The first weekly update of the new year….hope this year lasts longer than last year!!!
Today the first of the GEC Northfield 74 Stallion (Non-SFO) knives arrived. The Northfield Cocobolo is the first out of the chute and they look reallly good.
Cocobolo is one of those woods that can look really nice or it can be about as plain as plain can be. All of the knives I received had very consistent coloration with nice contrast. I did take the time to shoot pix of each individual knife for the store this time as there’s a fair amount of variation and no one likes surprises.
I had a notification that the first of the John Henry 71 Express knives shipped this week. Not 100% sure of the delivery date but I’m really anxious to check them out. There’s a possibility I’ll have one or two extras available if you missed out on the initial booking. Drop me an email if you want to be put on the list for a shot at one.
There’s also going to be a second run coming through with different handle options around the end of February. Not a clue what we’ll see on that run but I’ll post details as soon as I know for sure.
Not sure if any of you have messed around with Kydex, making sheaths or holsters but I broke down and ordered some Kydex sheets, rivets, screws etc this week. It’s one of those things I’ve thought about playing around with but just haven’t taken the time to pursue.
What peaked my interest was a CC holster rig I just ordered from Alien Gear. It’s a modular system with a removable/changeable pouch holding the gun. Now the interesting thing is that Alien Gear will exchange the pouch if you change guns….no charge for the exchange.
My first thought is they must be over-charging for the rig if they can offer that kind of lifetime exchange deal OR that pouch must be pretty cheap to mold. A little research and I realize it’s a pretty inexpensive part to build. Great marketing concept.
This gets me thinking about a Kydex FireSteel holder that can be attached to an existing sheath. Then I’m realizing a Kydex sheath for the Trestle Pine Buddy would solve the issue of camping/fishing/hiking in the rain with a leather sheath. All of a sudden I’m overcome with all sorts of projects and possibilities that need exploring. And the idea of a Kydex sheath for a traditional folder pops into my head.
I was tarping our camper this fall in a light drizzle using paracord to tie the tarp down. I had my Grand Portage out, laying it on the ground or on the camper as I tied things up. In the past I’ve done this and have walked off leaving my knife lay. A number of years ago I cleaned some trout on a remote lake, stuck the knife in a log while I packed up the fillets. Cleaned up, packed up and moved on leaving the knife in the log. Later that evening I realized my knife wasn’t in my pocket and remembered where I left it. Luckily, the next day it was still there.
So why not build a simple belt pouch that you could slide a folder into and still easily access it without a lot of fuss. Better yet, why not design a belt pouch that would allow you to slide the knife in while the blade is still deployed somewhat like a fixed blade sheath?
Probably going to be a while before I get around to trying it, but it’s just too good an idea not to pursue. There’s so many things you can do with Kydex and it’s relatively inexpensive to experiment with. If you’ve tried any unique projects with it, let me know.
Otherwise, stay warm wherever you are! Doesn’t sound like anyone is suffering from excessively high temperatures in the US this week!