A couple of weeks ago, I acquired a handful of Factory Samples from Queen. This week, I had a few more Factory Samples arrive including a couple of Doctors Knives which I haven’t seen made in quite some time. Many years ago I smoked pipe and found out that spatula blade worked great for cleaning the pipe bowl and the pill crusher was great for tamping the tobacco. Probably not a Doctor approved application, but it worked!
An interesting detail is the Doctors Knives have the old “Gowanda, NY” tang stamp. Very interesting.
The Factory Samples also included an assortment of 1 of a kind 99 Executive Jacks. There were some Brown Jigged Bone, Pink Bone, Elk etc. All come with a signed COA.
The Trestle Pine Buddy order also arrived Wednesday. There’s a great assortment of ‘exotic’ handle materials and they did not disappoint! The pictures don’t do them justice. If you’re familiar with the term chatoyancy, these handles have it in spades. You never know how much color and depth you’ll have until the knives are finished.
As luck would have it, Wednesday I was finishing up sawing the final panels for the Trestle Pine Topper when my band saw died. I needed about 20 more pair to finish the order. I could either wait a week for parts or buy a new saw, so… new saw it was! Considering how much I use that saw, why does stuff die at the most critical times? There were so many opportunities for it to crap out during ‘so what’ projects. Oh well.
While I was sawing the panels, I sand and buff a few to try to get an idea how they’ll finish. Some of the quarter sawn ash looks really promising. The first Trestle Pine Superiors came through with a few quarter sawn ash that were really unique. Hopefully, there will be more on the Topper. At this point, we’re still on track for a late May delivery.
My understanding is we’re just a few weeks out from the new #3 EXP Mountain Man Auto. I’m guessing the first part of June would be a good bet. Based on early order interest, the #3 EXP will be every bit as popular as the 71 John Henry Express Auto’s.