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Discussion in 'Gadgets & Gear' started by eveled, Oct 26, 2019.

  1. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    LOL! I never heard that one before. The French Canadian tradesmen I knew when I was a kid used to call them Italian ratchets.

    “Look at that stripped bolt!”

    “Someone used an Italian ratchet on it!”

    No offense to Italians. Being French Canadian we tended to fight with the Italians. In a good natured way. After fighting with them my entire life. My DNA test says I’m 30% Italian. 0% French. Go figure.
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2019
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  2. K.O.D.

    K.O.D. The Everlasting Know-it-all Platinum Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Lol I'm 50% Italian, Sicilian in fact. Speaking of Italy and hanging people in the streets, it worked with Mussolini. Hasn't been a dicktator there since. Yes I know I spelled it wrong.
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  3. K.O.D.

    K.O.D. The Everlasting Know-it-all Platinum Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    I have a lot of items that I only have one of from a specific brand, but would make me consider replacing with the same or similar from that country.

    I have a Marmot down jacket, 800 fill, that is over 10 years old. Most jackets/coats tend to rip easily. Not this thing. I'll probably replace it next year, it's very worn, starting to lose down. I put a thick hooded sweatshirt on under it, and I'm warm down to about 15°F.

    My leather UGGs. Not your typical boots by UGG. 6 years and still going strong, though the vibram soles are fairly worn. I love them. Problem is, they are long discontinued. The lastest similar style lacks the vibram soles.

    Pics are from January. No longer using a walker, haven't needed it since March.

  4. leghog


    Aug 10, 2013
    Or a pencil.
  5. leghog


    Aug 10, 2013
    For wool, the best is wool from alpaca.
  6. leghog


    Aug 10, 2013
    My wife's Tokyo built 2006 4Runner now has >270,000 miles on it. It has less than 5 when we bought it in February 2006. Reliable. Reliable. Reliable.
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  7. K.O.D.

    K.O.D. The Everlasting Know-it-all Platinum Member

    Aug 21, 2013

    So I had my ChillMed medicine bag in hand on Friday, and set it on top of the SUV to strap my nephew in as my mom ran inside. He's 2. We left, 6 of us, and I forgot it on top of the SUV. Didn't realize it until we got to our destination, a good 20 miles away. 5 hours later, we find it on the road in the middle of the night. 45mph road. All my insulin/diabetes stuff is shattered, destroyed. Bag is nearly destroyed. Super Tinker is absolutely fine. Small chip out of the red scale. LOL. Like a craftsman tool commercial back in the day.
  8. NSBFL

    NSBFL Gold Member Gold Member

    May 10, 2013
    I'll throw in a nod to Wiha precision bits/drivers. All it takes is one rounded off head in a pocket clip or watch bracelet to realize that they are well worth the minimal extra cost over the cheapos.
  9. Piso Mojado

    Piso Mojado Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 11, 2006
    Miyota Caliber 9000 watch movements.

    Miyota is the watch movement division of Japan's Citizen Watch Co., Ltd. Miyota's Caliber 9000 series are mechanical movements built to compete with Swiss ETA, whose movements are commonly used in high end luxury watches. I own a Parnis wrist watch with a Miyota 9100 movement. This is the movement with the most "complications" in the 9000 series: it has the time, day, date, month, a synchronized 24 hour hand, and a top mounted power reserve indicator. I have read that it retails for about $120 but you can buy it in quantity for $80. My Parnis usually sells for $200–$220, but I was able to buy one on sale with an good eBay coupon for $160.


    It ran 4+ seconds/day when I bought it, but it does better than that now and it is the most accurate mechanical watch I own. If you are shopping for a micro brand mechanical watch, look for one with a Miyota Caliber 9000 movement: you are most likely to see 9015 and 9039.

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