Just finished uploading the GEC 48 Trappers that were recently run. I actually ended up with more knives that I hoped for and have a good selection of Natural Stags in both single and double blade versions.
I have Natural Stag, Burnt Stag (low qty left), Cranberry Jig bone (low on single blades), Maroon Linen Micarta (low on single blades) and Gabon Ebony (low on single blades). NO Tortoise Shell acrylics, sorry.
I’ve been getting phone calls with requests to be put on ‘the list’ for new release Queen knives. What I’m asking you do is send me an email with the specific pattern and handle material you’re interested in rather than calling in a request. Always glad to chat for a few minutes, but if I’m away from the office you’re taking a mighty risk trusting me to remember your request until I get back.
There have been a couple of patterns that came in and went out almost immediately, the 32171 FBH Barlow being a prime example. With the exception of the monthly limited run patterns, I can usuallyincrease my stocking order if it looks like the knife reservations are going to out run my initial order.
In case you don’t have it, here’s the link to Queen’s 2015 Catalog with their upcoming releases. Queen 2015 Catalog. It’ s a great resource to help with your ‘budgeting’!!!
Queen released another short run knife this month in the #1L Winterbottom Swing Guard. These were limited to a run of just 100 pieces. These short run knives have become a monthly release that more and more collectors are looking forward to.
In addition, I received the first of the 3L Mountain Man knife in Feathered Buffalo Horn…
I’ve added more of the Blackjack Classic Blades to the inventory. They’ve been well received so I’m expanding the offerings. The Sambar Stag they’re using is really impressive if you like big chunks of stag. Combine that with A2 Steel and the Bark River convex ground blades and you have a great looking, hard working tool.
I’m particularly taken with the Black Jack “Companion”. This is a bushcraft knife that I’m going to have to try out.
As with so many of the current Bushcraft offerings, the handles are attached with torx style screws making it a breeze to fashion and attach your own handles.
The handles are generously proportioned and comfortably fit even the widest hand with ease.
The top of the blade is jimped which really helps add control when you’re cutting.
Add a deep pocketed sheath with a Fire Steel loop and you’re good to go! The sheath design is obviously all Bark River and functional.
The other item worth noting is the Mini Microscope. I always like to check out new items and this is a little gem! It’s advertised as having a 60x magnification and all I can say is it will bring up the tang stamp on a knife better than any reading glasses I own!
This is looking at the bottom of the Microscope to show the lens (on the right) and the battery case/LED light assembly on the left. The little black switch will turn on either a dual bulb white LED light OR a blue LED light. Your choice.
The Battery Pack/Lens assembly can be adjusted to change the angle of the light. You simply set the lens on the object you want to look at and you’re good to go. The black ring on the top of the lens assembly allows you to adjust the focus for a clearer image.
This compact little package comes in a leatherette pouch measuring under 2″ square and weighing roughly an ounce.Whether you’re want to check out a knife handle for pin fractures or reading tang stamps it’s fantastic. It’s also great if you’ve ever wanted to take a close look at the finely honed edge you just put on your blade. For the stamp and coin collector it’ll give you a totally new look at your collection. And gun collectors will love it for looking at proof marks or checking for imperfections or minor metal fractures. GREAT little tool to add to the kit!!!
The new items from Queen continue to roll in. Today I added the #03 Small Sleeveboard with Feathered Buffalo Horn. Great smaller knife perfect to carry in dress slacks. The Buffalo Horn has really been a popular handle and I have quite a few reservations already for upcoming models. Always a good sign!
Last year the Rail Splitters were a popular seller and this years Rail Splitter with Walnut handles should do just as well. The Walnut Queen is using has some really nice grain in it and it’s appropriately named with the short broad D2 blades.
Just talked to GEC about the upcoming 48’s coming through. They’re supposedly being evenly split between then interested distributors with about 25 of each handle material being run. Evidently everyone subscribed to the release as I was told we would probably be getting not more then 2 knives per handle material in the single blades. There may be a few more two blade knives available then singles, but no promises. I’ve already had a number of reservations come in and I’m no longer taking any further reservations as of now. They aren’t all reserved, but I’m not counting on getting anywhere near what’s needed and I know there are customers signing up on multiple distributors reserve lists with the hope of getting one.
The 48’s are coming out as a tag on to the SFO that GEC just finished up and why GEC decided to run such short numbers for the distributors is an absolute mystery. They could have easily pre-sold 2-3 times the quantity they’re running which makes one wonder what’s going on.
The next bit of disappointing news is in regard to the #38’s we’ve been hearing about since early January. There’s yet another run of the 15’s coming through, part of another SFO so it’s going to be at least mid-March before we see any of the #38’s.
After weeks of virtually dead silence, the knife inventory is starting to grow once again. The new 2015 Queen knives started shipping this week and there are some fine knives in the lot.
The first in the group are the 112 1/2 Medium Toothpicks. While it may not be a new pattern for Queen, the Feathered Buffalo Horn and Walnut handles are. I wish there was a little more feathering to the Buffalo Horn, but it’s a classy looking handle material. For those of you that hated to see the Curly Zebra wood get discontinued, the new Walnut looks great.
The Cattle King is a good seller for anyone that favors a bigger pocket knife. Once again, the Buffalo Horn results in a classy looking work knife.
But the pick of the litter from this group of knives has to be the Schatt & Morgan File & Wire Tested 32171 Deluxe Quart Barlow. I had a sneak peek at this knife a few weeks ago and it is a gem.
Schatt & Morgan Deluxe Quart Barlow
This is one big Barlow and the stag they put on it looks fantastic. Best of all are the ATS34 blades. And as promised, the steel type is permanently stamped on the tang. Just to clarify, the new tang stamp bears the initials DFC which stands for “Daniels Family Cutlery”.
So, that’s the start to what’s shaping up to be a great year!!! Looking for more good stuff to come.
If you think ‘recycling’ is a new concept, you’re wrong. It’s been going on since the first cave man killed dinner with a stick only to have his significant other pick up the stick to use it to cook the meat on and junior finally threw the stick in the fire to keep them warm.
Maybe a more modern take on recycling, regarding tools, is the conversion of relatively common items like leaf springs, files and saw blades into new cutting tools. Well, here’s a great example of exactly that.
For those of you that don’t know Donnie Carter, he’s been making knives for a couple of years and he’s always experimenting with different materials. Last summer he discovered horseshoe’s and railroad spikes. This most recent project involved a saw blade and a beautiful chunk of dyed burl wood attached with mosaic pins.
I like that full rounded handle butt that would really fill the hand but stays slim near the blade to give you maximum control. Nice job Donnie!
For some time now, GEC has been including a Collector Pin with some of their knives. It’s been random as I’ll see maybe 1 out of every 4 or 5 knives come with the pins in the tubes. They’re actually pretty neat and colorful.
I’m gonna guess that Sue is the one designing them as well as the labels we see on the tubes. She rarely gets any recognition or thanks, so Sue….. Thanks!!! Nice job.
I recently ordered a bunch of the GEC Collector Pins has issued to date. These are the pins that I’ve got on hand.
I’ve asked that they include a button with each of the knives they send me in the future rather then the current random method. I know that doesn’t help you guys and gals that have already bought a knife recently and didn’t get one so here’s the deal……
IF you’d like a set of all 10 pins, I’ll list them in the store for $20 a set shipped. The money from the sale of the pins will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. In the future, I’ll try to add any new pins to the sets.
I got a couple of pictures from our friend Dave Taylor down in AZ that I wanted to share with everyone. This is a project he just completed.
“Desert Ironwood Burl with Mosaic pins.
The sheath is patterned after a style popular in the 1870 – 80’s period. Designed to fit over the wide Prairie Belts used by the Buffalo hunters and military troops in the field, both the knife and the sheath design were common field items of the period.
I get my Ironwood Burl from www.arizonaironwood.com. They have an ever changing selection of blocks, scale pairs, and folder scales to pick and choose from. It pays to check the site daily because the best wood goes fast once it is posted. I subscribe to the feed so as to be notified when a new batch is posted. It can get expensive but the wood you pick is the wood you get and there are some fantastic burl patterns that look great on a knife.”
You are right about the burl!!! But I’m having a problem deciding if I’m more impressed with the knife or the sheath. Wow! That leather work is fantastic.