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.
March 25, 2011 11:22:00 AM EDT
You can keep your Scouting life organized with this offering from official licensee, It Takes Two®. The Boy Scouts Pocket Planner is a convenient two-year calendar and appointment book that is the size of a standard cheque book. It's perfect for keeping track of important meetings and events on the go. The outer cover is made of durable, stain-resistant vinyl, guaranteeing that the planner will stay looking new. Upon flipping through the planner, I was pleased to discover that the pages are made of high-quality, recycled paper that is not too thin. Each page contains the days of one month, an inspiring quote, the birthstone and flower of that particular month, and important holidays. The flower/birthstone references were an unexpected extra. For the planner's size, the squares for each day contain enough white space to write a phone number, address, or quick reminder, but for longer entries you'd probably want to use the lined "Notes" section in the back. This section is only one page long, but there is also additional pages for recording important names and numbers. This planner also contained one of my favorite features, blank pages in the very back that can be used for note-taking, or torn out and givenRead More