'Illegitimi Non Carborundum' Paperweight

A reminder that when times get tough..."don't let the bastards grind you down!"

$42.00

Keep On Keeping On

When times get tough...don't let the bastards grind you down! Made in Vermont of lead-free pewter, this humorous and uplifting paperweight is sure to make you smile. 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!

Exclusive Made in the USA
Made from
pewter
Measurements
3" dia.; weight: 8.25 oz.
Ingredients
Item ID
17923

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UncommonGoods'Illegitimi Non Carborundum' Paperweight
 
4.6

(based on 64 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (44)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Unique (43)
  • Durable (40)
  • Sleek design (23)
  • Attractive (12)

Cons

  • Smaller than expected (4)
  • Smaller than I expected (4)

Best Uses

  • Everyday use (29)
  • Organization (14)
  • Office (8)
  • Living room (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (26), Quality oriented (19), Budget shopper (12), High-end shopper (4)
    • I Am A:
    • Family older kids (4), Family young kids (4), Single female (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (35), Business (16)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (61)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Coming back a second time to order this

Found this product in the catalog and almost flipped. My siblings and I grew up in the 60s being told "Remember the old family motto...". We never knew that it...Read complete review

Found this product in the catalog and almost flipped. My siblings and I grew up in the 60s being told "Remember the old family motto...". We never knew that it was anything but that. Love that it comes with an explanation about the origin of the quote, and love that it comes in not just the paperweight, but also a keychain and a necklace. I've bought for each of my siblings, and am now also purchasing for my nephews and mother. Unbelievably unique - and inspirational!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Too small

I thought the product itself was great, I am going to give it as a gift to my brother who is in law school. But the paper weight is tiny, I guess I...Read complete review

I thought the product itself was great, I am going to give it as a gift to my brother who is in law school. But the paper weight is tiny, I guess I should have done some more investigation into it. I just assumed because of the price, that it was bigger.

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5.0

This was well received!

By 

from Tampa

About Me Midrange Shopper

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Sturdy
  • Unique

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday Use

    Comments about UncommonGoods 'Illegitimi Non Carborundum' Paperweight:

    This was a gift for someone.

    • Primary use:
    • Business
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
     
    5.0

    Delighted my customer

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    from Boston, MA

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    Pros

    • Humorous
    • Sturdy
    • Unique

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday Use

      Comments about UncommonGoods 'Illegitimi Non Carborundum' Paperweight:

      It feels very solid

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
       
      3.0

      Paperweight looks fine but ...............

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      from Boulder, CO

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      Pros

      • Unique

      Cons

      • Didn't receive promised card explaining story

      Best Uses

        Comments about UncommonGoods 'Illegitimi Non Carborundum' Paperweight:

        Packaging says "packed by people earning a living wage". This is great but box was missing card explaining the story behind the saying on the gift.

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
         
        5.0

        HIgh Quality, unique gift

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        from Monument, CO

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        Pros

        • Unique

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday Use

          Comments about UncommonGoods 'Illegitimi Non Carborundum' Paperweight:

          Beautifully made, great quality

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
           
          5.0

          This is the second one I've bought for a gift

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          from Bismarck ND

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          Pros

          • Sleek Design
          • Sturdy
          • Unique

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday Use

            Comments about UncommonGoods 'Illegitimi Non Carborundum' Paperweight:

            I bought this for my boyfriend who is going through some issues with his job. He loves it!

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
             
            5.0

            Encouraging words!

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            from Lexington KY

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              Cons

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                • Everyday Use

                Comments about UncommonGoods 'Illegitimi Non Carborundum' Paperweight:

                Dad gave me this advice while I was working on my Ph.D., and I now pass them on to my son!

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes
                 
                5.0

                I would gift this item again

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                from Dahlonega GA

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                Pros

                • Sleek Design
                • Sturdy
                • Unique

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Conversation piece
                  • Conversation starter
                  • Desk decor
                  • Emergency weapon
                  • Inspirational
                  • Reminder

                  Comments about UncommonGoods 'Illegitimi Non Carborundum' Paperweight:

                  Son encountering difficulties on job. Gave paperweight for encouragement and to bolster confidence.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes
                   
                  5.0

                  Good product

                  By 

                  from Denver

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                  Pros

                  • Sturdy
                  • Unique

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Inspirational

                    Comments about UncommonGoods 'Illegitimi Non Carborundum' Paperweight:

                    Inspirational

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    Fun gift to give

                    By 

                    from Los Angeles, CA

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                    Pros

                    • The Recipient Was Deligh
                    • This Was A Gift And The

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about UncommonGoods 'Illegitimi Non Carborundum' Paperweight:

                        It is a fun gift and was appreciated greatly

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes
                         
                        5.0

                        Awesome gift for military folks

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                        from Honolulu

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                        Pros

                        • Nice Craftsmanship
                        • Quick Shipping
                        • Sleek Design
                        • Sturdy construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Office Environment

                          Comments about UncommonGoods 'Illegitimi Non Carborundum' Paperweight:

                          co worker loved it!

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes

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