Garrett Wade's Rate + Review Past Winners
September 2015 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Japanese Hatchet (19S13.01)
I've been looking for something like this for quite some time. I have Parkinson's Disease and worry about splitting kindling with a regular hatchet by holding the wood in my left hand while the right hand is running the hatchet. One bad twitch and there goes a finger! I place the Japanese tool on the wood where I want to split it with the left hand and use a hammer to whack the tool back with the right hand - no fingers in the way!! The tool holds the piece of wood to split upright rather than my fingers!
- TK from NM
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Lifetime Garden Hose Rack (39A01.06)
A Hose Rack For The Ages
Have you ever thought, as I have, that "a good hose rack is hard to find." Well, dispense with that thought and dispose of those rusty, flimsy pot metal things,those ugly plastic hose reels, and purchase the most solid, stylish, functional hose rack that you will ever find. This is quite simply a great, beautifully-designed product.
- Thom from NY
August 2015 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Grass Trim-Shears (45T02.16)
As a fellow who is always looking for tools that will make my life a little easier. I was happy to find these Italian grass shears. I've been looking for another pair to compliment my Saboten grass shears. This way I have a pair when I send the others to Carbondale to be sharpened. These really are nicely made as are any of the Italian tools sold here and other places. These rank right up there with the Japanese Saboten's. The price of them isn't that hard on the pocket when you stop to realize for a few bucks more you are getting a tool that is many times superior to the "cheaper" ones you find in the BIG BOX stores. I believe anyone who has a need for something like this will be happy to own them. I do have Shindiawa gas trimmers but sometimes you not only make a mess but if you bang a gas powered trimmer off of drain pipes and down spouts you wind up in trouble. These trim nicely around and under pipes. I believe they are a great option for places a gas trimmer might cause grief.
- Bob from PA
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - European Hunting Knife (45T02.01)
This Is One Beautiful Knife!
This is one beautiful knife! The Italian inspired Spanish workmanship is nothing short of outstanding! It has perfect balance and the feel of it in my hand is like it was designed especially for me! I was very pleased to receive it with a beautiful BLACK sheath, instead of the brown one pictured on the web site. The well constructed black sheath perfectly matches the black handle, and sets it off just right. This was my fourth recent order from Garrett Wade. I ordered two sets of the "Two Handsome Folding Knives" (one set for me and one set for my twin brother's Sep 11 birthday), and the "Bowie Sheath Knive" which I have not yet received. I am a knife collector, with over 60 special pieces proudly displayed on a table on my patio, and this European Hunting Knife will be displayed prominently as one of my very best knives! Thank you again Garrett Wade for having such a great selection of quality knives in your inventory. I will be a regular returning customer from here on out!
- Garry from CA
July 2015 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - "Hurricane" Oil Lamps (51T01.01)
I am right around the corner from age 89, but I do remember at about the ages of eight to ten, staying for a week at my Grand father's house. That was a house that he built and it was too soon for the new fangled "electricity" . There were oil lamps of all descriptions in every one of the six rooms and "Hurricane Lamps" for portable lights. I was taught to fill and light and CARRY them for the adults. I have used my three lamps for over two weeks now, every night, and just a few minutes ago I ordered three of their big brothers, the same size I struggled with as a boy. I am proud of the fit and the finish, indeed the total strength and workmanship of my lamps.
- Tom from AL
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Coil-Steel Mud Mats (66C01.07)
Very nice mat! We've always had the regular outdoor mats, the last one being made out of tire material. The problem has always been the mess. With any kind of "material", even made for outside use, there is always a problem with saturation when it gets wet. Air doesn't circulate so it really never dries out and the underneath can produce mold and just be grungy! I wasn't sure how good it would look, but it looks terrific. Nice, neat and clean. And light enough to pick up and shake out, which I also had a problem with before. Very, very pleased with this mat.
- Carolyn from OH
June 2015 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Hi-Reach 19 ft Pole Trim Saw (86B01.06)
This is well designed, sturdy, and practical tool. It requires minimal set-up out of the shipping container, and during usage, is light enough to allow me to easily get to the high, and especially, hard to reach places. Each section securely locks and unlocks during assembly and breakdown. Overall, highly recommend!
- Lee from TN
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Window-Mounted Thermometer (45A02.01)
This is Great!
This thermometer is great and I've tried a bunch of different ones. I don't understand when some reviewers said it didn't stick to the window. I followed the instructions, used the adhesive pads provide and bang! It's been up on my window for approx. 2 years. It gets rained on, snowed on and in direct sunlight and shade. No problems with it coming off. EXCEPT when a wife who wasn't paying attention raised the window it was attached to and snapped of the rubber mounts it used to adhere to the window glass. Our fault not the thermometer. I'm going to try and figure out another way to attach it to the window again. All I can say is it's been great for me and looks so cool.
- Mark from MD
May 2015 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - German Circular Sprinkler (39A01.10)
Best Sprinkler Ever
I love this sprinkler. It is completely adjustable. The rotation mechanism works so well, there is no extra lingering at the outer parameters like on so many other sprinklers. You know the kind, where the outer edges get twice the water as the middle? Not with this one. Smooth. Efficient. The base is heavy enough so that it stays in place without having to put a rock on it, or wrestle with the hose. The nozzle can be adjusted so that the water flows in a high arc, or kept low, or anything inbetween. I want another one!
- Vincent from OR
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Analog Watering Timer (76C01.15)
I use the timer to keep the water level in my pool to maximize tie effectiveness of the skimmer. We live in a very hot area and the water level will drop a lot in a few days. The timer keeps the level where I want it while we're gone for extended periods. Analog timers are easier to set by me or my pool techs.
- Dave from TX
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Cold Steel Search and Rescue Knife (04D02.29)
Simple / Strong / Sharp
I ordered this knife because I have seen them used, abused, and, in most instances, carried in preference to other similar knives, either issued or purchased outside the military. The handle is non-slip under almost all conditions. One exception might be bare-handed in very bloody conditions. leather or imitation leather gloves seem to solve that problem. The blades are sharp enough, unless finished with 6000 grit paper and a float stone then stropped with rouge. The Rockwell hardness is good, but the hardness has not made the blade brittle or soft. I found the steel easily sharpened with diamond stones or ceramic rods and the edge holding very good against most materials, including steel reinforced fabric and other exotic materials not usually encountered. This is an excellent, no frills, working knife,; big enough for most work, but not too big to cause it to be clumsy or hard to maneuver in tight places.
- Michael from MD
April 2015 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - European Hunting Knife (45T02.01)
A Very Well-Crafted Made Knife
First off let me just say WOW!!!! This knife has more then exceeded my expectations. A gorgeous hunting knife that has been Italian inspired, but made from the heart of Spain. If you are looking for a well crafted knife for either display or every-day use for whatever your craft is then this is knife for you! I guarantee it will put a big smile on your face. I truly would like to thank the company of Garrett Wade for making such an amazing well made knife! Your friend Corey :)
- Corey from LA
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Glass Surface-Magnifier (24T02.12)
I first saw one of these in the chart room on a Coast Guard cutter on which I served in the 1970s. The one I purchased recently from GW works just as well. I am glad to see that modernity has not ruined a good design.
- Tom from AL
March 2015 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Premium Watering Nozzles (25W04.11)
I live on a small homestead-style farm in rural Oregon, and we use a lot of hoses and nozzles here, in the garden, greenhouse, and at the barn. They get frequent use and lots of exposure to the elements, and I've yet to have a plastic nozzle, even a well-made, seemingly sturdy one, last more than a single season. This is my second purchase of the versatile spray mister model, and I've also purchased three of the pistol grip model. They're very pricey--especially this spray mister one--but over time, not having to replace them, because of their sturdy all metal construction, makes them worth the premium cost to me. And it's an extremely versatile nozzle, especially due to the knob on the back which controls the volume of water flow, so you can have anything from the gentlest of spray mists for delicate or young plants to a hard focused stream for blasting off dirt. Highly recommended.
- Judson from OR
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Professional Soft Jaw Pliers (94P04.01)
Scientific Instrument Restoration
I restore scientific instruments particularly 19th and 20th century surveying transits and tools made of brass. These soft jaw pliers are especially useful in taking apart and reinstalling the soft bras fittings without damaging the various parts. They are excellent for this purpose. They give good grip with just the right pressure needed to loosen corroded components on the transit that have aged over the years. Would definitely purchase again. Always great service and just the right tools for the job at hand.
- Robert from CO
February 2015 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Humane House Mouse Catcher (45A03.01)
The Bait Stealer
I had a small guest, that was seen several times in our kitchen, however he eluded and kept himself fed for quite sometime taking the peanut butter off of several types of traps. That is until I got this one, a little peanut butter on a saltine and he fell for it. The best part is I was able to release him outdoors and this really made my wife happy. Very well built, a quick rinse off and some time in the sun and it's ready for the next uninvited thief.
- Matthew from AL
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Universal Screw Starter (17P01.01)
An Awl for All
This is a very well made tool. It not only looks but also works great. Every woodworker knows that a guide hole should be used for every screw. Today, with battery powered drills, a hand screw starter awl is not essential; however, some of us are impatient, to put it nicely. I bought this tool as a reminder not to set a screw before making a starter hole. It's easy. I can carry it with me, and if I'm just too "stubborn" to get my drill, I can use this beautiful tool. In the meantime, it has a place of honor in my shop, just waiting for its ridiculously lazy owner to do some work.
- John from MD
January 2015 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Stainless Kitchen / Household Shears (13K09.17)
Quality and Ability at its Finest
Claus has never made a less than superior tool, and this pair of shears is no exception! I gave several pairs as gifts and all comments were the same. All said that they were "heavy", but the balance and shape made up for that. Both ladies they were passed on to were impressed with the fact that they came apart for cleaning and that I could sharpen them if they ever became dull. My personal pair has seen some pretty heavy duty use boning animals and cutting nearly everything that needed cut. I haven't sharpened them yet, but am looking forward to doing some for friends who insist in putting them in the dishwasher. Maybe they will hold up against the dishwasher if they aren't put in the basket disassembled. Again, these are really fine tools and should serve several generations if even minimally maintained.
- Michael from MD
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Handy Small Garden Axe (69A01.11)
I live on a good sized ranch and I'm most always outside working. I'm a petite woman so this axe is perfect to have with me, whether itís tucked into my belt or in my tool basket. I'm certain this tool wasn't designed for large jobs. With that being said, itís perfect to get small trees out of the way or chopping briars down at the base. I only wish there were a leather sheath so it could be easily carried on my belt. This axe isn't extremely sharp, but for its purpose, itís plenty sharp. I did have my farrier use his grinder to sharpen it some because Texas tends to have tough vegetation. Itís very easy to sharpen. I've not had any issues with the axe head loosening from the handle. This little guy is my sidekick.
- Jennifer from TX
December 2014 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Professional 4-Tine Digging Fork (79W07.01)
Finally Found What I Need
I am 76 years old and single and I love roses that need to be planted in deep holes with amended soil if you have clay. Yesterday I used this with the Super-Penetration Shovel to dig a hole. It had rained 2 days before, so the ground was soft but sticky. I successfully dug out a 24x20 hole. The tines are strong with long tapered points which were very helpful when I took out one 13x9x8 inches concrete block and several smaller ones that the construction worker had buried when the house was being readies for renovation. They easily penetrated between the 'rocks' so I could wiggle them out and then used the shovel to help loosen them and finally lift the heavy 'rock' out. Also managed to dig out the long yellow roots of some weeds. I need to dug out more holes, but I am glad to have these tools now. I made sure to wash the sticky clay off the tools before I took them into the house.
- Francine from VA
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Know Your Knots (21T02.01)
I first learned about knots when I was young and in Boy Scouts. That knowledge was invaluable throughout my life, from the military to around the house, to fishing and managing the boat. Unfortunately many boys today do not learn about the skills of knot tying and the proper way to attach items. Including my grandsons who missed the Boy Scout journey. I find your book and the knot tying kit to be a perfect way of introducing them to the subject and helping them learn an art that they will need in the future. The product is complete and highly instructional. Thanks.
- John from PA
November 2014 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - German Convex-Edge Axes (77A01.02)
Wow! I mean Wow!
Wow! I bought this axe for the history alone and I must say how thrilled I was when the axe showed up at my door as promised and I was able to "play" with it immediately. The razor sharp edge shaved the hair off my arm right out of the box! I used it to fell a small 10" tree that afternoon. It felt good in my hands and perfectly weighted for easy chopping. Although I fly jets for a living, my great grandfather and great uncle were blacksmiths. So were their fathers. Looking at the hammer marks on the head made a connection with me and my heritage. I show everyone my axe who will stand still long enough for me to retrieve it from my shop. I really want the splitting axe now!!
- Charles from LA
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Talon Pegboard Toolholders (09K01.01)
Simply the Best
Finally! My pegboards are all 1/4" but the big box stores only stock 1/8" hooks. On top of that the plastic "hook keepers" designed to hold the hook in place never stay put - one little bump and they fly across the shop like a kid's rubber band gun ammo. Not so with these! Big, beefy, and with ingenious mounting pegs they STAY in place!!! Who'da thunk, huh? Brilliant! I started with a few of the pegs and plier holders and like them so much I just ordered flat shelves and shelf tool holders. But please - ignore this review and don't buy any of these. I may need more and don't want to risk them running out :-)
- Todd from FL
October 2014 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Jumbo Pole Saw & Pruner (11G13.03)
Best Pruner For The Price
In 32 years of home ownership, I have had to purchase several pole pruners to keep my redwood trees from growing over my roof and rain gutters. The HD pruner from Garrett Wade is the best quality and best performance pruner that I have found, and is well worth the low catalog price. I don't understand any of the few negative reviews that I have read. The adjustable length pole is long enough to cut anything within a safe distance from the ground. Any longer and the danger would increase from heavy limbs falling on you, and a longer pole would be harder to control when the limbs fall. It definitely cuts larger diameter limbs than the pruners available from the big box home stores. The double pulley system and long pull length makes large limb pruning easy, where with small pruners it would be impossible. The saw blade has very large teeth for much easier sawing, and has a hooked end that keeps it from slipping off of the limb being cut. I think that this pruner's quality and performance makes it a bargain at this low price.
- David from CA
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Large Folding Pruning Saw (23K04.04)
I recently bought some blades similar to this for my electric Sawzall and was very impressed with the speed and ease they cut through branches, limbs, small stumps, roots and also the technology that creates these blades. I haven't used this particular blade yet, but I really like the heft and feel of it, it looks like a precision instrument. I also like the heavy chrome plating on the metal parts for the handle and the fact that it has two locking positions for the blade, I look forward to using it for fine pruning my fruit trees this fall.
- Hugh from CA
September 2014 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Two-Tone Air Horn Set (59S06.10)
High Quality Fun
At 66 years old with back issues, I use these on my walker, shopping basket and rollerator. They sound great,can be as loud as you need and best of all they make people smile and even laugh. And they are pretty proficient at sending this message: Look out, folks, out-of-control geezer headed your way.
- Paul from DC
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Professional Loppers (44C01.03)
I was trying to get rid of the sage brush that has been taking over or fields. I ordered the lopper because the one I was using was not doing the job to my satisfaction. WOW want a difference, this is great for limbing trees or cutting down sage brush, it makes the job so easy, with the long handle & sharp blades it makes the work so much easier. I am getting a lot more done than I ever thought I would. I am amazed at how share the blades are & that they keep their edge even with lots of use. Great tool I am a very happy customer!!
- Pat from MT
August 2014 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Personal Machete (04D04.16)
Solid and Ready to Work
Arrived, and I was immediately pleased with it - this machete is not long, but it's sharp, heavy, and well-designed. The nicely-shaped handle fills the hand (I have large hands, and it fills my hand completely - be warned!), and will not slip out easily. The blade is heavy, sharp, and well-curved, with the 'sweet spot' of the striking/cutting edge near the tip, but not too near. It's not a fast, agile blade, but one designed to cut with authority; For all that, though, it's agile enough for what you need it to do. It powers through saplings and wild grape vines without hesitation, and goes through lesser obstacles like they're not even there. The personal machete is so effective that it makes handling brush-clearing fun - fun enough that I have to defend my right to use it. I may be ordering a couple more, just so I can keep mine! The encroaching scrub had better take heed!
- Laird from DE
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Japanese Angled Root Cutter (11P23.05)
Looks are Deceiving
When I first received it, I was disappointed at the size, and its weight made me think it was flimsy. How wrong I was. Today I put it to the test and task after task it passed with flying colors. It cuts through roots easily and fits just right in the hand. I cut grass roots, plant roots, small branches, dead banana tree leaves and sliced open bags of potting soil. This blade is a must for any gardener, professional or hobbyist.
- Raul from TX
July 2014 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Traditional Cargo Oil Lamp (87A01.20)
I have collected kerosene lamps for a number of years and ordered this one because of its catalogue appearance. Most of your customers will want it for its striking appearance, which is exceptional. I have not had any excess difficulty with removing and extinguishing the burner assembly but all should be aware that it is removed through the bottom of the lamp. I used a common potholder to facilitate that maneuver. As noted elsewhere, the main body of the lamp does get hot to the point that it cannot be grasped with the bare hand. Also, readers should note that there is no integrated glass chimney although the burner component has flanges to grasp such a chimney. You may be aware that while oil lamps do not require a chimney while kerosene lamps usually burn cleaner and brighter with one.
- Edgar from MI
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Italian Sheath Knife (45T02.06)
Work of Art
This Spanish (not Italian as the name implies) knife and its matching sheath are nothing less than works of art-- actually a drawback because I can't bring myself to use them. The design, materials, and level of finish on both knife and sheath are beyond any commercial knife I have ever purchased. I can't say much about performance yet, but the knife is razor sharp and certainly looks like a great cutter. I think it will be a fine camp and hunting knife in spite of its small size. Very classy and handy.
- Robert from PA
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - French Made Nail Trimmer (02B13.04)
Excellent for the Money
Well, I've been carrying a pair of these for the last 40 years. The first pair came as a gift from my brother and went with me everywhere. These WERE marked INOX (Stainless Steel) and MADE IN FRANCE. They were fantastic! I lost them when deployed in "Gulf 1" in 1990, and bought another pair, made in France, and they were terrible! The cutting jaws were mis-aligned, and they just did not do the job. Being a gunsmith, I filed on them, and got them to work. THEN: I found Garrett Wade, and bought a pair from here. FANTASTIC! Not polished like a mirror like my first pair, but they worked like a dream. The second "Made in France" set went into the trash. I'm heading back to the middle east as a contractor, and am buying a back-up set to take with me. These are the "real deal!"
- Harry from NC
June 2014 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Porsche Tractor (02A12.02)
It gets harder every year to find unique gifts for my father. As a long-standing collector of model cars/trucks/tractors and tools, we've just about given up finding something he doesn't have. I turned to Garrett Wade with the hope of finding a new tool and found the Porsche tractor. What a hit! He was amazed at the workmanship (how do they round the tin like that?), studied the documentation (it looks just like the factory model), and sat happily on the floor with the tractor running in circles around him, changing the gears and speed. While I would hesitate to recommend the tractor for my young grandson (who we think could break an anvil) his great-grandfather certainly enjoys it and will, I know, give it a place of honor in his display case.
- Melanie from OH
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Monkey's Fist Key Holder (18M02.05)
As a retired sailor, I know knots, and this is an authentic Monkey's Fist. In the Navy's early days, when ships were powered by the wind, it was used to weight the end of the messenger line sent over from one ship to another whenever a package was being sent between ships while underway. It continued to be used by our modern Navy up until a few decades ago. Of course, those were much larger; but the workmanship is the same. This one is well made. I highly recommend it to others who have an interest in naval history.
- Portia from AR
May 2014 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Yankee Red Cap Screwdriver (67A02.01)
The Right Tool
I remembered my fatherís reciprocating screwdriver from almost fifty years ago, it was my favorite tool in his tool chest! Alas, I lost track of that tool many years ago, and have never found a replacement until now. As electronics and high capacity lithium ion batteries have proliferated, there are other go to tools in my personal quiver these days, but when I saw the German Yankee Red Cap Screwdriver in the Garrett Wade catalogue, I immediately got one for my brother and myself. At this price, why not give it a try? I was not disappointed; it was everything I remembered, and more, as it was much easier to change the bits. This handy screwdriver has proved itself invaluable while doing an apartment remodel, removing electrical face plates, dogging down terminals on new switches and outlets, reinstalling the switches and outlets Ė tasks that my battery powered impact wrench was too much (not to mention loud, troublesome and heavy). I have used my Yankee for some small appliance repair projects, again where a powered driver may over torque delicate parts, and it was awesome! My plumber borrowed it while replacing a disposal and raved about it Ė heís got one now too! Once you have it, youíll wonder how you worked without it. As dad would say, "the right tool for the jobÖ"
- Chanler from CA
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Puncture Resistant Gloves (03P03.04)
These are one of the best investments we ever made. I purchased two pairs of these several years ago (one for my husband and one for myself). After several years of use on black raspberries and roses, they are still performing beautifully. Thorns occasionally penetrate the green fabric, but that happens very rarely and mostly with brittle, dry thorns when I am trying to rush and not being as careful as I should be. I hope Garrett Wade continues selling these because I will definitely replace them when they wear out.
- Sharon from OH
April 2014 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Gardener's Digging Tool (79W05.01)
This tool is wonderful for weeding or planting. The offset handle helps a lot with leverage. Great quality build - feels like it'll last forever. I really like it. The only downside is the blade is not as sharp as Japanese hori-hori I've used in the past, and the serrated edge does not cut that well against bigger roots or thick clumps of them. I'd say have this tool for digging and heavy weeding, and have a hori-hori for finer weeding and for any cutting/slicing needs on-the-go. Essentially, great product and have a hori-hori, too!
- Robert from SC
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Spiral Hand Weeder (69A01.03)
For years I used Grandpa's Weeder, but had problems getting the taproots; they're really long with mature dandelions. With this tool I've pulled foot + taproots. There is a bit of a learning curve on placing the tool, you have to properly center it over the dandelion. The best time to use this is after it's rained, so the soil is soft and pulls easily. I find that I have to kneel down to really locate the center of the dandelion, so the short handle is actually a plus, as well as allowing for a full body pull when removing the plug of soil from the ground. I'm very pleased with this tool, and would recommend it for anyone dealing with weeds with long taproots.
- John from WA
March 2014 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Gardener's Digging Tool (79W05.01)
My Wife REALLY Digs This!
My wife is an avid gardener but is decidedly NOT a tool lover. I've seen her struggle with inferior tools in her garden for years. The "drill" with getting her things that I KNOW will help her is this - I get her the tool that I know will do a superior job and will actually last for more than a season, and then I watch it be ignored for months (sometimes years) until one day, I'll see it in her hand and in USE all the time. I have bought several tools from Garrett Wade in the past months but this tool was a shocker! She was using it within a day of its being delivered! AND it has stayed covered in dirt and garden debris ALL THE TIME. It has become her GO TO gardening tool! She also loves (and constantly uses) the Super Penetration Shovel I got her through GW for Christmas. Great EXTRA QUALITY garden tools!
- Marvin from AL
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - French Gardening Pruners (19S02.29)
"Jr" Sized Trim Pruner
Having used the full-sized bypass pruner for several years (still going strong) I decided to get the smaller trim pruner for harvesting fruit and herbs. It may not be as large as the other one but there's nothing light-duty about the way it's designed and built. And boy, its sharp. If you wash the tool regularly with soap and water as another customer recommends, I suggest that you waterproof the leather grips -- the "MinWax" combo oil/wax for furniture is ideal. Be sure the handles are thoroughly dry before applying, a cotton swab is fine to spreading it on, a couple coats may be necessary. Let dry before recoating, and several thin applications are better than just dolloping in on real thick. (the stuff is good for preserving wood handles on garden tools, too)
- Philip from CA
February 2014 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - German Anchor Knife (02B04.01)
My father was a life-long electrician and tool aficionado. I received a Solingen knife from an engineer friend in the "oil patch" years ago and when my dad saw that knife he looked at it reverently and used only two words to describe it: "beautiful steel". I gave that knife to him and he truly treasured it the rest of his life. When I saw this opportunity to replace it, I was sure I had to try, but wasn't at all sure that after 30 years, knives out of Solingen were still being made to those high standards. Well, this knife far exceeds the knife given to my dad (this being only my opinion as the "next generation on" of tool aficionado's" in my family). From its oak wood handle to the beautiful brass anchor inlay to the amazingly sharp blade, its truly the work of practical art that I hoped it would be. I too plan to treasure it for the rest of my life. And just to be sure its description is said the way it needs to be... "Beautiful Steel"!
- Marvin from AL
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Small-Scale Clamps (10M06.10)
They Must Be Good ..
.. if they've been around this long. My dad ran a sheet metal fab shop in the 60's and I worked there in the summer. Being the boss's kid I got to do a lot of fun stuff. One thing was building a custom aluminum Buckminister Fuller dome on spec. Must have used a zillion of these to set up and then pop-rivet everything together. They grab and hold great. I have the feeling they go way back as my Dad worked in an aircraft factory during WWII and a lot of what he used he learned there. These could have been in existence then, although I don't really know. I would have bought these on nostalgia alone but they are super handy!
- Henry from CA
January 2014 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - XT8 Tactical Flashlight (73A02.01)
Awesome Little Light
This light is well designed for regular use. It comes with a belt holster which keeps it handy, but it is perfect for slipping into one of the leg pockets of my work pants (like carpenter's pants). It puts out as much light as my old 3 C cell Brinkmann while being much more handy to keep at your side all the time. I like the push button on the end cap and the fit and finish look top quality. The pocket clip is a bit stiff to hook it on my pants pocket, but once there it stays secure. I have not used it as a weapon as the literature suggests it could be used, but the scalloped bezel surround looks like it could certainly inflict some damage if you had nothing else on hand.
- Gene from IA
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Mini Multi-Tool-8-in-1 (09B01.08)
Finally, An Ultralight Working Multitool
I confess to being a multi-tool collector and user. My wife and son know what to get me for Christmas or birthday -- when all else fails, go for the multi-tool. One would think that with the Leathermans, Swiss-Techs, and various knock-offs that I'd be a bit jaded. But this little one got me. I mean, who makes a multi-tool that only weighs an ounce and a half!? It's so light that I hardly notice it in my pocket. Best of all, though, is that the tools work. The knife cuts, and that is a big plus coming from a guy who obsessively sharpens all of his pocket knives. The screw driver screws and unscrews without getting distorted by the first job. The needlenose pliers actually meet evenly, and the highpoint is the flashlight. Unlike many multi-tool lights which tend to the feeble, this one is brighter than my mini Mag-lite. As far as I'm concerned, for everyday use, this multi-tool is like Karl Malden's American Express -- don't leave home without it.
- Jim from VA
December 2013 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Universal Knife Sharpener (04D03.11)
This is an inexpensive handy little tool that will provide your kitchen and personal knives with a consistently sharp holding edge. It is highly useful and well within your easy reach because it doesn't take up nay room. And while knives aren't sharpened to a dangerously razor edge level, they become effectively sharp and when dulled again from extensive use, their fine cutting edge can be restored in less than a minute--highly recommended.
- Carey from TX
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Transparent Storage Boxes (06E01.07)
Perfect Storage Box
Great see-through storage box for small components and parts. The lower bins are large enough for up to 1-1/2" bolts and the upper tray has a handy tray and some dividers to allow a bit of "custom" fitting. The box has great snap fasteners to close and the reinforced corners protect the contents if you happen to drop the box. I also like the fact that the material allows the use of adhesive labels - I use clear with black lettering. I have several sizes and will continue to order this product.
- Glenn from OR
November 2013 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Hi-Reach 19 ft Pole Trim Saw (86B01.06)
Neighbor Immediately Borrowed
Soon as my neighbor saw it, he asked to borrow. The next day we sawed approx. 8 to 10 limbs out of a large maple tree hanging over his driveway. He loved it and I also was much impressed with the usefulness and cutting ability of the saw. My neighbor & I help each other and part of my reason for buying the pole saw was for him to use to cut those limbs.
- Thomas from NC
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Caframo EcoFans (25T05.01)
I purchased the Large Fan and love it. It sits on top of my hot wood stove and spins like crazy, using the free electricity it generates. Instead of just heating the large room it is in, my stove now heats the entire upper floor of my house. The fan wasn't cheap, but is worth every penny and should last for a very long time. It seems to be very well built.
- Thomas from CO
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - 4-Tine Digging Fork (79W07.01)
Strongest Fork Available
My parents taught me about gardening before I entered kindergarten, starting with planting sunflowers and pumpkins back around 1950. Its a great way to start kids -- sunflowers were taller than me, pumpkins were to heavy for me to pick up. Been gardening ever since. I take good care of my tools, storing them inside and dry. I've gone through many wooden-handled garden forks over the decades, the last handle falling off (*not* breaking) from dry rot inside the socket. This steel-handled, all welded steel fork with heavy tines should last me the rest of my life (and maybe one of my grand kids lives as well)! I think if I ever drove over it with my car a tire could be ruined from a puncture but the fork would be just fine.
- Dan from FL
October 2013 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Model M30 LED Flashlight (04D03.30)
I've been cautious about spending a lot of money on a good LED flashlight. A year or so ago I bought one for both of our children, who were in college at the time. I finally broke down and bought the M30 Triton through your website. Just got back from a trip to Italy and used it walking along those narrow highways in the evening. Great flashlight. Very light and easy to carry. The diffuser was handy for use on the trail. Thanks so much.
- Brad from KS
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Steel Twist Gimlets (37J03.04)
Grand Dad's Gimlets
These gimlets are exactly what you said they are and do exactly what they are supposed to do. I remember when I used gimlets like these while I worked alongside my Grandpa at his workbench. Perhaps you can imagine my pleasure and joy when my Granddaughters, 8 and 10 years old, were excited when they saw the gimlets and gleefully used them to make screw holes on a new project. And thank you for the prompt service.
- Richard from CA
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - French Nail Trimmers (02B13.08)
The trimmer is a finely made tool that any podiatrist would be proud to own. I was a mountain climber as a youth, resulting in thick toenails from jammed toes. These trimmers are designed to approach the toenail safely from the end, thus avoiding tissue injury. They are sharp and easily handled trimming toenails when others failed!
- John from UT
September 2013 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Table-Top Oil Lamps (87A01.02)
VERY Well Made
I was more than pleasantly surprised at the quality of this little lamp. The fit and finish are exceptional. The knurls on the wick holder are somewhat recessed to the eye but not enough to prevent easy extraction or less star rating. Love the solid feel and weight. One would be well advised to adjust the wick to where it is barely proud of its keeper and trim any fuzz before first lighting. A timed test burn, while on vacation, shocked me when there was still an audible amount to slosh after an 18 hour burn! I was going to be happy with anything over 10 hours. A properly trimmed wick gives a very serviceable one inch flame, which grows to about one and a half inches once the font warms up in about an hour or so. This was with Klean-Heat brand fuel. It really keeps the kerosene smell out of the house.
- Bradford from WA
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Japanese One-Handed Hoe (36J02.08)
I have been using this tool frequently for over a year and it continues to be one of my favorites for planting seeds and shoots, weeding and neatening in my raised beds where I have done a fair amount of soil improvement to my rather heavy clay soil. It is well balanced and comfortable in my hand - a tool which is a pleasure to use. As Mr. Scott notes, it is well made and should last decades with reasonable care...
- Jonathan from PA
August 2013 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Talon Pegboard Toolholders (09K01.01)
These devices are well-engineered to perform a mundane task with the best possible results; pegboard toolholders that are securely fastened to the pegboard allowing tools to be properly positioned. I am very pleased with the results of having various items displayed upon pegboard with the knowledge they will remain in my intentioned configuration.
- Kenneth from PA
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Work Sharp 3000 (76B01.01)
Work Sharp Sweet
I am a gunsmith of 39 years and full time custom gun builder for 12 years. I have never found an easy way to maintain my chisels until now. 30 minutes after I received my Worksharp 3000 I was sharpening everything in the shop, a lot of things I had put off until I "was in the mood" Don't have to be in the mood now. Flat chisels, gouges, even my lathe tools are spooky sharp and turn so much cleaner wood. I did purchase an extra glass plate and serrated plate and now I have all the grits covered. I can change grits in mere seconds, and keep on sharpening. I even use this for my engraving tools. Wonderful machine!!
- David from TN
July 2013 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Extra HD Screwdriver Set (05R01.03)
Gifts for my son and son-in-law to remind them and me of when I commanded tank units in the 60's. A great, sturdy tool that the crews treasured, kept rust free and never lost.
- Ed from NE
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Old Fashion Fly Swatter (19S15.21)
Old Fashion Fly Swatter
I am 81 years young and it is a joy to find an item built the old way and not with plastic. This swatter kills more flies per swat then any plastic one I bought before. So now itís Garrett Wade before anyone else, if they don't have it I don't buy it.
- Bill from NC
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Rattan Carpet Beater (96S03.01)
Rattan Carpet Beater
I love my Rattan Carpet Beater!! I grew up in Finland and as a child spent many a day alongside my mom whipping them rugs. Not until I was an adult did I realize how mentally ''cleansing'' this weekly ritual was. Get out those frustrations, plus get a clean rug, equals win-win, no? Thank you again for uplifting my life.
- Tuula from CA
June 2013 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Setting Up Shop (070887)
For many years, I have spent very happy hours in a small shop in the roof of my house, where I repair all sorts of things. I like to have the right tool to get the job done and Garrett Wade has been a jewel of a source to get just what I need. After all, as the saying goes, the right tool is half the job. Years ago I realized my interest was more intellectual than practical: I enjoy solving a problem even if I don't always have the skills to get the job done on the first try. Here too, Garrett Wade's often come to the rescue with the right type of pliers, the specific drill bit or an exceptionally creative screwdriver. I am now planning to expand my shop and am looking for ideas and examples to follow. The book I just bought will surely help me turn my dream shop into a reality.
- Luis from TX
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - LED Camping Lantern (16A01.01)
Well made and bright
I got this as a gift for my husband to replace a large lantern that ran on the old 6 volt lantern batteries which are not easy to find. While this does not cast quite as nice a light as the old lantern it is bright, and is much smaller and runs on AA batteries. We will use it mostly as an emergency light but it looks like it would be great for camping .I was going to give this four stars because the LED's cannot be replaced, but then I found out that the manufacturer expects them to last 10,000 hours. I doubt very much I'll ever burn them out!
- Suzanne from RI
May 2013 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Folding Pruning Saw (23K04.04)
This wood saw makes short work of cutting limbs whether live or dead. Just had a heavy snow which bent and broke many tree limbs in the community. My Magnolia tree lost 3 limbs. Trimmed up the breaks and broken limbs in short order. Two of the limbs were 5 inch diameter. The blade flexes like a normal handsaw. The crosscut teeth cut with each stroke, to and fro. Well made compact handsaw.
- John from IA
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Improved Yankee Screwdriver (08C03.01)
Improved Yankee Screwdriver
I bought the large screwdriver for my boyfriend because he had been looking for an old one in good condition. Being the good researcher that I am, I found Garrett Wade and could not have been happier with the choice to buy from them! Customer service was excellent and the package shipped very quickly. My boyfriend loves the Yankee screwdriver and bit set; he tries to use it whenever he can! Very pleased!! It works very well with little effort. The only thing I would possibly modify is adding a handle to the bit set for ease of carrying it around.
- Emily from IN
April 2013 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Personal Machete (04D04.16)
I am in a wheelchair on disability so I donít have much money. I buy about an item a year for myself and when I saw this in the catalog I just hoped it would be as nice as it looked. The balance and weight is superb, finish is top-notch and it fits in my backpacks ski slots as if made for it. Maple suckers-BEWARE!
- Scott from ME
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - M30 LED Flashlight (04D03.30)
Revolutionary Technology Leap
This light is a revolutionary leap in technology. I have been carrying an 18'' Maglite that has 5 D batteries for years. Not only is this light less than half it's size, a 1/4 of it's weight, it's 4 or 5 times as powerful. It also allows you the flexibility of illumination choices to suit your needs. I feel it is worth every penny of the cost and am very close to ordering my second one.
- Louis from PA
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Unlimited-Length Cable-Tie (41B03.01)
Cable Strapping Gun
Recently I purchased a cable strapping gun because I had one 25 years ago and used it nearly every day. I had a fairly big project securing some electrical wire to the bottom of a wooden fence rail and about 1/3 of the way into the project, it started to falter. So I wrote a nasty review and email to GW, not expecting to hear from anyone. HOLY NO EXPECTATIONS BATMAN! It wasnít long before I got an email from Susan M. who said GW would send a replacement, no questions asked. She was convinced I simply got a bad unit. It was delivered after a technician tested it. Iíve had the replacement about a month now and have used it at least 20 times with no problems at all. Awesome! In conclusion, you have impressed me because of Susanís response and follow up to what could actually be called a minor problem. I probably would have just thrown it away, but now I am a happy camper and a lifelong customer of Garrett Wade. Thanks, Susan, for doing a great job.
- Chuck from AL
March 2013 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Straight 13" Spade (79W01.01)
This is the second straight spade we have purchased, both are well utilized in our firm's business of historic gravestone conservation. The spades and accompanying footrests are by far the favorite shovel of our crew - which is why a second one was needed. A terrific product that cuts sod around stones easily and is strong enough to use daily with no ill effects to the spade. Highly recommended if you have difficult digging jobs that require care around easily chipped/scratched objects like old slate and marble gravestones.
- Jim from MA
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Wire Mesh Safety Guard (19R06.01)
Outstanding eye protection for yard and shop. Affords excellent field of vision. The mask protects the fact from briars in the yard, stones from weedeater, etc. I used this weekend with circular saw and felt a good level of confidence with eye protection. Did not fog up at all and fits easily over eyeglasses. The sweat band in the head strap is a plus out in the yard. Highly recommended.
- Perry from NC
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Specialty Cleaning Brushes (45A03.06)
Simple and Effective
If you often find yourself without the canned air for blowing off your keyboard, this is the ticket. Cleans effectively, simply, and in the long run is cheaper than buying canned air. And it doesn't go empty!
- Paul from CO
February 2013 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Boker Whittler's Penknife (05D01.03)
I hate to say how many carving tools I own, way more than I or any other carver needs. I have a thing for well made and well thought out tools. This knife was obviously designed for the serious whittler. I have a drawer full of pocket knives but I carry this one. I have found whittling to be a very satisfying and relaxing art form that allows room for the constant improvement of skills, it is a true craft. Boker is top shelf, this one comes sharp and ready to go. Perfect for figure carving or just shaving wood.
- Allen from CA
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Italian Grafting Tools (45T01.15)
Great Grafting Tool!
I got interested in fruit tree grafting and wanted a better and safer way than using my sharp pocketknife. I purchased the standard grafting tool. After only a few grafts I can see it does accurate cuts and makes the job faster and easier. So glad I got it!
- Janet from CA
January 2013 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Gunsmith Screwdrivers (83R05.01)
Sign of a Good Craftsman
When I was a very young man I was told that there could be seen very often a certain sign of a craftsman, a man who loved his craft and the material with which he worked, by observing his tools. The tools themselves have a certain beauty about them and are not unlike old but comfortable sweaters or such with which a person has become familiar. I have been an artist and woodcarver all of my adult life and I have noticed that there is indeed a certain beauty about the tools themselves in the hands of one who loves his work. It is difficult to find such tools today, but your company really surprises me with the quality of your wares. They are not "cheap" by any means, but they are very good indeed, and they are beautiful to see, to hold, to work with. Well, as is often said:"You get what you pay for!" Thank you for being there for us.
- William from NY
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - German-Made Hand Drills (08C03.03)
Precision holes are what I needed
I started with the smaller hand drill with the intention using it for starter holes. I found the accuracy of my work was greatly improved over using an automatic center punch. I also discovered that even drilling steel was easy with this hand tool. I stepped up to the larger drill and frequently find it much more useful than the electric powered ones. In fact while working on a particular job my partner saw me installing a bit on it and said "Iím going to the truck .... Iím not using that 18th century technology!" Well by the time he got back I had all 5 holes drilled and tapped in exactly the right spot! I showed him how for soft materials you could chuck up a tap and make quick work of threads in the field. I am totally delighted with this tool and very pleased with the craftsmanship and balance. Plus the fact I enjoy doing the work "old school"!
- George from TX
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Pewter Tool Key Chains (02R01.01)
Sadly my father passed away last year, and when I saw these key rings I just had to order them. You see, my father could fix anything and one of the things I will always remember him by is that he always had a crescent wrench with him ready to fix whatever might need fixing. So I bought all my siblings a key ring to remember him by and I now plan on ordering enough for all his grandchildren and his two great-grandchildren. Thanks Garrett Wade P.S. Great quality also!
- Noel from CT
December 2012 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Four-Fold Wood & Brass Rule (88G03.03)
One Yard At A Time
I gave these to members of my family. They are beautiful and what surprised me is how my 8 year old grandson, Samuel, really liked it. The graphic lettering and cleverness of the way it unfolds makes it one the best gifts I handed out in 2012. With all things so electronic and digital--this brings us back to treasured things and time.
- Tom from VA
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Sturdy Document Cases (96N03.16)
Sturdy and a good value
These cases are rugged and very functional. I use them for transporting papers mixed with steno pads, a couple of pens, and a few catalogs. Just thick enough to hold everything. The construction of them makes them uncrushable and though the closing tabs do sometimes pop off (they go back on), the design of the edges of the case makes it stay aligned and closed even without the latches. Also great for keeping tool manuals together with adjusting tools. I keep my table saw manual with the needed hex keys and screwdrivers for brake adjustment and throat plate switches all in one of these cases on a shelf right under my extension table.
- Sarah from NY
November 2012 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Woodworker's Trimming Planes (83R01.06)
Great shoulder plane
I just got this plane in the mail today and it totally exceeded my expectations! The sole of the plane came flat and registered with the sides, the mouth was square. The only problem with the tool was that the blade was not ground square but it didnít take that long to square it up. I think that for the money you would have a hard time finding a better shoulder plane.
- Justin from IL
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - German Safety Goggles (45A04.04)
Aside from looking goofy, these are great for most jobs where eye safety is important. I do a lot of automobile work so having good eye coverage is critical. And besides, looking retro is hip...
- Stanley from TX
October 2012 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Real Old-Fashioned Fly Swatter (19S15.21)
Best Buy Yet!!!
Best swatter ever!!! Almost shot the husband when he said he spent $40 on fly swatters. I am in love now! Husband forgiven. One easy swat is all it takes. No more flies going through those plastic ones. We gave 2 away to friends and they love them too!!! Highly recommend.
- Susan from CA
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Japanese Mitre Squares (49N02.01)
Not aluminum! Stainless steel!! The nicest speed square I have ever used.
- Joseph from TX
September 2012 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Magnetic Storage Panels (29A01.04)
Wonderful Addition to Any Workshop
This is a wonderful product. Absolutely worth the price. Easy to install and the magnetic area holds just about anything. I use it for the tools I typically use all the time and found the convenience super. I started with 4 panels. I plan to add more in the future. You will not be disappointed with this purchase.
- Michael from PA
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Woodworking Starter Set (02E05.01)
Arrived quickly and in a real beautiful box. I sharpened and honed the planes and used them to smooth some old cedar boards. They worked flawlessly even for this beginning woodworker. A real joy using these types of tools instead of power sanding tools and the like. I have never used a spokeshave before but I can already see that it will be very useful as I progress in my journey from welder to woodworker.
- John from OK
August 2012 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Automatic Punches (78B01.01)
I have had the deep reach punch for at least four years. If you take this thing apart you will really appreciate the quality of this tool. Very nice and well made. The tip has gotten a little blunt, but a quick point can be achieved in a couple of minutes on a sharpening stone.
- Tim from CA
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Bevel Edge Chisel Set (19K06.12)
High quality, good price
I received these chisels a few days ago and I was very impressed with the quality of the rosewood handles and the steel for the blades. The chisels only needed some light honing to make them razor sharp. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to purchase a high quality set of chisels for a good price.
- John from TX
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Hand Tools DVD with Frank Klausz (061043)
Frank Klausz really knows his field. He presents the basics in simple terms. That made me wonder why I have been so lax at doing this before. Of course, it takes an expert to simplify a craft. I even liked Frankís European accent. : - )
- David from FL
July 2012 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Folding Scissors (02B09.01)
My folding scissors that I had owned for over 40 years mysteriously disappeared while in my check-in luggage. I despaired that I would ever be able to replace them. Voila--Garrett Wade came to my rescue with these quality folding scissors in a leather case. I know I have my trusty scissors in my purse whenever I need them.
- Hannah from CA
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Brass Cased Knife (02E05.01)
This is a good example of the Japanese laminated steel blades - very hard steel in the middle with tough softer steel on both sides - you can shave with it and it stays sharp - and it should last forever.
- Wayne from TX
June 2012 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Work Sharp 3000 (76B01.01)
Can't stop sharpening
I got this in particular to sharpen some old knives I had sitting around the house. Best thing I have ever purchased! I have sharpened everything from my pocket knives to old rusty chisels and it leaves everything razor sharp and able to split hairs. I find myself using tools and knives just so I can go back and sharpen them again. It would take a book to include everything I have sharpened with it including my Darts! This tool is priceless to anyone who needs razor sharp knives and tools! And at this price there is no fail!
- David from VA
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Versatile XHD Chisel Knife (18N11.55)
Heavyweight lives up to specs
Massive steel blade feels even heavier than the 5/16" claim. Took this directly outside and trimmed some small branches from a fallen tree. Good balance and the heft does most of the work. Brought it back inside to try more delicate chisel work on a hinge mortise. Smacked the thick blade back with a hammer. This beauty will take a lot of abuse. Now at home in my toolkit.
- Timothy from NY
May 2012 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Parallel Moving-Jaw Adjustable Wrenches (62K15.09)
After years of trying to keep my beloved channel-lock pliers in the right notch as I tried to tighten a large nut, I have the tool that will end that frustration. The parallel jaws are just right, and while it's sometimes a bit balky when adjusting the size, once you get it where you want it, it stays there. Just Marvelous.
- Dave from NC
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Heavy-Duty Garden, Sidewalk & Garage Broom (34M08.01)
A Manís Working Broom
This is my second broom. My best friend saw it and took it with him. He said, ďI will return itĒ, and he never did. Oh well that's what friends are for. Great broom and it does the job. I recommend it highly if you have some serious cleaning up to do.
- Robert from RI
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Italian-Made Copper Backpack Sprayer (42T01.01)
I wrote a disappointing review on April 24th. Today I am highly satisfied. Garrett Wade contacted me and replaced the spray wand at no charge. I am back to spraying my roses! Thank you, Garrett Wade, for standing behind your items.
- Frances B. from OH
April 2012 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Oval Handled Cabinet Screwdrivers (37J01.08)
A Manly Tool
I bought this 10-inch cabinet screwdriver as revenge. Revenge for all the rusty screws that have defeated lesser screwdrivers. I'm tired of resorting to claw hammers and pry bars for disorderly demolition.
I was shocked when it arrived. Ten inches is only the length of the shank from ferrule to tip. With the handle, the overall length is 16-1/2 inches. The tip is a whopping 1/2-inch across. More than enough to man-handle any screw you might come across. It is a bevel, not a hollow grind. But I don't see it as a major issue. Unlike the 'Extra Heavy Duty Screwdriver Set', which heavily sanded and rounded, no tune-up necessary. This tip is square and the bevel is freshly ground.
The grip is lightly stained and varnished. It has an oval profile approximately 1-3/4 x 2 inches at it's widest point. It feels very natural in the hand. No bumps or ridges to gouge your hand like smaller plastic grips. Enough handle to fill your hand...about the size of one of those squishy stress balls.
If you need maximum torque, the 1/2-inch round shank flattens down slightly to 5/16 and widens to 1-1/8. No need to use pliers. The flat area is over 3-1/2 inches. You can grab it squarely in the palm of your off hand. With both hands on the tool, you can lean into the screw to avoid cam-out. Twist away.
I wish I had found this magnificent screwdriver years ago. This is one tool that will be handed down to my sons...once they pry it out of my cold, dead hands.
- Alan from CA
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Rugged Garden Multi-Tool (09A03.03)
Small tool packs a big punch
This multi-tool is an amateur gardener's delight. It's smaller than one might expect but much heavier, which indicates the quality of the tool. Switching from the little loppers to the small but sharp saw blade, for instance, is a breeze--and having all these tools in the same compact place at the same time has proven to be invaluable. Clean off each tool before folding it up, and trapped dirt inside the handles isn't as much of a problem as you might think. Highly recommended for taking care of small maintenance jobs.
- Jeff from CO
March 2012 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Chainsaw Sharpeners (45T01.01)
Best Chain Sharpener
This is the best chain sharpener I have used. One was a knock off of a brand name sharpener. It was cheap and setup was constant. You get what you pay for. I tried my neighbors Oregon sharpener (itís more than twice the price of Garrett Wadeís Italian sharpener) and it is not as easy to use. Setup and use is intuitive. I set it up using Garrett Wadeís re-written instructions. I first sharpened an old 28Ē chain that I didn't care if I screwed up. Once the sharpener is set up it is very quick. Even working carefully to make certain the set up had not changed, I spent much less than a half hour sharpening the entire chain. I spent some time cleaning up a few links and tried it out. FANTASTIC!!! It actually cut better than a factory chain! I am impressed. I highly recommend this sharpener, especially if you are a casual wood cutter and have trouble sharpening your chains. Over the years this sharpener will save you time and money, to say nothing of the safety of cutting with a sharp chain.
- Don from CA
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Ergonomic Driver (08C03.05)
I purchased this driver to use with various driver bit sets I have acquired. It appears to be a well thought through device designed for the professional but also convenient for the occasional user. It is fully ratcheting, changing direction by rotating a ring. The handle is big enough (about an inch in diameter) to feel secure in the hand, and it has flat depressions on two sides that grip very comfortably. You can also pivot the top half over a bit more than 45 degrees to provide extra leverage when you need it. It comes with six bits stored in the handle, and I am using it with other bit sets. The bits are held magnetically. I have only used it a few times, but it is a very solid and comfortable driver. I expect that I will feel even better about it when I use it on a big job. For those not used to working, it is heavier than a normal screwdriver or non-ratcheting driver. You will notice the weight, but it is not as heavy as one would expect for such a solid device (probably because of the glass fiber construction), and it is very comfortable to hold.
- Mark from PA
February 2012 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Behlen Solar Lux (NGR) Dye Stain (99P10.01)
Secret Stain of the Old Masters
Restoring an antique with red mahogany finish and want original museum quality color? Behlen Solar Lux NGR Stain in Medium Brown Mahogany is the EXACT color of almost all 1880 - 1950 Red Mahogany wood furniture and Mahogany finishes. It does not stain the wood - it DYES the wood and will not leave splotchy color ever. Itís always even and perfect regardless of wood. Brush it on, let it stand for 30 seconds and wipe it off. Beautiful, clear wood grain will show and spectacular ORIGINAL color. The stain does not sit on the surface as oil stains do which is why it is so even and perfectly balanced when it dries. It will NOT raise the grain. Try it!
- Stuart from MO
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Garrett Wade Yankee Push Drill (69P01.01)
Why didnít I buy one sooner?
I find that I reach for this more often than I ever imagined because it's so much easier to manage in tight spaces. Recently I was replacing some under-the-cabinet lighting in the kitchen with new LED lights. In the past, the electric drill made this job one that would usually lead to more than a few curses because it was impossible to see what you're doing and hold the heavy electric drill straight so as to not break the drill bit and to control it so I didn't come up through the cabinet. With the Yankee Push Drill you have so much more control and room to work. In addition, the drilling power of these bits is quite impressive. Works beautifully every time and it has such a nice weighty feel in your hand. My only regret is that I didn't buy one sooner!
- Thomas from VA
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Gerstner International Large Rolling Cabinet (96M01.05)
Well Made & Useful Roll-away
I love this roll-away cabinet. I have the companion large chest and base, and don't worry about my precision layout tools or edged tools rusting due to the ability of the wood to modulate the humidity and temperature changes. There is a reason the old time machinists used wooden Gerstner tool chests, and tool protection is the key. Yes, it is imported, and that keeps the cost reasonable. The fit and finish of my units are excellent, and like another reviewer indicated, this set looks like furniture. I would not hesitate to buy another stack if I had the room for it.
- Dale from CA
January 2012 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Extra Heavy Duty Screwdriver Set (05R01.03)
The Garrett Wade set of Perfect Handle screw drivers is just about as close as one could get for a modern version of the old H.D. Smith Perfect Handle drivers. The set is composed of 4 flat blade drivers. Each driver is well made and is shipped in an oiled plastic bag assembled in a thin cardboard box. The fit and feel of the drivers is good and is easily improved as follows... I just rub the wood with 0000 steel wool which knocks down any varnish whiskers. The result is a great feeling wooden handle. Overall I give these reproductions 5 stars and applaud Garrett Wade for searching out and carrying them.
- Art from CT
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Swiss Army Axes (04D04.11)
I've been looking for a short-handled ax and I'm glad I found this Swiss Army ax! It's sharp and has a heavy, full-sized head on an ash handle. It works! It does the job on our two-acre wooded lot (tall oaks, hickory, poplar). I use a bow saw a lot, but I also need more than a hatchet to work in confined areas on downed branches, etc.
- Jerry from MD
December 2011 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Tilt Top Table (15)
Carlyle Lynch Queen Ann Table
This, and Garrett Wade's other Carlyle Lynch plans, are sheer delight. Any true craftsman will appreciate Lynch's labor of love. Painstakingly measured from a classic antique original with instructions that suffice for the advanced wood worker. Could be executed with power tools, but really are a worthy candidate for hand-tool-only construction. These plans are almost impossible to find at any price, except at Garrett Wade. The cost is often less than that of those produced for the mass market dilettante. An inexpensive route to an heirloom piece.
- Shel from MA
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Micro Scissors & Micro Pliers (72A01.20)
Micro Scissor & Pliers Set
I must confess that when I placed the micro scissors and pliers set into my online shopping cart, I had only a vague idea of how I might actually use them. Now, two months and several dozen tied flies later, I can strongly recommend the set for use tying streamers, wet flies and anything requiring spun dubbing. I appreciate the precision and ease of use of the set, especially where spaces are too small for my clumsy fingers to fit. If you're even thinking about purchasing the set without a clear idea of how you'll use it, take the plunge, put it in your cart and you'll certainly be glad you did.
- Charles from IL
November 2011 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Portable Nail/Staple Gun Kit (11B01.01)
More than a great nailer/stapler kit
I needed to replace my stapler and CO2 regulator. The kit price is almost half than replacing them separately. I used the kit to panel closets on a third floor apt. I used the CO2 to power framing and finish nailers in recent renovations on three floors and on exterior trim on a ladder. Very accurate gauge, dream to use in difficult spots, and works with my larger canisters, which the case should be designed to accommodate, my only criticism. Be careful to completely close and completely open regulator before and after each use, or risk breaking the gauge. Hardly use the compressor anymore.
- Jim from ME
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - German Convex-Edge Axes (77A01.01)
I am the director of a Bavarian/Austrian Folk Dance troupe which performs a traditional men's dance, called the Holzhacker (wood chopper). The performers represent Alpine loggers on a cold, winter day. As they dance, they slap their hands and feet to keep warm, then take up their axes and chop logs in rhythmic patterns to the music.
As you may imagine, it was exhilarating to find genuine Bavarian axes on your website! We bought several of them and plan to buy more. We appreciate the superb quality of these axes: the balance and artistic curvature of the handle, designed for smooth, efficient movements, and the natural materials which are not spoiled by stamps and labels. The clean, professional performance of these axes means that we can now give a cleaner and more professional performance as well. The musical ring is a nice touch! We also look forward to putting these axes (and our men) to work on a stack of winter firewood. Thank you for making these authentic, quality axes available to us!
- Tina from CO
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Super-Smooth Japanese House Scissors (10A01.01)
It is a well-known fact that seamstresses and home-crafters have made use of their husbands' tools for many years. This household is no exception. I have made a deal with mine: I'll leave your shop alone if you leave my sewing tools alone! He always wants to grab my scissors...just for a minute, Dear. When I saw these, I thought they would be nice to have around for his little purposes. Little did I know that they would rival the precision and sharpness of some of my better sewing shears! and I am so glad I did not tell him that I was getting them. These will remain in my sewing room, and I will be getting another pair to use around the house. I really was delightfully surprised at the quality - you won't be unhappy with the purchase. They are well worth the price.
- BYF from MI
October 2011 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - 12 Piece Mini File Set (05R01.05)
12 Piece Mini-File Set
I don't know why I haven't bought a set of these files before. I bought individual files at tool sales, but they were cheap and cumbersome to use without permanent handles, and they were 'throw-aways' usually after one use. My new set of Garrett-Wade mini-files have several advantages for me: they address a range of needs, they are well made with permanent handles, they store in a secure case, and I save money in the long run not having to buy individual cheap throw-aways, and driving all over trying to find a hardware store that carries the one I need.
- Richard from TN
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - SOG Field Electricians Knife (04D03.04)
My Work Pal
Just purchased this knife; have been looking for something for work for about three years. I work for a computer connectivity company and cut cable. This knife helps me set gauge for my machine, strip lengths, and also has saved a lot of time with one hand opening, closing. It has become my everyday knife as well. Thanks. Keep up with these great products.
- Mike from MA
September 2011 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Japanese Hatchet (19S13.01)
Whack and It Is Gone
I work with a team that records petroglyphs. Often there is a limb in the way of our efforts. One whack with this and it is gone. I like it better than the clippers, saw, and machete I have used. The weight means a lot of force comes from a flick of the wrist. I did modify the handle with electrical tape to cover the open slot in the handle that holds the blade. A never mind process. I suspect that this is the traditional method of attaching the blade to the handle. Would be nice if it was wrapped when the customer received it.
- Gary from NM
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Wood Handled Sliding Blade Knife (78B04.01)
The Perfect Rough Carver
Those people critical of this beauty simply were expecting something different. This is a screw lock-blade with an extraordinarily comfortable and beautiful wooden handle. It is not a push-button utility knife that one might get at Wal-Mart. My wife bought me one, and it lay unused for months until I had the right job for it, doing some hand carving of mahogany and walnut, and the knife is perfect. The blade is strong and sturdy and retains an excellent edge, even after carving mahogany and walnut, both tough hardwoods. It is a 5-star knife all the way, baby.
- Jim from VA
August 2011 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - High-Tech Inspection Magnifier (30C04.07)
Great Accessory for Hobbies or Inspecting Small Items
Bought this for inspecting small machine parts but found many other uses quickly. Use it inspecting any small object you are working on for flaws or cracks indicating replacement. Light is invaluable as adequate lighting is almost never there when you need it. Will buy another for backup.
- Jack from FL
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Tactical High-Tech Mil-Spec XT8 (73A02.01)
When I first saw these flashlight developed, I said "It'll be a cold day in August when I spend 80 bucks on a flashlight!Ē Well, I still marvel at this little lightís power each time I use it. No more bulky portable spotlights, this tiny unit does it, and fits in my back pocket. An excellent, solid product. Thanks!
- Ken from MN
July 2011 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Face Frame Clamp (35N07.06)
A great clamp, long needed. You may want to C-clamp the friction end in place--and you can easily remove the friction slide and C-clamp the unit's free end on material thicker than 7/8 inch. Once in place it holds great and stays there. The face frame clamp can also be used with a "positioning square" for precision work.
- Bob from NV
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Slo Set Glue (62J04.01)
True to Its Name
I needed a slo-set glue that allowed over 30 minutes open time. I glued three 86 inch pieces of bendable plywood together (I had to roll glue on 4 surfaces) around an irregular pattern that required dozens of clamps and several straps to keep in place. Thanks to this glue, I had over 30 minutes of time in which to do it and it was a solid job. I highly recommend it to anyone.
- George from PA
June 2011 Rate and Review Winners
Grand Prize $100 Winning Review - Ball Peen Hammers (05S13.01)
3oz.Ball Peen Hammer
After reading some of the reviews, I still bought the 3oz. ball peen hammer, thinking that whatever was wrong or less than desirable I could fix. After using it for a short while the string started to unravel. So I took it off and put my own on there, about four inches' worth along the handle with some Titebond glue. Much better grip and more of it. The head was a little loose so I whacked it with my 16oz. and got it good and tight. Then I drilled two small holes at the top and knocked in some slightly wider nails in place of a wedge. It'll never come off. Now I've got a good little hammer. It took a little work, but I enjoyed doing it. Now I would rate it a 5.
- Shade Tree Mechanic from TX
Honorable Mention $50 Winning Review - Folding Scissors (02B09.01)
Dear Garrett Wade, This is my fourth and fifth pair of French folding scissors. My own pair, I bought in San Francisco almost 40 years ago and they have had tons of use and are still perfect. I am always so worried that you will stop having them and we will all be worst off for the disappointment. What fabulous instruments they are. Love them being in a 'leather' snap pouch too. Don't ever stop doing what you are doing so well. Your service is excellent and all your wonderful tools are the best quality. Ahhh... but back to these scissors..... they are a wonder and magical to hold in ones hand. I take them out of my purse just to hold them. Thanks for the great and fast service too.
- Lynn from WA