I got back from my trip to the Arrowhead this past weekend and had two large boxes of Trestle Pine Knives Superior’s to get listed. First, let me tell you I’m incredibly happy with the finished products.
I wanted these to come off as an EDC knife and not a blinged up collectible destined for the display case. So there’s no blade etches, lined bolsters or shields. Just nice clean lines on a knife that will hopefully get used.
About the only thing ‘fancy’ is the wood and the wood isn’t a highly figured ‘ohmygosh’ stick of wood. It’s just an interesting handle material that speaks to me every time I handle one of the Trestle Pine Knives. The wood isn’t just another piece of wood, but where it came from and what it represents is special. It takes me back to a time and place that holds incredibly wonderful memories I wish everyone could experience.
The Wharncliffe blade is a pattern that’s become really popular in the last couple of years and has slowly started to grow on me as well. My thought was a Wharncliffe using a high end stainless like 154CM was bound to be a winner with anyone that actually uses the Superior. And yes, there is a half stop. As far as the pull is concerned, on a scale of 1-10, I’d rank it a 7. Firm with a solid lock up but not requiring a pair of pliers to pry it open. Perfect. I haven’t had the time to put one to use yet, but I think it’s gonna work out great!
I really hoped the blade would sit high enough in the frame to make it possible to open it by ‘pinching’ the top of the blade rather then depending on using the nail nick. If you’ve got cold, wet hands as is often the case in the north country, pinching the blade to open is sometimes a bit easier. It worked out perfectly without cutting in an EZ Open notch.
Finally, I like the way my thumb or index finger fit between the tang and bolster for either push or draw cuts. Combined with the gently rounded corners on the the butt, it should make for an incredibly comfortable knife to use. The whole point behind the Trestle Pine Knives is coming up with ideas that work.
There have been a couple of people ask about production totals. On the first run there were:
- 41 Ash
- 38 Oak
- 32 Yellow Birch
- 27 Maple
- 4 Redwood Birdseye Burl
- 4 Exhibition Grade Desert Ironwood
All of the pre-orders for the Trestle Pine Knives Superior have shipped so keep an eye on your mailbox! Once you get your knife and have a chance to use it a bit, if you’d like to post a comment, I’d be happy to know what you think.