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Discussion in 'The Breakroom' started by cybe, Feb 10, 2008.

  1. cybe

    cybe Empty Pockets

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    Since there seems to be a bit of finns here (their everywhere!) why not start a thread where we can talk finnish, and about finnish shops, maybe arrange group buys etc....

    Ja sama suomeksi... =)
     
  2. Valerian

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    I think that's a good idea, but perhaps we should stick to English for the most part, so the moderators don't get upset. Or would it be ok for us to use a "secret" language?

    About Finnish shops, I found Kivenalla a few months ago. Got some Rite-in-the-Rain notebooks and other small items from them. They have some interesting odds and ends, but not a huge selection of stuff. Decent pricing for most items, good service and fast shipping. (I have no affiliation with them other than as a customer.)

    I'm always interested in group buys, let me know if you are planning something.
     
  3. cybe

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    I found it too a while ago too, probably whilst trying to find pillfobs in finland. They have the "bison tube" with Geocaching.com logo on but I havn't ordered one yet. Know if anyone else sells pillfobs in Finland? I could use a couple.

    Other shop in/for Finland:

    http://kaupat.com - a list of shops (not completely free, surf around for a while and suddenly it tells you there's a limit how many pages you can visit per day....)
    http://www.teraasekeskus.com/teraasekeskus.html - knives, weapons, (english too)
    http://www.genesistactical.fi/ - maxpedition etc
    http://www.varusteleka.fi/ - army stuff, very good deals often
    http://personal.inet.fi/yritys/vm-arms/ - army stuff, wilderness clothes etc.. havn't tried it
    lots of other army + paintball shops in finland...
    http://www.partioaitta.fi/ - expensive
    http://www.lassinretkiaitta.fi/ - across the street of the above IIRC, exactly as expensive (?!)
    https://www.ulkoilukauppa.com/ - just as expensive
    http://toolshop.de/ - german shop, quite ok, maxpedition, gear, knives...
    http://www.progear.net
    http://huuto.net - some things are sensible to get from here, leathermans, flashlights, some clothes (new)..
    http://www.reittipiste.fi/
    http://www.varuste.net/
     
  4. Valerian

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    Looks like we have found the same shops. Not really a surprise, but you never know... I've had good experiences with Genesis Tactical and Varusteleka, too. Very good customer service.

    Actually, that's exactly how I found them, too. I ordered a couple of those tubes from them and they are ok. The anodizing wears quickly, but that was to be expected.

    Don't know anybody else, who sells pillfobs. Pet stores might have some small fobs, which you can attach to a dog collar and put your contact info inside, but they are tiny. Of course, you could get a cheap Maglite Solitaire from Huuto.net and modify it to use as a pill fob. :)
     
  5. cybe

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    Some things I've been unable to find in europe.

    - a little prybar. I was going to buy a normal one in a hardware store and modify it to be more portable by sawing it half but the didn't have one... I've destroyed a couple of knives already by using them as prybars.

    - a metal cup that fits outside a nalgene bottle (and a laken/sigg bottle)
     
  6. Valerian

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    Biltema sells a fairly small one, but it's still 18.5cm. Would fit in a bag, though.
     
  7. cybe

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    Thank you!
     
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    And so the Finnish thread wakes up again....

    Finland is very expensive, here's an example:

    Teräasekeskus (finnish weapons shop)
    Benchmade Vex
    http://www.teraasekeskus.com/tuotteet.asp?osasto=kaantoveitset&ID=3815
    69 EUR = 92 USD



    Ebay: (tip: search and sort "Price + Shipping: lowest first")
    http://preview.tinyurl.com/7b3oqy
    44.95 +$7.95 = 40 EUR

    If a purchase is roughly under 45 EUR (60USD) one doesn't need to pay taxes... Pirate tulli steal alot from you too, and it seemed they have this quite dirty game together with Posti. They send you home this letter telling you that your item has arrived and Posti can handle the tullaus for which they want quite a big sum too. And the letter didn't have very specific information what the alternative is (To drive to tulli and handle it yourself)...
     
  9. Valerian

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    What? That sounds weird, I've never received a letter like that. Every time my packages have got stuck in the customs, I have just received a slip of paper in the mail, that says I must go to the customs office to get it and if I don't, they'll send it back.

    Besides, taxes and customs are perfectly legal and no piracy. Let that be a pre-emptive reminder, that discussing ways to avoid them will not be allowed on this forum.
     
  10. rueingeni

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    I hope this isn't too off topic.. but I go to school in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, which is the only place in the United States that was primarily settled by Finns (which is still a huge cultural influence).
     
  11. Corporal Punishment

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    Excuse me for dropping in on your Finnish party.... ;)
    I too have been on a search (nay, a 5 year quest) for a metal cup with folding handles that will snugly nest around a 500ml plastic Nalgene bottle.

    With the wide popularity of the standard Nalgene and all the myriad after-market accessories available for it that no one has made a decent nesting cup for it yet since it's such a simple, but universally convenient (space-saving) way to carry a handy cup for cooking and other camping exigencies. And while they're at it, they should make a "nesting" Hexane stove to nest over that cup like the ones they make for US military canteen cups (you just flip this ventilated aluminum sleeve over, stick your canteen cup on it, ignite a single Hexane bar, and in about 10 minutes you have hot water for coffee, soup, or heating up an MRE packet).

    Note: I have already been able to find a stainless steel cup with folding handles for my 1000ml Nalgene (at a local chain called Any Mountain here in California). I have been able to find a cup that fits my 500ml Nalgene, but the handle is fixed (and so will not fit in my Nalgene holster). And if I had my druthers, it would be Titanium.


    Do you guys still have the President who looks just like our comedian Conan O'Brien?
     
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    Well the school (Michigan Tech) is located in Houghton, MI, which is in the Keweenaw peninsula, which is a part of the upper peninsula. The area was very well known for its copper mining from about 1850 until 1968, and the large proportion of Finns who came here to work in the mines...
    The main towns here are Houghton and Hancock, and another important town was Calumet, MI, which is further up the peninsula and I believe a lot of the miners lived there. I don't know how much information you have, but your mother is almost definately from somewhere in the Keweenaw peninsula... there is tons more information out on the internet if you google "copper country" or "keweenaw peninsula history" or something like that. Hopefully that helps.
     
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    Thanks, I remember it was a mining town area. Calumet is where she was from. Copper mining, OK. thanks again.
     
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    My great grandfather and his family came over from Finland and was a copper miner there in the upper peninsula. Moved to Minnesota where there's a number of large Finnish communities too.
     
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    Here's one for the quart bottle at Campmor.
     
  17. Corporal Punishment

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    Thanks, dewildman, but that's pretty much the 1000ml size cup that I already have (and it is a great multi-purpose camp cup). What I've been looking for is the next size down for the smaller Nalgenes (500ml or 16 oz.).
    But perhaps this is the size that our Finnish friend here is looking for.
     
  18. Valerian

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    My grandmother's grandfather moved to Michigan in 1900 or so. He sent a couple of photos but then was never heard from again, no idea what happened to him.

    My wife also has relatives in Michigan, and they have visited us a couple of times. They even spoke a little Finnish. With a funny accent and their vocabulary was about a century out of date, but no matter, I think it's impressive they still know how to speak it, even after a few generations!
     
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    Perhaps they offer this service to people who live far away from the customs office.... If I remember correctly Posti wanted 15 eur for their service (+ the real taxes etc )

    I don't like it. The state comes between me and a seller and demands money. They then use this money for other things I don't like.
     
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