Objects of Desire: Anton Savage
The radio broadcaster and communications expert tells Andrea Smith about his favourite purchases
My Leatherman Supertool 300 (€97.79, Switchcraft.ie) is the handiest thing in the world to have in your pocket, because the tools on it actually work properly. I need to have one because I have a lot of old stuff that tends to break, like my car!
I'm no use in the kitchen, but I cut up things like veg or meat and I like doing it in a way that doesn't remove my fingers. Zwilling Henckel is a German company that has been making knives for over 100 years, and its standard eight-inch knife is gorgeous as it's light and stays sharp forever (three-piece knife set, €239, Arnotts.ie).
I love reading history books and biographies, and have just finished Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates by Brian Kilmeade (currently €21.02, Easons.com) and am starting the history of Anders Behring Breivik (One of Us by Asne Seierstad, €11.99) Over Christmas, I reread Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea (€9.50), which is the first novel I've read outside work for years.
I drive an old relic of a car - a 26-year-old Mercedes SEL class 1990 - and I love it. It cost me five or six grand 10 years ago, and it's so comfortable, it's almost like someone strapped an engine to your sitting room. I've never had a new car in my life and have never sold on a car - they just die in my arms! As a result of having such an old car, I end up travelling around with spare parts, and this is principally why I always carry my Leatherman multi-tool with me too.
I love the Sennheiser HD380 Pro headphones (€149, Xmusic.ie) as I have to wear headphones on the show for over three hours per day. They're great quality, and they're comfortable and don't press the side of your head or make you sweat.
I spend a lot of time in and out of water, between walking with my Golden Retriever Jack around beaches and lakes, and sometimes fishing, and life is too short for wet feet. My Meindl Army Pro boots (€289.99, GreatOutdoors.ie) are the world's greatest boots, in my opinion, because they're waterproof and come most of the way up to the shin, so you can wade in and out of water with them like wellies. They're also sufficiently well-made that the salt water doesn't eat up the metal bits.
If I have time on my hands, I'll go to a hardware store and buy pieces of wood to make stuff like picnic tables and shelves. While none of it is very good, it entertains me. My DeWalt Premium Circular Saw (€562.34, HandyHardware.ie) is really useful, because it makes lovely long cuts and it goes through materials like butter.
How to get Anton's favourite things on a smaller budget
Our modest Anton swears he's not a dab hand in the kitchen, but at least he knows that you need to equip yourself with the proper tools for the job. Like his radio show, this 8-inch Victorinox Chef's knife (€28.50, ChefKnives.ie) will get straight to the heart of the matter in no time.
Whether you're the handy type, like our hero, or you're not, like most of us, it's useful to have a multi-tool around the place. This yellow Stanley 14-in-one Multi-tool (€29.99, WoodiesDIY.com) is compact and versatile, and it even has a bottle opener for when you end up chucking the damn DIY project and resort to the drink!
Okay, we can't do anything budget for Anton's 1990 car, but we recommend this AA Breakdown & Emergency Kit (€36.99, Halfords.ie) with a hazard triangle, tow rope, booster cables, footpump, gloves and weatherproof torch.
Every dog-owner knows you have to walk the hairy hounds come hail or shine, and in this country, it's very often a wet, soggy task. Our pooches also have an uncanny knack for leading themselves (and us) into muddy situations, but Muck Boot Chore boots (€119, Wellies.ie) will at least keep Anton's feet dry.
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