The primary question of this weeks update is what’s happening with Queen Cutlery? I don’t think most of us know anymore then we did a couple of weeks ago. My hope is that within the next couple of weeks we get and update from Queen to give us a little idea what the future holds for all of us.
In the meantime, sales of Queen and Schatt & Morgan knives have noticeably picked up. Some buyers admit they’ve never owned a Queen/S&M and figure they better grab one now if they’re ever going to get the one they want. Others want a “pre-reorganization” knife. And a few are speculating on a worst case scenario, buying in anticipation that the value of all of the Queen products to go up. At any rate, I like to see the folks that have never owned a Queen give them a try.
Fixed blade knives have been selling well. I’m not sure if it’s a growing interest in fixed blades due to the lack of ‘new’ traditional folders or if it’s just the time of year. Spring is coming and along with it camping, hiking and fishing seasons. The Hess brand has always done well for me and their knives are a fantastic price point considering the quality.
Another line I’ve carried but neglected to give much attention are the Blackjack knives. I keep a few of the #5’s (my most popular seller) listed in the store but for whatever reason, this has been a gunshow knife. It seems to sell best when a customer has the chance to pick it up and actually handle it rather than just looking at pictures.
It’s a brand that’s been around since the late 80’s in one form or another and finally found it’s footing in the late 90’s. Mike Stewart had started out with some of the Chris Reeve fixed blade patterns and finally settled on patterns with a strong influence of the original Bo Randall knives. They’re not necessarily copies of Randall’s but they have a definite Randall influence.
Part of the appeal to me is the size of the handles. I have a fairly large hand and like the extra long handle on a heavier duty work knife.
Another detail I appreciate on a larger knife is the long ricasso. Using a large knife for ‘detail’ work can be hazardous and clumsy at best. The ability to get your fingers closer to the working edge can be extremely helpful to maintain control when working on smaller projects. That long guard is added insurance your hand isn’t going to slip allowing your fingers to slide up the blade. (important for guys like me)
And finally, it’s made in the USA from A2 Tool Steel with a convex grind. Fit and finish on all of the knives I’ve handled has been excellent. As far as the price goes, coming in well below the $200 mark, they are priced right. My current inventory of the Blackjacks is low but I have an order coming in for the next gunshow and I’ll try to share more of them in the store.
Right now I’m expecting to see the Blackjacks in about a week to 10 days. Another couple dozen Hess‘ will be coming through in about 2 weeks. I’m guessing we may see the first of the GEC 56’s starting to show up in another week as well. In the mean time, let’s all hope we hear some good news out of Queen real soon.