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Lucky Bastard

When times get tough...don't let the bastards grind you down!

Made in Rhode Island of sterling silver. Comes in a presentation box with a card explaining the origin of the phrase (see below).

Uncommon Knowledge: The phrase "Illegitimi non carborundum" may look like Latin, but it doesn't exactly translate to "Don't Let the Bastards Grind You Down."

Carborundum is actually the name of an extremely hard mineral (silicon carbide) used for grinding. Illegitimi suggests illegitimate, but it really has no meaning in Latin.

The phrase originated during World War II and is attributed to British army intelligence. It was later adopted by US Army general "Vinegar" Joe Stillwell as his war-time motto.

Also available as a keychain, paperweight and necklace!

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Item ID
19026
Made from
sterling silver
Measurements
.75" dia.
Notes
sterling silver weight: 0.5 oz

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"ILLEGITIMI NON CARBORUNDUM" CUFFLINKS
 
4.5

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (7)

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    (8)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Unique design (9)
  • Stylish (8)
  • Finish (5)
  • Attractive (4)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Business wear (9)
  • Gifts (5)
  • Casual dresser (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Stylish (7), Career (5), Midrange shopper (4), Modern (4), Classic style (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (13)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other (3)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (3)

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5.0

Great gift idea!

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from San Francisco, CA

About Me Career, Classic, Modern, Stylish

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Brilliant Finish
  • Good Size
  • Perfect Size
  • Stylish
  • Unique Design

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Business Wear
    • Evening Out

    Comments about "ILLEGITIMI NON CARBORUNDUM" CUFFLINKS:

    I bought these cufflinks as a Christmas gift for my husband who is starting his own business. He loved the polished silver look in addition to the inspiring message. It was a well-received gift!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes, Yes
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Husband
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or Hanukkah

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    5.0

    Great product!

    By 

    from Twin Cities, MN

    About Me High End Shopper, Modern, Stylish

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Brilliant Finish
    • Secures Cuff Firmly
    • Stylish
    • Unique Design

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Casual
      • Evening Out

      Comments about "ILLEGITIMI NON CARBORUNDUM" CUFFLINKS:

      Needed a gift for "the man that has everything", this is a winner!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Other
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Christmas or Hanukkah

      Comment on this review

       
      4.0

      Working Grinds you down - commiserate!

      By 

      from Boulder, CO

      About Me Career, Classic, Modern, Stylish

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Brilliant Finish
      • Secures Cuff Firmly
      • Stylish

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Business Wear

        Comments about "ILLEGITIMI NON CARBORUNDUM" CUFFLINKS:

        Work often is a grind - commiserate in a stealthy way with colleagues with these great links. Gave as a gift and they were well received. Had to buy a pair for myself.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
        • Other
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Christmas or Hanukkah

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        4.0

        A unique gift

        By 

        from Peachtree City, GA

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Stylish
        • Unique Design

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Business Wear

          Comments about "ILLEGITIMI NON CARBORUNDUM" CUFFLINKS:

          My 30-ish son-in-law collects and loves to wear unique cufflinks. I think he will love this set!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes, Yes
          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
          • Child
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Birthday

          Comment on this review

           
          5.0

          Subtrefuge!

          By 

          from Washington D.C.

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Secures Cuff Firmly
          • Stylish
          • Unique Design

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Business Wear
            • For Off The Cuff Comments

            Comments about "ILLEGITIMI NON CARBORUNDUM" CUFFLINKS:

            When you really want to tell them what you think, but you really need the job, you now have wrist support!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes, Yes
            • Who was the recipient of this product?:
            • Other
            • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
            • Birthday

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            5.0

            Perfect!

            By 

            from Los Angeles, CA

            About Me Career, Classic, High End Shopper, Modern, Practical, Stylish

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Stylish
            • Unique Design

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Business Wear
              • Casual

              Comments about "ILLEGITIMI NON CARBORUNDUM" CUFFLINKS:

              This has always been my husband's favorite quote, so I was shocked to see it on a pair of cufflinks! Great motivational quote! Had to get it for him.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

              Comment on this review

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Fun and Unique Cufflinks

              By 

              from Anchorage, Alaska

              About Me Career, High End Shopper, Stylish

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Beautiful sterling silver
              • Brilliant Finish
              • Unique Design

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Business Wear
                • Casual

                Comments about "ILLEGITIMI NON CARBORUNDUM" CUFFLINKS:

                Cufflinks are a Christmas gift and I was pleased when I opened the package. They might be a little bit small in size for a man, but I think my son-in-law (who is an attorney) will like them.

                Service and delivery comments:

                Service and delivery were great.

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Nice Piece of History

                By 

                from Northern Virginia

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Stylish
                • Unique Design

                Cons

                • Expensive
                • Flawed

                Best Uses

                • Business Wear

                Comments about "ILLEGITIMI NON CARBORUNDUM" CUFFLINKS:

                Purchased for an history buff, he loved the gift. I was concerned about a flaw in the finish where a piece of metal had crossed into some of the letters on one cufflink. He did not want to return them. For the price, I expected better quality.

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Exactly as advertised!

                By 

                from Erie, PA

                About Me Career, Stylish

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Brilliant Finish
                • Great quality and price
                • Unique Design

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Business Wear

                  Comments about "ILLEGITIMI NON CARBORUNDUM" CUFFLINKS:

                  Web site description excellent.[...]

                  Comment on this review

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Cute Cufflinks!

                  By 

                  from Virginia

                  About Me Stylish

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Stylish
                  • Unique Design

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Business Wear

                    Comments about "ILLEGITIMI NON CARBORUNDUM" CUFFLINKS:

                    This is a Christmas gift for my husband so they haven't been worn yet, but they are very cute and I know he will laugh at the saying.

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