April 19, 2011 11:37:35 AM EDT
An Eagle Scout Coin Knife by Northwest Territorial Mint makes a great gift for someone achieving the rank of Eagle in scouting. The minted die-struck coin casing is durably designed, with a high-quality finish. The coin knife has a solid weight to it without being bulky, and the tools pull out easily without sticking or being too loosely hinged. The coin knife comes equipped with a small scissor, a file, and matching thumbnail-size knife blade. The blade is not sharp and would be better utilized as a piercing or extraction tool than an actual cutting blade. Though less than half an inch in length, the scissors managed to easily cut through a thick envelope on the first try. The two-sided file is the same shape as the knife blade, but twice as thick, to provide the needed rigidity for filing. The best thing about this tool is it's sleek construction, reminiscent of the hidden-compartment spy coins of the WWII era. If you're looking to purchase a practical, everyday pocket knife for camping and survival situations, you'd probably want something more like this. However, if you want a novel gift that fits comfortably in any pocket and provides a handy tool in a pinch, this Eagle Scout coin knife is for you.
April 5, 2011 3:26:34 PM EDT
Since the early '80's, the Northwest Territorial Mint has been known for quality die-struck collectibles. This Eagle Scout Hiking Stick Medallion
is no exception. I like the idea of an Eagle Scout placing their medallion on something practical, like a hiking stick, since time
outdoors in nature is so integral to the lifestyle of a Scout. Plus, it becomes a sign of achievement an Eagle can take anywhere without having to worry about the keepsake falling out of a pocket or day pack. Since it is meant to be taken on hikes, this medallion is naturally lightweight, without sacrificing strength or rigidity. The face of the medallion is curved inward slightly to allow it to hug a hiking stick for a flush fit. The colors of the emblem are rich and the detail in the lettering and on the eagle are very good for a medallion this size (1.25" round). I didn't try attaching this medallion to a stick, but it does come with three small brass nails for that purpose. If nails are not the preferred method of fastening, the holes drilled into the edges of the medallion are large enough that any number of things, cord, wire, or screws could also be easily used to attach theRead More