It’s been a relatively quiet week as new releases or deliveries go. I had hoped to have the first of the Whalers in hand by now but nothing so far. The next delivery is later this morning so with any luck…
Emails and phone calls started up this week asking when the knives will be in and what they’ll cost. Hopefully the Desert Ironwood will start showing up in the next day or two. GEC likes to keep the pricing secret until the day the actually ship. This is a major PITA for both dealers and customers. Some good news, I did get the pricing on the Desert Ironwood Whaler this AM. They come in at $139.95. That’s hard to believe when you consider the 2011, 2 blade Cocobolo Whalers cost $139.95 and get a load of this, the 2013 2 Blade Cocobolo was $130.00!!! I anticipated we’d see the new Whalers in the $160+ range. It’ll be interesting to see what the prices are on Ebay once they start getting flipped.
Every now an then I get into a discussion with someone about the bevel I use with my Edge Pro. Good question and it varies from knife to knife. I can say that I have hit what appears to be the sweet spot on my Trestle Pine Gunflint and Topper’s.
It’s 22 degrees. I started around 20 degrees and slowly crept up to 22 and that has been the best angle for edge retention as well as taking a razor edge. My knife gets used a lot and I’m finding I can run 3-4 weeks without totally taking my edge off. The blade doesn’t have that hair shaving edge but it easily glides through cardboard and slices envelopes without tearing.
This isn’t saying it’s the perfect bevel for your knife but it’s working great on mine. The best bevel is all dependent on blade design, steel and use. The steel in both of these Trestle Pines perform beautifully at 22….for me. If you have an Edge Pro, try tweaking that bevel a degree or fraction thereof at a time. You might be surprised at what kind of an edge you can develop.
Spring appears here to stay and I’m anxious to get out and do some camping. Unfortunately, it’s not going to happen for a while. I have the Blackjack I’m anxious to put through the paces as well as field testing the “Baddest Bee” Fire Fuses. Nothing beats actually using the products you’re selling!!!