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Sterno Folding Stove

rated 3.5 of 5 stars A real back pack-able solution to your food cooking problems. A simple folding design that folds flat for easy carrying. Stove will hold a heavy pot. Front door and sides protect flames from wind. Burns Sterno, other canned heat or chaffing fuel. Low cost camping stove for the beginner. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE GOOD OLE' FASHIONED STERNO STOVE???It's crude and not perfect, but its definitely "good enough" for a budget conscious camper or weekend hiker. I don't think the size or style is any different… Full review

RTG R-PAL

rated 5 of 5 stars For practical everyday scenarios, this device beats a flashlight hands down in every case. The small size and lightweight make it perfect for camping, backpacking, traveling...anything. The adjustable brightness is incredibly useful, as it fits a variety of scenarios. The most importantly thing is that it remembers the brightness level and doesn't require cycling through every setting to get back to the one you left it at. It would be great for emergency kits as well, with the 300 hour runtime being… Full review

Lansky Blademedic Knife Sharpener

rated 5 of 5 stars Maybe we are leaving out of this that some knives get SO dull that the first step must be a reshaping with a file. Then go to the fine stuff for that final edge. This looks like a really well featured version of a number of available knife sharpening tools, but a small file is called for with a very dull/nicked blade, so don't expect miracles folks. Full review

Lansky Blademedic Knife Sharpener

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Inexpensive, small knife sharpener. From pocket knives to serrated edges to gut hooks, it comes in handy for many uses. Has brought two pocket knives back to life, though be careful as it can seem small for larger hands. I wouldn't recommend for anything bigger than 6" long knife. Background I've previously only owned a whetstone which I used on pocket knives and kitchen knives, but never used on any other knife (say, with a serrated edge) or any other hook or hooked-shaped implement.  When used… Full review

Porlex Mini Stainless Steel Coffee Grinder

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A simple bit of human powered kit that doesn´t take a lot of effort to use, and gives you fresh ground coffee anywhere in the world. OK, so it´s not for everyone, but this hand grinder is always in my kit. Packing this grinder does mean taking one more piece of kit, but when you bear in mind the handle from the grinder detaches and clips to the side, and that the grinder fits inside some coffee plungers or the Aeropress (you have to stow the handle separately), it isn´t such an inconvenience… Full review

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