Monthly Archives: July 2017

Maintain Wood Handles, New Listings and 25 GEC’s

Every now and then someone will ask me what they should do to maintain the wood handles on the Trestle Pine Knives.  It’s actually pretty simple.

A few of the woods I use on the Trestle Pine Knives are not stabilized due to the amount of natural oil in the wood.  Bolivian Rosewood is a good example.  Before we go any further, understand that even though a wood handle may be stabilized, it’s still possible for it to absorb small amounts of moisture.

Personally, I’ve used everything from wood treatments available at the local hardware store to Olive Oil.  I settled on olive oil for years as it was always available in the kitchen cupboard and I used it on our kitchen knives, wood cutting boards, etc.

When I started carrying the Frog Lube, I switched over to it as I was using it to oil the blades and metal surfaces anyway.  Frog Lube is great stuff and I’ve found it works extremely well on both the wood and metal.  Plus, it smells good!

In the picture below you can see the ‘white’ spots that are showing as open pores in the dried wood.

Dried Handle

In the following picture, I have applied a very light coat of Frog Lube to the Bare End half of the handle and let it sit for about an hour before buffing it with an old piece of bath towel. Whether you use Olive Oil or Frog Lube, give it the wood a chance to absorb it before wiping off any excess.  You can see the pores are filled and the luster restored.   Pretty simple.

This morning I finally got the Schatt & Morgan #01 Swayback Jacks listed.  These are really nice knives and the “Marvel Wood” is particularly interesting.

S&M #01 Swayback Jack with Marvel Wood Handle

I wasn’t going to bring in any of the GEC 25’s coming through as I kind of had the sense there was a bit of buyer fatigue with the 15’s and 25’s.  My mistake.  Last week I started getting requests for reservations so decided to bring a few in.  GEC had started to cut back on SFO’s and then turned the full run of Northfields over as an SFO.  Interesting.  The Tidioute’s will be the ONLY one’s available through the normal distributor network.

And just a quick wrap up, we had another minor local crime outbreak last week I thought I’d share with you.  We like to think we live in a pretty safe area of the country but even at that, ‘stuff’ happens.  Maybe it’ time we petitioned our local LE to crack down a little harder to stop this kind of crime.  In the mean time, buy your locals guys and gals in Blue a cup of coffee.  Believe me, they deserve it dealing with stuff like this.  In the mean time if you come across a deal on a hot fidget spinner or a wrangled chicken…….. never mind.

Weekly Update 7.28.17 Trestle Pine Topper, Grand Daddy Barlow, etc

Had a great week with my buddy Isaiah.  Lots of fishing, golf, fishing, tubing and a little more fishing.  The weather was great and we both had a lot of fun.

This forenoon I uploaded the #71 Schatt & Morgan Grand Daddy Barlow’s.  Great looking knives.  There are Smooth Blue Bone and a Black Micarta.

#71 Grand Daddy Barlow

I’ve had an order of #01 Swayback Jacks on my desk for over a week that I’ve been meaning to get to.   I’ll try to get a few more of them up yet today.

I’m working on getting all of the Trestle Pine Topper sorted out and packaged up.  I’ve started using the white tubes for the knives as I had a number of people prefer the original labels that I used on the first run of the Superior.  Personally, I liked the label on the boxes as well, but thought I’d give the zippered cases a shot.  I’ll be intermixing them as we go along, but the tubes will be the choice for now.  The larger tube makes it possible to use a larger label which in turn, is easier to read.

Next week is the big week of the summer.  My family comes up for a few days of fun together.   We’ll have a houseful of around 15 people and I can’t wait.  Unfortunately, a nephew and a great nephew won’t make it this year but on the plus side I have a niece coming that I rarely get to see.   And of course I’m looking forward to Butch and Sundance arriving with the rest of the Wild Bunch.   As a result, next week is probably going to be a bit unproductive on the work front and that’s fine with me!

 

Weekly Update 7.22.17 New Topper, Knife Laws, Etc

This has to be a short update as I’m leaving to pick up my buddy Isaiah when I’m done to spend a few days with me again this summer.  Its a chance to get him out of those steamy Iowa cornfields for a few days and let him soak in some northern lake water.

The big news this week was the arrival of the Trestle Pine Topper.  I only listed a couple of the knives to start off as I’m waiting for the rest of the labels.  Suppose I could ship them out in plain white tubes, but… think I’ll hold off for the labels.  About half of the knives came in this week and as I said, I’m really pleased with the end product.  Queen did an outstanding job finishing these.

I’ve had a number of nice messages/phone calls regarding the Trestle Pine’s in the last week and someone asked me if I had a dedicated Trestle Pine website.  Yes.  There’s a brief story about ‘why’ Trestle Pine knives and a bit of information about the knives.  You can check it out at: www.trestlepineknives.com

Another notable piece of news was an article Jan Carter over at the iKC site sent me.  John Bamford had posted a link regarding potential upcoming changes regarding knife purchasing regs in the UK.  In a nutshell, it sounds like they’re working on a law that would harshly restrict online sales of knives to UK residents.  If a UK resident were to purchase a knife through an online source, the buyer could only take possession of the knife if they were to physically pick it up from the seller.  John, I’d love to have you come to Minnesota to pick up your next knife purchase, but I can’t blame you if you opt out.  Ridiculous.

I’ve posted it before, but at times like this it bears repeating.

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.”  Groucho Marx

It gets so frustrating watching these (supposedly) well meaning law makers come up with new laws that are totally ineffective.  I’ve watched it happen to the gun industry over the years and have spoken up and written letters to try and influence the outcome of some of the proposals.  Sometimes our voices are heard and I sincerely hope our friends in the UK speak loudly with a single voice to try and stop the passage of the proposal

Gotta run, but watch for more of the Trestle Pine Toppers to show up on the website next week!!!

 

Trestle Pine Topper Update

The first lot of the Trestle Pine Topper arrived today!  I am happy with everything about them.  They look GREAT, feel great and hit the mark I was hoping for.

Black Ash Burl above.

The feel of the Gunstock pattern has always appealed to me.  It’s full enough to fill my hand without feeling like I’m holding a club.

There are a number of ‘exotic’ handle materials including the stunning Curly Maple above.  I dont’ have all of the handle options in stock yet so there are more to come!

 

The match strike pull came out better then I had hoped.  I was asked not to request a match strike in the future on the S30V blade as it is evidently hard to stamp.  On the upside, it results in an incredible nice, crisp match strike that would actually work!

I dressed the knife up a bit this time with the Saber Grind, a match strike pull and lined bolsters.  While I don’t want to turn the Trestle Pine’s into a knife that only gets ‘looked at’ and never used, I did want to offer something for everyone.  And yup, I’m sticking with the brass bolsters/end caps.

While so many of the traditional folders continue to be made with the standard 1095 or 400 series stainless blades, I wanted the S30V mark to stand out so there’s no mistaking the Topper as just ‘another traditional folder’.

If you’re interested in reading more about where the name came from, you can check out the Trestle Pine Knives website at:  The Trestle Pine Topper

Here’s a short excerpt from the website:

The name, Topper, is derived from a trout lake in North Eastern Minnesota of the same name.  It’s not a large lake by any means and requires a bit of a hike to get into and a fairly steep carry down to the lake with the canoe.  You don’t drive up to the lakes edge and drop your canoe in.  Over the years there were many great memories mentally recorded.  

One of my favorites involved a friend …………………”

As I mentioned, I have more Toppers coming in different handle materials.  I had hoped to start listing them on the website immediately, but ran into a snag getting my labels for the tubes.  And….., in a couple more weeks I’ll have another version of the Topper to show you that may be in the future.   For the time being, It will be limited and it is cool.

Weekly Update 7.14.17 ~ Damascus #3 EXP

The weekly update highlights the arrival of the Damascus #3 EXP from Schatt & Morgan.  This has been a great looking knife to begin with but the Damascus adds a really classic look to a classic knife

Schatt & Morgan Stag #3 EXP Damascus
#3 EXP Damascus Worm Groove Bone

There are a number of different Damascus patterns throughout the releases and none are specifically associated with a specific handle material.  What you’re going to have to do is decide if you like the blade/handle combination or maybe buy two?  This will give you an idea of some of the options.

Different Damascus Patterns

The first thing I noticed about the Damascus blades of course is the beautiful pattern.  Second is the edge on the blades.  I’ve gotten used to the super fine edge that the 154 steels take and forgot how ‘toothy’ feeling the edge feels on a D2 blade.  The Damascus makes the D2 feel pretty fine.  While it’s not an edge I’d want to use to shave with or cut fine strips of paper, it’s definitely a blade made for aggressive cutting.  I immediately got the feeling if I wanted to cut through a heavy piece of nylon or hemp rope, this would be the tool of choice.  The edge is like a micro serrated blade that’s just looking for something to cut.

This is one of the more interesting knives Queen has brought out in the time I’ve been carrying the line.  It’s not a cheap knife but there are plenty of those out there already.  I know when Ken and Ryan were at GEC, we used to see some pretty interesting things come out of there and it appears the Daniels carried that willingness to push the envelope over to Queen.  They both get out to the shows and press the flesh with their customers.  More importantly, they listen to ideas and pay attention to what’s being said.   And they love to try different things.  In fact, I’m not sure this is meant for public dissemination but here’s an example.

Hmmmm….

Old pattern auto’s, Shockwood, Marvel Wood, 154 steels, Damascus, ….. keep it up guys!!

The GEC Proto’s I put up yesterday were well received!  I think over half of them sold last night and as I say, there are around 10 more to be listed.  The arrival of the Damascus  #3 EXP order ate  up the time I had planned to use listing the rest of the Proto’s this morning so it’s not looking like I’ll get to them today but will try to finish them up next week.

My understanding is we’re getting closer to seeing the new Trestle Pine ‘Topper’.  Last I heard, they should start shipping next week and I apologize for the repeated delays.  I know a number of you have been pretty patient getting to see it (as have I) and promise as soon as they arrive I’ll get them up.

Someone also asked when the next run of Trestle Pine Buddy’s would be coming through and at this point, the best answer I can offer is early this fall.  The selection is getting pretty picked over.   There might be a few more I can list, but supplying Messer Depot in Germany kind of thinned the herd a bit unexpectedly.

I had given consideration to adding a pattern to the fixed blade Trestle Pine line but based on the popularity of the Buddy, I think for the time being I’ll stick with it.  If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?

One change I did make is the availability of a FireSteel Sheath or a Plain Sheath.  Going forward, both sheaths will have the Trestle Pine stamp.

Plain or FireSteel Sheaths

So…. that’s the news for this week.  Haven’t had time to take the new Prairie Dog rifle to the range yet, but I’m going to try to get the reloader setup, put a few rounds together and see if it shoots as good as the claim.  Have a good weekend!!!

Great Eastern Prototype Discovery

I came across a rather nice group of (mostly) older Great Eastern Prototype knives.  Not only are there some knives you don’t see very often, but a number of them are early Proto’s with COA’s signed by Ken Daniels.

This morning I listed 8 or 9 of them and have 10 more to get listed.  Among the ‘finds’ this morning is a Northfield #25 Long Pull Jack in Amber Jigged Bone.  Great Eastern states only 6 Long Pull Jacks were made with Amber Jigged Bone and here’s the Proto.

25 Long Pull Amber Jigged Bone

Rather then list them all here, you can check out the pics in the storefront:  Great Eastern Prototype Knives

Weekly Update 7.7.17 #3 EXP Damascus!

Time for another weekly update!  A week into July already and it’s prime summer time in lakes country!!  Hope everyone had a great 4th of July.

Let’s see, where to begin?  How about the release of the first photo of the upcoming Schatt & Morgan #3EXP with a Damascus blade.

#3EXP Damascus / Stag

The Damascus is Alabama Damascus and it looks fantastic!  My understanding is this is a 416 layer Damascus hardened to 58-60Rc.  There are a lot of inexpensive, low quality imported Damascus blades out there, but this isn’t one of them.  It not only looks great, but should make a tough working blade as well.  There will be four different Damascus patterns randomly offered on the different handle options.

The Damascus will start shipping the first of the week, so I’m hoping I have them in hand by next weekend.  I’ve increased my initial order quantity but if you’re interested, I wouldn’t wait till the last minute.

A couple of new releases from Queen include a Schatt & Morgan #27 Muskrat in Smooth Green Bone and Smooth Oiled Bone.

S&M #27 Smooth Green Bone

There are also Schatt & Morgan #41 Copperheads in Black Micarta and Torched Stag.  The Torched Stag is outstanding.  I don’t know where Ken’s getting the stag, but it’s some of the nicest I’ve seen in a while.

#41 Torched Stag
#41 Torched Stag

Great Eastern is finishing up the 66 Calf Ropers and announced a new release to slide in called the Churchill.  My first guess is it’s a slightly shrunken down version of the #53 Cuban.  Should be a nice size.  Makes me wonder if we might see a redo of the Moose pattern in the future?

They also brought out the Calf Pen.  I didn’t bring any of these in, but will be glad to order one for anyone interested.

I want to thank my friends in Germany for posting on Facebook some outstanding photo’s of the Trestle Pine Knives.  Julian Holzberger specializes in photographing knives and does a fantastic job of it!  Sven Kinast owner of Messer Depot also does some incredible photo work.  I recommend checking out Sven’s online store as he makes some  of the best looking Kydex sheaths I’ve seen.   Sven carries the Trestle Pine Knives in his shop in Solingen and if you’re in Germany, be sure to drop by.

That’s the short version of the week gone by!  Personally, I had a great 4th.  Our company couldn’t make it up but we had some other friends drop by unexpectedly, which was great.  We spent a quiet 4th and watched the fireworks on the lake from our deck.  The crowd in town on the beach was probably one of the biggest I’ve can remember.  With 80 degree temps and a clear blue sky, who could ask for more?  How about picking up a new prairie dog rifle this afternoon????  Ya, that’s the perfect ending to a great week.