Here in PDX you don’t need a car because the public transit is pretty good. The warehouses, shipyards, steel mills are on the bus lines. I save thousands of dollars a year by not owning a car. 😁
My replacement lunch pail in Hammertone green (navy was on backorder) arrived very quickly and was packed a little better than the first.
Pulling it out of the box the Hammertone green is striking and evokes memories of American greatness and industry.
Turn it around and the unsightly reality of hedge fund theft, cost-cutting and lack of quality reveals itself in the huge gaps between the lid and the pail.
The lid wires hold the empty food jar just barely and it takes a ton of adjustment to place the thermos “just so” so the wires can catch.
Just folding the wires over the thermos causes them to bend out of shape, the contraption is so carelessly made. I give it a week before the wires are deformed and your thermos begins crushing your food again.
The owners of Stanley-PMI have so little self-respect and hearts full of avarice that they cheat their customers out of their hard-earned money by putting crap like this out in the marketplace? They’ll just run the Stanley brand into the ground I guess.
Update: May 22, 2018 Bought the 24oz food jar that fits in the lid…except it doesn’t. It pops out, violently in fact, rolling all over my food. I found this out just as I was packing my lunch heading out for work. 😡
Called Stanley, the are sending a replacement. I doubt it will work either. Tragic ending for a great American brand.
Got a second job to support my knife habit 😹 so I bought a brand new lunch box to protect my Deviled Ham sandwiches 😂 at work.
I sure as hell am not going to tote some cubicle bot’s flaccid lunch container–I do REAL work and therefore deserve a lunch pail made for REAL workers, enter the Stanley Classic Lunchbox from days of yore:
Unlike the days of yore, Stanley’s are no longer made in America so the quality of many of their items has plummeted. I couldn’t find any other non-hipster maker of metal lunch pails and foam coolers are, well, just uncool to me, workers sporting those look trivial and the coolers often get crushed at the job site. So I took a chance with this olden lunchbox.
Feels sturdy and well constructed. Stanley’s cooler version falls apart at the handle according to reviews but this metal really does feel like it can take a beating and survive.
Latches, hinges, handle and all the inside parts that hold the thermos all feel strong and sturdy and I’m glad they do as the package it came in had NO padding whatsoever. They just threw this in a box to be mangled by FedEx, horrible. 😠 I gave it a close inspection cause I sure will send it back if it has even the smallest ding.
I ordered direct from Stanley, I couldn’t find the lunch pail at any retailer or even evil Amazon. $45 and free shipping. I bought the 1.1Qt Thermos too but from a different store. It’s too big to fit in the lid (Stanley puts ZERO info on its site to determine what thermos or jar is compatible with the lid, smh) but has a handle. I’ll get the 24oz jar (which DOES fit) later.
Lunch technology has grown in leaps and bounds since I was last carrying a metal lunchbox as a kid. Rubbermaid makes a “sandwich kit” made into blocks that stack into each other as well as into a special blue ice block. For some reason I find this fascinating . 😛 But that is how I plan to keep from getting e coli in the hot warehouse. I’m told the steel with an ice block keeps your lunch nice and cool throughout the day and no need for a cooler.That makes me happy. 😊
Continuing coverage of the Stanley in later posts.
Couldn’t resist heading up to Hoyt Arboretum, (the “Tree Place” a la the Simpsons 😆) and making a few cuts with my blade. I won’t be camping until the summer so putting the blade through its paces will have to wait.
The Tracker 2 fits nicely on my belt, I find its sheath to be sturdy and well made and which should last a lifetime (though the Hedgehog is still on my list). The handle pokes into my shirt making it not as non-obtrusive as I thought but its upfront placement makes the knife is easy to get.
The Tracker 2 is comfortable in my hand with no hot spots and is also perfectly balanced, though heavier than what I am currently used to. I wish the scales had a bit more swell to them, a detail too many tactical knife makers ignore.
There are no pics of feathers or shavings here because I just don’t use that technique. I gather the kindling and small twigs etc by hand which to me is saner than wasting energy making what is so easily found around you.
Youtube has corrupted the ancient ways of woodsmanship and knife making. Wielding pry bars in the wilderness is truly Nietzschean Last Man idiocy.
I use knives to cut and slice things and sometimes to dig. The digging is pushing it for acceptable knifemanship but is not nearly as boneheaded as batoning. So these pics are just me testing the initial sharpness of the factory edge which I did find to be shaving sharp.
The Tracker 2 is not as ungainly as it looks and would make a good skinner. Its geometry (I think both portions of the blade are flat ground but further examination is needed) worked just fine for all the slicing and cutting tasks I put before it in the short time I was in the park. Of course its thickness and size keeps it from most direct food prep chores but I always carry a dedicated food blade for that.
The saw on the back works really, really well! I easily cut through small branches and made notches to hold pots etc. I’ve never liked that kind of woodwork before but the Tracker 2 brings this utilitarian technique into my reach for the first time.
The Tracker 2 is best for shelter building and general purpose camp tasks and I feel it can accomplish these quite easily. So far I think it’s a great outdoors knife. 👍🏾🔪
Tom Brown Jr TOPS Tracker #2 is my latest and hopefully last purchase for awhile, I am hoping this is the “one”, for my bank account’s sake! 😆
This knife has inspired controversy since it was first made–way back in the 90s surprisingly. I am aware of this and was initially poisoned against this knife by persuasive bloggers but after personal woods experience and thus identifying what exactly I want in a knife, I have chosen the Tom Brown Jr Tracker 2.
This knife just came in the mail so no woods testing yet but how it wears for everyday carry (yep I’m considering it!) is just as important.
Scout carry is some made up Hollywood thing I think (some might say the knife too but as hilarious as that might be it isn’t true 😆) and I’ve never ever heard or seen it before the movie The Hunted. Looks mighty uncomfortable (the knife in the small of the back not the movie!😄) but the sheath (which feels well made) has these g-clips which rotate and give the bearer many carry options.
I want to still carry it horizontally but prefer a cross draw so I have simply scooted the whole contraption up into the “triangle of death” 😆 area where I find it is very comfortable and non-obtrusive. Only cons is it is a right handed sheath so that means left handed cross draw, but that bit of lack of control is disciplined by having the sheath in direct eyesight and I can see what I am doing as I return the very sharp and oiled blade to its scabbard.
A more detailed review of the blade is upcoming but here are a few pics until then.
Happy Hunting! 👍🏾 🔪😃
Arrived quick too! I added 2 day shipping but it arrived in 24hrs so I am pleased 😃. The Garberg is not my grail knife by any means but it is a tough old blade that looks and feels absolutely bombproof. I will be testing it around Forest Park later this spring.
I took my Garberg to Hawthorne Cutlery for an evaluation, there I met the two owners Jim Wells and Dave. Between them both they have nearly 100yrs in the cutlery business and really kmow their stuff. They answered all of my questions about grinds, blade thickness and how to properly sharpen a scandi, great stuff!
I asked Dave if the Garberg’s stonewash could be polished off. I don’t like this finish and it was not expertly done on my blade. There were circles that looked like water marks on both sides of the flats.
Dave was very gracious and polished it up for free and now I have much shinier and unique-looking blade. Thanks, Dave! 👍🏾
This is my first Mora and I bought it to replace my 4mo old Case Leather Hunter which has succumbed to WR Case’s atrocious quality control: its rat tail tang now moves within the handle.
I’ve had many fixed blades throughout the decade and all of them failing due to thin uncomfortable handles or bad steel.
I’ve longed known of Mora knives stellar reputation but have always rejected them because its lack of a full tang and its cheap plastic handles and sheaths.
The Mora 125th Anniversary has relieved both problems somewhat. I say somewhat because the Mora has a full rat tail tang but not a full tang, a nice leather sheath but one with no plastic inserts to protect it. It has, however, a premium look with its birch handle and Sandvik steel.
Each knife is individually numbered (up to 1891) and is very light and came wicked sharp. I carry it in the front bib pocket of my overalls and it looks and fits there nicely.
It will soon have company as I just ordered the Garberg with its premium looks, steel and sheath. 👍🏾