It was another drop dead gorgeous weekend that was meant to be spent outdoors, not indoors! Warm and sunny was the order of the days following Thanksgiving and it was felt at the weekend Gun Show.
Even with the reduced number of attendees, it wasn’t a total blowout and actually, knife sales were pretty good. I had a really pleasant guy set up next to me with a table full of $10-20 knives who did quite good as well. The lower priced knives were selling well for him and used knives made up most of the activity on my tables.
I spoke with a number of gun dealer friends who said that gun sales were rather subdued. The consensus seemed to be that the elections were over and everyone was breathing a collective sigh of relief. The urgency to ‘buy now’ has let up a bit. It’s going to be interesting going into the new year to see if that trend continues.
Best part of the show was presenting a brother and sister, around 9-11 years old with their first hunting knives, courtesy of Ken Daniels and Queen Cutlery. They were at the show with their grandfather and I engaged them in a discussion about knives, shooting, hunting and such. Both were shooters and the older brother had a pocket knife but no hunter yet. I’m not sure if they were more surprised to get the knives or their grandfather. Thanks again Ken, that’s the highlight of the shows I attend and it sure sets a great example for Queen Cutlery.
I wanted to extend the best of Thanksgiving Wishes to everyone, albeit a bit early. There’s a gun show at the National Guard Armory in Moorhead, MN Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, so it’s not going to be possible to get a weekly update in before next week.
This week the GEC Beer Scouts in Golden Ale Jigged bone arrived. My best guess is we’ll see the wood handles next week and that will finish things up. From then till the end of the year I think it’ll be fairly quiet.
As most of you have noticed, I’ve been getting some of the knives from the collections listed in the store this week. I believe I’m about half way through them and hope to get the balance listed next week. There have been some really choice pieces in the lot.
As well as some really hard to find pieces.
As I said, there’s more to come and it gets better and better!
Hope everyone has a great & safe Thanksgiving! If you’re within driving distance this weekend, try to drop by the Moorhead Gun Show either Friday 4PM-8PM or Saturday 8AM-4PM. I look forward to seeing some of you!!
and we should have the Golden Ale Beer Scouts in the next day or two. The last will be the Beer Barrel Oak and then it’s back to SFO’s. From a conversation earlier this week, my understanding is that once the Beer Scouts are done, the only regular run items through the end of February will be the upcoming 74’s and 71’s.
I’m still slowly working on the collection I’ve been listing and have over half of them left to list. There are some really nice knives left and the response to the one’s listed has been great. The older knives are hard to beat and some of that early stag was outstanding. From a collector’s standpoint, the fact that most of them came in really short runs (many less then 25) makes some of them hard to find.
The week was full of activity starting with my Great Nephew’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor and ending the week with our first snow.
When winter comes, we go from brilliant color….
Not really a ‘storm’ but there were folks not to far away that got smacked pretty good with 10″+ with high winds. There’s only been about 5″ of wet, heavy snow at our house. It’s always nice to get an inch or two that melt away before it starts to build up for the winter and I hope this is gone in a week or so. It was coming sooner or later but that doesn’t make it any easier to accept!
Thinking ahead a bit, there’s a gun show coming up at the National Guard Armory in Moorhead, MN on Friday and Saturday following Thanksgiving day, November 25 and 26. The show opens at 4 PM on Friday until 8 PM Friday evening and runs from 8 AM Saturday until 4 PM Saturday afternoon. Only three years old, this has been an excellent show with a good cross section of vendors and attendees. Hope to see some of you there!
I made a quick trip out of town yesterday to attend my Great Nephew’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor.
He’s flanked here on each side by his two cousins ( a couple more great nephew’s) who attended wearing their Cub Scout uniforms. “Fledgling Eagles”?? (It’s worth noting that the two Cub Scouts are both carrying their personal pocket knives.)
It’s pretty neat when a young man reaches the level of Eagle Scout as it’s not a quick and easy accomplishment. Takes a lot of time, determination and character. And, it’s hard to believe this is the same guy I gave his first knife 10 short years ago. How time does fly.
Congratulations and thanks to Randall B for placing the winning bid of $200 for the Tom’s Choice Knife offered in the Wounded Warrior Project Auction. A very nice collectible and a great cause to donate the money to.
Thanks to everyone that participated and just a reminder that you can make a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project on your own.
Happy Veterans Day to all of the Vet’s out there. And I this is a reminder that today is your last chance to bid on the Tom’s Choice knife offered on the Wounded Warrior Project Auction!! The current bid is $155 and you have until Midnite CST today to have a chance at winning with a higher bid. Remember, 100% of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Another of the Beer Scouts came through with Micarta handles this week and we should see more coming in next week.
I’ve been adding knives from the collection I picked up and they’ve been well received. As I said, this was a really nice collection with some very nice pieces in it. Not sure if I’ll be able to add any more until next week, but I will try.
In closing, I’ll remind you again that today is your last chance to BID NOW on the Wounded Warrior Project auction. Nice knife for a great cause. Happy Veteran’s Day and thanks to all of you!
More new additions went into the store this morning and there are a couple of true gems. The first is a 48 Templar with End of Day handle material is a one of a kind knife.
There is also a Whaler which we don’t see show up for sale very often. And there are several more to come.
In addition, I filled in some voids in the Fallkniven lineup. One that really stood out is the TK3 TreKroner with Cocobolo Wood handles.
One addition I’m really tempted to try out personally is a Bark River Blackwater II Boot knife with the Elmax Steel blade. Being a steel junkie of sorts, I’ve read about it and it sounds like a fantastic blade for the price. Tough, holds an edge and easy to sharpen (all things considered). It sounds like it has a lot of the characteristics of 154CM, but better.
The Beer Scouts are continuing to dribble in. There’s going to be a surplus available in the store so don’t worry if you missed out on the pre-orders. The Draft Beer acrylic has been a great looking handle.
More new additions will be coming through the week so don’t forget to check the “Recently Added Products” category in the storefront.
I started listing a few of the knives from the GEC collection this AM. As time allows, I’ll try to add a few more today and continue adding more as I can. There are some really nice pieces in the lot.
These are just a few of this mornings listings and I promise there are more to come!! The best way to keep abreast of the new additions is to check on the “Recently added products” category in the storefront.
Friday is Veteran’s Day and as I’ve done for the past few years, it’s time to have another auction to raise some funds for the WWP (Wounded Warrior Project). I acquired a number of the Tom’s Choice Barlows in a collection I purchased and based on their popularity, thought this might be a good choice for the auction.
The handle material is Antique Amber Saw Cut Bone. Knife is new in the original tube.
Here’s how the auction works.
Submit a bit by leaving a ‘comment’ to this blog post. Do NOT email me your bid, it won’t get entered!!!.
Please bid in at least $5 increments.
Bid entries must be posted by Midnite CST 11/11/2016
I think what the WWP does for our wounded veterans is great and support their efforts by holding the occasional auction and donating the proceeds from the sale of the GEC collector buttons. If you’re not familiar with their activities, I encourage you to check them out. Even if you’re not interested or don’t win the auction, consider making a donation to their effort.
We’re riding the coat tails of a gorgeous fall up here and the recent sunsets have been a bonus.
What doesn’t show up in the photo are a couple of flocks of mallards making enough racket to get the neighbors dog barking. We stood by the lake and watched the light show for a while before supper. In a matter of minutes, it started to fade away. No tall buildings, smoke stacks or smog. No sound other then the mallards and neighbors dog taunting each other . Love it!
As far as knives are concerned, a quiet week. The last of the GEC 15 cap lifters came through and I should see the first of the Beer Scouts in the next day or so. If you missed out on the 15’s, I have a fairly good stock on hand.
The balance of the collection I will be offering up for sale came in this morning. This weekend I’ll go through everything and plan on starting to list them next week. Its definitely one of the nicer collections I’ve had the opportunity to buy with some 45’s, 46’s, gorgeous early stags, nice group of 23’s, and so on. When you buy a collection, basically ‘blind’, it’s always interesting to see what you end up with! No disappointments this time. I’ve also accumulated some GEC’s on a few trades the last couple of months that will get thrown in the mix. Should have 120+ knives to add to the storefront.
Beyond that…. I plan on enjoying a gorgeous weekend with temps in the mid 60’s. Time to get in those last few rounds of golf, spend a little time with a cigar on the deck and just get ready for what we know is coming.
The only possible way it could be better would be if the elections were over and we could all give each other a big old collective hug, let the healing process begin and let bygones be bygones. And I’m gonna win the lottery and we’ll all live in a world full of knives that never get dull. GO VOTE!!!