100% of the proceeds from this auction will be donated to the American Red Cross or the Salvation Army, at the winners direction.
It’s no secret that the East Coast got hit hard by Hurricane Sandy and the clean up is gonna take a long time. In a effort to help out, TSA Knives is donating one of the 2011 5th Annivesary #46 Whalers made by Great Eastern Cutlery AND a matching sheath donated by Dave at Knife Leather Traditions for auction. The Whaler is finished with Ebony Wood handles.
Here’s how it’s gonna work.
To place a bid, simply “respond” to this posting with your bid. Bids will be taken until Noon CST, Monday, November 5, 2012. Like always, don’t wait until the last minute to place your bid. Unlike Ebay, bids don’t necessarily show up immediately and you don’t want to miss out!!!
Remember, 100% of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to either the American Red Cross or the Salvation Army. Thanks and good luck!!!
Just a short note to wish everyone good luck on the East Coast and inland. Pretty hard to imagine what kind of a mess you’re all dealing with whether it be water, snow, wind, fire or all four. Take care and best wishes to all of you.
I’ve always had a Wounded Warrior Project auction around Veteran’s Day, which falls on November 12th this year. It’s gonna happen again this year but I’m also gonna have an auction to try and raise a few bucks for the Red Cross and/or Salvation Army as well. This hurricane that’s just getting cranked up on the East Coast is gonna no doubt result in a major drain on the resources of both organizations so maybe we can help out a bit.
In the next day or two I’ll try to figure out exactly what I’ll put up for bid and in the main time, start counting the change in your cookie jar and spread the word!! 100% of the proceeds from these auctions will go the respective organizations.
Chatter on the blog has been pretty subdued recently. I’ve been exchanging emails with a few customers, checked out the GEC blog and am told the other boards have been incredibly quiet lately as well. Typically, I wait till a little later in the year to share my observations of the past 12 months, but this year I’m pushing it up a bit. So what’s up?
As far as sales go, this is shaping up to be one of the best but strangest years I’ve had in over 30+ years in sales. So far this year, I’ve had two of the best months ever since incorporating TSA Knives, and I’ve also had some of the longest dry stretches (as far as GEC knife sales go). The strange part is there just isn’t any single thing I can attribute either to. Sales haven’t necessarily dramatically increased with new releases nor dropped drastically between releases. And of course, some releases have been more exciting than others.
One thing for sure, the higher end knives still sell. I’ve been selling some fairly rare pieces through the store without mentioning them on the blog and they’ve been moving out about as fast as they get listed. My understanding is that’s also the situation with the higher quality GEC’s on Ebay. The same was true at the gunshow as the new Queen / Schatt & Morgan and Hess knives drew a lot of attention while I only sold a couple of EDC knives. I think people have gotten more savvy and recognize that price doesn’t always reflect quality. I believe I said it in a previous post that it was fun watching peoples reaction to the Hess knives when they saw the price tags. Pretty attractive to see a custom knife finished in gorgeous burlwood for $85 and up.
The gunshow was pretty active for a small regional show. Frankly, it was one of the better shows I’ve had in a while. I’d also recently picked up a fairly large number of items from an estate which helped drive people to my tables. People seemed relatively upbeat, money was changing hands and most of the other dealers said they’d had a good show as well . Everyone was ‘interested’ in the upcoming elections but I didn’t sense any overwhelming concern one way or the other.
Overseas interest in GEC has continued to grow like crazy from Tasmania to Finland and points in between. To some degree that surprises me considering most other countries are suffering from similar economic problems to us and in a number of countries much more severely. I guess in financially tight situations, we probably all still indulge ourselves once in a while and there are some with the means to continue collecting as usual.
I also know there are definitely situations where people are feeling the financial pinch. More than a few customers have told me they just can’t afford to buy as many knives as they used to. In addition, I’ve had more knives offered to me for sale by collectors this year than before. Understandably, most are selling the more ‘common’ knives and keeping the higher end items.
It seems that people are looking for something unique or at least ‘different’. I’ve had more than one exchange with customers saying they’re burned out on the reruns of GEC patterns that have been done over and over. On the other hand, if you’re a new collector, you might be thrilled to see a re-release of a previously run pattern. But if you’ve been collecting since day one and already have a #23 in Genuine Stag from 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010…you get the picture……
Then there’s been more than a few wishes made for more creative handle materials. I understand, but that’s kinda tough. Talk to 10 different collectors and you’ve got 9 different ‘wishes’. More acrylics, brighter colors, etc. It’s just tough to hit it out of the park every time with handle colors/materials. Then, you have to put the right color on the right pattern to make the color really pop. Personally, I’d like to see more micarta in different colors, orange, purple, blues, etc. Three or four years ago I’d asked Bill if there was any chance we’d see a #23 in orange micarta or G-10. At that time it was a firm no, but now we’ve got the Farm & Field in an orange delrin. I don’t want a #23 finished in Delrin, but maybe the orange or red micarta #23 is a possibility???
And a recurring conversation surrounds blade steel. 1095 and 440C are wonderful steels and do a great job. BUT, could you imagine a #23 with a gorgeous damascus. Or a #73 with D2 or maybe ATS34? As far as I’m concerned if GEC started mixing up the blade steels, they could probably spend the next 2 years just reissuing previous releases with them. But back to reality…..
Anyway, it’s been an interesting year and it ain’t over yet.
We’ve got single blade, two blade, sheepsfoot, pen, pruning hooks, Black, Orange, glow in the dark, whatever you need in the Farm Tools. It’s gonna be interesting to see what else GEC develops along these lines as this is one of the most prolific patterns we’ve seen from them.
What a fun show this past weekend! I got to see a couple of local GEC collectors, moved a pile of stuff and picked up a couple of interesting items.
I recently purchased a good part of an estate so I went into the show with 5 tables and had to leave a lot at home! LOTS of hunting related items and as well as a pretty good representation of knives. The two major hits (as far as knives were concerned) were the items from Hess Knifeworks and the new Schatt & Morgan, “Dawn of a New Era”.
Everyone that looked in the fixed knife displays immediately took a double take and asked the makers name on the Hess Knives. After they praised the workmanship and quality, the price just about blew them away. Most anticipated they’d be in a price category from $30-50 higher.
The other item that got more than a few looks was the new Schatt & Morgan, Dog Leg Whittler. Nearly all of the collectors I got to talk to collected the old Queens and weren’t aware of the ownership change. Most everyone felt the change was a positive move for the Queen and Schatt & Morgan trademarks. As far as the Dog Leg went, everyone was impressed with the quality and price.
In a moment of weakness I picked up a Keen Kutter Scout Axe and an interesting pair of Keen Kutter Shears. The axe is pretty striaghtforward in that I believe it’s pre-1940’s as it bears the “E.C. Simmons” stamp above the Keen Kutter logo. The handle isn’t original but the axe is in nice shape with only minor peening on the back and the cutting edge still measures just 1/8″ short of new.
I don’t get into collecting ‘scissors’, but this pair of shears caught my eye. The Blade and handle (below the pivot) is marked Keen Kutter. On the opposite side they’re marked 10 in. This is a large, heavy duty pair of shears.
The surprising thing is, they are incredibly sharp!! There’s a piece broken out of the top of the blade as you can see in the picture above, but it doesn’t affect the cutting at all. But these will slice through paper slicker than any new pair of scissors you’ll find on the store shelf today.
Both of these items will probably go up on Ebay, but if anyone can shed any light on what these shears may have been used for, I’d be interested in hearing from you. The odd feature is the rounded end of the blades. They look like the ends of a pair of ‘pocket’ scissors and I wondered if these may have been used by someone wearing some sort of apron that they would have been carrying the scissors possibly in a commercial setting??????
I arrived home from a hunting trip to find the Maverick in my mailbox. I had a couple of deer and a hog in the back of the truck and I was anxious to use the knife. While the knife was too small for the big jobs, it worked great for some deboning work I had to do. It was also my faithful and handy companion while working on my honey do list and many other odd jobs. My time at work is spent both in the office and on the road and I found this knife to be the perfect size and weight for my everyday work carry – just a bit bigger and heavier than my half congress. I would probably prefer to carry my 73 on the weekends for the heavier jobs I encounter. I sure enjoyed the opportunity to share the knife. Thanks Josh!
Just got my first order from Queen and it’s a good one to start off with.
Now, I’ll admit I probably couldn’t have take a worse picture without trying. The blade has a great polish on it and the Mother of Pearl / Abalone inlay is really pretty.
As the blade etch indicates, this marks the “dawn of a new era” for Queen Cutlery, the Daniels family and most likely, a new group of collectors. The date 9/18/12 represents the date that ‘new era’ began. The tang bears the Schatt & Morgan stamp on one side and Queen Cutlery on the reverse. The reverse side of the blade is etched “Schatt & Morgan 1 of 100”.
There being only 100 of these run, I’m guessing they’ll be in demand and if you’re thinking of collecting the Queen, Schatt & Morgan knives, this is a great one to build a collection around!! Check ’em out at: “Dawn of a new Era”
If you’re in Minnesota, North Dakota or South Dakota, remember this weekend is the gunshow at the Armory in Fergus Falls, MN. I’ll be there with some of the Fenix Lights, GEC, Blind Horse, Hess Knifeworks lines and MANY other interesting items. This year I rented 5 tables and will have a LOT more items than normal for sale.
This is typically a well attended show and well worth the drive to check it out. The next big show is in Fargo, ND which is the first weekend after New Years. That show typically brings in exhibitors and attendees from a 5 state area and is definitely a ‘must attend’. I’ll have three tables at that show and remind you now to put it on your calendar!