Monthly Archives: October 2016

Gun Show & New Product Update

The gun show last weekend was a bit subdued as a result of a few more days of prime fall weather and a big football game (Vikings ~ Eagles) that was a flop on the part of both teams!!  I did sell a few knives but the highlight was presenting a young lady with her first Queen hunting knife.

Ken Daniels had given me a few knives to hand out to some kids at the shows to get them interested in knives and collecting.  When this young girl (probably 11-12 yrs old) stopped by with her dad, I asked her if she collected knives or was a hunter.  She said she did hunt but wasn’t a knife collector and then she reached in her jeans pocket and showed me her folding lock back she carried.  We chatted for a few minutes before I asked her if she’d like a hunting knife.  Her eyes lit up and she had a grin on her face a mile wide when I handed over one of the Queen hunters.  Man that’s a lot of fun, thanks Ken!

Speaking of Queen, another pile of knives were on the doorstep Monday.  I finished listing them this morning and here’s the lineup.  There are more options available in the store but this is a good overview.

S&M 43 1/2 Half Whittler Golden Spalted Maple
S&M 43 1/2 Half Whittler Golden Spalted Maple
Queen Work Horse #11 Utility
Queen Work Horse #11 Utility
Queen City 32 Half Congress Black Diamond
Queen City 32 Half Congress Black Diamond
S&M 331 Cigar Muskrat Whiskey Catalina
S&M 331 Cigar Muskrat Whiskey Catalina
S&M 43 1/2 Half Whittler Stag
S&M 43 1/2 Half Whittler Stag

Also listed in the store was the next release of the 153216CL Boy’s knives in OD Green Micarta.  These will continue to trickle in over the next few weeks and it appears I’ll have extras available for sale.

New Schatt & Morgan Bill Ruple and MUCH more!

I forgot these were coming!  Really nice Schatt & Morgan / Bill Ruple Sowbelly collaboration knife.  There will be both a Bone and a Stag handled version with the first being jigged bone.

Schatt & Morgan / Bill Ruple Sowbelly Jigged Bone
Schatt & Morgan / Bill Ruple Sowbelly Jigged Bone

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The second knife I got around to listing is the Schatt & Morgan #9 Stockman.  These were released with 1095 blades, stainless liners which is a somewhat unique combination on the S&M.   Great looking knife in Stag, Winterbottom and Italian jigged Bone.

Schatt & Morgan #9 Stockman  Italian Jigged Bone, Stag & Winterbottom
Schatt & Morgan #9 Stockman Italian Jigged Bone, Stag & Winterbottom

If neither of these interest you, then you might want to consider what’s to come in the next week or two.

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It just keeps getting better and better!!!

GEC 15 Boys Knives & Upcoming Gun Show

Just a quick note to let you know the GEC 15 Boys Knives started shipping last week and the first round is already out the door.  The first release is finished with Ebony wood.  I pre-booked and have sold out on the Ebony.  HOWEVER, as usual, it appears I may have a couple of people that placed reservations that haven’t paid for their knives yet.  If they don’t pick them up, they’ll go into the storefront.

GEC 15 Boys Knife
GEC 15 Boys Knife

The last info I had from GEC was it’s probably going to take the rest of the month of October to finish the run of 15’s and the Beer Scouts won’t start shipping until sometime in November.

I want to remind everyone in the region that there’s a gun show next weekend, October 22-23 at the Fergus Falls, MN National Guard Armory.   Hours are 9-5PM on Saturday and 9-3PM on Sunday.  It’ll be interesting to see if the upcoming elections have started to influence gun prices or buying activity yet.  If we see the outcome follow the current polls, I think we’ll see another round of consumer driven, hyper-inflated gun prices and ammo shortages.  Good if you’re selling, not so good if you’re buying.

At any rate, hope to see some of you there.  As usual, if there’s anything specific in the inventory you’d like to take a look at, drop me a note.  I plan on bringing in around 200 knives and will have 4 tables of various and sundry ‘items you can’t live without’ so swing by.

Update 10.14.16 New Queen Arrivals

Once again, the update for this week deals with another new Queen arrival.  They’re doing a great job keeping a steady stream of new knives coming our way.  This week it’s the Schatt & Morgan  #54 Spear Whittler.

Schatt & Morgan #54 Whittler
Schatt & Morgan #54 Whittler

These were run in a limited release of just 30 of each handle material, Green Jigged Bone, Rosewood, Black Curly Maple and Green Winterbottom Bone.  Great looking knives and very well finished.

Running 4″ in length, they squeezed a lot of knife into just a 1/2″ of thickness.  That’s the advantage of a split back whittler.  Things are going to fit tight and the lack of bulk is welcome in your pocket.

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The Queen City #32 Congress’ sold out in short order.  Not a surprise as it’s a really nice heavy duty work knife.   In a moment of weakness, I was showing the one I grabbed to a friend and it ended up in his pocket instead of mine.  I’ve placed a fill in order for a few more and I hope they’re still available!

Not sure if it’s a sign of the times with the uncertainty of the upcoming elections or just a shift in interests but I’ve been picking up a few really choice older GEC knives.  Recently, I’ve had a couple of collections offered to me and hope we can get together on pricing.  Some very nice pieces in both lots.  I should have a couple of gems to list next week.

Otherwise, just working on getting summer put away and getting ready for winter.  The water toys are pretty much put away but the snow blower needs an oil change and lube.  I’m really hoping it doesn’t get much of a workout this winter.  Other then some of the Maples and the Red Oaks, most of the leaves are on the ground.  Every two or three days I mulch them up, bag them at the end of the week, wait for the neighbors leaves to blow onto our yard then start over again.

With the upcoming elections, I have to share one of my all time favorite quotes from Groucho Marx.   “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.”

Queen City 32 Congress

A box arrived today with some of the new Queen City 32 Congress knives.  I haven’t fallen victim to the ‘I’ve gotta try one of these out‘ for quite a while, but I have to make an exception with this one.

Queen City #32 Congress
Queen City #32 Congress

I’ve always had a bit of a weakness for the Congress pattern and the handle material is a real eye catcher on the Queen City.

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It’s a robust knife with a great blade selection.  (and by the way, half stops x 4) The  Sheepsfoot and Coping blade combination is perfect.  I used to do a little carving and those two blades are a must have in my opinion for carving.  I also like the ease of sharpening those straight blade edges.  Which brings up a point.  These need sharpening.

My expectations are typically pretty low when it comes to out of the box sharpness on most new traditional folders.  The Queen City 32 Congress has 1095 steel blades which are easily sharpened but it sure would be nice to see them a bit sharper out of the box.

Engraved Liners
Engraved Liners

That being said, it’s a big, robust knife.  A nice detail are the engraved liners which offer up a bit of class on a serious working tool.  The Propeller shield is also a nice detail.

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It’s big enough to be comfortable in small or large hands.  There’s plenty of handle to hang onto without feeling overly bulky.  I like the fact the handle is large enough to fill the hand making extended use a lot more comfortable.

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The only other comment is while it feels good in the hand, it’s fairly heavy in the pocket.  Weighing around 4.8 ounces, you know if it’s in your pocket.  There’s always a trade-off.  But let’s be honest, it’s a heavy duty work knife and you can’t expect it to fall into the lightweight class as a carry knife.

If you need a heavy duty work knife and like 1095 steel, give the Queen City 32 Congress a second look.  It’s a lot of knife with a great blade combo.

 

Trestle Pine Knives Update & Commentary

Earlier in the week I posted a brief comment that I really liked my Trestle Pine Knives Grand Portage.  And a month or two ago Dave had posted a comment that we should list all the uses of the Screwdriver/Cap Lifter blade on the Grand Portage.  With all the ‘projects’ that I’ve had to work on this week, it was interesting how many times I pulled the GP out of my pocket to use that screwdriver blade.

For years, I got by with a standard folder with one or two blades and everything seemed to work fine.  For a couple of years I had either a SAK or one of the Leathermen at my side.  I kind of abandoned carrying a belt knife as I found that carrying too many things on your belt made me lean to one side.  Over time, I found I really missed not having at least a screwdriver in addition to a sharp edge readily available.

Trestle Pine Knives Grand Portage
Trestle Pine Knives Grand Portage

Yesterday, our washing machine died and while I didn’t get any photo’s, the screwdriver was at hand when I disconnected the power cord from the dryer to use on the new one.  (IF you didn’t know, you can’t replace a washing machine without a matching dryer.  Or so I’m told)

Popping the lid on a can of Poly
Popping the lid on a can of Poly
Adjusting my scope
Adjusting my scope
Tighenting pistol grip
Tightening pistol grip
Adjusting sights
Adjusting sights
Using the FireSteel
Using the FireSteel
A little help lifting the tab
A little help lifting the tab
Prying the lid off the pickled Jalapeno's
Prying the lid off the pickled Jalapeno’s for lunch
And finishing up the day!
And finishing up the day!

And in between the blade was used for all the standard cutting chores you’d expect.  Stripping wire, cutting dock lines, etc.  I honestly can’t imagine how anyone can function without a knife!!

Everytime I look at the choil on the blade, all I can see is a potential wire stripper.

Possible Wire Stripper???
Possible Wire Stripper???

It wouldn’t take much to take a small round file and open the choil up a bit and sharpen it enough to cut through the insulation on electrical wiring.  I have a bad habit of laying the wire on top of the blade edge and rolling it with my thumb to cut through the insulation.  It works fine but I usually end up slicing my thumb as well.  Just so many possibilities.  I’m thinking if the choil was sharpened, I could keep my thumb a little further from the blade edge.

There’s another run of the original Superior coming through around the first of the year and I thought about adding a screwdriver blade to it as well.  As successful as the first run was, I’m not convinced I want to mess with it, but I’m going to keep it in mind.

The Trestle Pine Knives were built with utility in mind and for me, it’s working.

 

 

What’s been happening….

I know it’s been quiet the last week and had an email yesterday asking me what’s been happening with the usual updates.  It may have been quiet, but it’s been busy.

For the last month my computer’s been acting up and I finally decided it was time to upgrade.   I started late Thursday uploading software and spent the weekend sorting through pertinent files and trying to clean things up before transferring them.  AND of course, no matter how much attention you pay to detail, there’s always the occasional fubar, so yesterday was cleanup day.  I’m still tweaking a few programs but it’s looking like things are gonna work as intended.

In between trying to get things up and running again and a little golf, this was what the front yard looked like Saturday afternoon.

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It’s Fall in Minnesota meaning that sooner or later the summer stuff has to be put away for the winter.  Not something I look forward to but that’s part of the program, like it or not.   Clean it up, cover it up and find a place to park it.

Saturday I also had a box of knives show up from Queen and today, finally got around to putting them in the store.  The first one that’s pretty neat is a old traditional pattern they’re calling the Forest Ranger.

Schatt & Morgan 69B Forest Ranger
Schatt & Morgan 69B Forest Ranger

From left to right they’re offered in Reverse Worm Groove Bone, Black Curly Maple and Burnt White Bone.  Blade steel is 420 HC and just a great looking knife.  Just 30 of each made.

The next release was a #60 Sowbelly.

Schatt & Morgan #60 Sowbelly
Schatt & Morgan #60 Sowbelly

The Sowbelly has 1095 blades and from left to right, Reverse Worm Groove, Moss Green Bone and Elk Antler handles.  I’m not a huge fan of the Sowbelly pattern as it always feels a bit awkward to me, but they’re great looking knives.

The third release is the traditional Queen 69 Barlow and the #69 1/2 two blade version.  Handle options were stag bone.  The blade steel is D2.

Queen #69 Barlow Stag Bone
Queen #69 Barlow Stag Bone
Queen 69 1/2 Barlow Stag Bone
Queen 69 1/2 Barlow Stag Bone

There’s lots more to look forward to from Queen before year end.  It’s been interesting seeing some of the short run patterns coming through and it appears we’ll most likely see more!

So that’s what’s been happening in this part of the country.  Fall is sliding in and the nights are getting cooler.   That change in the seasons means I spend more time working on boats, trailers, wiring, cleaning up fishing equipment and all sorts of tasks requiring a pocket knife.  Over the summer it’s gotten pretty predictable which EDC is in my pocket.   I love that Grand Portage!!