More Holiday Gift Ideas for the Outdoors

Continuing on with the Holiday Gift Guide for the Outdoors theme today, every outdoorsman and outdoorswoman needs a sharp knife. There are literally thousands of ways and products you can use to sharpen your cutting instruments, but for me, Edgecraft Corporation’s Chef’sChoice ®is the best choice.


I’ve used crotch sticks and stones to sharpen, and field honers to regain that sharp edge in the heat of the moment, but Chef’sChoice ® products make knife and scissor sharpening virtually dummy-proof with a variety of products that make perfect holiday gifts for the outdoors enthusiasts on your lists.


You can start with the “stocking stuffer” Chef’sChoice ® Diamond Hone Knife Sharpener Model 445, a two-stage sharpener perfect for hunting, fishing, filleting and even kitchen and pocket knives. The guides into the 100 percent diamond abrasiveimage010 wheels makes it a snap to get a sharp edge on just about any knife.



For the past few Christmas mornings and the start of hunting seasons, we’ve been serving up breakfast fresh off the Chef’sChoice ® Sportsman ™ Classic WafflePro® Model 853 which embosses an antlered deer head onto the waffles.853


If you’re on the water or in the wet and cold, the Chef’sChoice® Marine Sharpening Station Diamond Hone ® Sharpening System Model 710 operates on either 120 volt AC or 12 volt DC and can sharpen knives, scissors and fishhooks, as well as grind down the barb on the fish hooks for those of us who practice catch-and-release. It’s manufactured to withstand the rigors of saltwater, which makes it an especially great gift for the sea lovers you know.


If it’s holiday season, my family likes making our own kielbasa, and the Chef’sChoice® Professional Food Grinder can grind up 3.5 pounds of meat per minute thanks to a powerful motor that pushes 350-400 watts of power.


The  Chef’sChoice® Model 700 Electric Sharpener for Ceramic and Steel Knives uses image016an advanced diamond abrasive technology to sharpen both ceramic and metal knives. It’s the first of its kind; and will quickly apply an incredibly sharp and durable edge to both ceramic and steel knives.

If it’s too cold outside for you to grill, the Chef’sChoice® Cast Iron Professional Indoor Electric Grill #880 makes image019indoor grilling a breeze for searing steaks, burgers and more on a non-stick surface for consistent and even grilling temperature for optimal results on a 141 square inch surface.


Finally, now that firearms deer season is out of the way, time to slice up those venison steakswith the Chef’sChoice® Professional Electric Food Slicer Model 665 (8.5 Diameter Blade).  A masterpiece665 of function and form, this rugged, commercial quality electric food slicer is constructed with heavy duty, die cast aluminum slices from deli-thin to approximately one-inch thick with its high quality, multi-purpose 8.5 inch stainless steel blade, a professional heavy metal food pusher that insures a better grip and effortless slicing of meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables and breads.


Holiday Gift Guide for the Outdoors

With the holiday season already upon us thanks to the start of Hanukah earlier this week, it’s time to start giving outdoors-oriented people some gift giving ideas for the outdoors lovers on their Christmas and other winter holiday gift lists.

At my old job, the Holiday Gift Guide for the Outdoors was a tremendous hit, but now that I’m on my own, instead of one long story and blog, I’m going to be suggesting a variety of clothing, products and gear in different posts as we make our way through December.

First up is clothing from the Duluth Trading Co., my most favorite outdoors clothing because of the rugged, long-lasting nature of their materials. I already am the proud owner of the Shoreman’s Windproof Fleece Jacket, Men's Shoreman's Windproof Fleece Jacketwhich is everything its name implies. This relatively lightweight beauty of a jacket is windproof and somehow breathable despite being water resistant. Because it’s fleece, it’s also relatively quite so there’s no whoosh-whoosh as you as you arms move back and forth against your body.

I also love the Fleece-Lined DuluthFlex Fire Hose Pants, completely weatherproof and warm enough to chop wood, ice fish or push the snow blower while you’re clearing out the driveways for the entire neighborhood. Underneath them, the Buck Naked Performance Boxer Briefs Buck Naked Boxer Briefsprovide unrestricted pinch-free movement along with perfect warmth.

One of my newer Duluth Trading coats is the Fire Hose Hanger Bender Shirt Jac, which FIre Hose Hanger Bender Shirt Jacwas perfect during the mid-October frigid snap, and even better when working outdoors cutting the hedges during the recent frigid early morning weather. It’s tough and non-restrictive when you’re reaching and stretching to complete work, and may make it’s way into my ice fishing wear this winter.

Duluth Trading makes a complete line of both men’s and women’s comfortable clothing for outdoors use.

Some of the popular women’s items include the Crosscut Flannel Tunic , the –Women’s Flapjack Flannel Shirt Jac, the  Shoreline Fleece Windproof Coat , the –Women’s XO-Therm 1/4 Zip Base Layer Shirt , and even the –Fleece-Lined DuluthFlex Fire Hose Pants.

Stepping away from Duluth Trading Co., you of course want to keep your head covered to stay warm in the winter. Last year, my kids got me a pair of 180s ear muffs with bluetooth headset, which proved super cool during winter running, walking, cross country and downhill skiing.

This year, the 1 Voice Bluetooth Beanie Headphones ( are beanie-catpagean all-in-one solution that includes the wireless headphones (and microphone) that come in a variety of beanie styles that fit every head. Most beanies (we called them stocking hats growing up) are generally too small for my head, but the  Voice Bluetooth Beanie easily covers my ears and provides the same quality of sound I get from the 180s.

Eagle Scout project at Bake Oven Knob

Two local Boy Scouts have helped make hikers, birders, hunters and others more aware of procedures and policies at Bake Oven Knob on State Game Lands 217 along the Appalachian Trail.

Josh Harman (bottom photo with Pennsylvania Game Commision WCO Kevin Halbfoerster),  a senior at Parkland High School, and Colton Arndt (top right photo), a senior at Northampton High School, recently completed signboard building and placement  as part of their Eagle Scout project.

The new signage lists important information for people taking part in hunting, hiking and other outdoors related activities.

The two Boy Scouts worked with Wildlife Conservation Officer Kevin Halbfoerster to erect signboards in the Baer Rocks and Bake Oven parking lot access points. Two other signboards were erected along the top of the mountain where Route 309 crosses the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Halbfoerster complimented the two young men for doing a professional job with the signage.


Hello Blogosphere!

I’m a veteran  sports and outdoors journalist with a wide variety of skills, talents and contacts ready to begin my own blog after doing so for a newspaper in the past.

I’ve covered two Summer Olympic Games, two Super Bowls, six Stanley Cup finals, NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, World Cup and CONCACAF soccer, the Philadelphia Flyers, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants and New York Jets, Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the AHL, as well as world class track and road cycling.

For the last several years, I’ve added the outdoors beat, including hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, conservation issues and more. I truly believe that today’s conservation efforts are necessary to protect, preserve and enhance our proud hunting and fishing heritage.

My site isn’t quite running at full speed at the moment, so look for daily improvements and a host of topics.

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One of my more popular features in print was always the Holiday Gift Guide for the Outdoors, and thanks to the endless stream of words I’m allowed here, there will be plenty of items featured, but instead of one blog entry, I’ll spread it out over many entries in the next few weeks, so please check back often.

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