Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Two Year Anniversary

The site is two years old!  Happy birthday website!

As I mentioned a few posts ago, I am going to do some giveaways for this, the two year anniversary of the site.  The list of giveaways thus far has been pretty impressive, in large part thanks to folks giving review samples to the site.  I could keep them but I have some ethical issues with that, so I decided a long time ago to give them away.

Here is the list of giveaways thus far:

1.  Custom S30V Benchmade Mini Grip ($130)
2.  Inkleaf Leather Moleskine Cover ($70)
3.  Iain Sinclair Cardsharp ($20)
4.  American Cutlery Over the Top Pocket Clip ($7)
5.  Boker Exskelibur II ($40)
6.  Coated Aircraft Cable ($3)
7.  RoBoT One Piece Multitool ($57)
8. Leatherman Sidekick ($30) 
9. CRKT Ripple 2 ($30)
10. CRKT Mah Eraser ($100)
11. Steve Ku Quantum DD ($60)
12. LED Lenser M7R ($120)
13. Sunwayman M11R Mr. Elfin ($80)
14. ESEE Candiru ($50)
15. TT PockeTTools TT-7 ($30)
16. MBI CoreTi ($75)

The total, right now, is $903.  All of this free, for doing nothing more than following the blog and on occasion contributing to one of the best charities on the planet.  But me saying thanks is one thing and me SHOWING thanks is another.  Let's add another $1,000 or so in new giveaways.  That's showing thanks right?

New Giveaways: Rules and Contests

Here is the list of giveaway items. 

1. Ka-Bar Mini Dozier ($15)
2. CRKT Drifter G10 ($18)
3. CRKT Drifter SS ($18)
4. Lighthound 1xAAA light ($25)
5. Lighthound 1xAA light ($25)
6. McGizmo Haiku Hi CRI edition ($500)
7. TAD Gear Production Dauntless, Mark II Black G10 ($350)

The giveaways start immediately and all of them will end on March 15th.  To win one of the first five awesome items, just become a follower of the site and post in the comment section of this post (you can find it below the post).  Winners will be announced on March 15. 

The Haiku contest submissions need to be in by the end of February.  I will post the ones I have left in March and announce the winner then.

But, as they say on TV infomercials, that's not all.... 

TAD Gear was very kind to GIVE me the review sample of the Dauntless.  Without indication to the contrary when I finish reviews I send the item back.  I did that in this case, only to have them contact me and tell me it was mine to keep.  They sent it back to me and now I can give it away.  Let me say that again, I am giving away a TAD Gear Production Dauntless, a knife with a retail of $350 and one that sells out so fast you can't really get it for that amount, unless you happen to be very lucky.  It is an amazing knife and I am giving it away.  I decided that the best way to do this is via a donation drive for the Wounded Warriors Project. 

Here is how you enter the contest:

1.  Go to the Wounded Warriors website.

2.  Make a charitable donation.

3.  When you receive the donation receipt email, forward it to me WITH AN UNALTERED SUBJECT LINE (I need to have the subject lines be the same so I can sort them easily, you can delete any payment or other info in the body of the email if you want).  Send it to this address (ones that go to the contact address I normally use will be disregarded, I can't sort them properly):

everydaycommentary at gmail dot com

in the normal format.  DELETE ALL OF THE FINANCIAL INFORMATION IN THE EMAIL, but if you could, please indicate how much you donated.  A larger amount won't make it more likely that you win, but I want to keep track so that I can have a total.  I am working on another giveaway and this data would be a nice selling point to make that one happen. 

4. I will pick an email at random on the Ides of March ( that is March 15th; no extra meaning, it just happens to be about halfway through the month) and that person will win the Dauntless.

Again, the amount of the donation doesn't matter and large donations won't be counted more than once.   I guess you could cheat, by faking a donation receipt email, but hopefully if you do you will be enjoying your free gear on the slow, hot elevator ride to hell.  I'll post how much we raise once everything is tallied.

Thanks

Thanks for reading.  It is a pleasure to write this site and tweet out information and do the podcast (see the Gear Geeks Live tab above).  The idea is that you have a wide variety of options for consuming content, all of which are high quality, consistent with each other, and marked by my distinct way of doing things.  I hope you enjoy reading this site as much as I enjoy writing this site. 

Thanks to the following folks for helping with awesome giveaways:

CKRT
TAD Gear
Lighthound 

Keep reading.  Watch the YouTube videos.  Listen (and rate and review) the podcast.  Follow on Twitter.  These first two years were awesome, but if everything goes as planned, the next two years and the next giveaways will be even better.

Oh and I normally don't brag, but these are, bar none, the best giveaways of any reviewer on the internet.  So Cajun Blaze (and every other interview gear reviewer out there), I see your Small Sebenza and raise you a Dauntless, a Haiku, and bunch of other gear as well ;)  

86 comments:

  1. Love the site, and entering the contest!

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  2. I'm in. Working on those reviews now.

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    1. I'm afraid I have to bow out on the reviews. Beyond workload at school, I can't justify a water bottle review when Buzzbait has done so much work on EDCF (and covered practically all the material), and a review on the Victorinox Farmer would run into the same issues that a review on a Sodbuster would have.

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  3. Tony, what cool fun, thanks and...please enter me.

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  4. This site is awesome; I wish I had something useful to review for the Haiku giveaway, but everything I usually carry has already been reviewed. I did just order a CRKT Minimalist as a potential fixed-blade EDC, so expect a possible review of that in the future.

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  5. I'm in!
    For one of the lights anyway... We have stupidly strict knife laws in Denmark.

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  6. This is quite the celebration!
    Thanks for running a great site!

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  7. Please enter me, also. Very kind of you!

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  8. Happy anniversary. Thanks for 2 years of great reads.

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  9. Happy happy, great reviews, great products, gave me great fun and an empty wallet!

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  10. Tony, I wasn't able to make a donation to Wounded Warriors (they didn't take my visa because of an address mismatch, never had that problem before. Is there an alternative to do this? For example I paypal you my donation and you slap it on to the next donation you will make to them?

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  12. Congratulations on your anniversary - it makes for a terrific reading with my morning coffee.

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  14. Epic! Happy 2nd anniversary! Thanks for 2x years of superb content.

    I've never seen a more generous givaway on any site, ever. Full credit! Looking forward to the next 2x years...

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  15. Congratulations. Awesome site.

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  16. I follow you in Google Reader, love your reviews. Even referred others here when I saw the Gerber Dime on sale last week.

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  17. Have been reading this blog with delight and introduced others to it since quite a long time now and I have enjoyed every single post of it. Obviously, I'm in for the contest ;) Thanks for the great work

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  18. Congratulations and thanks for all your hard work!

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  19. Awesome site! I read it all the time. Keep up the good work.

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  20. Great site, check it everyday. congrats.

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  21. Really enjoy reading your reviews, it's great to get good honest information (podcasts are great to) bought my Mini Grip on your recommendation, and very pleased I am to. The site must take up a lot of your time, it's much appreciated. Thank you

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  22. Tony, your "commentary" is among the very best. Keep it up.

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  23. This is a winning comment for sure!

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  24. Tony,

    Have loved this site since your Sebenza review. You have cost me a LOT of money, but it's been well spent!

    I am entering the contest.

    Greg Price
    Valis

    Valis

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  25. Thanks for your great work, and thanks for supporting Wounded Warriors!

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  27. Tony,

    Great blog. Have been a fan since your Sebenza review. You have cost ne a lot of money, but well spent! I am entering the contest.

    Thank you.

    Greg Price
    Valis
    Pricehilland@yahoo.com

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    1. Wonderful anniversary Tony. I am absolutely addicted to the site--although I won't say I hang on every word (my wife might just read this):-)

      Please count me in as well.

      Thanks

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  28. Love your site Tony and love your giveaways even more!!
    Looking forward to many years of EDC subject matter and wish you all the best!

    Speny

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  29. Happy anniversary Tony. Love your blog and your incredibly through reviews.

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  30. Happy Birthday to the site!
    Congratulations on reaching 2. Keep up the great work, Tony!

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  31. great contest, long time viewer first time official commenter! will be making a donation to wounded warriors also, good cause.

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  32. Really love the site! Have learned so much and keep learning more with every review. Congrats on 2 years!

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  33. Been reading for quite a long time now, just followed it but check it all of the time. Some of the best reviews out there. One thing I would say Tony, is that i think there are a lot of reviews that are not accessible except in your links to them in other articles and the archive by date. An update on the list of reviews would be nice, and a better search function even better. Congrats!

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  34. I have followed your blog for the past year and love it. Count me in on the contest and I look forward to may more years of great reviews.

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    1. Please count this comment!! I typed something wrong with that comment and had to delete it. Sorry if I caused any inconveniences.

      Just wanted to tell you that you are one heck of a reviewer and thank you for the awesome contest!!

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  36. Congrats on the two year mark! Hope there are many more to come. I enjoy your honest opinion on your reviews and find your input very reliable. Keep up the great work!

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  37. Happy 2-year anniversary. (+thanks for the generosity)

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  38. Thanks for bringing in the Wounded Warrior Project. I have donated. I would be thrilled to win the Dauntless or any other giveaway, but, regardless, my donation will in some small way help a GREAT cause.

    p.s. Congratulations on 2 Years!

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  39. Congratulations on two years. This site has helped me make informed decisions on what to purchase (or not) more than any other place. Keep up the good work.

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  40. Thanks for the blog, or more accurately, thanks for all your work Tony.

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  41. I've been lurking on your site for several months and have really enjoyed your reviews, views, and other content. Thanks so much for a great blog. Keep up the good work.

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  42. Happy anniversary and thanks for the awesome contest Tony! I might as well throw my name in the hat!

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  43. Tony,

    Congrats on the two years and thanks for the work you've put in! It's admirable that you feel ethically obliged to give away the products you get for review.

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  44. Congratulations on the two year anniversary of Everyday Commentary. In addition to your superb and extensive reviews, I really enjoy reading the little tidbits thrown in about your family, career and life in general, adding a personal touch really helps keep the blog light and fresh.

    Being a flashoholic, the flashlight reviews are my favorite and I hope to see more of them in the future. It looks like the Aeon MK. II are getting finished up soon and should be shipping in March and I know we'll be seeing a review on that little beauty soon enough. Luckily, I ordered one too, so I'll compare my assessment with yours which we both know should be outstanding.

    Once again, congratulations and thanks for all of the great reviews.



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  45. Thanks for an awesome site! Great place for reliable information. Keep it up!

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  46. Many thanks for running this site. I always look forward to reading your articles.

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  47. Happy, Happy!!!
    I come to this site at least once a day, and occasionally twice incase i missed a post. Perhaps it's my OCD?
    Anyways, keep up the awesome reviews.

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  48. I just found this site the other day and it's awesome! The information and reviews are great. Thanks!

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  49. Great blog - just found it recently. Well thought-out reviews, an interesting and concise alternative to Nutnfancy. Just took your advice and ordered a Spyderco Dragonfly 2 (VG-10, it's what I could afford). Suggestion: check out the Kershaw Scallion with black plastic scales - better grip than the SS. Would like to hear about your work as a public defender, sounds fascinating. Maybe in a separate blog? Think about it.

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  50. Great site - a regular highlight of my EDC reading!

    Congrats on 2 years - keep up the great work!

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  51. One of the few websites that i visit on a regular basis. great reviews from a great individual. never won anything online before, so here's to changing that!

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  52. count me in, tony! congrats and thank you!

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  53. I'm not amused to find my own knife photo in your Blog.
    last post here:
    http://www.everydaycommentary.com/2011/10/quests-endor-not-even-close.html?showComment=1361998574342#c8581503254475491378

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  54. Just recently found your site and have found it very interesting. Who knows maybe I might win something. Then again probably not. Keep the great reviews going. Thanks

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  55. Happy Anniversary!! Always enjoy reading your blog. Thanks for the contest

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  56. Happy two year anniversary! Love the site and reviews! Thanks for the great giveaways!

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  57. Congrats again on hitting the two-year mark with this great site. :) keep those reviews coming!

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  58. Happy Anniversary! This is one of my very favorite sites, and since reading it, I've been a lot more mindful about the tools that I carry and the work that I do. Thank you!

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  59. Happy anniversary! Saw a news report today that the TSA will start allowing pocket knives with a 2.36 inch or shorter blade on flight starting in April. Hope that is true!

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  60. Happy Anniversary! I'm only sorry I didn't find your blog earlier. Your reviews and insights are fantastics and the giveaways are simply unbelieveable.

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  61. Count me in! And definitely going to be contributing to Wounded Warriors as well.

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  62. Happy anniversary! I love the site and have been following for quite a while. I'll join the contest as well. Thanks for doing this and keep up with the good and critical posts.

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  63. Congrats on two years and thanks for the awesome giveaways!!

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  65. Love your writing; these giveaways are such a nice bonus.

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  66. Found you though Loaded Pocketz - between the two of you feeling really inspired to start my own blog, need another outlet for my obsession other than collecting stuff!!! Massive thanks for your efforts!

    Fred

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  67. Congrats on two years! Great reviews and insight that go above and beyond. Cheers!

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  68. I absolutely love that you support Wounded Warriors! This is my and my fathers favorite charity and each year we donate to the WW project in lieu of presents for each other. What a great contest you are running and what a great website you have. I have been reading your posts since almost the begining and I am glad to see how it has evolved. Really, thank you for supporting such a great and noble cause. I have just became a follower of yours and made another donation. Thanks again!

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  69. Thanks for the awesome giveaways and excellent reviews!!

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  70. Best wishes for another awesome 2 years.
    Cheers
    T

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