Thursday, March 7, 2013

Guided Field Sharpener 221 Review

Today I want to share my opinion and experience gained while testing new Guided Field Sharpener 221 from Work Sharp Tools. I received this tool thanks to Work Sharp and Outdoor Blogger Network and its gear review opportunity.

Do you have the same problem that I have? Always when I need a sharp knife I can't find one. maybe because I don't like to care about my knives? Or maybe because I didn't have a proper tool to do it... 

Now - thanks to Work Sharp I had a good tool and in order to test it I had to use it often for all my knives - and not only knives!! :) 

I received my sharpener in the last week of January. I couldn't resist to try it immediately. I took my biggest outdoor knife (it was damaged because I used to chop branches with it etc...) and tried to sharpen it. Firstly I used coarse diamond plate to repair and shape blade - it worked great. After that I sharpened the blade with fine diamond plate - only 5 strokes for each side was enough!

After that I used ceramic rod (turned on "F" position") to finish the sharpening. I could use leather strop after that but it wasn't necessary for big hard working knife.
Final result was awesome! I wouldn't have thought that my old damaged knife will be sharp as a new one. 

Now I wanted to know how this sharpener would handle lighter, smoother knife like my Rapala filet knife. 

This time I didn't have to use coarse diamond plate because this knife was in a good shape. It only needed sharpening. This time I used leather strop to make the blade smooth. Result? As well as before - fast, easy and effective sharpening. I used this sharpener also my rapala scissors with a good effect.

The last knife I tried to sharpen was my kitchen knife and this time my new tool worked even better - maybe because I learned how to use it?

I already knew that I can repair and sharpen every knife I have and even scissors, but while reading the manual I found out that I can use this tool to sharpen fishing hooks! I looked for some damadged ones in my box and i found to lures with blunt trebles. I turned ceramic rod to "hook" position and tried to sharpen it - I was harder to keep a good angle but after my try this trebles looked much better:)

It would be for the beginning. For next 5 weeks I used all knives intensively. When they weren't so sharp any more I took my sharpener and repair them. It is true, that knives can be re-sharpened using only the fine ceramic rod and it isn't necessary to use diamond plates every time what makes the whole process much faster.
After 5 weeks of intensive testing of the sharpener it looks as good as in the beginning. I think my knives will be sharp and ready every time I will need them.  I can recommend this tool to anyone how thinks about a sharpener. I have one already and I will not give it to anyone :) 

I received the Guided Field Sharpener 221 free of charge to test and review. I'm not sponsored by or associated with Work Sharp Tools. The opinions expressed above are my independent thoughts and experiences.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Rainbow trout day

Today was the first warmer day since 1st January. It was sunny for some time and the temperature was at about +5C in the middle of day! It was like taouch of spring! I had to take Natalia and go for some fishing. This time she wasn't fishing and that is why I have first good photos with my trophies :)

 We had lot of fun walking and watching nature, it was also a good fishing day! I had 2 good bites and landed 2 beautiful 18 - 20in rainbows. First one was aa surprise, but with the second one we wa prepared and Natalia made some good photo-relation for me :)

This time it isn't necessary to describe anything- just watch :)

 I hope you've enjoyed it as much as I!:)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Nice sale!

I'm always looking for some sales or discounts when I want to buy something more expensive. Regular prices are for regular people :) It's good to know that you can buy things cheaper when the season for them is ending. For example the end of winter is great time to buy jackets or winter boots. While looking for some good occasions i found an awesome sale in Outwood Sports!

There is 30 pages of discounted product, but i foud there some very good choices i want to share with you. First of all I've put my attention on Columbia Power Terrain Mens Jacket in a great price! 
$30 is a good discout for a good waterproof breathable jacket, with futures like:
  • Fully seam sealed.
  • 2-way comfort stretch.
  • Panoramic hood.
  • Vented.
  • Waterproof zip-closed pockets.
The second good opportunity is Columbia Silver Ridge Mens Softshell 
I love softshell clothes! They are light, good looking, waterproof and breathable. My last softshell jacket seems to need a replacement already - that is why a seriously consider buying this one. I think I will be able to write a short review soon! :)

I like Columbia clothes a lot! I'm already waiting for late summer shirt sale. Great clothes for reasonable prices. Try if you didn't already!

Winter trouts

As I said before winter is trout time for me. I don't like ice fishing so trout and danube salmon are my top fishing aims during winter. The day is short now and I don't have a lot of time for fishing - my job is literally killing me but sometimes I'm able to find a few hours for myself. Usually I go with spinning, but sometimes i like to try flyfishing also. Last trips gave me some small brown trouts and sometimes some bigger ones. 

I hope I will finally catch some really big one. But I suppose I have to wait for a little warmer days to achieve this. Check out my blog for updates!! :)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Cold wind = earache

Next winter and I still have the same problem. When it is cold and windy my ears are killing me after some time outside without a good hat or headband. It is a big problem for me since I remember. That is why I always have at least 3 - 4 good headwear so I never forget to take one. There is also a good side of my affliction - after years I became a hat expert :) Now I want to share it with you. 

There are 3 main types of winter headware - cap, headband and hood - all of them do their job but I use them in different situations.

When it isn't very cold but the wind is strong I love to wear headband! I had already a lot of them - as well thin windstopper ones as thick and warm polar headbands. They also have one great advantage - They will not destroy your fancy hairdo :D

If it is very cold I leave my head band at home and  consider only 2 choices - cap or hood? This choice is based on simple rule. If I will be among other people - non fishermens I will take a warm, but good looking cap (here you can find a good cap with great price ). For extreme outdoor situations when I don't really care how do I look I take an under armour hood and sometimes additional - bigger size - cap :)

 I hope some of you who has the same problem will find my advices usefull. As I said many times before - Good outfit is much more importent than hi-end rod or reel.