Congrats go to Tom H for placing the winning bid of $265 for the Ivory Whaler in the July 4th, 2012 Wounded Warrior Project Auction! You’ve made a great contribution to helping out a group of folks that really deserve our support. Thank you!!!
I want to thank a couple of customers for understanding and bailing me out!!!
I set up a new printer a couple of weeks ago and between the printer and stamps.com, I had a few issues printing multiple copies of my shipping labels when I only wanted one. Anyway, a week ago, Bob in WV and Tim in Ohio both placed an orders on the same day and I ended up shipping both orders to Tim in separate packages.
Tim sent me a note as soon as he got them that two of the knives weren’t supposed to have gone to him. Without even asking, he said he’d drop them in the mail and return them to me immediately. This morning I get a call from Bob asking if I knew when his knives might arrive. When I explained what happened, his immediate reaction was not to worry, just wait until his next order was ready to ship and put them all in the same box.
Probably a small thing to a lot of people, but it really means a lot to me to be dealing on a daily basis with people like this. It obviously never even crossed Tim’s mind to keep the two spare knives knowing the chances of me figuring out what happened were somewhere between zero and none. And rather than getting agitated and making a stink over a very stupid mistake on my part, Bob laughs off the whole thing totally unconcerned about a couple hundred bucks worth of missing knives.
Thanks guys, it’s stuff like this that makes me try even harder to make sure I do the right thing too……, every time.
Had a fairly big box of knives show up yesterday with an interesting assortment in it! First up were the 85 Ez Opens. I listed both some Natural and Burnt stags. The long pull looks great but believe me, the Ez Open feature makes opening a real simple task.
Then there were a few 53 Moose in the group in Antique Yellow Jigged Bone.
Next out of the box were some 79 Interior Mammoth Ivory in both Light and Dark color. So far, GEC hasn’t started grading the Mammoth Ivory so the only marking on the bolster is the serial number. The lighter color is nice but the dark colors are really rich in almost a caramel color.
There were a handful of Factory Test Production Run 79’s made in a Red Curly Maple and a Blonde Curly Maple. Both of these were limited to 4 pieces.
And I saved the best for last. GEC ran 6 Factory Test Production Run 79’s in a new acrylic called Root Beer Float. The depth of color doesn’t show up worth a darn in this photo, but trust me, it is drop dead gorgeous. I really hope we get to see more of this in the future.
Don’t forget, the auction for the Wounded Warriors Project ends at noon CST, Wednesday, June 27. There’s an EDC Whaler finished in Elephant Ivory that needs a home!!! Only 5 whalers were finished in Ivory in 2011 and this is one of the 5.
Right now the bidding stands at around $183. In fact, that’s less then 1/2 the price of a non-EDC model…if you can find one of the other 4!! That’s one helluva bargain!! Remember, 100% of the proceeds from this auction goes to the Wounded Warrior Project.
If you plan on bidding I strongly encourage you NOT to wait until the last minute. This isn’t Ebay and bids may not show up immediately. Bidders have lost out in the past due to last minute bids so don’t let it happen to you!! To place a bid, go to: Wounded Warrior Project Auction
Congratulations to Tom H for placing the winning bid of $265!!!!!
Got to thinking about the 4th of July holiday coming up in just a week and a half and thought it’s time to get the Wounded Warrior Project Auction going. I’ve been trying to time the auctions around dates or holidays that have significance to our military and the country as a whole. July 4th seems pretty relevant! Hopefully, the money we can raise will help make the holiday a little more pleasant for one of our returning wounded.
I’m going to offer up something different this time. I have a 462211 Whaler, Elephant Ivory, EDC knife. After I received the knife, I found a
fracture on the back panel, sent it back to GEC and they did a great job
repairing and stabilizing the fracture. The surface is perfectly
smooth. The tang is stamped with a small “S” common to all of the EDC
Normally, I wouldn’t offer up an EDC knife in an auction, but I thought this might be a way for someone to own a darned rare knife at a reasonable price. According to GEC’s records, only 5 were made and this EDC knife is one of the five. In addition, none of the 5 knives were serialized while now, all are not only serialized but also bear a ‘grade’ stamp next to the serial number. (To date, these are the largest slabs of Ivory GEC has used on a knife.)
If you’d like to bid on this knife, just click on the leave a comment option and leave a message with your bid amount. This auction starts immediately and will end at noon CST, Wednesday 6/27/2012. 100% of the proceeds from this auction goes to one of my favorite charities, the Wounded Warrior Project.
I encourage everyone to check this organization out as they do some fantastic work for our returning wounded. If you can’t/don’t want to place a bid, how about considering making a donation to the WWP on your own!!
The Northfield 79’s went into the store today and like the rest, they look good! There are Natural Stag, Burnt Stag, King Wood, Ruby Red Jigged Bone and one handle material that’s unique and I mean that in the sense that I wonder if GEC can reproduce it!!!
They called it Smooth Calico Bone which is about as accurate as you could get. The color is great and while the knives look similar, there’s a lot of variation in the color distribution. Then, they’ve polished the bone to an almost buttery smooth texture. I liked the Canvas Micarta and while this falls into a different class, I think this has got to be my favorite of the lot.
Regarding changes in handle material, I understand we will not get the 79’s in the Ancient Kauri Wood. I know that’s a big disappointment to a lot you, don’t overlook the King Wood. Another great looking knife. On the upside, there were around 35 knives committed to the Kauri Wood and there’s a good chance we’ll see those knives released in small numbers in a variety of handle materials.
Had a link from AAPK forwarded to me this morning regarding the Ivory controversy and I can’t let it go unanswered as I know some of the comments are directed toward me. And that’s okay.
Let’s address the basis for this whole grading fiasco. From all I’ve seen and heard, this is a solution looking for a problem!!! I can’t relate one single time that I’ve heard someone say, wow, I sure wish Great Eastern would grade their Hippo Ivory or any other handle material. Or ‘holy mackerel scooter, this grading system is the best idea I’ve seen yet!!’.
A number of us distributors were asked whether we thought it was a good idea to offer a grading system to the Hippo Ivory. I gave a resounding NO and from my conversations with Chris, I was left with the impression this was a general consensus of the distributors. From what I’ve read on this blog and comments from both customers and NON customers, this is not a popular concept with ANYONE other than Bill. After I raised the issue and a number of folks started agreeing it didn’t make sense a couple of things happened.
Rather than charging the same price for P’s and C’s as they initially did, GEC put a slight premium price on the P’s
When GEC found out there was a great distaste for the “Common” moniker, they decided to say it actually meant “Character”
With the change from Common to Character, the P’s and C’s are once again the same price
Regarding Distributors requesting only the best Ivory prior to the grading system, I’d encourage any and all to call Chris and ask her if I’ve ever requested only the best Ivory, Primitive bone or any other handle material. I have complained that some distributors seem to get the nicer stag and I guess maybe I should ask! Customers have told me that some distributors claim to only carry stag hand picked for them. That’s not me!! Have I ever returned what I felt was substandard handle material, you bet. In fact, other than the rare occasion I have a specific request from a customer, I don’t even request low serial numbers. I’d be willing to bet that any distributor wanting serial numbers above 20 and only the cracked primitive bone or ivory would have very little trouble talking Chris out of it. I also doubt you’ll have much trouble just taking the C grade ivory rather than the Premiums. Don’t think we need a grading system to handle that request.
The analogy comparing this grading system to serving up a new dish and spitting it out, leaving a bad impression on the kids. Not even close. This isn’t a ‘new dish’. This is serving up the same pie Mom’s made for the last 5 years but now telling the kids the part of the pie with the unbroken crust is the premium piece and the piece with the broken crust has ‘character’. Before that, everyone was really glad to just get a piece of pie, but now they’re being told it’s not the ‘best’ piece. See how that flies over the dinner table.
The idea that this helps to resolve the issue of making the allotment knives available to distributors alludes me. The grading system doesn’t impact the number of knives available in any way! If anything, it further exacerbates the problem by taking a limited number of items and subdividing them further into 2 grades.
I’m so passionate about this issue because it bothers me that a perfectly good, highly collectible handle material is suddenly being presented as something less. I understand that wasn’t the intent and I have no doubt it was done with the best of intentions, but it didn’t work. There’s nothing wrong with making a misstep and backing away from a decision. The ability/willingness to change and adapt is a highly respected management characteristic.
And offer up a solution for both the customer and GEC? Drop the grading system. Please read this…...NO ONE ASKED FOR IT!!!!! IF you have a customer that wants the P and C designation, slap a label on the tube and engrave the letter on the bolster, offer to drop the price $10 and see how many ‘takers’ there are. Better yet, offer the same knives to TSA Knives at a $10 premium without the label and engraving and I’m back in the game!
Bottom line???? When I got the Hippo Ivory and found out about the grading system and the engraved bolster, I sent them back without even thinking about it. Recently I was offered graded Elephant Ivory and declined. Here’s why. All I did was put my money where my mouth is. As I said above, this is a solution looking for a problem. I have always tried to be 100% honest with my customers and rarely a week goes by that someone doesn’t ask, ‘…if I’m collecting for the long term with a hope of appreciation in value, what do you recommend...’ Regarding the ‘graded’ knives, I know what my response is.
I’m open to listening to anyone that would like explain to me how and why they feel that 2-5-10 years down the line their Ivory handled “C” grade knife will be worth as much on the secondary market as an unmarked pre-graded Ivory or a “P” for that matter. Your gonna pay the same for it, maybe. If you don’t have a problem with it, aren’t concerned about potential future value, want a great looking EDC knife, go for it! My personal opinion and from comments from some long term collectors, this didn’t do the collector any favors. And, if GEC starts grading the stag, I’m gonna have a big decision to make.
Here’s something unusual for ya…. how about an EDC Bark River Special Hunting Knife? I got a couple of these in and one of them as a superficial stain on the blade. Rather then send it back and have it polished out, …your gain, my loss.
This is the first of the Special Hunting knives I’ve actually handled and it is one nice knife if you’ve got big hands and a blade thick enough to chop timber.