLEO Accessories
Price: £7.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Low cost; tight fit; functionality available; good visibility: recommended, 2 Jan. 2016
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This is low cost. Great value. I was at first worried that the "top lump" (good technical term that) of the Nexus 6P would provide barrier and the product would not fit. But no worries with this. If anything the fit is too good and I have problem taking it out for mounting Nexus 6P in car navigation holder! I have dropped the unit a couple of time, the unit provides good protection. You are able to access all the functionality easily. I can see how an earlier reviewer had difficulty accessing the fingerprint reader, but by using a pointed finger I have no problems with this. True, occasionally I need to re-press, but this is half a second delay and does not make a difference for me. I selected this rather garish colour to allow me to find it when left on surface at home, and this works (although at the admitted cost of a cool looking cover). Only problem is that when the alarm goes off, I have to remove the seal strap to turn it off by hitting the volume, but this is very minor.

If you have read this far ask yourself, do you want good value protection or a flashy looking product that makes you look good? If you want to look great spend more elsewhere. If you want value protection, stop pontificating; this is the product for you; buy it; it is so much less expensive than the cost of a break!


Red Cedar Shoe Tree, Size 10.5
Red Cedar Shoe Tree, Size 10.5
Offered by Langer & Messmer
Price: £25.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Takes moisture out; puts shape in; buy it for better shoe care, 14 Jun. 2015
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Great product, well worth the purchase. Came promptly. Well packed and nicely presented. The product itself fits my shoes well. The wood for each shoe is slightly different in colour, but this is a most minor slight. The volume of wood will absorb moisture after a day of shoe use and the wood material smells nice. The structure of the shoe tree is full and supports the fabric of the shoe nicely. Within the structure the wood is sprung so it forces the leather into its original shape. If you want a way of taking damaging moisture out of your shoe and keeping the line correct, this is is an ideal product. Highly recommended.


The Heroes: A First Law Novel
The Heroes: A First Law Novel
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Deep deep slaughter but surprisingly insightful about the people swinging the weapons, 15 Mar. 2014
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Some really good reviews out there; let me take a different perspective. Heroes is a battle, pointless and violent, and that is its point. About half way through the book, you almost get tired of the utterly unremitting mayhem, but then you realize that JA is managing that most difficult objective - developing character through action and to my surprise, you learn a great deal of his cast through their choices and their reaction to their choices in conflict. It ends up being a precious study of people through war. Surprising. Actually amazing.

One small point, much of the battle is shield and sword in shield wall like conflict. JA kills (which he somehow manages to describe in the most realistic and varied detail) are mostly above the waist. My understanding of this form of conflict is that before one side breaks most of the violence happened to the shins and legs, and it was only in routs that one side dropped all their armour and ended up slaughtered in a more conventional manner (please correct me with comment if this is not correct). But it is a fine testament to the book that despite this supposed error I rate this book very highly.

Can be read and enjoyed as a standalone; much more enjoyable when taken in sequence


Best Served Cold (First Law World 1)
Best Served Cold (First Law World 1)
by Joe Abercrombie BA
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Not just murder and revenge, 7 Dec. 2013
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"Best Served" starts off following a predictable course; murder and revenge. And just at the point where you are thinking, is there anything more, you start to see perspectives move. The character's roles change and change again and keep your interest while the blood, betrayal and profanity flow or perhaps flood. You buy this book as an easy read and end it thinking, yes, that really is rather clever isn't it? I could get you examples but it would spoil your enjoyment of it. Do get this story and enjoy it.


Kendo: A Comprehensive Guide to Japanese Swordsmanship
Kendo: A Comprehensive Guide to Japanese Swordsmanship
by Geoff Salmon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars From feet to Sakigawa, a great reference guide, 15 July 2013
Salmon Sensei creates a great reference book that I think will be useful for all levels of Kenshi - the comprehensive guide is just what it says on the cover. The book, perhaps the first third, starts with an outline of how to behave in the dojo, take care of your equipment and behave with your teachers and students. For me that main part of is the latter 2/3 where techniques are described in detail. One of the highlights of the book is the great diagrams which manage to tightly integrate with the text giving you an idea of how to do what is described. Descriptions and text provide a precise actionable outline. And while the words describe the dos and do-nots of techniques, they also spend time talking about how any action should feel giving you a real sense that you could try out the advice in the dojo. That said, I feel that the main benefit I will get from "Kendo: A comprehensive guide" is not the first read through that this review represents, but repeated re-visits when I struggle to understand something and when I need some thinking time out at home instead of practice time in at the dojo.


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