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!!!!