I just listed the first of the 488213EC’s today. There aren’t going to be a lot of options in handle materials. The first ones today are Tidioute’s in Mexican Bocote and Smooth Ivory Bone.
I’ve really had a hard time getting very excited about most of the “new” releases from GEC lately. With the upcoming Electricians Knife, I’m starting to accept the fact that GEC has definitely made a shift in direction. Bad, good or indifferent, I guess time will be the best judge.
My GEC sales for the month of September have already beaten out last years September and the interesting thing is that it’s being driven by the older knives. The recently released 42’s, 72’s and 46’s were the highlights in “New” knives for the month but made up less then half the GEC months sales. Queen and Schatt & Morgan have been a bright spot for new customers. I’m also starting to see more and more crossover sales with orders for both GEC’s and Queen knives on the same order. There’s a group of EDC folks (which includes me) that love that D2 steel. The price doesn’t hurt either.
Now, when I’m saying older knives, I’m including the early knives, but also releases that are 6+ months old. This year there’s been a definite drop in ‘chatter’ on most all of the boards about GEC. There’s the old group of collectors ( I mean ‘old’ in a good way) that still cover events over the morning coffee, but having just cruised a couple of boards this AM compared to a year ago, it has been quiet. As a result, there are more and more new collectors who are asking about the “new” knife that was released 6 or 7 months ago. The word’s not getting out.
Something that’s really disappointing is to see a new GEC collector post a question on the GEC website and no one answers his question. I don’t understand having 2 websites and a facebook page and then letting a question from an excited new collector just sit there. Come on, talk about a ‘buzz kill’. For a long time, the distributors really bent over backwards to get the word out and kept the excitement level up because they/we were excited. After a while, you wear out.
Like a few other distributors, I’ve cut back on a lot of the releases, totally skipping some of them. What I have been doing and trying to do, is to pick up some of the early release knives that have proven to be collector favorites. In just the last 2 weeks, I’ve purchased several collections totaling over 200 GEC’s. Some of the knives are common while there are also some real gems mixed in covering 2006 through 2012. It’s gonna take a while to plow through all of them and get them in the store, but it’ll happen.
I’ve also been selectively filling in some inventory gaps with newer releases that have sold well for me. The Whalers and Sunfish have been popular for me since they were first released. It’s a smaller group of collectors, but I’m finding the interest is expanding, particularly since the recent re-issue of the Whaler. I just added 20+ Whalers and Sunfish to the store to try and keep a good selection on hand.
Don’t know how anyone else feels about it, but I’ve sold all but a couple of my 54’s (the big jacks & moose). It’s interesting that I’ve recently had 2 or 3 more requests from collectors looking for them as well. It’s been 4 years since we last saw a run of 54’s, anyone like to see GEC make another run?
That didn’t take long!!! I added some blade keys and a couple of knives to the storefront yesterday that were donated by Dave at Knife Leather Traditions. Well, I’m happy to say there’s another $150 check in the mail to the Wounded Warrior Project this morning with a special thanks to Dave, J. and Charlie. I’m really happy to see the response to this effort. Thank you!!!
I’m happy to report that a check was just sent off to the Wounded Warrior Project in the amount of $300. This is a result of knives that were sold that I had listed in the special Wounded Warrior Project store category. All of the proceeds from the sale of items in that category are donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. Nothing is withheld to cover shipping, credit card fees or PayPal fees. Every penny you spend on these items goes to the WW Project.
I’m down to just one knife in that department, but I have some more items to put in there for sale. Some time back the old Desert Hermit, aka Dave from Knife Leathers Traditions, had sent me some ‘odds and ends’ to do with as I saw fit. That was about the time I’d conceived this idea of using items like that for raising funds. So, in the next hour or so, I’ll be listing some GEC blade keys with a variety of handle materials as well as a couple of GEC knives that have been generously donated by Dave. Check ’em out as the prices are going to be ‘reasonable’.
So far now, thanks to those of you that helped out by buying these products to help support a great organization!
I posted the 42 Natural Stag, Che Chen Rosewood and African Blackwood this morning. GEC had originally planned on only running Burnt Stag, but found a lot of the stag was too nice to burn. As a result, there were probably more Natural than Burnt Stags built. All of the Burnt are non-serialized and all of the Natural ARE serialized. Regarding price, there’s only a $13 difference between them so I opted to bring in just the Natural with serial numbers. Most of the stag was nice looking.
I finally got around to updating the Current Inventory page this morning. Sorry it took so long to get around to it and apologize to those of you that were bugging me about updating it. One of the problems I’ve had is that my inventory can change so quick that by the time I get it updated, it’s already out of date. I’ll try to keep it a bit more current in the future.
Yeah, I came back one more time….. Had I known the orders would keep coming in at the pace they did, I probably should have just stayed put!!! Many thanks to all of you that patiently waited for me to ship and I think I got most everything caught up last nite and today. Couple minor odds and ends to wrap up, but I’ll get ‘er done.
As is typical of any trips, this one wasn’t without it’s bumps. The Monday before I took off, I decided to change the bearings on the camper wheels. What started out as a pretty straightforward job turned into a 1/2 day project to change one set of bearings in 90 degree heat. Without sharing all the details, I’ll just say I spent the better part of the morning driving back and forth to town picking up little odds and ends like a replacement bearing, 3 cotter pins ( one trip each) AND another can of bearing grease. Not one of my better days!
Luckily, I stared the wheel bearing project a few days in advance so the rest of the week went off pretty uneventfully. OTHER than a call Wednesday from a family friend that wanted to come up for the weekend. Well, always good to see her so, ….sure, come up Friday nite but we’re outta here first thing Monday morning!!!
The weekend went off without a hitch and it was a great time catching up with an old friend. Just as we were getting ready to takeoff Monday morning, I thought we were going to be witnesses to an air disaster.
The two balloons had lifted off from the airport and gained a couple hundred feet of altitude when both of them started a fairly rapid descent. The one in the foreground had to be close to brushing the tree tops before he finally got enough lift to gain some altitude. All’s well that ended well!!!
Well, we got to heading down the road and I feel really fortunate that I was able to get a picture of one of our Minnesota icons to share with you all. As it’s the last picture I got to shoot.
I wasn’t fast enough run over and sit in Paul’s hand for a photo, but I knew you’d all really enjoy knowing Paul is alive and well in Minnesota. As I said, it was the last picture I shot as the rest of the pictures, well…….they didn’t come out so good. Not a clue what in the world I did to the camera, but you’ll have to take my word for it, we had a great time even though it wasn’t properly recorded!
I will make a couple of confessions that 1) I can’t remember the last time I slept so late in the morning (after 6 AM all week!), and 2) I don’t recall spending so much non-productive time drinking coffee(s), walking and enjoying a cigar(s). All I forgot was the lapsang. No golf, no fishing, just eating, snoozing, doing a bit of walking about, driving the back roads,….. And at nite, the stars are so close to the ground you can almost touch them.. Hermit and Indian, Ursa Major was so big you could count the hairs on her back and she was so close to the ground, I swear on my honor she was walking on the tree tops! It was fantastic.
It was so peaceful that I haven’t’ turned my cell phone back on yet today and don’t think I probably will either!!! The old days of going on vacation and spending the entire time chasing from one thing to the next is over. I find I come back a whole lot more rested after kicking back and doing as little as physically possible! Don’t necessarily feel like working any harder, but I’m definitely chilled out!
Heads up, orders placed after midnight tonight, 9/1/13 will not ship until Friday, 9/6.
If all goes as planned, I’m heading for the northwoods for a few days. You can still place an order online but it won’t ship until Friday. Sorry for the inconvenience, but I’ll no doubt come back with a much better attitude, so in the long run, it’s worth the sacrifice for all of us!!!