I always appreciate getting letters like this and thought this one deserved sharing…. And thank you, it is truly a pleasure!!…
On Wednesday the Northfield white owl with clip and pen blades in cocobolo wood arrived at my door in the Outer Hebrides, Western
Isles of Scotland. Impressive I thought, considering it came in just 6
working days from the States and then UK mainland by ferry amidst 70mph
being my first interaction with TSAknives and my first GEC, I thought
it would be polite to express my gratitude to you, Greg and to say how
impressed I am with both the service and the product, which is
excellent. A beautifully finished pocket knife.
a casual collector I mostly enjoy pocket knives for their utility. I
would imagine, like many, I started when I was a young boy and my father
first put one into my hands and told me not to remove any of my digits
“for your mothers sake”. I am looking forward to wearing it in and
making some memories. I find the knives I have that I love most are the
ones with the deepest scratches and reshaped post-chipped blade tips due
to either some minor adventure or a job almost well done.
That being said, I sense this one will not be the last that I’ll own.
Since GEC came out with their Farm & Field Tool knives, I’ve been curious as to what everyone thinks of them. I know GEC makes a bunch of them and they don’t have any real attraction to the collector, or do they? For a number of reasons, until this latest release, I haven’t carried them in the store. I sold a few on a special order basis and that was it. I have absolutely no doubt the quality is there but I’m really curious to hear what everyone thinks of the series.
I should have posed these questions in a survey, but I’d really like to give you the opportunity to ‘talk’ rather than a simple yes/no format. So let’s hear it….
Is this a positive move for GEC to bring out a lower cost EDC line?
Do you consider it a collectible?
Do you feel it’s a good value?
Since GEC started up, everyone considered them to be building a high end collectible series of knives. Does the Farm & Field series lower that impression?
Do you expect the same level of quality as we’ve seen in the higher end lines or are you willing to accept a little more ‘human error’?
Is it a knife you’d buy in multiple handle colors or is it a ‘tool’?
Meant to mention that I added a few of the #71 Bull Nose Farm & Field Tools to the store this week. Looks like a nice knife if you’re looking for a solid EDC knife. Right now I have them available in all three colors, Black, Orange and Nifebrite.
I had a question this week that deserves sharing. In stock is a Hess Knifeworks Hunter with a Black Leather handle and sheath. A customer asked if Hess ever runs them with Brown instead of Black Leather. The short answer is yes.
Another detail is the pommel. On some of the knives, you’ll find them finished with a polished or stag pommel.
What I’ve been doing when I place an order is to give them the option to finish the knife off as they feel it looks best. But there is no reason stag can’t be used or the polished nickel steel. So anytime you see one of the knives and you wish it was finished differently, most of the time, it’s not a problem to finish it to your specs. If you absolutely have to have a brown instead of a black sheath (or vice versa), again, they’ll make every effort to make it happen when they can.
Don and Andy are just incredibly accommodating building one of the best values in the custom knife line I’ve come across.
Had a great weekend in the woods and wanted to share a few of the sites with you. Grand Marais’ a small town of roughly 1300 that sits in the extreme NE corner of Minnesota at the bottom of the Sawtooth Mountains. Very scenic with a great harbor.
We kind of planned this trip around the change of colors of the leaves and usually by mid September, things have started to color up a lot more. This year, they haven’t had a heavy frost yet and the leaves are slow to turn. BUT, the scenery was great anyway. This was one of those roads that started out as a fire road and they finally improved it to handling logging trucks. It’s about 14 miles from one crossroad to the next with no more than a dozen cabins scattered in the woods in between.
We’ve been visiting this part of Minnesota for 40 years and we never get tired of dropping in and enjoying the food and some of the ‘local color’ and Trail Center can be about as colorful as it can get.
It’s sits halfway up the Gunflint Trail (Trail Center…get it??) in the midst of a pile of lakes and wilderness. To say the place is decorated with odds and ends pretty well sums it up. No two coffee mugs are alike and most have advertising on them from someplace else. There’s a resident dog called Roger (an enormous Rottweiler), most of the paint’s worn off the floor and a homey feeling like you just belong there. You can sit and listen to the conversation for hours and it’ll cover everything from the problems Ben’s having with beavers cutting down his trees, the bears have been kind of a problem around the trash cans this fall, reports have it that the wolf pack is still hanging around Gunflint Lake and so on. There was a group of 12 hunters that were up for a weekend of grouse hunting discussing their adventures as well. And halfway through breakfast, a pair of deer ambled across the parking lot past the picture window as if on cue.
But this is the big reason to stop in…… breakfast…..
Ya got eggs, hash browns, peppers, onions, sausage, ham, cheese…. oh man, let me tell ya!!! And if that doesn’t fill you up, they make a pancake 1/2 again as big as that plate that puffs up about an inch and a half thick, light as a feather and gooooooood. Eat 3 of them and they’re free. They don’t give many away.
Cruisin’ around the back trails and fire roads you’re gonna see signs you just don’t come across where there’s lotsa tall buildings. Like this one for instance…
There’s a pretty active group of dog sledders in the area that trek up to Alaska every winter for the Iditarod and of course the John Beargrease race is a BIG attraction in the north country. If you get a chance, look up John Beargrease sometime. Interesting fella. It’s always interesting to be traveling the trails in the summer and come across a team of dogs harnessed to a 4 wheeler pulling it along. The trainers just leave the 4 wheeler turned off in nuetral and let ’em run.
And in the evening, the view over the harbor as the sun goes down can be a real treat.
I have to admit I didn’t shoot any knife pix while I was up there but I sure gave my Hess Caper a workout. Different times of the day I made it a point to find ‘something’ or another to cut up. If I was really in a pinch to cut on something, I could always call on it to clip the end of a stogie. I’ve really gotten fond of it as a belt knife as it’s a comfortable size to carry and one less thing in my pocket!
Well, I finally packed it in and headed home Monday only to find out that the yard has been taken over by turkeys. We’ve had a flock of anywhere from 4-7 hanging around for a number of years, but I’ve never had them move in like this.
That guy’s sitting on a brick window ledge about 4″ wide. Guess he just felt the need to be ‘lookin’ in’. About the time I looked out the front door for the rest of the flock, I was face to face with this one at the front door. Could be an early Thanksgiving at our house this year…..
Anyway, had a great time and I’m pretty well settled down now for a few months….I think. I’m caught up on shipping from the weekend and thanks to those of you that were patient enough to wait and especially those of you that were waiting on the 76’s. Catch ya later!!!
Had a great few days away from the desk and came home to box of knives. I think I got everything loaded this afternoon. There was a good group of Northfield 76’s in a variety of handle materials. I’ll try to get an update posted to the weekends adventure. It was a good time!
Well the second stop on the Mavericks world tour is Tampa, Florida. Boy did Donnie love using this knife. It went to work for the week doing some wiring chores. The Maverick performed well. The 1095 held an edge, began a nice patina and made a good friend with Donnie.
Thanks for the fun Josh. And the knife is off to………………………………………………………
I wanted to share the greeting my wife and I had Sunday morning. We usually have coffee on the deck when the weather allows and these two balloons snuck up on us bright and early.
We live close to the airport so the sight and sound of float planes isn’t a particularly rare occurrence but only a few times in the fall will we get to hear the hiss of the propane burners on the balloons.
While they’re beautiful to watch, I’m not sure you’d ever convince me to get in one. My wife and I are both licensed pilots and one of the things that’s in the back of your mind is the possibility of an on-board fire. Now, the thought of intentionally lighting a fire on board under a pile of nylon before you go aloft…… just doesn’t seem logical. The glide path of a deflating balloon sucks.
We were close enough to actually holler a morning greeting back and forth as they floated on by.