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Draper 28720 Heavy Duty Telescopic Anvil Loppers with Steel Handles
Draper 28720 Heavy Duty Telescopic Anvil Loppers with Steel Handles
Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Draper Anvil Loppers, 27 Mar. 2015
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My previous loppers gave up the ghost after nearly 20 years' use and I needed a replacement fast as we were in the middle of heavy pruning at the time. These are brilliant, cutting cleanly through 1" branches with little effort. Good steel blade and softer metal (replaceable) anvil, padded handles to absorb some of the shock of repeated cutting, and the arms extend to nearly double length by means of a 'twist-lock' action (and stay locked, more importantly). Makes it much easier for higher work and also for cutting up on the ground without constantly bending over.
Good tool, great value at the offer price, and thoroughly recommended


Tar soap bar by Vaasa Old Soap Company
Tar soap bar by Vaasa Old Soap Company
Offered by OPA MUURIKKA UK
Price: £3.65

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5.0 out of 5 stars Pine Tar soap bar, 27 Mar. 2015
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Small (hand-soap size) bar of pine-tar soap in its own little cardboard box. Rich in that smoky pine-tar smell, it lathers well, smooth on the skin (and hair) and just leaves you smelling 'clean' after use. I use this size to take away with me on business trips, as the small bar won't last a week in the shower at home. Tends to leak brown over your bath and soap-dish, but that's easily washed away with the shower spray.
Most importantly it is really good for my skin, quickly clearing up dry and itchy patches and keeping them at bay with sustained use.
Quite expensive for small bars, but worth every penny in my opinion


Seven Oceans Long-Life Emergency Drinking Water 500ml For Liferafts, Lifeboats Survival
Seven Oceans Long-Life Emergency Drinking Water 500ml For Liferafts, Lifeboats Survival
Offered by EVAQ8
Price: £3.90

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5.0 out of 5 stars Emergency drinking water, 27 Mar. 2015
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Expensive for the equivalent of a plastic bottle of water, you might think, but sometimes you just want to stick stuff away 'just in case' in the boot of the car for emergencies, on long journeys, in your 'bug-out' pack, or in your work bag if you're stuck on a train in the middle of nowhere, the ventilation's broken and the buffet is closed (trust me I've been there!). Each sachet contains 50ml of water, a good mouthful and enough to keep you going that little bit longer, with the whole 500ml the minimum recommended daily fluid requirement for an adult.
Robust plastic/alu packaging to keep it secure and clean for its 5-year expiry date, so you can forget about it until you actually need it.


ABUS 64TI/40HB63 40 x 63mm Titalium Padlock with Long Shackle (Pack of 3)
ABUS 64TI/40HB63 40 x 63mm Titalium Padlock with Long Shackle (Pack of 3)
Price: £17.74

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5.0 out of 5 stars ABUS Titalium Padlocks, 27 Mar. 2015
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Set of three bright alloy padlocks aimed at medium security jobs like sheds and garden gates. Two have shorter hardened shackles, while one has a much longer one that easily fits through both locking holes on a tower bolt. Comes with a set of four keys that each fit all the locks, so this a good value way of buying a suite of padlocks. The alloy seems resistant to the British weather, and I just keep them well lubricated with WD-40 to prevent freezing during the winter. Very pleased with these, both from the quality and value point of view


BENCHDOG 989466 Bench Cookie Work Grippers, Set of 4
BENCHDOG 989466 Bench Cookie Work Grippers, Set of 4
Price: £7.24

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bench Dog - the mutts nuts, 27 Mar. 2015
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Brilliant idea, a set of four rubberised 'cookies' (3" x 1" thick) for you to rest a piece of wood or other material you are working on, without the risk of it slipping away from you or marking with a metal clamp. Robustly made, with an orange plastic outer, and a double sided rubberised patterned surface that grips to (and protects from scratching) table tops, desks and most other things without slipping. Already used for small woodworking jobs, and mechanical repairs, I am very pleased with these and will happily order more. Thoroughly recommended


Biscuit Pocket Mug
Biscuit Pocket Mug
Offered by Simply Mugs
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This mug takes the biscuit !, 27 Mar. 2015
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Novelty mug with a side pocket that will accommodate a (small!) biscuit. Nicely made and finished, but just be aware that the mug only holds about two thirds the volume of a 'normal' one and that if you enjoy digestives they will only rest on top of the pocket rather than sit in it. Ideal frivolous gift for any tea-break 'dunkers' that you know !


PINE TAR (dry skin Psoriasis Eczema) Handmade Natural Turkish Olive Oil Coconut Castor Oil Cocoa Butter Soap (Vegan) 100g
PINE TAR (dry skin Psoriasis Eczema) Handmade Natural Turkish Olive Oil Coconut Castor Oil Cocoa Butter Soap (Vegan) 100g
Offered by Caria Handmade Soap
Price: £2.75

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5.0 out of 5 stars Caria Pine-Tar soap, 27 Mar. 2015
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Splendid pine-tar soap (from Turkey) in square-ish blocks individually wrapped in plastic, or alternatively in a card overwrap (I received both presentations).
Redolent of smoky pine-tar, this soap is very smooth in use, not at all drying, lathers really well and is just as good for hair as for skin. Pine-tar content is brilliant for soothing my sensitive skin, and minor skin-rashes disappear with regular use.
The bar lasts a little less than a week with daily showering, and beware that it will leave brown stains in your bath and soapdish, though these wash away easily enough in the shower.
I will happily order these again, and would recommend this brand


Spyderco  Kiwi 3 Stainless Steel Plain Edge Knife
Spyderco Kiwi 3 Stainless Steel Plain Edge Knife
Offered by Clever Stuff
Price: £23.04

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5.0 out of 5 stars Spyderco Kiwi 3, 27 Mar. 2015
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Handy, lightweight stainless steel pocket knife made in China for Spyderco, for everyday carry, in a neat little presentation box. Razor sharp and very finely pointed non-locking 2" blade easy to open and close, with the large hole in the blade providing a good grip. The back of the blade is nice and thick for strength, and stamped near the joint with the Spyderco logo, 'Spyderco', and (I presume) a reference to the carbon content of the steel.
Just under 3.5 inches closed, the smoothly rounded handle is shaped so that it is snug in the palm of your hand and your forefinger naturally falls in the groove behind the blade, and prevents it closing, at the same time keeping your skin away from that sharp edge. Easily and comfortably accommodates a big hand, and for that reason alone I prefer this as my 'everyday' knife to the Spyderco Grasshopper that I also own. Looking at the blade side on, with the lanyard hole it resembles nothing less than a bird's skull, with a very pointy beak !


Cole & Mason Precision Grind 12 cm Windsor Black Gloss Beech Wood Salt & Pepper Mill Gift Set
Cole & Mason Precision Grind 12 cm Windsor Black Gloss Beech Wood Salt & Pepper Mill Gift Set
Price: £40.62

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cole & Mason grinders, 26 Mar. 2015
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Excellent little salt and pepper grinders from a top maker, beautifully presented in a fitted display box, so ideal as a housewarming or wedding present. Standing a little over four inches tall, the grinders are finished in high gloss 'piano' black, so are easily smart enough for your formal dining table. More importantly perhaps, the twist mechanism is robust and positive, producing a satisfyingly consistent grind. The grade of the grind can also be adjusted should you prefer it finer or coarser than factory set. I make my own sea salt and dried herb mix and the grinder copes with that very well indeed. The tops unscrew easily for re-filling and they hold plenty.
Delighted with these and would heartily recommend as a quality product.


Kuhn Rikon 26 cm Easy Induction Non Stick Frying Pan, Black
Kuhn Rikon 26 cm Easy Induction Non Stick Frying Pan, Black
Price: £25.24

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kuhn Rikon 26cm pan, 23 Mar. 2015
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Super quality non-stick pan for use on induction hobs. Good thick metal so feels nice and weighty and quite a long securely fixed handle keeps hands well away from the heat. Wipes clean with just a damp sponge, and still looks like new even after multiple uses and washes in soapy water. Delighted with this and will happily buy more from this range.


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