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Destinations Outdoors

Hunting / Sailing / Fishing / Hiking / Birding

October 06, 2005|By CANDUS THOMSON

What if a knife company with more than 80 years in the business downsized?

You'd have the Great Neck Saw Co.'s Sheffield line of miniature multi-tools and utility knives.

The 12-in-1 multi-tool does a lot of the same things as the big guys made by Leatherman and Gerber. It has pliers and knives and screwdrivers, but folds down to 2 1/2 inches and weighs less than 2 ounces, perfect for the corner of a fanny pack, a fishing vest pocket or tackle box. The utility knife accepts all standard blades and squeezes down into just as tiny a package as its diminutive partner. Both come with lifetime guarantees.

Great Neck Saw also offers a mini-flashlight that runs on two AA batteries, but I'd pass on that. Its outer surface is slippery when wet and the beam it generates isn't nearly as impressive as flashlights in the same category. On the plus side, the back end of the flashlight is a hex-shape, which keeps it from rolling off a table.

The Sheffield line is available at many chain hardware and auto parts stores, or you can find an outlet online at greatnecksaw.com. You can find a mini-tool/knife combination package for about $16 on many online bargain sites.

Biking

Oct. 15 -- Hands-on advanced bike maintenance workshop, 10:30 a.m., REI Timonium, 63 W. Aylesbury Rd. Fee (includes lunch and a maintenance manual), $85 for members; $100 for non-members. Space limited. Call: 410-252-5920.

Birding

Saturday -- Look for migratory birds during a walk at Mount Pleasant Farm with the Howard County Bird Club, 8 a.m. Free. Meet at shed off Route 99 near Woodstock Road. Wear boots. Details: 410-461-3361 or howardbirds.org.

Boating

Today-Monday -- U.S. Sailboat Show, Annapolis City Dock. Details: usboat.com.

Oct. 13-16 -- U.S. Powerboat Show, Annapolis City Dock. Details: usboat.com.

Fishing

Today-Saturday -- 26th Annual Mid-Atlantic Surf Fishing Tournament, Ocean City. Details: 410-213-0646.

Hiking

Sunday -- Help repair and upgrade trails at Patapsco Valley State Park. Contact Larry Martin, volunteer coordinator, at 410-465-3287 or at lmartin@dnr.state.md.us at least two days in advance to receive starting time and directions to the trailhead.

Hunting

Saturday -- Muzzleloader Sight-In Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Glenbrook Rifle Association, 8170 Waterford Road, Pasadena. Call 410-255-6498.

Sunday and Oct. 16 -- Hunter sight-in, Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore range, Marriottsville and Wards Chapel roads, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All firearms. Cost: $5 per firearm plus $1 donation to Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry. Details: 410-461-8532.

Volunteers

Sunday -- Clean up at Loch Raven Reservoir, noon. Volunteers should meet at Warren Elementary School at 11 a.m. Free pizza will be served. To register, call 410-252-5920, or send an e-mail to FriendsLochRaven@aol.com.

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