In the initial announcement Friday nite I made it a point to make sure everyone would submit their name idea on this blog as well as on the GEC blog. If your idea was posted here and your suggestion was taken by GEC, TSA Knives, would give you one of the new knives.
Well, you aren’t gonna believe this one.
I had mentioned that I would be forwarding all of the names to GEC in the event someone didn’t’ / couldn’t / wouldn’t post them on the GEC blog for whatever reason. I know at least two of you said that you couldn’t log onto the GEC blog. There are also more than a few of you that I had to pull teeth to get you to sign in just to post on the TSA blog and you have a major aversion to participating in ANY of the discussion boards/blogs. Understandable and I’m the same. In fact, sccmuskrat was the first to respond and that’s only the second time I’ve heard from him in the last 12 months!!!
Mr Bill Howard at GEC has put down the word that GEC will not consider any names that are not submitted BY THE INDIVIDUALS to GEC’s blog! GEC will NOT accept my list if I simply forward your suggestions to the GEC Blog. So if you put the name on the TSA Blog and didn’t send it to the GEC blog, you’re out of luck. Supposedly, they won’t consider your submission.
My understanding is that GEC wanted to encourage more discussion about GEC and figured their request for name ideas would be all it took to get everyone chatting. Interestingly enough, I brought up the issue that it’s been pretty quiet of late on the net a while back and a number of you responded with some great comments. When I saw the comment on the GEC Blog requesting input on the new handle color wasn’t getting much response, all I did was grab onto the idea, offered up a free knife and figured that might get folks to act and get involved!!! And act you did. Almost 40 responses resulted in over 50 suggestions in a little over 48 hours but just a handful of you forwarded them to the GEC blog.
Since taking on the GEC line in 2007, I’ve made a major effort to support Great Eastern Cutlery by creating the blog before most of the other discussion sites started talking about them, I’ve encouraged discussion be it critical or in praise of GEC, I had contests to promote interest in the line, I’ve given away god knows how many knives promoting GEC (last year 12 knives were given away or auctioned), every year I’ve put up GEC knives for auction to raise funds for the Wounded Warriors, Red Cross and Salvation Army. I’ve not asked for nor expected thanks or recognition from GEC but did it because I thought GEC had a great product that deserved promoting.
As a result, I can’t believe that GEC has responded to this effort to get folks involved in such a petty manner. What GEC is doing is basically discrediting you’re suggestions based on where you posted them. While I won’t apologize for GEC, I feel bad and somewhat embarrassed they feel that way. Whether they’re interested in what you have to say or not, I am. You’re always welcome here.
It also deserves mention that the words of thanks and encouragement from both customers and non-customers has been extremely gratifying and appreciated. Several of you offered up thanks for the promotion and under the circumstances, you can’t imagine how much that means.
So here’s what I’m gonna do. I’m extremely doubtful that any of the names posted on the TSA Blog will have a prayer in hell of being considered regardless if they made it onto the GEC blog or not. That’s fine, but if that’s the situation and none of your submissions are taken, I’ll have a random drawing with everyone’s name that submitted an idea and I’ll give away a knife anyway.
Thanks Gang!!!! Without you, TSA Knives, LLC wouldn’t exist.