The first of the week I’ll be getting the latest limited run of the Schatt & Morgan #99 Scouts. They did a short run of 100 knives in bone. List price will be $109.95 shipped. Should be a popular item!! Details and pix on the way!
BIG day tomorrow and a lot of us will probably be ‘bigger’ as a result! We traditionally spend Thanksgiving with close personal friends and look forward to this annual get together. One of the traditions we’ve established is joining hands at the table before we eat and going around the table sharing with each other what we’re thankful for. Great tradition as it really makes you think about all of the things we should give thanks for every single day. Our health, family, friends, good food, fellowship, kids, great customers.
Weekend before last, we had a relaxing pre-Thanksgiving dinner with a small group of ‘family’ that could get together. With all of the kids growing up and having families of their own, it gets more difficult every year to try to bring everyone together. But that doesn’t take away from the day. We’ve enjoyed past meals together and give thanks for every single one of them. So……
Hope everyone takes a moment of reflection to give thanks for all the blessings we enjoy throughout the year!
I’ve acquired a few more rather rare GEC’s that I put in the store this morning as well as a couple more of the Case knives. The GEC’s include a one of kind Congress, 1 of 4 (unserialized!)Mammoth Ivory 89, a 1 of 6 #57 Bark Elephant Ivory plus an incredibly nice Genuine Stag 23 from 2010 and more!
Recently, I purchased another small collection of some very nice Case knives that I’ll be getting in later this week. Most are Cheetah’s, mint in the boxes. I really feel fortunate to have had these collections offered to me for purchase. There have been some really nice pieces are turning up.
I’ve very slowly been working my way through a large quantity of sample and Prototype Queen/Schatt & Morgans I acquired and came across a pretty nice/unique piece! I found a 2007, Schatt & Morgan Wildcat Driller Whittler pattern finished with some really nice Bark Ivory handle material.
I don’t have any history on this particular piece, but it’s the first I’ve run across in Bark Ivory and definitely the first Prototype Bark Ivory in this pattern I’ve seen.
Updated 11/25/13 , Queen Cutlery confirms there were just 3 of the Wildcat Drillers made with Mammoth Ivory. This is the Proto.
I know a lot of you already get Knife World and probably saw this article in the recent December issue. If you didn’t, take a minute to read it. It was pretty timely in that I was just talking to Ryan (a customer, not Ryan Daniels) this week telling him about Ken’s well known generosity for handing out knives to kids and getting them interested in collecting. And that generosity sometimes gets extended not only to kids, as I can personally attest. If you get an opportunity to spend any time talking to Ken, Ryan or Jennie, it’s impossible to walk away without sharing their passion. What a great program!!!
The first of the Q-TAC’s came yesterday and I finally got them in the store. There’s a lot to like about the knife including the size, blade steel (ATS-34) and the handle material (G-10). I’ve started carrying one in my pocket without the clip and lanyard. So far, I like it. This is referred to as the “Ladies” knife, due to the color, which I personally really like!……and am carrying.
For those of you concerned about carrying a knife that infers it’s for women only, Queen also came out with a Black G-10 which is a bit more ‘manly’ in appearance.
I also added the Honing Compound this morning. I had carried it before but like a lot of things, I never got around to restocking it! This time around I expanded the selection to include all of the grits, from Coarse (Black Emery) to Fine (Blue All-Purpose)
Here’s a chart to help you determine which one to use. The Green Stainless and White Diamond are the most commonly used for edge honing. I use the Green Stainless on a leather strop as well as a leather belt on my vertical sander. If you’re polishing scratches off from a blade or the bolsters, a small cotton wheel chucked in your drill or a dremel tool works great for working on small areas. I’ve highlighted in green the compound most commonly used on the “Material” listed in that column. The Blue All-Purpose is the finest and is great if your looking for a high polish with minim material removal.
If you plan on changing to a different grit, spin the buffing wheel against a firm surface to knock off any remaining compound and ‘reload’ the wheel by lightly spinning it against the stick of compound. If you’re using a leather strop, I use a coarse wet/dry sand paper to rough the leather knocking off the compound AND wipe the strop with a dry cloth to remove any residual residue. Add compound to the polishing wheel/strop as you polish, as needed.
The first two orders of Lanyard Cord went fast so I decided to expand the offerings. The 3mm size is by far the most popular so I’m now carrying 10 different colors. 4mm will be available in three colors, Black, Black/Brown and Saddle. In the next day or two, I’ll also add some traditional flat Latigo lacing as well. This is what I’ve been using for Lanyards on the slip joints.
I posted the new Schatt & Morgan Congress Whittlers in the store this morning and they look great. Fit and finish is superb and the stag looks great. The stag is nicely ‘textured’, the color is great and the panels are even front to back. AND the price is under $100.
The spots that show on the blades are oil and I usually choose not to wipe down new knives for pictures. The Queen line comes with an incredibly high polish on the blades and even the lightest coat of oil will almost bead on the super smooth surface. So rather then wipe them dry and re-oil them for storage, I like to leave them ‘as is’.
If you’re not up to listening to me do some bitching tonite, close your browser now and save yourself some time.
I’m disappointed to tell you guys, but I won’t be bringing in any of the Electricians knives. This morning I called Chris and she said they’d start shipping today and she’d have pricing when they were ready to go. Well, they weren’t ready late this afternoon and she still didn’t know the price. Won’t know a price till they’re ready to ship tomorrow. Not Chris’ fault. Most of the knives were sold (for an unknown price) and I just didn’t feel like feeding on leftovers.
GEC won’t release pricing until the knives are literally in the boxes for shipping. I’m dead serious. Why, I don’t have a clue. I’ve asked and have never gotten an answer other than ‘that’s just the way it is’. I’m not sure if they’re afraid distributors will cancel orders when they find out the price, if they honestly don’t know what the knives will cost until they’re finished and sitting on the shipping table or they look at the weeks bills and figure a price accordingly. As a distributor, it’s incredibly frustrating. Try going to work and not knowing how much or if you’ll get paid till payday.
GEC is the only company I’ve EVER worked with that pre-books orders without releasing a price. On the other hand, when a dealer books an order with companies like Queen for product that won’t be ready to ship for 4-6 months you know full well what they would cost at delivery. It’s a little different as a consumer when you’re picking up one or two knives that might come to a couple hundred bucks at most, but try doing that for $5-6K worth at a time. When bullet prices were bouncing around with metal prices on an almost daily basis, Powerbond locked in the price the day the order was accepted. I really wonder if GEC’s suppliers of steel and handle material get by telling GEC they won’t quote the price till the day they ship the material. Got my doubts.
In addition, GEC asks that you not discount the price off from the DSR. (right) So if you play it strictly by the book, you buy knives without knowing what they’ll cost you and agree not to discount them even if they don’t sell. Two or three years ago, you could throw the dice and it worked out fairly well. Welcome to the new economy.
The sad part for the consumer is that in my case, there have been knives I held back on ordering not knowing what they would sell for. Too expensive for your market and they sit on the shelf. You miss a good buy and you can’t service your customers. Believe me, both situations have happened on more than one occasion. As a result, serious collectors will place multiple orders and cancel if more than one distributor can deliver. Can’t blame the customer but it makes life even tougher for the distributor.
Not sure how I’ll handle this in the future and I know from conversations with other distributors (and Chris) I’m not the only one frustrated with this policy. Customers call and email asking prices on upcoming new releases and I sound like a government employee in front of a Congressional hearing…..”I don’t know….I’ll have to get back to you.”
I’ve had a few select book titles I typically take to gun shows which have been popular items for me. Why I’ve never listed them in the store…..I have no idea. I have to admit there are more than a few items I sell like that. Well, today I added a few of them that I thought might interest some of you that spend time in the outdoors. I’ve always enjoyed reading ‘survival’ type books and outdoor ‘how to’ books so maybe they’ll appeal to you as well. New Books
Yesterday I had a rather lengthy discussion with Ryan about knife sharpening, sharpeners, etc. I don’t use any sort of ‘kit’ or ‘jig’ and typically just use a stone or strop to keep things sharp. If I have to re-profile a blade to my liking, I’ve really gotten to like that vertical belt sander. If I have a number of knives to touch up, I put the 1″ leather belt on the sander, load it with polishing compound and can touch up a half dozen knives in no time at all.
Another ‘tool’ I use extensively when I’m camping is the sharpening stick I put together. It’s a simple device and does a great job when you’re away from the shop. Since I put that article up on putting one together, I’ve had people ask what grit of honing compound I use, where they can get it, etc, etc. It was timely that Ryan called when he did as I had just placed an order for the compound. In the next week or so, I’ll be offering 5 different compounds ranging from coarse to extra fine for polishing bone or acrylics.
Along those lines, I just received a few leather strops that I’ll also get in the store yet this afternoon. I have one of these hanging in the office for ’emergencies’.