Best way to start with the weekly update is to give you a report on the gun show last weekend. Sales and attendance were slow but the time for conversation was great. Temperatures were in the 70’s, sunny and just plain gorgeous September weather in Northern Minnesota. Not too many folks wanted to be indoors, self included. I really love the time to get to talk to people when you’re not rushed and trying to take care of 3 or 4 customers and maintain a focused conversation.
It was interesting talking with one of the local farmer/ranchers that dropped by and spent quite a bit of time looking over the used knives. He told me he uses his knives hard and usually loses at least one a year making it hard to justify dropping $100+ on a new knife. After picking out a couple of ‘seconds’ I had for sale, we spent some time talking.
I’d guess he was probably in his early 70’s and we shared similar thoughts on the new knife trends. He was much more interested in how the knife performs and looks weren’t really a huge concern to him. Minor gaps, poor grinds and such just didn’t bother him…. if the knife took an edge and held it was the main concern. This seems to be pretty common in this part of the country. I talk to far more users then died in the wool collectors of the new production knives.
This past week I took some time and perused some of the discussion boards and it wasn’t surprising to note that other then a few of the bushcraft discussions, the focus of the discussions centered around cosmetics. What is really interesting are the number of discussions about new releases centered entirely around the cosmetics without a single mention of the actual function.
We all say we want a good looking knife that is well built and functions as promised. But when you get right down to it, I think it’s obvious that the majority of knives sold today are bought/sold to be admired and not used. While this isn’t a criticism of anyone, it’s just a reflection on what’s important to more and more to online consumers.
There really wasn’t anything new in the way of ‘new’ knives that came through this past week. I did get an opportunity to add some more of the Trestle Pine Knives to the store and will continue adding more as time goes on. Next week we’ll also see a couple of releases from Queen coming through.
The other knife news is the recent purchase of a nice group of mint condition Case knives. Their are around 35 very nice 6318 stockmen in some relatively rare models. A couple of them went into the store yesterday and again, I’ll try to keep adding more as time allows. I also traded for a couple of older GEC’s at the show and will get them up as well. This morning I added a couple of Tuna Valleys and a few Granddaddy Barlow’s I acquired.
One of the show attendees also offered a really nice collection of 40+ Western Knives to me for sale. Not sure if we can get together on price, but it’s a really high quality collection covering everything from fixed blades to the knife/hatchet sets. Most of the pieces are in pristine condition, a few with the original boxes. Nice stuff. We’re getting together in late October to see if we can make it happen.