Archives for August 2010

Gransfors Bruks Handmade Axes and Hatchets

Gransfors Bruks Small Splitting Axe Item #: E00478Can be managed with one hand. Forged and ground to a concave, quite thin blade at the bit. This design helps the axe to go fast into the wood – and then split efficiently when the thicker part hits and pushes apart the wood. The poll of this axe, like the poll on most axes, is not designed for pounding on a wedge. The head weighs 2 lb. The face is 2 1/2″. The 20″ hickory handle has circular grooves at the grip and steel collar near the head. It comes with a grain-leather sheath.

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Moji Knee | Cold Icing Wrap

Dry And (N)ice

By Jon Gaffney on August 28, 2009

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The Moji Knee is best described as a smart bomb for knee icing. It’s purpose driven, technologically advanced, extremely targeted, and brutally effective. We’ve been Gear Patrolling it for the last few weeks and this author’s knees, for one, are thankful.

We’ve previously discussed the frustrations of effectively icing at home or on the road. “The Moji Knee design is the outcome of an unprecedented two year-long collaboration with top Sports Medicine Doctors, World-Class Athletes, Physical Therapists, Trainers and Engineers.” It shows… The Moji Knee combines a compression wrap and a proprietary cooling cell to deliver 20 minutes of targeted icing, that is purported to allow you to maintain mobility. Always a skeptic, we used the gold standard of bags of pellet ice and shrink wrap as a benchmark for the Moji Knee…Moji kicked its ass.

The compression wrap, made of four way stretch Polartec Power Dry 9110, was comfortable and did indeed allow us to walk around without looking like Frankenstein. It wicks away any moisture to keep your knee dry, and the wrap maintains great pressure without cutting off circulation. The cooling cell is covered in Dri-Lex fabric apparently super-absorbent to again minimize wetness. We tried the Moji Knee on some real hot days and didn’t notice any moisture; ice bags normally wash your lower leg for you (only a pro if your name is Pigpen). The proprietary gel is designed to stay cool for a minimum of 20 minutes and be pliable right out of the freezer. Yet again it did exactly that. The final gold star for the Moji Knee was when we let our resident ATC (Certified Athletic Trainer) who’s training for a road race demo it… she’s using it every day now. So to summarize, the Moji Knee does exactly what it claims to do: 20 minutes of effective, comfortable, DRY, and moblile icing. (N)ice.

Authors Note: There is also a Moji Back for those of you with a balky spine. If you’re going to be traveling and need ice, check out the Moji to Go- it’s made to keep the cooling cell cold for 4-6 hours. Check out the research and design behind the Moji Knee here.

Cost: $85

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Kitchen Cabinet

The Bulthaup b2 kitchen workshop is aptly named to reflect the aesthetic that each of its components were built to mirror. While every part of its design has us clamoring to pull our our well-organized wallets, it’s the kitchen tool cabinet in particular that has our organization lust redlining. Made to hold all manner of appliances, crockery, tools and ingredients, the Bulthaup B2 is essentially a one stop shop for all your kitchen storage needs. In fact, Bulthaup goes so far as to describe it as the “foil” to standard kitchen drawers, and claims it holds “everything needed for a two person household”. All we really want to know is how do we get one in our kitchen and how quickly can it be done.

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xwing console

To deal with the age-old problem of cluttered gear in confined spaces in this case Kayaks, Malibu Kayaks has created the X-Wing Sliding Console $130. Designed to confine all your fishing equipment into one compact, convenient location on your kayak, the console provides mounting positions for rods, GPS units, fish finders, compasses, a dry box for storage and even perhaps most importantly a cup holder for your beverage of choice. Since it’s built as a detachable accessory mounting unit, it’s also quite easy to install or detach, and features sliding tracks for adjustable distance control help you to customize your domain and comfort. Made from Super Linear Polyethylene and designed to fit most kayaks at 22’” in width, the compact console provides breathing room while better preparing you to take on the fish. Sure, installing it may add a few minutes to your setup time, but you’ll certainly earn it back once out on the water thanks to the benefits of an organized boat.

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Adjustable Weight Kettle Bells

laughed, I cried, I cheered.

No, I wasn’t watching an Academy Award winning film, I was participating in my first entirely kettle bell focused workout. Allow me to elaborate.

I laughed when the rep from Weider told me that their Powerbell (an adjustable weight kettle bell) was more than enough to provide a rigorous total body workout.  I cried when I realized I was only halfway through said workout and my body was in the hurt box.  I cheered, euphorically and somewhat pathetically, when the DVD instructor told me I was finished.

Read on for my full review.

I shouldn’t have been so skeptical; after all if kettle bell workouts were good enough for the Spartans from 300 then it’s probably adequate for my humble workout desires.  The problem with kettle bells is that you need to invest in several to provide enough weight options to cover a broad range of exercises.  And that can get prohibitively expensive.  Weider has taken this into consideration when they came up with the Powerbell.  Available in 20 and 40 pound units the Powerbell is comprised of a base unit with removable plates.  The benefit is that a Powerbell functions as 7 kettle bells in one.  As an example the 20 lb Powerbell covers 5 to 20 pounds in 2.5 pound increments.  For anyone looking to build or add to a home gym, purchasing and storing 7 kettle bells seems a little much.  I’m able to manage mine in a Manhattan apt, so I’m confident saying that it should work anywhere.

“The benefit is that a Powerbell functions as 7 kettle bells in one.”

As for working out with kettle bells, count me in.  Standard push/pull weight training is great, but it can’t engage and challenge your body like the twisting, level changing, and core busting moves a kettle bell can accommodate.  I was very impressed by the depth and variety of exercises available to kettle bells.  They bridge both spectrums of the fitness world.  Those who love to lift and those who don’t (or are afraid to) and can create amazing total body routines.

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It is also a book.  I saw the author on The Daily Show.  I got a c in economics.  I never read the book.

Trailer: Freakonomics

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Six of today’s greatest documentarians put their collective skills together to bring Levitt and Dubner’s thought-provoking bestseller about economics and human behavior to the big screen.

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Rhabdomyolysis is the rapid breakdown lysis of skeletal muscle rhabdomyo due to injury to muscle tissue. The muscle damage may be caused by physical e.g., crush injury, chemical, or biological factors. The destruction of the muscle leads to the release of the breakdown products of damaged muscle cells into the bloodstream; some of these, such as myoglobin a protein, are harmful to the kidney and may lead to acute kidney failure. Treatment is with intravenous fluids, and dialysis or hemofiltration if necessary.[1][2]Rhabdomyolysis and its complications are major problems in people who are injured in disasters such as earthquakes and bombing. The disease and its mechanisms were first elucidated in the Blitz of London in 1941.[3]

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Recipes from Chef Rick Bayless – Rick Bayless | Frontera

Slow-Roasted Pork Carnitas

Carnitas de Puerco

Makes 1 3/4 to 2  pounds finished carnitas, serving 6

Recipe from Season 7 of Mexico – One Plate at a Time


4 pounds bone-in pork shoulder roast, cut into 1 1/2- to 2-inch slabs



1.   Moist cooking.   Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Cut each slab of pork in half and lay the pieces in a baking dish (they should fit into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish without being crowded).  Liberally sprinkle with salt (about 1 teaspoon) on all sides.  Pour 1/3 cup water around the meat, cover tightly with foil, and bake for 1 hour.

2.   Dry cooking.   Raise the oven temperature to 450 degrees.  Uncover the meat and cook until the liquid has completely reduced and only the rendered fat remains, about 30 minutes.  Now, roast, carefully turning the meat every 7 or 8 minutes, until lightly browned, about 20 minutes longer.  Break the meat into large pieces and serve on a warm platter, sprinkled with salt.

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Cheytac LLC – The Leader in Extreme Long Range Precision Rifle Systems

You know, For shootin’ varmints…

A comprimise between the kinetic power of the .50bmg, and the accuracy of .338 Lapua.  A true system, PDA for calculations and a weather station for wind and humidity at gun.  Watch the video, it’s cool.

M200 Intervention .408

Length – 53 inches (extended in third position)

46.75 inches (closed)

Weight – 31 lbs

Barrel – 29 inch with 1:13 twist (also available in 26 inch)

7 round mag

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No snails crawling on this one

There are few things in this world as bad-ass as shaving with a high-quality straight edge razor. This limited edition blade celebrates the 45th anniversary of Baxter of California, a high end mens grooming company that is focused solely on making your face look as if you never pulled all those all-nighters back in college. The blade itself is black steel with 14k gold inlay and comes with a leather sleeve to protect you from slicing off crucial body parts when stumbling through the bathroom late at night.

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