Monday is Memorial Day and in my book, the official first day of Summer in lake country. It’s the day/weekend that people up here open their cabins for the summer and celebrate the end of winter.
I had an outstanding piece pass through my hands this week in the form of a #71 John Henry Express Mammoth Ivory, 1 of 5. Gorgeous knife. Here’s a part of an email I received from the customer: “All I can say is wow.Best fit and finish yet.Great in operation and the ivory is just amazing.” I agree.
I was also lucky to have a few more very rare 71 Express’ in my possession. The three below are either one of kind or very limited run.
The Veined Micarta and Chocolate Micarta are one of a kind knives and the Moon Glow is one of just 10. It’s been fun helping a collector build a complete collection!
Word has also been released that the new Schatt & Morgan #3EXP Mountain Man Auto’s are two weeks out from delivery. Most folks that saw the #71 were really excited to hear about the Mountain Man Auto. The size is perfect for a ‘working class’ auto and it looks like it going to be a popular knife.
I was also happy to take delivery of another group of Schatt & Morgan Factory Sample knives. Almost all of the Factory Samples are one of a kind or limited to two or three pieces. Queen has been releasing these with COA’s which is really nice to help establish a bit of provenance.
One of the great looking knives to come in was the Schatt & Morgan #99 Special Whittler in Amber Bone. Really hope we get to see more of this handle color. The coloration is one of the first “amber bone” that really makes you think of a piece of Amber when you see it.
There were several of the GEC Tidioute 38 Specials arrive this week. I believe the Tidoute’s are completed and the Northfield’s should be coming next.
The latest word on the Trestle Pine Topper is that delivery has been pushed back a week until mid June. That’s fine as there is a lot to be done between now and the middle of June. One of the changes I’ll be making with the Topper is switching from a box or pouch to a round tube. I’ve had people request a box instead of the pouch for the Grand Portage and last Superior run. They liked the label I used on the original boxes. In addition, the tubes are tougher then nails and ship well.
So in a nutshell, that’s what’s been going on this week. A lot going on and even more to come!
Remember the promotion going on with the Swiss Army Knives / Wounded Warrior Project. Purchase a Swiss Army Knife and add a SAK Classic for $5 at the checkout. That purchase results in a $10 donation for the Wounded Warrior Project.
I doubt I’ll have time to post on Memorial day so I just want to encourage everyone to take a moment to remember all of the service people who gave their lives protecting our freedoms. If you see a service man/woman, give them a smile and a wave. Let them know they’re appreciated.