LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – We're sharing five everyday items that should last a lifetime from Readers Digest.
1. A cast-iron skillet - The surface should be uniformly dull gray inside and out, and rough in texture with small grains or "pores." Avoid pans with seams, cracks, or uneven sharp edges. Buy one without a wooden handle and avoid a ridged bottom because a flat surface conducts heat best.
2. A kitchen knife - Avoid knives that have a serrated cutting edge or those that claim to "never need sharpening." Good knives *do need sharpening. Make sure you're comfortable handling it - and buy a honing steel to keep your knife honed.
3. Hand tools - Good quality hand tools should last not just *one lifetime - but for a couple of generations. Look for forged rather than cast metal and plastic, fiberglass or metal handles - rather than wood.
4. Albums - Look for a baby book, photo album or scrapbook with pages made from dye-free pH-balanced archival paper. Attach your photos and memorabilia with picture corners or small mounting squares. Avoid plastic sheets and sticky-backed pages and don't use regular tape.
5. A leather bag - The most durable bags are made of top-grain leather. Leather described as "full grain" won't necessarily last longer. Look for small, tight stitches made with heavy thread. And Make sure clamps, hinges and locks work smoothly.