First, let’s cover some Ice Out Contest updates.
I didn’t establish a cutoff date for entries so let’s take care of that first. Entries will be accepted until 8:00 AM CST ~ Friday, 3/24/17. To entry, submit a reply to the following blog post: 2017 Ice Out Contest
The other thing I left hanging was the prize! How about a Trestle Pine Superior with Stag handles. This is one of the latest releases with a CPM 154 Wharncliffe Blade.
If you’re taking a scientific, researched approach to preparing a ‘guess’ here’s a weather and ice condition update.
This past week it’s been mild and we’ve had a little light rain. Going into the weekend, it’s warming into the 50’s and for the most part it looks mild going forward. There are a couple nights forecast below freezing but I don’t think it’s going to be making more ice. Water is pooling on the surface and there’s no snow cover to insulate things.
I took a picture earlier in the week and the ice was starting to push up on shore. This morning I took a picture in the same location and the ice has pushed up a least a foot higher than Monday. Things are moving!
I’ve been getting emails asking about different Trestle Pine handles I might not have listed in the store and low and behold, I found a few. I some new ones listed and hope to get a few more listed today. In addition, I’m in the process of getting another 20 of the Trestle Buddy’s finished with some more wood options and hope to see them late April or early May. If possible, they’ll have Mosaic pins and some high end exotic wood handles. This is one of the Black Ash Burl Trestle Pine Buddy’s that a customer requested and was glad I could oblige him. Just goes to show, if you don’t see something you’re looking for, ask.
On the ‘what’s new’ front, I can tell you I’ve found out there may be a few more of the John Henry Express Auto’s built with some different handle options. More details will be coming soon. There’s also the possibility of a new Trestle Pine release coming late spring early summer. Nothing set in concrete yet, but the request is in for a bid and we’ll see if it makes sense.
Beyond that…. Queen will have a couple new items coming through, I believe next week, in the form of a Schatt & Morgan Harness Jack. They’ve done a heck of a job cranking out new items this year.
Meanwhile, GEC appears to have found their niche in the SFO market. There new releases have gotten fewer and farther between with more and more knives becoming allocated favoring a handful of the larger dealers. They’ve definitely morphed into a totally different company. Sad to see happen on a number of levels.
On the other hand, it was interesting to get a solicitation from Utica Cutlery to carry their line. While they’ve been around for years, its great to see an established cutlery company actively marketing their products to the distributors outside of one of the major shows. I’m not looking to expand or I’d probably take a closer look at the line.
I’ll be sure to post an update or two next week to keep you apprised of the ice situation. Just don’t wait until the last minute to try to submit an entry.