I know that 99% of you that check in on this blog are well aware of and most likely members over at the iKC board. I also know there are a few of you that are either new to knife collecting or haven’t stumbled over there yet. Whatever the situation, take the time to check it out.
Jan took over the iKC site a couple of months ago and I know she’s poured her heart and soul into it for a loooooong time. I really hope that someday she gets the recognition she so rightfully deserves for promoting collecting knives from all kinds of backgrounds. What’s most amazing to me is that she’s been doing it for nothing. Not cash or recognition which is a good thing as she hasn’t gotten any of the former and little of the latter!!!
Friday I received a box from Hess Knifeworks with a couple of new models worth looking at.
The first one and newest is the Mini Caper. As you’d expect, it’s a slightly smaller version the Caper. Overall length is around 5 3/16″ and the weight is under 2 oz. One of the neat aspects is the leather sheath has a belt loop for traditional carry plus eyelets with Paracord if you prefer to carry it as a neck knife. The jigged bone handles actually look better than some stag I’ve handled.
There were also a couple of the Large Capers. This pattern has been run before, but not recently. As it’s name implies, it’s the largest of the three Capers and big enough for most any normal bushcraft project. At 7.75″ OAL with a 3.5″ blade, it’s a comfortable work knife. I’m also really happy that Andy’s willing to put a nice sharp corner on the top of the blades for me to accommodate anyone using the FireSteels.
Here’s a look at the Mini Caper, Caper and Large Caper for comparison.
Every time I look at these knives, I’m amazed at the quality Don and Andy are putting out for the price they sell for. Think about it, all three of these knives come in under $90 with Curly Maple, Buckeye Burl or Jigged Bone.
It’s that time of the year again and it snuck up faster than usual it seems. This has been another year with much to be thankful for and hopefully for all of you as well.
Last weekend we travelled south to have an early Thanksgiving meal with my dad and father in law. Both of them have had some health issues in the past year, but we’re all greatful they’re both doing just fine now. Dad’s 95 and my father in law is 88, so I guess it’s to be expected they have a few more aches and pains. My dad’s biggest complaint seems to be he just tires out a lot easier than he did when he was 80…..go figure.
Today they finish up residing our house. We had a pretty significant hail storm this summer and insurance replaced our roof and siding. I’m really thankful to have those two projects done as it seems we’ve been torn up in one way or another for the last 5 years, between remodeling inside and now out.
The knife biz has been good. It had more ups and downs this year than usual but thanks to a lot of great customers, it’s been another good year.
My wife and I spend Thanksgiving Day with a couple that have been close friends of ours for over 30 years. Marlene went to work for me when she was 15 and now has 3 grown kids, all in their 20’s. One of the traditions we have is to join hands at dinner and go around the table reciting what each of us is thankful for. It’s a great tradition as it makes me reflect on the past year and sort out the good from the bad and put things in perspective.
So that being said, time to sit back and consider the last 12 months, find a loose fitting pair of pants and get ready for a feast!
Some of you have figured out I’ve made a few changes and have not been bringing in the new GEC releases. I’ve been considering making changes to the business for quite some time and finally decided to just do it.
Going forward I’ll have a large inventory of GEC knives (1500+ at this writing) to offer and will be bringing in more new/old stock knives for sale as well. So far, I still have access to some of the new releases and will be glad to handle them on a special order basis.
There are just a ton of products out there to look at and I’m not in a big hurry to make a sudden shift into any new lines. So for now, I’m moving along as usual, just without the big influx of “new” GEC’s every week. I’ll be adding new items to the store from time to time and a couple of you have offered up new lines which are appreciated.
Wanna share one of the best experiences I’ve had regarding customer service in a long time!!
I’ve placed a few (and I mean very few) orders with Queen Cutlery and put a couple of Schatt & Morgans in the store over the last month. Not one to just jump into a new line without sticking my toe in the water first. I’ve always said in good conscience, I can’t sell a product I don’t believe in or wouldn’t use myself. I had a chance today to see how Queen treats their customers, large or small, (and in my case, really small).
I had a knife I received from Queen that I was getting ready to list in the store. While checking it over, I spotted a flaw that isn’t uncommon with ANY company regarding fit and finish. Not a big deal, but if I catch a flaw, I pass it on to the manufacturer. So, I took a photo and emailed it with a short note to Ryan Daniels pointing out the issue. Within less than an hour, I had a response with an apology and instructions to return the knife from Ryan. Can’t ask for more than that!
Look, as long as knives are made by humans, mistakes are gonna be made. I’ve dealt with plenty of errors and flaws over the years and accept the ocassional screw up as just one of those things. How the company deals with it is the key issue to me and with Ryan’s response, I was more than satisfied. But that wasn’t the end of things….
Within a half hour of hearing from Ryan, I got a phone call, not an email but a phone call, from Jennie Moore, President of Queen Cutlery. Straight to the point, she’d received a copy of my email and wanted to call and apologize for the knife ever leaving the plant. There were no excuses made and the apology came straight from the heart. I was thanked for bringing it to their attention and assured changes would be made. Thirty seconds into that conversation I had no doubt Jennie was not only sincere in her apology but was truly totally invested in making sure Queen put out the best product possible and she took that commitment personally.
Rather refreshing to see a company deal with any issue this seriously. While I knew quality was a key issue for Ken & Jennie when Ken purchased Queen, I didn’t appreciate what level of attention they were actually putting on it. Pretty obvious it’s very high on their list of priorities. To me, this was a really minor issue handled in a really serious way. With this approach to doing business, Queen Cutlery is gonna do just fine. Thank you!
Not only is the knife a great limited production collectible, the money is going to support a wonderful cause. Sunday is Veteran’s Day and I sincerely hope just because the war in the mideast isn’t on the front page every day that we’ve forgotten our returning wounded Vets.
My wife works in a Veteran’s Hospital and gets reminded every day she goes to work that the needs of these men and women is ongoing. I know that things are financially tight for a lot of you and if you can’t bid on the auction, at least try to send a few dollars to help our hero’s out. Wounded Warrior Project Donations
We’re closing in on Veteran’s Day which is November 11. In an ongoing effort to show support for our wounded vets through the Wounded Warrior Project, I’ve got what I think is kind of a special knife to offer this year. It’s no secret that I’m a big supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project and past auctions have always been successful in raising funds to help out our returning wounded. Even though our combat role may be winding down overseas, the needs of the wounded never end with the conflict.
So this year, I’m putting up for bid one of the Schatt & Morgan Coke Bottle’s with gorgeous Burnt Stag handles.
The blade is etched “Schatt & Morgan 1 of 50″, but I don’t believe total production actually hit 50 pieces. The fit and finish is absolutely superb! It’s a big knife measuring almost 5.5″ closed and just under 9.5” open. The blade is a mirror polished 420 Stainless with a double pull.
Here’s the rules: To place a bid simply reply to this post with your bid. The auction will run until Noon CST, Monday, November 12, 2012.
The price for this years knife is $123 USD plus $7 us and $15 international. All shipping is through the US postal service. Join us in owning this fantastic offering made by Great Easterns Northfield Knives. You can contact Jan Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org or just call Chris direct at GEC 814-827-3411