Not very often prices go down, but for you reloaders I have good news. I’m dropping the shipping cost from $11.95 down to $7.95 Priority Mail. I can get up to 3 boxes of 500 into a single Priority box for that $7.95 fee which should help out a bit.
I had kicked the idea of an SFO around for a couple of years and actually was ready to do one just over a year ago. Knew exactly what I wanted, had the details all figured out but, to my great disappointment, it didn’t happen. After that, I didn’t really care to pursue another project …………..until recently.
Fixed blade, single blade, multi-blade…..decisions, decisions. I should have a bit more info to share with you before too much longer.
UPDATE 5/12/13 We’ve got a winner!! Roy picked 4:20PM on May 11 and that’s about as close as you can get. High winds came up Friday nite and I really thought that was the end of it. But this morning this was the view from the East Side of the lake;
About a 1/3 of the lake wasn’t navigable. By late this afternoon, things were pretty well cleared out. When the ice goes it goes fast and today, there’s a whole bunch of us sitting around with silly grins on our faces. And if you’d like to get a good visual of the ice going out, check out this video on Mille Lacs Lake which lies roughly 90 miles to the ESE of us: Ice on the Doorstep That’s a much bigger lake and it’s not unusual to have ice push up on shore and pile up as high as 25-30 feet.
SO….Roy, you’ve attained the title of Master Iceologist and more importantly, you are now the proud owner of the #260210 Polar Ice knife AND $60 cash. Congratulations!!! And thanks to the rest of you for helping me get through these ‘trying times’!!!
UPDATED 5/10/13 Things are starting to happen fast!! (And at $5 per day, thank god for small things!!) As of yesterday the lake was showing real signs of breaking up. A breeze was starting to push ice up on the west shore and there were patches of open water showing. I’d say we’ll see the ‘slush’ stage in the next 24-48 hours and then, kinda like drinking Margaritas, before you know it you’re looking at just a puddle of water in the bottom of the glass with a stupid grin on your face…..
UPDATED 5/2/13 What can I tell you. It was +21F this AM and peaked out at around 39F this afternoon. In other words, Dave’s guess for a July Ice Out is looking more possible with each passing day. So we have a knife plus $10 cash and rising……daily.
UPDATED 4/28/13 Yeeeehaww….. It hit 60F+ yesterday and by all appearances, Spring has sprung!! (ahhhh, the brown is sand and the white is….well….. pretty soon it’ll be water)
UPDATED 4/26/13 Today’s the first day we finally came in above 50F since sometime… I don’t know,… a couple of years ago?????? Anyway, it’s starting to thaw but we’ve got a ways to go. Here’s the shoreline yesterday afternoon. The ice isn’t starting to pull away yet.
Okay, all the guesses are in and now we wait. Hopefully, not for long!! Just to add a little clarification, in the extreme possibility the time falls smack dab between two entries, whoever posted their guess first takes it.
Here’s what your hoping to win. Bragging rights as a Master Iceologist, a neat little GEC #25 finished with Polar Ice handles. AND if the ice doesn’t leave till after May 1, you’ll get not only the knife, but also $5 PER DAY for each day after the 1st. A May 5th Ice Out would add $25 in cash to the prize, etc.
Here’s how it breaks down:
April 29 3:33PM David April 29 5:00PM Will May 1 3:00PM Paul May 2 11:00AM John May 3 7:00AM Ryan May 4 3:00PM Indian May 5 2:30PM Nick May 6 12:00 Noon Lane May 7 3:11PM Trev May 8 3:25PM Denny May 9 10:00AM James May 9 3:33PM Leo May 10 Noon Jan May 11 4:20PM Roy May 17 11:00AM Jani
July 23 2:13PM Dave……… I love ya like a brother and I rarely say anything like this, but I sure as hell hope you don’t win!!! (I’m making this call a little early Dave!! Whew!) Otherwise, good luck everyone!
GEC just ran a series of exotic woods as Factory Test Production Run #81 Coon Skinners. It’s always kind of frustrated me that they’ve never gone into any detail to tell us anything about what they are, characteristics, etc. I finally took a little time this morning and added the following information to the descriptions of the knives I listed. Hope this helps the rest of you. All of the info (and a lot more) is accesible at: The Wood Database website. Great resource!
Chechen Wood gets its alternate name, Black Poisonwood, from its toxic sap
that turns black and causes severe skin reactions similar to poison ivy.
The wood itself is safe to handle, though there are some health
ailments associated from inhaling its wood dust. Chechen is hard, fairly
heavy, and has beautiful coloration. Because of these characteristics,
it is sometimes referred to as Caribbean Rosewood. Heartwood color is
highly varied, with red, orange, and brown contrasted with darker
stripes of blackish brown. Has a fine texture and small pores. The
grain is usually straight but can also be wild and wavy with
Considered a true rosewood, Kingwood is among the densest (and
probably strongest) of all the rosewoods. There is very little
mechanical data available on Kingwood, though given its weight, and its
relation to other rosewoods, it’s likely to be extremely stiff, strong,
and stable. Heartwood is a dark purplish or reddish brown with darker black streaks.
Sapwood is a pale yellow. Grain is usually straight, with a fine
texture. Can occasionally have interlocking grain. Fine, uniform texture
and a high natural luster.
terms of its history, Kingwood supposedly got its name from several
French kings (Louis XIV and Louis XV) that preferred the wood in the use
of fine furniture.
Zericote Wood, a truly unique-looking wood, Ziricote has very few
imitators; perhaps only the occasional piece of figured Brazilian
Rosewoodexhibits the same spider-webbing grain figure. Color ranges
from medium to dark brown,
sometimes with either a green or purple hue, with darker bands of black
growth rings intermixed. Ziricote has a very unique appearance, which
is sometimes referred to as “spider-webbing” or “landscape” grain
figure. Quartersawn surfaces can also have ray flakes similar in
appearance to those found on quartersawn Hard Maple. The pale yellowish
sapwood is sometimes incorporated into designs for aesthetic effect, or
to cut down on wastage.
I have a customer who’s not only knowledgeable but has considerable experience in the knife making industry. He’s been sharing some photo’s of some great restorations that he’s done as well as some pretty neat collectibles. I apologize that I haven’t put more of the pix up before, but really thought you all might enjoy this one.
” Here is a couple of images of my Kabar 1189 lockback folder. It is a demonstrator proto, only one made.”
Snowed most of yesterday up here and I really needed a pick me up. Well I got it in the form of a photo. Yah, yah, yah, the knife is cool, but look at those flowers!!!! (Just kidding, great looking knife!!) And there’s no snow in the background! HOOOOORahhh and thank you.