Sorry, but I’ve been busy and haven’t done a very good job sharing info of late.
The Cotton Samplers came in over the weekend and based on the initial response, they’re popular! The Ebony wood was the first of the releases and it’s a great, classic color for a knife like this. I think I was most surprised by how low the profile was at right around 1.125″ tall, closed. The second thing is the brass shield and bolsters. It’s a great combination with the Ebony Wood.
I’ll have more of the Ebony Wood coming in later this week, so if you missed the first batch, there’s more to come.
Yesterday I finally added the #55 Houndstooth to the store. We’ve got linerlock, non linerlock as well as wharncliffe and spear blades in both lock and non-lock configurations. Add to that a wide selection of handle materials and there’s all sorts of new knives! So far it looks like the wharncliffe blade is the blade of choice in both versions.
I’ve been accumulating knives from a couple of sources and will be adding around 150 new/old stock knives to the store over the next couple of weeks. It’s a pretty eclectic collection with knives from 2007 forward and a few relatively hard to find pieces I understand. I don’t have a complete list yet so don’t ask me what all is in the lot! I honestly don’t know for sure. Keep an eye on the storefront and you shold see them start to show up next week.
22 Ace shooters/collectors alert. Magazine sales have increased dramatically in the last month and a problem started showing up with the Metalform 22 Ace magazines about 3 weeks ago. While some of the Ace’s and Ace Conversion kits have a reputation as being somewhat finicky when it comes to feeding problems, the number of complaints indicated something else was going on. With the help of a good hearted gunsmith/customer, it was determined that some of the recent mags are out of tolerance resulting in feeding problems as well as ‘fit’ issues. I’ve been in contact with Metalform and true to form, they immediately got on it and are checking production to make sure the problem is resolved. They recalled my entire inventory of Ace mags but I hope to have them back in stock within a couple of weeks. While problems can occur with any product, it’s great to work with a company that gets in front of an issue like this.
My friend Luke was good enough to forward up a link to an article discussing the situation in Australia regarding knife laws and regs that I think is worth sharing. This dates back to the law that was passed back in 2011 but it’s well worth reading. Ridiculous New Knife Law Whenever we think it can’t happen hear, it’s always a bit unnerving to read stories like this from other countries where they, likewise, didn’t think it could ever happen where they’re at either.
After reading the article, I started following links to a couple of articles discussing the gun control proposals being made in the US. It’s always interesting to me to see what’s being said in other countries in reaction to our gun laws. In some places, we’re considered the last bastion of freedom and in others as being a bunch of gun toting, shoot’em up cowboys. An article that really caught my attention was this one: Attack on Bolt Action Rifles in Australia
It really struck a nerve as it’s a perfect example of how pervasive the “anti” movement is around the world and how easy it is to get lulled into the believing that if we just get rid of this particular (fill in the blank), they’ll leave us alone. Australia passed some extremely restrictive gun laws back in 1996 as the result of a mass murder committed by, yup, a man with a history of “violent and erratic behaviour since youth”. As a result of that law, Australia has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the world. Now it appears, there is a drum beat starting to go after more of the guns.
Whether you’re a gun person or a knife person, laws affecting either of these items ultimately affects both. Why? because it comes down to a matter of constitutional rights, personal freedoms and common sense. Setting aside the legal aspects, if they could invent a giant magnet that would come down and pick up all the guns, evil people will discover a new way to create mayhem.
It’s a bit like de-evoloution. The first caveman beat his neighbor to death with a big stick so they banned big sticks and set most of them on fire. The next guy used a rock so they banned them. It didn’t take long and we had bars of steel so they banned them. So we skip ahead to the guns and they ultimately ban them. What’s next? I have no doubt the evildoer is gonna look around until he finds that big pile of confiscated sticks that didn’t get burned and we start all over again.
So be careful not to take the attitude, ‘this doesn’t really affect me’ or ‘I really don’t care one way or the other’. Read that article on the Australian knife law and ask yourself, if someone asked me to justify carrying a pocket knife over 2.5″ long, could I? More importantly, should you have to?? New Yorkers were just told they don’t need a magazine that holds over 7 rounds to protect their home or family from the bad guys. Worse yet, if you own a larger magazine, you just became one of the bad guys. Think about that in context to that 2.5″ blade. As the saying goes, ‘..we’re all in this together..’.
If you haven’t seen them yet, I just listed some of the Schatt & Morgan Stag and Amber Stag Lockbacks in the store over the weekend. They’ve got some really fine stag that’s colored, figured and matched excellently. Not only that, the stag is in nice big ‘chunks’ when you consider these knives are about 4.5″ long closed. At the price, they’re a bargain if you’re a stag collector.
I’ve got a plea to make to everyone to speak up now and contact your representatives and share your feelings about the changes in the gun laws being proposed. Let them know how you feel. Understanding that a lot of you probably feel that you don’t have a dog in this fight, stop and think about a few things. This is about way more than just guns.
I mentioned a few days ago the attempt that was made to classify most of the assisted opening knives to fall under the utterly stupid switchblade law. Fortunately, some of the industry leaders stepped up and helped stop that from happening. If you were one of the individuals that sent a letter or email to your congressman in regard to the proposal, my hat goes off to you. While I’m not a knife collector, I saw the danger that proposal presented for all of us and made it point to bring it up and contacted my representatives. We’ve got another battle shaping up that requires everyone’s attention and action.
How would you react if you were told that legislation was being proposed to 1) Limit the blade length of the knives you could own, 2) You would be forced to pay a license fee to own any knives with a blade over a certain length. 3) The government was going to make you register all of the knives you own with assisted opening devices. 4) You had to prove competency to purchase said knife. 5) If you decided to sell the knife, you would be required to confirm the competency of the person buying it from you. Totally preposterous, right? Never happen. But if it did, would you sit back and let it happen?
The reason I pose that scenario is I have every confidence that at some point in the future that’s a possibility, albeit a remote one I hope. In North Dakota, there’s one of the highest rates of per capita gun ownership in the country with one of the lowest firearm related crime rates. When you read the crime report and a weapon is used in a fight, you know what the weapon of choice typically is???? A knife. Now, it’s just a matter of time before somewhere in the country, some ambitious politician that doesn’t particularly care for knives figures this one out and proposes restrictions on blade length, opening devices, etc, etc….. you get it. We’ve seen it proposed once already fairly recently.
The gun law proposals currently being considered don’t have a thing to do with making our schools safer or protecting you on your next visit to the mall or theater. If they did, I might be willing to support them. This is an anti-gun driven agenda that is using the recent horrific events in an elementary school as the centerpiece. So far none of the proposals under consideration would have done a single thing to have prevented that catastrophe from occurring. Sadly, it’s driven by a desire on the part of some politicians to give the illusion that they’re trying to do something to address the problem, while veiling the effort to simply make guns less available to all of us.
Take a few minutes to read this piece that was published in Pravda: Pravda Opinion It should be a sobering reminder of how important our Constitution is, how vigorously we should protect it and why. So even if you’re not a shooter or gun enthusiast, take 5 minutes to drop a note to your representative and tell them if they feel we need more laws, take the time to craft a sensible law that will actually address the issue rather than simply punishing the innocent. Next time around, it could be you’re pocket knife they’re after….again. Believe it or not, we’re all in this together.
Just had a phone call and the point was made there should be a link where we can find our representatives. Good point and here it is:
This isn’t about knives, so if you want to ‘turn away’, I totally understand. This is a personal issue that’s been bothering me for a long bit and I just needed to unload.
Just to give you a little background, while Minnesota tends to vote Democrat, the NW corner of the state and over into North Dakota tends to be made up of some pretty conservative folks (including the Dem’s) when it comes to personal rights as well as states rights. A few years back when Fargo experienced a flood of biblical proportions, FEMA came in and tried to take charge. FEMA told the mayor of Fargo to start evacuating the city in spite of the cities incredible effort to prepare for the worst. While plans were ready to be executed within hours, the mayor basically told the feds to go pound sand and stand down. No evacuation order was given and the dikes held, no problem. So that gives you an idea of the type of people that populate this area. Cool, level headed folks that can take care of their own problems without much (if any) government intervention.
As an avid shooter and ‘retired’ hunter, I’ve been following all of the discussion and news stories regarding potential changes in the gun laws as well as the incredible increase in the number of background checks for purchases and so on. While the whole situation surrounding the shooting was unbelievably tragic, the reaction, while anticipated, has been frustrating. Rather than letting cooler heads prevail, the immediate, irrational cry was for more laws. We don’t need to try and figure out why or how this happened, we just need to pass some more laws.
Attending the gunshow over the past weekend, I got a real good glimpse at the reaction locally. What a show!!! With the primary focus on collectible firearms, hunting and reloading, there were only a few knife vendors in attendance this time. Attendance was up over 30% from last year on the opening day and Sunday had to be nearly as big. I haven’t seen people open their wallets like that in a looooong time. In fact, probably since 1994. A fair amount of the buying was done based on concerns that in the not too distant future the ability to own or purchase firearms might be severly restricted.
In talking to a large number of people, both men and women, it’s kind of like the culmination of numerous issues resulting in something of a perfect storm. We’ve watched economies on the verge of collapse around the world, one of the most mean spirited elections in years was finally over in November. We just witnessed an ugly battle in congress over taxes, another battle is coming over spending, our economy is struggling, ALL of our taxes have gone up, survivalist TV shows are growing in popularity and now we’re about to see the first draft of what appears to be one of the strictest new gun laws we’ve seen in years. People are sincerely worried and in some cases, flat out scared of what’s happening.
During the show I chatted with a couple of guys regarding knives and knife laws. We all had a good chuckle over the fact that the federal switchblade law is, for the most part ignored…in our part of the country. But not so funny is the fact that just a couple of years ago an attempt was made to classify a number of assisted opening knives (as done in Australia) to fall under the switchblade law. Thanks to the American Knife & Tool Industries efforts, it didn’t happen. All of us were pretty tuned into the fact that no matter how water downed future legislation affecting either knives or guns might ultimately be, it’s the proverbial camel’s nose under the tent.
I guess it’s kind of like alcohol. I don’t drink but I sure don’t hold it against anyone that drinks responsibly. Even though we had over 200 kids killed by drunk drivers in 2010, I’m smart enough to realize you don’t ban cars or alcohol. Statistics claim 11 teen deaths each day in texting while driving accidents. I doubt we can ban cell phones. Life is full of hazards and we can’t live in a bubble. What we can do is take a rational approach to addressing these problems. And on that point, it just amazes me the number of people that have vilified the NRA in this whole debate when the NRA is the largest promoter of safe and responsible gun handling for kids and adults. If their safety program were a part of every kids education we could drop the accidental shooting incidence even lower. A smart politician (hmmmm…look up oxymoron in the dictionary) would be trying to subsidize the program with free government dollars!
I’ve also had email exchanges with a couple of good customers in the UK and Australia pre and post election, discussing what’s going on and my Australian friend warned me on two points. Guns and knives. Australia doesn’t have a second amendment like we do and when they passed the most recent law, they took away virtually all guns capable of being fired rapidly, which included semi automatic and PUMP shotguns depending on the type of “license” you possess. The same thing happened with knives. My understanding is that in New South Wales it’s illegal to carry a knife ‘without reason’ and the burden of proof falls on the ‘violator’.
This goes way beyond any party affiliation. Republican, Democrat, Tea Party, Socialist, Libertarian…take your pick, I sincerely believe there are lawmakers with the philosophy that no matter how heinous a law they may have passed, to hell with the consequences, it’s the fact it was written with good intentions that matter. As the saying goes, ‘…the road to hell is paved with good intentions..‘