Congrats again to David for winning the runner-up prize most generously donated by Ken Daniels and Queen Cutlery!!!! For second place, you didn’t just do too bad David! On it’s way to you this afternoon is a new Robeson Limited Production #40 Jigged Bone Gunstock.
I have to take a minute to offer a special thanks to Ken and acknowledge exactly what kind of a person Ken is. When I first started buying GEC knives in 2007, Ken gave me a call one day just to introduce himself and offer up any help or information I might need. I took advantage of his knowledge on numerous occassions and to this day, still do. When I had one of the first Wounded Warrior Project auctions, Ken was on the phone and offered a knife to auction off. At the first announcement of the Ice Out Contest, Ken offered up a prize. And this isn’t the only prize or auction items Ken’s donated. DONATED. I have NEVER solicited him for a prize or an award. He’s always stepped forward and asked if he could help. See a pattern????
When Ken purchased Queen Cutlery, I got a phone call with an invitation to become a Queen dealer, was welcomed with open arms and flattered at the invite. I’ve never had a face to face meeting with Ken but I consider him a close friend and a valued mentor. In more ways than one, Ken’s one of a kind when it comes to selflessly promoting the knife industry and supporting the people that enjoy knives….and having a good time. While I may have a few years on him, he’s taught me a lot about knives and the knife business, for which I’ll always be greatful.
The reason I wanted to bring all of this up is for the people that have never met, talked to or might not know who Ken Daniels is, is to let you know how lucky the knife world is to have an industry promoter like him. It’s that willingness to move beyond corporate profits and self interest to educate, encourage young collectors and bring enthusiasm to the table that sets Ken and Queen Cutlery above the pack. If you ever get a chance to meet Ken at a show, by all means take a minute to step up say hi and thank you. Cause I’ll bet if we’re all really nice to him, this won’t be the last time he’ll join in the fun!!! Many thanks Ken!!!
This is too good not to share. Donnie Carter, knifemaker, just made a special creation for me. To the best of my knowledge it’s a one of a kind item. All I’ll tell you is that it’s something I wanted and never in a million years guessed Donnie would make one for me.
It’s a replacement for the bent paper clip in this photo.
I think to Donnie’s surprise, I immediately knew what it was. Now, let’s see who’s sharp enough to figure it out. Be the first one to guess correctly and you’re gonna win a …..
I’ll tell ya, life just couldn’t get any better!!!!!
Listed the new Schatt & Morgan Quart Gunstocks in the store just a few minutes ago. The first releases are Burnt Stag and there will be a Goldenroot Wormgroove Bone soon to follow. If you like big knives, this one definitely deserves a second look.
The fit and finish on these is superb. In the past I’ve criticized some of the knives coming out with fair to poor edges on them and I’m pleased to report that this batch of Gunstocks goes wellbeyond acceptable. The D2 steel has an excellent factory edge.
It’s a good sized knife coming in at just over 6 ounces and measuring 4.25″ closed. With a relatively wide profile, it’s comfortable in the hand, particularly for extended use and plenty stout for hard use. Match that up with a D2 blade and a price of $129.95 for Stag and you’ve got a bargain!!
Here’s a good comparison with the Queen Gunstock I’ve been carrying the last couple of months. I’ve really grown fond of that pattern. Recently a customer asked me if I found that square ‘butt’ to be uncomfortable in my jeans, once I figured out he meant my knife, I said not at all. The edges are rounded enough that they don’t dig into you in the least. I also give Queen a lot of credit for keeping that nail nick where it should be on a knife this big. Out in front where it affords you some leverage. Opening both blades are as easy as a lot of knives half this size and it’s not due to a ‘weak’ spring. Nice job!!!
I don’t want any of you to think we live in the ‘sticks’ up here but I also know there’s a couple of you that wonder how and why we live up here. They’ve had problems for several years with wild turkeys all over town, sometimes stopping traffic and even harassing the kids at the bus stop. We may have a solution moving into town. This story came out yesterday regarding a visitor to the shopping mall in Fargo, ND. Now this isn’t a little mall on the edge of town. It’s a pretty good sized mall that sits kind of in the heart of all kinds of retail operations just off Interstate 29. Go ahead and laugh, we love it up here.
Congratulations Tom P.!!! The ice went out sometime around 6-6:30 PM and Tom had guessed 2:00 PM this afternoon and you can’t get much closer than that!. Not only did Tom win a major prize, but he’s also awarded the prestigious, official title of Master Iceologist for the next year. He can use the title on any official communications with our blessing for that period of time and do so with pride.
I haven’t received the runner up prize from Ken at Queen Cutlery yet as I know he’s been on the road. But, the runner up award goes to David for the second closest choice. So David, your gonna be in suspense for a while yet!!! Congrats to Both Tom and David and everyone else for participating. It definitely helped the last few weeks go faster for me!!!
Here’s a few pix I shot late this afternoon that might be of interest. And yes, these pictures are in color. It was just one of those halftone days in Minnesota!!
In this picture you can see the ice start to pile up on itself as a result of the wind pushing it along.
You could watch the ice slowly get blown down the lake and start to pile up on the shoreline. These dock sections were pushed back just a bit from their winter resting place.
The building that houses the summer office for our slip rentals came real close to suffering some serious damage. The ice didn’t build much higher than shown so they were lucky.
Here’s a close up of what the ice looks like before it usually gets smashed into slush. When the ice starts to deteriorate, it becomes honey combed. Hopefully, you can see it in the picture. You end up with neat, square pieces of ice that indeed do resemble a honey comb.
So, it’s officially Spring!!! Thanks again and by the way…. there’ll be a NEW CONTEST starting Monday! Drop by and check it out!
It’s about as miserable a spring day as you can imagine up here. Temp’s around 35F, the wind is 20-25k’s, cloudy, rain mixed with a little snow. The wind is pushing the ice up on the NW shore and a little ice is stacking up on the shore.
There’s a lot of open water starting to show up and the ice is really moving and changing fast. In the 45 minutes I took driving around the lake, it was encouraging to see almost all of the snow drifts have melted.
Even more surprising is how far the ice has moved in that 45 minutes. I would say the ice moved about a city block along the west shoreline during that time and were I to make an uneducated guess, I’d say the lake is about 40-50% open and I’ll further stick my neck out and say it’ll be clear of ice later tonite.
I’ll grab a cup of coffee and take another look towards evening for another update.
Wanted to let you know that there’s a Gun Show in Detroit Lakes, MN this weekend both Saturday and Sunday April 26-27 at the National Guard Armory. If you’re in the area, be sure to stop by! Anything special you’d like me to bring so you can take an up close and personal look, drop me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Just wanted to let everyone know that the Bone Color on the Tidioute 72114LB ISBurnt Orange. Had an email this AM that someone had read that the color was something else so I just confirmed the Burnt Orange with Chris a few minutes ago. The Northfield Jigged Bone will be Hemlock Green.
Things are changing fast. We’ve had several days of pretty stiff winds moving the ice around and our temperatures have started warming up considerably. Today we should be 70F+!!!! Yeeehaawww!!
If you notice on the left side of the picture (below), there’s a fairly large area of open water extending out into the lake.
This is probably as quick as I’ve seen the ice start breaking up in quite a while. IF I were a betting man, I’d say we’re gonna see Margarita Days (Slush) very shortly and then …….open water. My money’s on David or Tom P right now. Good luck!!! Here’s the link if you wanna check the entries. Entries