Monthly Archives: December 2010

Happy New Year from TSA Knives!!!

I was doing a little reflecting on 2010 and what all we saw from Great Eastern.  Just a few things I can think of include the new Hunter Series, the 48’s, 56’s, 66’s, rebirth of the 36 and 3 blade Exec Whittlers, the 2 blade Congress, 4 blade 53’s, more new handle materials and colors.   Then there were the little things like the posters, new eye popping labels, the launch of GEC’s blog and a new ‘edge’ on the blades.  And of course, we gave an official name to our favorite Beaver.  Did anyone get bored????  And if anyone thinks Great Eastern is just kickin’ back and gliding along, well….. you haven’t been paying attention.

Business wise it was an incredible year.  In spite of all the doom and gloom, high unemployment around the country and increasing prices, thanks to all of my great customers and Great Eastern Cutlery, this has been a record breaker on all accounts.  In 2010 I saw the largest increase in new customers that I’ve ever recorded.  This is particularly encouraging as a lot of them were buying their very first Great Eastern knife.  It just makes me wonder what’ll happen when the economy improves and things start to ‘turnaround’.  If this is as bad as it gets, I’ve got no complaints.

Thanks to all of you and Great Eastern Cutlery’s generosity, we contributed well over $500 to the Wounded Warrior Project to help make the return of some our wounded troops a little easier.  I think that’s a noble cause and we’re gonna do it some more!

Personally, it’s been another great year.  Still have my health, incredibly good looks and an ever increasing sense of humility.  Our remodeling project is 95% complete and as a result it appears there’s at least a 50/50 chance my wife is gonna stick around for our 40th anniversary (got a few months to go though so maybe I’d better not make any big bets) and I made a couple of great trips to the northwoods with family.  I’ve had more fun with the blog and the exchanges with all of you than you can imagine.  But best of all, I made some more incredibly good friends through TSA Knives.  Believe me, it don’t get any better than that!!

Gotta throw another log on the fire and go gas up the snowblower again, so for now…..

Thanks and hope you all have a safe and happy New Years!!!!

#62’s (modified 2 blade Congress) are coming soon!!

Okay, Great Eastern is running a revised version of the 2 blade congress.  I got the details this afternoon while trudging through the snow, so I’ll apologize in advance for not having all the details but here goes…

There will be both a Tidioute and a Northfield.  Both will have round ends rather than the traditional Congress square ends (pocket friendly), a long wharncliffe and a coping blade.  The Northfields will also have a long pull on the wharncliffe, dimpled and lined bolsters.  Being a Congress fan, I’m really interested to see what these look like!!!

Are the blades sharper or is it my imagination???

Help me out gang.  I haven’t been shy in the past about whining that the GEC knives don’t always come through with an edge as well honed as I prefer.  There have been a few others that have agreed with me.  It’s never been a major issue as I don’t mind sharpening my knives and typically put my own touch on most of the knives I pick up.

On the latest shipment of knives I couldn’t help but notice that the blades on the 48 Jack Glitter Golds, and the 66BJM’s felt sharper.  Am I imagining it or has anyone else noticed?  The edge has a definite ‘toothiness’ to it and when you run your thumb along it, you can feel the edge want to dig in and cut.  I like it!!  Don’t know if GEC has changed their process or if the hide on my thumb is just getting more tender from too much dishwashing and cleaning around the house.

Anyone else??????

“Twas the nite before Christmas at TSA Knives”

For those of you that might have stumbled onto this blog without knowing who I am or the reason for this blog, understand, I’m here to have as much fun as possible.  To the employees of Great Eastern Cutlery, this is offered up as a tip of the hat for another year ‘well done’.  Thank you.  If it entertains anyone in the least, mission accomplished.

Offer a helping hand when you can, smile often and never ever take yourself too seriously.  That being said, I sincerely hope each and everyone of you has an unbelievably Merry Christmas. 
   and so…….

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, just the cat with a mouse;

My sheaths were all hung by the chimney with care,

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

My knives were all polished & shined in the dark;

The blades made the starlight reflect like a spark.

And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,

Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap,

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,

Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow

Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But a sleigh pulled by 8 workers each sipping a beer,

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,

I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.

Like a pond full of beavers together they came,

And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

“Now, William! Now, Kenneth! now, Christine and Ryan!

On, Bullwinkle! on Patrick! on, Patty and Sue!

To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!

We’re here from Great Eastern with knives for you all.

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,

When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,

So up to the house-top the workers they flew,

With the sleigh full of knives, and St. Nicholas too.

As I drew in my head, and was turning around,

Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,

And his clothes were covered with steel filings and soot;

A bundle of knives he had flung on his back,

And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes — how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!

His cheeks like jigged bone, his nose like black cherry!

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,

And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;

The stump of a cigar he held tight in his teeth,

And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;

He had a broad face and a little round belly,

That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,

And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;

In the wink of an eye he opened a blade,

And stamped on the tang it said, ‘USA Made’;

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,

Leaving jackknives for all; then turned with a jerk,

And laying his finger aside of his nose,

And giving snort, up the chimney he rose;

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,

And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.

But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,

“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night.”

Merry Christmas everyone!!!

Bullwinkle’s here and a couple more new knives

Sue’s doing a great job creating new labels for some of the new releases.

And here’s Bullwinkle J. Moose!!

The burnt chocolate is really a great color. 

Here’s an option for a carry knife if you want a nice slim profile but want two blades.  The 2 blade Congress with American Cherry Wood handles is a slim, trim .43″ thick.

The Honey Bone is a color that has to be seen to be appreciated.  The color is a great Honey color that just doesn’t want to show up well in the picture!  There isn’t as much ‘white’ in the handle as the picture might lead you to think.


And if you’re looking for classy, the Great Eastern American Elk fits the bill!!

I also picked up a really popular knife from 2009.  It’s 23ECL in Black Plum.  The color on these was incredibly rich looking.

Christmas “hours” and shipping

Just a heads up for everyone regarding Christmas store hours. 

The TSA Knives webstore will be open for business 24/7 as usual over the Christmas Holiday.  I did, however, have to make a concession to my wife to pull the plug on the phone and computer Thursday through Saturday.  We’ll be entertaining / visiting friends and family for a few days and I’ve been told I don’t multi-task well so this concession will help me focus.  (Personally, I think it’s some sort of punishment)  In all honesty, I’m kinda looking forward to some down time and hope that all of you take some quality family time as well. 

I will be shipping orders placed and PAID by midnite Wednesday 12/22/10.  The next ship date will be Monday 12/27/10.

A couple of 2007 additions worth mentioning.

I just received a couple of 2007’s that I wanted to highlight.  The first is a 53 Tidioute Buffalo Horn that has some of the nicest horn I’ve seen.

Another gem I came across is an outstanding 53M Bocote from 2007.  I had a pair of Bocote 53M’s that I hadn’t unwrapped and came across this one.  Nice.

There are a couple more 2007’s that I added to the store this morning and I’ve highlighted them in green on the “Current Inventory” page.