Let me start by saying I was a little overwhelmed by the response to starting up the early order program again. I had discontinued it last year for a number of reasons, the major one being it can be a real PITA to keep up with. Even with the requisite deposit there were still a surprising number of ‘no pays’. Orders come through without the deposit, etc, etc. In addition, we saw the quantities (i.e. availability) of regular production knives increase substantially reducing the need to order early.
As soon as it became official the Whalers were going to be run once again, there was no doubt the interest was going to be sky high. For that reason I thought I’d try the early order system one more time and include the new 44 Gunstock and 15 Boys Knives. The volume of orders has been almost triple what I anticipated and the number of ‘thank you’ for reinstating the early order program comments was a surprise. Feedback like that is what helps steer the direction of TSA Knives. Going forward, you’ll see more Early Order offers.
I put a limited number of the Whalers up for early order and held some back in reserve until next Monday. Chris will have the final numbers on dealer orders and I’ll get confirmation on exactly how many Whalers I’m getting. Once I know where I stand, I hope to be able to offer a few more Whalers for sale but I don’t want to get overbooked. At this writing there are still both handle options available but only a few. If they sell out, check back Monday afternoon as I’m hoping I can release a few more.
I’ve been asked if the Desert Ironwood or the Muscle Bone Whalers has been selling better. Right now the Ironwood has a very slight edge over the Bone. Part of that is no doubt due to people not knowing what to expect with the “Muscle Bone”. Until you actually see it….??? As in the past, after we actually saw the Percheron Bone and early Primitive Bone, interest increased. I’m willing to bet we’ll similarly see interest grow for the Muscle Bone.
Early Orders for the new 44 Gunstock has the Northfield Autumn Gold running 2:1 over the Cocobolo and Stag. Cocobolo is running 3:2 over the Sambar Stag. The Northfields in total are out booking the Tidioutes 20:1. I’m betting the Cocobolo is going to look fantastic next to the Brass.
Over 60% of the early orders are for one of each handle in the Whaler. Almost 90%+ of the orders are for more then one knife. That may be 2 or more Whalers on an order or a mixture of 46’s, 44’s and 15’s.
Understand, the above numbers are my numbers. I have no idea what the mix is for anyone else.
It’s sounding more doubtful that we’ll see Queen revived any time soon. A number of people have continued to ask about the future of the Trestle Pine Knives. I’m exploring some options but am a very long way from anything certain. While I’m not getting my hopes up, I’m definitely not giving up just yet.