Just a reminder there will be a shipping delay for the next few days. I won’t be shipping any orders starting Saturday 8.27.16 through 9.1.16. (Actually, I plan to resume shipping on the first of September.) Also won’t be answering the phone. IF your tail’s on fire and you absolutely have to talk with me…..EMAIL!!!! That’s about the only chance you’ll get a response from me and that’s not a guarantee. I plan on spending as much time as possible out of wi-fi range.
Reason for the shipping delay?, time for the annual field trip to the land of Trestle Pine Knives!!! In the past 40+ years I haven’t missed this trip more then a couple of times and it’s become a tradition I look forward to like a kid at Christmas. Not only is it a great time to revisit lakes and trails we’ve traversed countless times, but it gives me a chance to sit by the fire and unwind.
I’ll also get the chance to look at some knives objectively and discuss them with my wife’s nephew. He’s not as deeply into knives to the extent I am which is good as he’ll ask ‘dumb’ questions that I might not normally give much thought to. Dumb questions like…. is CPM steel that much better then CM? Well of course we all know the answer to that, right? Or maybe,…. why aren’t all blades made from Stainless Steel instead of Carbon Steel. Get it? I really enjoy these thought provoking exchanges and never fail to end up learning a lot about my own perceptions and beliefs.
There’s been another flurry of requests to pre-order Beer Scouts and everyone seems to be asking WHEN are they coming!! All of the knives I allocated for early orders have been spoken for, but I ordered extras of all the handle materials to make available through the storefront. I talked to Chris earlier this week and as I said before, it appears that October will be the best guess for shipping. We’ll also most likely see the Boy’s Knives first and the Beer’s Scouts will follow. This is due in part to availability of the handle material. There are no pictures available of the handle material yet but watch the GEC website.
As far as anything new by the end of the year from GEC… not a clue. They are so deeply committed to the SFO’s that I think the odds of anything really ‘new’ before year end is pretty slim. (For the last two years I’ve heard they would put more emphasis on ‘regular run’ knives available to everyone, but I think we can put that one to bed.) When we talked about possible upcoming knives, I was amazed to hear they might consider running a GEC Barlow as a regular run item. From what I hear from some of you EDC customers, we’re all kind of barlow’d out.
If you’ve got any ideas what you’d like to see, speak up! GEC is glad to get input from their customers. I know they read this blog and the other board discussions regularly. In the past year or so the excitement on the discussion boards has dwindled to the point that they seem to focus on one pattern. Some of you have fallen by the wayside with disinterest, but if that’s the case, find your voice and speak up. If these manufacturers don’t hear anything else from their customer base, they tend to assume everyone is satisfied with what they’re building.
My suggestions included another Whaler, how about some Camp Knives in adequate quantities? There seems to be a reluctance to make many knives that break that $80-90 price point and that’s too bad.
A suggestion I made was to get away from the time worn Ebony and rather flat Rosewood and step it up to some higher end woods. I know they can’t/won’t work with some of the highly figured burls and Spalted woods, but at the rate the recent Queen Spalted Tear Drops and Trestle Pine exotics sold out, there’s definitely a demand for higher end woods.
While I’m on the subject of new releases, I got a peak behind the curtain of what we might see coming from Queen in the next weeks. No absolute promises on these, but it’s better then a 2:1 bet in the very near future we’ll see….
- 99 Keystones, 1095 Wharncliffe: Burnt Orange, Dark Red, Dark Brown, Stag
- 06 Teardrop 2 1095 2 blade: Reverse Worm Groove, Iron Wood
- 66 F&W Clip Long Pull D2: Reverse Worm Groove, Rogers Brown Jig Bone, Curly Maple, Walnut
- #16 Keystone, ATS34 Clip/Wharncliff: Stag, Amber Italian Bone, Blue Jigged Bone, Rogers Jigged Bone, Elk(yes!)
Understand that things can change, but most of these will be short run knives in the sub-30 piece range. Queen is really making an effort to get a variety of products out on a regular basis. The quality I’ve witnessed on recent releases has been excellent.
So for now…. that’s about it. I have to finish packing my kit and wish you all could come along. Gonna be a quick trip, but it’s always a good one!!!