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Ferrari's liveries and decorations have often shown a patriotic streak, but this year the supercar marque has expressed its love for Italy in a more material way by donating a one-of-a-kind LaFerrari to the cause of raising money to help rebuild the parts of Central Italy affected by a series of earthquakes. Auctioned off on Saturday for a cool $7 million, this car becomes "the most valuable 21st century automobile ever sold at auction." All proceeds from the sale go to benefit earthquake recovery efforts in Italy, under the auspices of the National Italian American Foundation’s Earthquake Relief Fund. The good cause seems to have spurred car collectors to open their wallets that extra bit wider, pushing the price up to nearly five times the original LaFerrari's $1.5 million.
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If you are like me you have a bunch of kitchen knives that have slowly become unusable due to their dull blades. Using honing steel only lasts so long, and is not a replacement for a sharpener.
The Lansky Knife Sharpener gives you a precision knife sharpener that is as simple as it is easy to use, at a reasonable price. I have owned the knife sharpener for a few months now and have used it to sharpen a number of my knives.
The key to the Lansky system is how simple it is to operate. A couple of whet stones may be able to sharpen your knives better, but a beginner like myself who is not confident in being able to maintain a consistent angle will fail or might damage my cutlery. This is where the Lansky Knife Sharpener has a clear advantage. It provides you a guide which will maintain a consistent angle. You have the option to pick an angle at 17, 20, 25, or 30 degrees, depending on the type of work the knife is doing.
To use the Lansky Knife Sharpener you clamp the knife into the holder, attach the sharpening stone to the guide, put the guide through the hole marked with the desired angle, and put the stone to the knife. You then work through the desired grit to sharpen your knives. The Lansky Knife Sharpener is not perfect. Some people think the clamp could be improved. But I prefer the simplicity of the clamp — one less thing to fail with a potential sharp knife in your hand.
There is also an issue with the guides not being 100% straight from the factory, but all you need to do is put the stone flat on a table and slightly bend the guide till it’s straightened.
Again this is a very simple tool. No moving parts, no electricity required, nothing to fail. You can’t compare the Lansky system to one of the cheap pull through knife sharpeners. Those cheap sharpeners will chew up your knives leaving you with big chips in the metal. Trust me, I have ruined my fair share of knives by trying to make them better. Luckily I was able to salvage these broken knives with the Lansky Knife Sharpener. I was able to remove the chips that my previous knife sharpener created with the coarse grit, then put on a sharp edge by moving up to a fine grit.
It’s been said that a sharp knife is a safe knife. I took my old unsafe knives and made them safe, as good as new knives with the use of this cool tool.
-- Patrick Sawyer
Lansky Deluxe 5-Stone Sharpening System ($32)
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This month and next month, we are presenting a series of gift suggestions selected from the pages of Cool Tools: A Catalog of Possibilities (which itself makes a great gift), and from the website. This week: Mark’s picks.
I have used a Kik-Step rolling stool ($56) for at least 15 years. Its design is simple and brilliant. Without any weight on it, you can roll it around easily. But with a bit of downward pressure, the round bottom rim hits the floor and it becomes a stable stepping stool. The slanting body design helps it avoid damaging walls and bookcases. — Bruce Oberg
If Raymond Loewy designed a scoop, it would look like the DuraScoop Cat Litter Scoop ($13) (maybe the handle wouldn’t be covered with textured plastic). Cleaning cat litter is an unpleasant daily chore for me, but the DuraScoop makes it much less unpleasant. I’m surprised it is only $13. It’s easily worth three times the price. — Mark Frauenfelder
I’ve found that the Grace Digital Wi-Fi Music Player ($158) is a great way to get internet music sources out into the air. If you haven’t yet looked at what’s available over the net, it’s truly amazing. — Wayne Ruffner
I have been trying to pick locks since I was a child. I have many lock picks I have bought or made myself over the years, but never saw what I was doing until I was given a clear plastic padlock ($11) a few months ago. Now I can plainly see the pins, driver pins, sheer line and springs etc. (By the way hairpins and paper clips will open padlocks.) – Kent Barnes
Want more? Check out our other 2016 gift picks as well as our 2015 Gift Guide, 2014 Gift Guide and our 2103 Gift Guide
I have been using a Dino-Lite USB microscope ($399) for both work and home projects for the past several years. It has a magnification of 20x-50x and 200x with a 1.3MP resolution. For my work as an electrical engineer it is great for looking at and capturing solder joints on very small pitch components, very fine PCB trace routing, reading part codes off small components and looking at connector alignment/damage. — Matt Schirmacher
-- Mark Frauenfelder
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A veritable Grinch has anonymously apologized with a handwritten note to the little girl whose Christmas lights he stole while drunk.
Chiara Velardi, 9, was left in tears after unidentified men pulled up in a car outside her Sydney homeon Thursday night and swiped her two light-up reindeer.
A surveillance camera captured the theft of the display which, while only worth around $55 U.S., was of huge sentimental value to her family. See the video below:
Middleton Grange: Thieves caught stealing Christmas light display from front lawn. @DamienSmith_7 #7News https://t.co/g7HcZkm7ie— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) December 2, 2016
“You shouldn’t do that anymore,” Velardi said to the thieves during an interview with 7 News Sydney, before demanding that the thieves “say sorry to my dad, my mom and me.”
It appears they saw the news broadcast, as on Saturday night two men who claimed they knew the main culprit delivered a letter of apology and around $74 U.S. in compensation to the family.
@7NewsSydney there's been a happy ending for the girl whose reindeer were stolen last week. pic.twitter.com/PLFFDIF5mQ— Damien Smith (@DamienSmith_7) December 3, 2016
“To who ever’s Christmas I destroyed,” the handwritten note read. “I’m very sorry for taking your raindeer (sic). I was unaware of my actions due to being drunk.”
The mystery writer also urged Velardi to keep putting up her Christmas lights outside her home “because they were wonderful.”
Velardi’s father, Roy, said he felt the duo who delivered the message were “pretty genuine” and that he’d accepted the apology.”“I’m not going to take it any further,” he added.
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