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Lifetime guarantees are increasingly rare in the retail world, but consumers bear at least some of the blame. A horde of online dumpster divers forced L.L. Bean to discontinue its lifetime guarantee after they raided secondhand shops for goods they returned for new gear. Customers sued, but the policy's reduction to one year of coverage remains in effect. A few years before that, a rapidly expanding REI made a similar change to its policy after years of abuse. It isn't that companies aren't standing behind their products: They're just getting a little tired of handing out goods to people who went on scavenger hunts for someone else's cast-off gear. Not every company has lost faith, however.


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Zippo Lighter
Amazon
Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Signature Deep Round Oven, 5.25qt., Flame
Amazon
Cross Coventry Black Lacquer Ballpoint Pen
Amazon

Cross Pens

$20 from Amazon
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Virtually indestructible and meant to last for generations, Cross pens can cost up to $320 and are given a full perpetual warranty guarantee. That means Cross will repair or replace any pen for any reason for the life of its owner. But ink refills, custom décor, fountain pen nibs, and other parts damaged from impact, unreasonable use, or obvious abuse are excluded.


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Stanley Classic Vacuum Insulated Wide Mouth Bottle
Amazon
JanSport SuperBreak One Backpack, Navy
Amazon
Lodge Cast Iron
Amazon
Master Lock 1506D Locker Combination Padlock, 1 Pack, Blue
Amazon
Leatherman Wingman Multi-Tool
Amazon
Buck Knives The 55 Folding Pocket Knife
Amazon

Buck Knife

$60 from Amazon
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The buck knife dates back to 1902, but the Buck Knife company has been around since 1945 and is in its fourth generation. Its "Forever Warranty" has helped retain customers by covering knives in case of defects or poor workmanship. If you used the knife (its gear starts around $20 but ranges up to $500) as a hammer, chisel, pry bar, or screwdriver, Buck will either repair it for a fee or get you a new one for 50 percent of the original price — at least, the first time.

Craftsman Tools Kit, 102-Piece
Amazon

Craftsman Hand Tools

$83 from Amazon
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After selling exclusively at Sears for nearly 90 years, Craftsman is now part of the Black & Decker Stanley family. You've already seen Stanley on this list, so it shouldn't surprise you that many Craftsman hand tools — including screwdrivers, ratchets, wrenches, and hammers — get a full lifetime warranty. If it doesn't live up to your standards for any reason, take it back.


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All-Clad Essentials Nonstick Skillet Set, 4-Piece
Amazon

All-Clad Cookware

$150 from Amazon
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Cookware is going to take a beating even if you treat it right. All-Clad knows this, which is why it guarantees its cookware against defects for life. Granted, the warranty won't help if you scratch up a nonstick surface with a metal utensil or mar the outside with a scouring pad, but everything from a $57 fry pan to $1,500 set of copper pots is guaranteed to survive until you've cooked it into oblivion.

Shinola The Runwell' Leather Strap Watch, 47mm
Nordstrom
Darn Tough Merino Wool Boot Sock Full Cushion, Black
Amazon
Wüsthof Gourmet Knife Block Set, One Size, Beechwood Block, Stainless Knives
Amazon
Home Depot
Home Depot

DeWalt Tools

$199 from Home Depot
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We could make a list of tool manufacturers alone that would fit the "for life" bill, but DeWalt is a bit different. For one, it guarantees that its carbide and masonry bits won't break or they'll replace them free of charge. Its multi-tiered warranty also covers mechanics' tools, which they will replace at any point without question. Its hand tools get a limited lifetime warranty that replaces or repairs defective items.

Escali Primo Lightweight Scale, Black
Amazon
Liberty Tabletop Annapolis 60 Piece Flatware Set
Amazon
Lupine 1 Inch Jelly Roll Adjustable Dog Collar
Amazon

LupinePet Dog Collar

$15 from Amazon
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A collar generally has a lot of staying power, but not if a dog chews it to ribbons. LupinePet dog collars include a lifetime guarantee. It won't cover you if your dog outgrows a collar, loses it, or simply makes it smell or look funky, but a policy that covers chewing can mean big savings for a household that's trying to train a dog.


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Briggs & Riley Baseline-Classic Toiletry Kit, Black
Amazon
Filson Men's Neoshell Reliance Jacket, Raven
Amazon

Filson Goods

$395 from Amazon
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Since 1897, the Filson brand of bags, apparel, work gear, outdoor gear, and accessories has been based around being rugged enough to tame the Gold Rush and the western elements. That's given it great confidence in its products, to the point that its guarantee covers repair or replacement of every product it sells for the life of the product should defects, poor workmanship, or even weak materials lead to its demise.


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Davek Solo Umbrella, Classic Black
Amazon

Davek Umbrella

$115 from Amazon
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Davek compact umbrellas range from simple mini totes ($49) to a $135 umbrella with a chip in the handle that can be tracked by phone within 30 feet and sends an alert with coordinates if it goes beyond that point. If a Davek breaks, the company will send a new one for free (minus shipping) and, should it go lost beyond your ability to get it back, Davek will sell you a new one for up to half the original price.

Kobalt 250-Piece Standard (SAE) and Metric Combination Polished Chrome Mechanics Tool Set
Lowe's
Timbuk2 Especial Stash Weatherproof Messenger Bag, Medium
Amazon
Sea to Summit Aeros Premium Inflatable Travel Pillow, Large (16.5 x 11), Magenta
Amazon
Pactimo Men's Summit Aero SS Jersey
Pactimo
Mini Bili Black Floral Baby and Kids Dungarees
House of Bilimoria

Mini Bili Children's Clothes

$45 from House of Bilimoria
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It's a lifetime guarantee, and the products at this bespoke London atelier are guaranteed against defects and poor workmanship for life, but they're also children's clothes — which means they're designed for almost immediate obsolescence. Buy one of these pieces from the House of Billmoria, though, and you can return it for a 30 percent discount on new clothing when your child outgrows it.

Dewit 3-Piece Tool Gift Set with 3-Tine Cultivator, Forged Trowel and Forged Hand Fork
Amazon
Fisher Space Pen Bullet Pen 400 Series, Matte Black
Amazon
Patagonia Women's Better Sweater Jacket, Pelican
Backcountry

Patagonia Clothing

$139 from Backcountry
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Patagonia has made its reputation through clothes that live up to its namesake, a South American region known for its rugged near-Antarctic climate. It doesn't matter if you're buying a pair of $649 waders or a $7 headband: Patagonia's "Ironclad Guarantee" states that "If you are not satisfied with one of our products at the time you receive it, or if one of our products does not perform to your satisfaction, return it to the store you bought it from or to Patagonia for a repair, replacement, or refund." Even wear-and-tear will be repaired for a small fee.

CamelBak M.U.L.E. Mountain Biking Hydration Backpack, Black
Amazon
Solo Stove
Amazon

Solo Stove Campfire Stove

$110 from Amazon
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Solo Stove produces a number of high-efficiency portable camp stoves and fire pits. Users who aren't 100 percent satisfied with a purchase for any reason can get a free pre-paid return label for any order shipped within the lower 48 states. Send it back within 30 days for a full refund complete with shipping costs. Return it later, and you'll get store credit and a bill for shipping.

Goughnuts Durable Rubber Dog Chew Toy Ring
Amazon

Goughnuts Dog Toys

$21 from Amazon
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Dog toys are made to be chewed and, under normal circumstances, aren't the kind of thing expected to last forever. But Goughnuts has built its brand around safe, chewable dog toys and has implanted a red "Chew Toy Safety Indicator" in each to let you know when they become a hazard for your dog. They'll provide a free replacement, but you're expected to kick in an extra $8 for shipping.


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SunGod Classics3 Sunglasses
SunGod

SunGod Classics3 Sunglasses

$80 and up from SunGod
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SunGod sunglasses are supposed to stand up to rigorous athletic tests. As a result, the company offers a lifetime guarantee that will repair these typically $100 items free of charge if they break. But "break" does not cover lens scratches, wear and tear, loss or theft, alteration, misuse or abuse.

United By Blue 25L Convertible Daily Bag, Midnight
Amazon
Benchmade 570SBK-1 Presidio II
Amazon
Dakine Unisex Essentials Mini Backpack
Amazon
Feetures High Performance Ultra Light No Show Tab Solid Unisex Running Socks
Amazon
Fiskars Gardening Tools: Bypass Pruning Shears
Amazon
Hydro Flask Standard Mouth Bottle with Sport Cap, Pacific
Amazon
The North Face Men's Antora Jacket, Vanadis Grey
Amazon

North Face Gear

$89 from Amazon
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The North Face likes to brag about how some of its 1973 Superlight sleeping bags are still in circulation, which makes having a lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects all the more important. Damage caused by accident, improper care, negligence, normal wear and tear, or the natural breakdown of colors and materials over extended time and use aren't covered. Its footwear isn't either.

Orvis Men's Pursell Waterproof Jacket, Khaki
Amazon

Orvis Jackets

$249 from Amazon
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Orvis says its product guarantees date back to 1856, which makes this iconic outdoor company one of the first (and few) to stand by a 100 percent guarantee. If you don't like a product or have an issue with it, return it at any time for a replacement or a refund. It isn't 100 percent free — you're on the hook for refund shipping — but it isn't laden with a bunch of caveats, either.


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Outdoor Research Women's Expressa Skort, Pewter
Amazon
Rainbow Sandals Mens The Bentley Luxury Leather, Buckskin
Amazon
Xikar Xi2 Cigar Cutter
Amazon
Peugeot Paris U'Select Salt & Pepper Mill 9" Set, Natural And Chocolate
Amazon

Peugeot Salt & Pepper Mills

$107 on Amazon
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This is one "lifetime" warranty for which it pays to read the fine print. Yes, the mechanism of this French company's salt and pepper mills are guaranteed for life. But the bodies are only guaranteed two years from the date of purchase for electric versions and five years for manual mills. Considering their sets start at about $30 apiece, and can cost as much as $210, that difference in coverage can get pricey.


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