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Ever Regret a Hasty Purchase?
« on: April 26, 2013, 07:00:43 PM »
I hate to admit it but from time to time I get a stack of cash and make impulsive purchases.  A while back I bought one of those Pocket Chainsaws that comes with the plastic hand toggles for about 25-30 bucks.  There is nothing defective about the product however it is very exhausting using it when I could just use a folding saw.  I think I used it once and now it collects dust in my gear bin in the basement...

Anybody else make a hasty purchase or get caught up in the hype of some kit or gear?     

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Ever Regret a Hasty Purchase?
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2013, 07:03:21 PM »
I've defiantly bought some knives that I didn't like or need.
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Re: Ever Regret a Hasty Purchase?
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2013, 07:06:21 PM »
I've defiantly bought some knives that I didn't like or need.

Lol, my wife would agree with you!    :-\

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Re: Ever Regret a Hasty Purchase?
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2013, 07:12:51 PM »
I regret most of my hasty purchases!


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Re: Ever Regret a Hasty Purchase?
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2013, 07:28:11 PM »
I regret most of my hasty purchases!

Anything in particular that sticks in your craw?  :P

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Re: Ever Regret a Hasty Purchase?
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2013, 07:34:08 PM »
I bought a Cold Steel Trailhawk! :-[ :P :doh: :shrug:
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Ever Regret a Hasty Purchase?
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2013, 07:36:12 PM »
I bought a Cold Steel Trailhawk! :-[ :P :doh: :shrug:

Lol... I did too :shrug:
I fixed mine up kinda nice though. If nothing else, it looks pretty :P
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Re: Ever Regret a Hasty Purchase?
« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2013, 07:37:47 PM »
I buy stuff at farm sales once in awhile.  Here's a short list:

A power washer that didn't work
A pair of rims and tires that fit nothing I own (but were cheap)
A alfalfa riser that was the wrong size for the pipe I use
Fourteen 10' used Cattle panels that I could have bought new for less.
 
Other stuff:
A brand new chainsaw (Husqvarna farm boss) for a back up to my other Husqvarna chainsaw.  Dumb because the old one never breaks.

An aluminum baseball bat.  I don't have a baseball or a glove.

A tent that I have never used.  That was sixteen years ago or so.

Regrets? I have a few.

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Re: Ever Regret a Hasty Purchase?
« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2013, 07:43:13 PM »


Regrets? I have a few.

But then again, to few to mention.  :)

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Re: Ever Regret a Hasty Purchase?
« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2013, 07:45:11 PM »
Do I hear strains of "I Did It My Way" playing in the background, Stan? :doh: :lol:

WBeast beat me to it! >:(
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Re: Ever Regret a Hasty Purchase?
« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2013, 07:48:12 PM »
I bought a Cold Steel Trailhawk! :-[ :P :doh: :shrug:

Maybe I can make a hasty purchase of your Trailhawk if you are selling.... ;)
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Re: Ever Regret a Hasty Purchase?
« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2013, 07:55:51 PM »
I bought a Cold Steel Trailhawk! :-[ :P :doh: :shrug:

Maybe I can make a hasty purchase of your Trailhawk if you are selling.... ;)
I'm hastily looking for a box to ship it, as we speak! :banana:
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Re: Ever Regret a Hasty Purchase?
« Reply #12 on: April 26, 2013, 08:01:16 PM »
I bought a Cold Steel Trailhawk! :-[ :P :doh: :shrug:

Interesting...  That was going got be a future hasty purchase for me some day...  Wolfy, why did you regret buying it? ???

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Re: Ever Regret a Hasty Purchase?
« Reply #13 on: April 26, 2013, 08:22:02 PM »
Wolfy if you sell your trail hawk how will you split those zombie heads when the Apocalypse happens? 

Another GPS.  I don't use the ones I have why would I need another one?  Map and compass are lighter and don't take batteries.

Foam sleeping pad.  One of those Z folding things you always see the young kids on the trail with.  I knew I would never be able to sleep on that thin thing but I really like the idea of something that never gets a hole in it and does not have to be blown up every night.  But yes I am old and the ground is still darn hard.  I pull it out and look at it once in a while.  I even lay it out and lay down on it.  It never gets any softer.  I fold it back up and put it back in the box of other gear I don't use. 

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Re: Ever Regret a Hasty Purchase?
« Reply #14 on: April 26, 2013, 08:25:17 PM »
 :)


Regrets? I have a few.

But then again, to few to mention. 

As long as you did it your way


Theres probably some young guy out there going,"what the hell they talking about?"  LOL.
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Re: Ever Regret a Hasty Purchase?
« Reply #15 on: April 26, 2013, 08:26:21 PM »
I bought a Cold Steel Trailhawk! :-[ :P :doh: :shrug:

Interesting...  That was going got be a future hasty purchase for me some day...  Wolfy, why did you regret buying it? ???

I don't really know :shrug:   It's just not "me", I guess.   I attribute a lot of that 'feeling' to too many years with hand-forged 'hawks in the buckskinning game.  A cast, painted, very light head with a setscrew to secure it to the long handle.....just said 'toy tommyHawk' to me when I took it out of the carton.  I slid it quietly into a desk drawer, hoping my wife didn't see it, and it's still there! :-[
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Re: Ever Regret a Hasty Purchase?
« Reply #16 on: April 26, 2013, 08:27:35 PM »
Do I hear strains of "I Did It My Way" playing in the background, Stan? :doh: :lol:

WBeast beat me to it! >:(

You bet you hear strains of that song.

I have a house full, shop full, and barn full of impulse buys.  Most worked out, but a lot of them did not.
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Re: Ever Regret a Hasty Purchase?
« Reply #17 on: April 26, 2013, 08:29:26 PM »
I bought a Cold Steel Trailhawk! :-[ :P :doh: :shrug:

Interesting...  That was going got be a future hasty purchase for me some day...  Wolfy, why did you regret buying it? ???

I don't really know :shrug:   It's just not "me", I guess.   I attribute a lot of that 'feeling' to too many years with hand-forged 'hawks in the buckskinning game.  A cast, painted, very light head with a setscrew to secure it to the long handle.....just said 'toy tommyHawk' to me when I took it out of the carton.  I slid it quietly into a desk drawer, hoping my wife didn't see it, and it's still there! :-[
 

I bought one too.  I took the paint off.  Wrapped the handle with cord.  And I too, put it away. 
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Re: Ever Regret a Hasty Purchase?
« Reply #18 on: April 26, 2013, 09:48:52 PM »
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I love being out in the woods!   I like this quote from Mors Kochanski - "The more you know, the less you carry". I believe in the same creed, & think  "Knowledge & honed skills" are the best things to carry with ya when you're out in the wilds. They're the ultimate "ultralight" gear! ;)

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Re: Ever Regret a Hasty Purchase?
« Reply #19 on: April 27, 2013, 06:57:49 AM »
I bought a Cold Steel Trailhawk! :-[ :P :doh: :shrug:

Interesting...  That was going got be a future hasty purchase for me some day...  Wolfy, why did you regret buying it? ???

I don't really know :shrug:   It's just not "me", I guess.   I attribute a lot of that 'feeling' to too many years with hand-forged 'hawks in the buckskinning game.  A cast, painted, very light head with a setscrew to secure it to the long handle.....just said 'toy tommyHawk' to me when I took it out of the carton.  I slid it quietly into a desk drawer, hoping my wife didn't see it, and it's still there! :-[

Lol, too funny this sounds like me...  I'm glad you said that I'm taking that off my list of, "must have eventually items"...  :P 

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Re: Ever Regret a Hasty Purchase?
« Reply #20 on: April 27, 2013, 07:05:27 AM »

Anything in particular that sticks in your craw?  :P

There have been many, but I'll start with a few real duds!

*Cold Steel Trailhawk
*Becker BK2
*Wire Saw
*A few Army Surplus bags
*Just about anything from County Comm!
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Re: Ever Regret a Hasty Purchase?
« Reply #21 on: April 27, 2013, 09:10:48 AM »

Anything in particular that sticks in your craw?  :P

There have been many, but I'll start with a few real duds!

*Cold Steel Trailhawk
*Becker BK2
*Wire Saw
*A few Army Surplus bags
*Just about anything from County Comm!

Lol, well that's two strikes for the Cold Steel Trailhawk, I'm definitely scratching that off my list!

(I'd like to preface my next comment by saying it is not my intentions to start an argument and my opinions are not fact but rather personal preference.)  I've never understood the cult of Becker knives so I inquired with a "Becker Head" once so that perhaps I could be enlightened as to it's merits.  After his passionate dissertation of the fabled blade I was just as unconvinced as I was before, he pointed out the manufacturing specification rather than the practical use and application of the knife .  I thought to myself, "Maybe I need to purchase one and use it, then it's verisimilitude will become apparent to me!"  So I decided on the Becker Necker a few months ago and I still can't figure out what's so epic about these knives...

Wire saws, yup, broke a few of them, hehehe I still pack one though...  :P

 

As far as County Comm goes, I've heard good things about their Signal Mirror...
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Re: Ever Regret a Hasty Purchase?
« Reply #22 on: April 27, 2013, 09:25:01 AM »
I like looking at my trail hawk.  Sometimes I even take it out and chop some kindling.  And if there is a zombie apocalypse I've got the close in work covered.  >:D

Red put the edge on it for me.  It's very sharp and I think it's nicely dressed too.

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Re: Ever Regret a Hasty Purchase?
« Reply #23 on: April 27, 2013, 09:38:26 AM »
I have more times than I care to admit.
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Re: Ever Regret a Hasty Purchase?
« Reply #24 on: April 27, 2013, 11:25:50 AM »
Hasty Purchases?  Yes..

Drinking + Ebay bidding wars = Hasty Purchase Regrets
I once won a damascus woodlore blank, too bad it was 4" total length :doh:

Hype Purchases:  Yes..

Condor knives, Wetterling Axes, Snugpaks, Zebra pots, BCB packs, Maxpedition Gear, Big name overpriced custom knives
I still get hyped up and buy stuff now, and then..  :P

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Re: Ever Regret a Hasty Purchase?
« Reply #25 on: April 27, 2013, 11:30:04 AM »
*ESEE 3
*ESEE 4
*ESEE 6

I totally bought into the ESEE Fanboy love for these models and just HADE to have them. I snatched each up in a hast to beat others to theses treasures!

I regretted them immediately after receiving! I found them all very uncomfortable, and for me.....unpractical. The ESEE 6 may have served a purpose for me, but deep down, I knew that I wasted my dough.

I have also realized that many of my regrettable hasty purchases have been fueled by copious amounts of ALE!




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Re: Ever Regret a Hasty Purchase?
« Reply #26 on: April 27, 2013, 11:42:21 AM »
*ESEE 3
*ESEE 4
*ESEE 6

I totally bought into the ESEE Fanboy love for these models and just HADE to have them. I snatched each up in a hast to beat others to theses treasures!

I regretted them immediately after receiving! I found them all very uncomfortable, and for me.....unpractical. The ESEE 6 may have served a purpose for me, but deep down, I knew that I wasted my dough.

I have also realized that many of my regrettable hasty purchases have been fueled by copious amounts of ALE!




*I don't totally hate ESEE............I have a Laser Strike that I love and I lust for a Junglas...just because!

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Ever Regret a Hasty Purchase?
« Reply #27 on: April 27, 2013, 11:50:15 AM »
Hasty Purchases?  Yes..

Drinking + Ebay bidding wars = Hasty Purchase Regrets
I once won a damascus woodlore blank, too bad it was 4" total length :doh:

Hype Purchases:  Yes..

Condor knives, Wetterling Axes, Snugpaks, Zebra pots, BCB packs, Maxpedition Gear, Big name overpriced custom knives
I still get hyped up and buy stuff now, and then..  :P

Maxpedition gear ???

I love my Falcon II, it's my edc, overnight bag, hunting bag, fishing bag, etc.  Heck, I use it for all kinds of outings!
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Re: Ever Regret a Hasty Purchase?
« Reply #28 on: April 27, 2013, 12:11:46 PM »
Hasty Purchases?  Yes..

Drinking + Ebay bidding wars = Hasty Purchase Regrets
I once won a damascus woodlore blank, too bad it was 4" total length :doh:

Hype Purchases:  Yes..

Condor knives, Wetterling Axes, Snugpaks, Zebra pots, BCB packs, Maxpedition Gear, Big name overpriced custom knives
I still get hyped up and buy stuff now, and then..  :P

Whoa, whoa, wait...  Zebra pots?  Why don't you like those?

It's difficult not to get caught up in the hype sometimes...   :-[

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Re: Ever Regret a Hasty Purchase?
« Reply #29 on: April 27, 2013, 12:53:18 PM »
Another 'hasty' purchase I made was a 1st generation Becker BK-2. :doh:  I was a member of another forum 8), at the time and succumbed to all those majestic photos of the MIGHTY BK-2, stuck valiantly atop a stump, silhouetted against a setting sun in all its indestructible & triumphant glory! :hail:

When it arrived I was surprised!  The handle is just too big for my hands, it's thicker than I thought it would be, it's heavier than I thought it would be, etc.  I have no use or need for it and I don't know why I bought it. :shrug:

I never used it, as I already have an old axe for taking the tops out of used oil drums! :P.   It resides, in its virginity, next to the CS Trailhawk in my desk drawer as a monument to my lust for unneeded gear :-[
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Re: Ever Regret a Hasty Purchase?
« Reply #30 on: April 27, 2013, 12:54:15 PM »
I've seen Maxpedition gear threads before, and they inspired me to try out about 5 maxpedition packs.. just never found one I personally liked.

As for Zebra pots.. same thing.  Seen the threads about how good they where, got a 14 or 16, tried it out and didn't care for it much either. 
I mean it worked fine as any SS pot will, but I just didn't care for how bulky the bail was, and it didn't lock.  I burnt my fingers more than a few times on that thing.   I prefer a locking handle or bail on my pots, also a small spout for pouring is great.  Just my taste I guess..

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« Reply #31 on: April 27, 2013, 02:30:19 PM »
Drinking + Ebay bidding wars = Hasty Purchase Regrets

Okay my name is Draco and I'm a drinking buyer as well.  Internet just makes this stuff too easy.  I have had a box show up and I could not remember what is in it.  Kind of like Christmas. 

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« Reply #32 on: April 27, 2013, 03:21:30 PM »
Drinking + Ebay bidding wars = Hasty Purchase Regrets

Okay my name is Draco and I'm a drinking buyer as well.  Internet just makes this stuff too easy.  I have had a box show up and I could not remember what is in it.  Kind of like Christmas.

Now that is funny, I don't care who you are......LOL

I did buy a trail hawk as trading stock ....guy wanted to swap a Lee Loader, in 20 ga even up for it.....I said fine, done....so I ordered one for about 20+ bucks or so....PM'd him and said, It's here.

Then he says,.... "ah well the kit is in Denver, and I'm in Neveda......?, can't get it till June.

So I said, well when June comes, it's sitting here.....I'll just wait and see.....No rush.

Being a cheap kinda guy, .....I'll think nothing of spending $2 K on a custom flinter, but look at any knife over $30 bucks as a waste of money.....unless I know the guy that made it.

Any knife that cost "that much", better be able to wake me up in the morning, make coffee, serve it, that go about my cutting chores for the day, all by it's self.....Report back....Then brag to everyone what a great bushman I am.

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Got all sorts of stuff...mostly stuff I wanted or thought needed when I was younger, and never had the bucks......But it's here now....I didn't "really need it then, and most likely don't really need it now....bit I got it.

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Re: Ever Regret a Hasty Purchase?
« Reply #33 on: April 27, 2013, 10:04:42 PM »
I have a few gear buys that I regret. The ones that stand out the most are cheap rifle scopes. I have several and they all are junk. It's sad but it is a crapshoot whether or not you will get a decent scope if you pay less than about $400 for one. :( 

As for the trail hawks, I chopped down a 6-7" tree with one last fall and would not do it again took about 3 times as long as a similar sized tree did with a proper axe. I decided they were not nearly as useful as I would have liked to believe. But then last week I used it to limb a few trees and chop up some 1-2" sticks into usable lengths for the fire pit and it worked very well for the purpose. So now I'm back to liking it for small tasks. I know it's limitations and I would not say I regret buying it.

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Re: Ever Regret a Hasty Purchase?
« Reply #34 on: April 28, 2013, 06:38:37 AM »
I've seen Maxpedition gear threads before, and they inspired me to try out about 5 maxpedition packs.. just never found one I personally liked.

I usually go with Fox Tactical Packs.  They are cheaper and pretty much the same only on a few models can I tell a real difference and the difference is only + or - a strap here or there.  I still am convinced they come out of the same sweat shop ion China as the Maxpeds.
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