The first of the recent 66’s arrived today and it’s worth mentioning the difference in the two knives. From what I can tell, the 661214 is basically a redux of the original which was a popular seller. The new 668214 is the version GEC is calling the “Slim” and indeed it is.
The new “Slim” version on the left measures a scant .42″ compared to the chunkier standard Model 66 on the right at .51″ The “Slim” weighs in at 1.9 ounces compared to the standard’s 2.6 ounces.
I’m gonna stick my neck out and say I think these could be a very popular duo offering a slimmer carrying knife for ‘dress up’ or a slightly wider and heavier version for someone with a bigger hand. As I said above, the original 66’s were a great seller and I think the Slim is going to follow suit.
Okay, here’s another chance to win one of the Swiss-Tech Micro-Tech keyring tools. The first one to identify this unique tool and explain it’s use is the winner. I picked it up in a trade at a recent show (thanks Muskrat!) and thought it was kind of an interesting piece. The tang stamp is “Schrade Cut C C. Walden, NY”.
Big weekend coming up. In this part of the country, Memorial Day weekend typically marks the ‘official’ beginning of summer and more importantly a day to take time to honor those that made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
Whether you attend a Memorial Day activity or not, make sure you take just a minute or two out of your day to spend a moment of silence thinking of the wives, husbands, brothers, sisters, parents and children that have lost someone in combat. When you’re enjoying your family gathering, think for a moment about the empty places at the table of so many families that have lost loved ones. Honor them, respect their sacrifice and take nothing for granted.
In years past, I’ve typically had an auction to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project around Memorial Day. This year I’ve taken a different approach and am making donations from time to time without the auctions. Part of the reason for doing that is a matter of time and part the changes in the knife industry in general. I sincerely hope each of you will make a donation in your own name to help these guys and gals out.
Even if you don’t plan on making a donation, take a few minutes to visit the Wounded Warrior Project website anyway and check out the good work they’re doing. While we honor our deceased veterans, let’s not forget the injured survivors. They deserve our respect and help as well.
The last of the run of Talons arrived this week. The Talon has been a really popular pattern and the Wharncliffe blade has been the blade of choice.
Seems that stag is typically the last handle material finished and it’s always interesting to see what it looks like. Happy to say that GEC put out some of the nicer looking stag I’ve seen in a while (that I’ve gotten anyway) .
The stag is uniform side to side with nice color on both the natural and the burnt. Thickness is very uniform considering stag can really vary with them from front to back.
yet another project (and hopefully the last major one) begins. Just 900 square feet to go and I’m finished!!!! But today’s a great day to be working on it because it is cold outside!!!! We’ve got ice on the puddles and a heavy coat of frost on the ground and the vehicles. The only spring flowers that have a chance this morning are the dandelions.
Got a request from GEC to pre-book a new release of #15 Boy’s knives coming through. They’re putting out a one arm opener that will be similar to the 85’s that were run last July. This is a pic of the 85 NOT the upcoming 66. But the blade will give you the general idea.
No pricing yet, but here are the handle options (progress!!!). I’ve been receiving more requests from customers wanting to pre-book new releases and thought I’d see what the general feeling was on this one. Good? Bad? Ugly???? Luv it??? Don’t really have any interest????
#15A114 – Tidioute Boys Knife with a one hand open blade. Long pull, bare end
Rust Red Jig Bone
Antique Yellow Jig Bone
#15A214 – Tidioute Boys Knife with a one hand open blade/mark side pen blade, long pull on one arm blade,crescent pull on pen blade
Been a while since I spent a minute on the blog so here goes.
LOTS been going on personally. Quick trip out of state to take care of some personal business. Working frantically between rain and cold to get the docks and boats lifts ready to go in the lake. With the dry summers the last couple of years I decide to extend one dock another 24′ and replace a short dock with a 56 footer. HOPEFULLY, that takes care of any low water issues! Believe me, dragging an 18′ fiberglass IO off from a boat lift into low water will not only strain your back, it can strain an otherwise pretty good marriage. Spring in this part of the country can be pretty intense as your trying to get everything cleaned up and ready to go for summer. Seems like it all has to be done in an ever smaller window of time.
I’m also hoping I’m in the last phase of home ‘remodeling’. “We” started tearing apart our upper level and “I” will be laying around 800 square feet of hardwood floor and new doors and woodwork this summer. Carpet and padding has been torn out, the walls painted and old woodwork removed.
So why do I bore you with all these details? Because as a result, I’ve probably put a pocket knife to more different tasks in the last two weeks than I have in the last 2 months. My current favorite is the Queen #40 Gunstock or the #48 Whittler for lighter duty.
The other favorite that’s ended up in the toolbox is a #70 Country Cousin.
Why no Great Eastern’s? Well, to be honest I do end up with an old favorite 73 Linerlock going into rotation once in a while. But the fact is, I just find the D2 holds an edge longer when I’m cutting up carpeting and such. Add to that, I’m really fond of the shape of the Gunstock pattern (and with any luck, maybe we’ll see one from GEC this year).
While it’s been a long time since I’ve perused the web to see what’s being said about knives, a recent tour the other evening showed it seems to be quieter then ever. There have been some really nice knives come out of late, including the GEC 92 Talon, the #42 and 72 redux. Queens Medium Sunfish, Gunstock, etc., but the chatter seems to be pretty subdued. What a difference a year can make I guess.
Now, in spite of the lack of discussion, the last month has really been good for knife sales, personally. Interest continues to be strong for the older patterns. The number of new, first time customers has been steadily growing and welcome to all of you!
A growing trend has been notes included with orders specifying that the customer expects perfectly centered blades, ZERO side to side blade play, perfect edges between liner and handle material, perfectly matched panels, etc, etc. In addition, the number of returns has climbed to an all time high primarily because the customer ‘just didn’t like the knife’ after they got it. Unfortunately, that’s resulted in some changes in my return policy.
Sadly, I recently returned 5 of 12 stag handled knives to the manufacturer due to some incredibly poor quality stag. In fact one arrived cracked from end cap to bolster with stag burned charcoal black. Others had stag so paper thin it barely covered the liner at the edge. In a somewhat soft market, that’s NOT what we want to see.
While I’m not singling out just one manufacturer, it seems that quality hasn’t always been priority one lately. I’ve gotten more critical then ever on what I accept as I know the consumer is expecting more bang for the buck. Just this past week I had a request to closely check over a sub $40 knife for flaws.
It’s slowly culminating into the ‘perfect storm’. More new customers entering the market, higher consumer expectations and a lack of attention to detail and quality issues is a lousy combination for everyone.
So, to the manufacturers, watch what’s going out the door a bit closer. To consumers, remember, you aren’t going to get $400 custom quality in a $100 knife. And consumers, if it’s truly a genuine quality issue, you do us all a huge favor, if you, the consumer, let the manufacturer know your displeased with your knife and why. Put their collective feet to the fire and make them answer to you by fixing the problem for you. It makes one helluva greater impact if ten customers return knives for repair. Way more then 5 dealers returning those same 10 knives. The manufacturers already know that we distributors/dealers are just a whiny bunch of complainers that they tend to dismiss. YOU’RE the ones that can make things happen.
That’s it for now!!! Still raining, gotta drain the water out of the boat.
Had a very good friend of the knife industry forward this neat pic of a Cattaraugus Steak Knife. Guess I should note this isn’t just your run of the mill ‘steak knife’ This was a display model measuring 2 FEET long. Now, that’s a serious steak knife by any standard!! (I have it on good authority this may have been a special factory order for Paul Bunyan. It was a particularly cold winter, food was short and his ox Babe….well, anyway…)
“The blade image of the Catt. display knife is sitting on the green
protector on top of the former NYS Governor’s & President Teddy
Roosevelt’s large round table where he would meet with other important
dignitaries while in Cattaraugus Village.” Pretty neat connection to the past and many thanks for sharing!!! Sorry, I should have also added that this unique piece:
“Now resides in The American Museum of Cutlery, Cattaraugus NY“.