Monthly Archives: July 2018

Northfield Gunstock Cocobolo, Hess Knives

The Northfield Gunstock arrived yesterday with the Cocobolo handles.  I really like the Brass trim against the Cocobolo wood.  It gives it a really rich appearance.  The Cocobolo is  a nice looking wood and I’m a bit disappointed the Bullet Shield is as big as it is.

Northfield Gunstock Cocobolo

It’s not that it isn’t a cool shield but I question why GEC put it on a knife with some great looking handle material as it takes up so much of the handle.  The shields are something I totally avoided on the Trestle Pine Knives as I felt it detracted from the wood handles.

With the addition of the Un-X-Cld stamp on the tang, the front side of the knife gets a bit busy.  As a result, the handle material really becomes secondary.  Had they used a plain handle material like Ebony Wood or African Blackwood, it seems to me it would have made more sense.

You’ve got brass, lined bolsters, blade etches, shield, nice wood.  Lots of stuff going on.  It just kinda feels like they threw everything at this one.  I took some heat on the Trestle PIne Knives for using brass on the bolsters and I’m anxious to see how the Northfield is received.  Personally, I like it.

GEC Gunstock & Trestle Pine Gunflint

I believe the Northfield Bone will be coming through next followed by the Stag.  It’s going to probably be mid August by the time the run of 14’s gets started.

Last week I also had an order of the Hess fixed blades come in.  A knife I’ve overlooked mentioning is the Mini Caper with Orange G10 handles.  Not a common handle material on this knife, Andy at Hess has been good enough to finish some of these for me with G10 and they’ve proven to be a popular seller.

Hess Mini Caper Orange G10

We have company coming in for the weekend and I know there won’t be time to get the regular blog post up on Friday.  It’s been a bit rushed trying to get everything ready for the weekend.  There’s some other new stuff coming in and I’ll try to catch you up on that next week.

 

Finally…an Update!!!

I’ve been hearing from some of you again wondering what’s happened to the weekly Update.  My apologies and I’ll try to fill you in.

The last week or two we’ve seen the GEC 44 Gunstocks trickling in and we should see the Northfields starting to come through the first of next week.  Next up will be the 14’s which will take a long time to get finished up.  I asked yesterday if there was anything on the schedule beyond the 14’s yet but it doesn’t sound like it. I just hope it’s not another run of 15’s!!!

GEC has their Rendezvous coming up in August and just a heads up, they’ve got a really nice Wounded Warrior Project Raffle knife.  It will be a 44 Gunstock with White Pearl Looking Glass handles.  This should be a really classy looking item.  Give Chris a call or drop her an email for ticket info.  The Wounded Warrior Project is a great organization and the money they receive makes life a little easier for some of our Wounded Warriors.

Beyond that, it’s been an incredibly busy summer.  My wife finally retired the first of July and life will never be the same…. ‘nuf said.  The last three weeks it seems like we’ve either been on the go or had company.  My nephews came up and we insulated and dry-walled my garage two weeks ago.  My buddy Isaiah came up from Iowa for 5 days and we just sent him home  this week.  His visit included a baseball game, fishing, water skiing and we built a killer fire ring we’ll christen in another week for the annual family get together.

Fire Ring

But lets back things up to that first week of retirement.  We had company the 4th of July weekend and a few days later took some time off to go golfing.  I’d brought the golf cart home to clean it up, fill it with gas, etc.  On the way back out to the course, we’re cruising down the four lane with the cart on a trailer behind the Jeep when suddenly a car comes alongside us honking and pointing back to the trailer.  My wife’s new golf bag and clubs (2 month old retirement gift) had come loose and fell off the cart…..in front of a semi.

We found part of the clubs but a few are still in the ditch.  Other then the heads broken off from the Drivers, it’s a little tough to see the road rash on the other clubs.  And a few shafts aren’t perfectly straight anymore either.  Long story short, my wife has another new set of clubs.   There have been a few other interruptions to our day to day routine but this gives you an idea what’s been going on.

Another 10 days and the family get together happens.  Then a field trip to the Northland.  And finally, we get ready for a trip to North Dakota for another pheasant hunt with a possible prairie dog hunt squeezed somewhere in between.

Otherwise, it’s just another routine day.  Even the crime reports have been a bit subdued but I figured this one was worth sharing.  Remember the movie Bad Grandpa?  I never saw it but this makes me think their might be potential for a possible sequel.

“Bad Grandma”

GEC 44 Gunstock and Upcoming 14 Boys Knife

The first of the 44’s arrived last week and started going out the door.  It’s going to be a while before they’re finished up and then GEC moves onto the 14 Boys Knife.  First the 44 Gunstock.

All the specs are already out there and it’s a great looking knife.  I’ve long been a fan of the gunstock pattern and this one follows those that have come before.  My first impression was to compare it to the Trestle Pine Gunflint & Topper.

Size and weight are comparable.  The clip blades follow slightly different profiles.  The primary difference is the 1095 blade steel in the GEC and the S30V used in the Trestle Pine Topper.  

GEC 44 Gunstock Top Trestle Pine Topper Bottom

A couple of points I’m critical of on the GEC version are the nail nicks and sharp corners on the end cap/blosters.

The nail nick on the primary clip blade lays really tight against the top of the secondary pen blade.  I know these are most likely going to end up in a display case but in practical use, in the north-land cold fingers are going to struggle to find that primary blade nick.  If it was the secondary blade tucked behind the primary blade it would be a little easier to understand.

The second point are the relatively sharp corners.

44 Gunstock (Left) Trestle Pine Topper (Right)

While it’s not a huge issue, you can definitely feel those corners when held tightly in your hand.  Overall, it’s a nice knife.

Several of you have emailed and called asking if I would be putting up an early order page for the upcoming #14 Boys Knives.  In short, no.  I just spoke with Chris this AM and the 14’s that GEC will run as a ‘normal run’, will be allocated.  The quantities are evidently going to be very small so I think it’s fair to assume you’d better get a reservation in with one of the larger distributors ASAP as I don’t anticipate getting more then a few of them.  By my count, there will be 25 different SFO’s offered and 3 regular run GEC’s with the total runs approaching or topping 4000 pieces.

 

 

Happy 4th of July!!

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Here’s wishing everyone a very safe and happy 4th of July Holiday!!

I don’t know about the rest of the country, but it looks like we’re in for a wet 4th of July holiday.  We’ve needed the rain and while it’s welcome, we’ve got plenty for the time being.  On the positive side, maybe it’s time to sit back for a day or two, read a good book and just enjoy life.

Yesterday I made a fireworks run to lay in a supply for our annual get together in August.  Its so much fun to watch the smaller kids come in with parents to help select their own private stock for the big event.

The store I shop in has multiple screens set up that allow you to enter the code of the specific shell your interested in and see a video of what it looks like when it goes off.  Two small boys were absolutely transfixed watching the different shells go off and advising their dad to help guide his purchases.  From their reactions, I don’t think dad could go wrong with any of his choices.  Every video seemed to be more impressive then the one they just watched.

The kid in me has always enjoyed fireworks and they bring back fond memories of days long gone.  That excitement that built days prior to the 4th.  My buddies and I always had the inside info on which firecrackers were the biggest and most powerful.   Stories and rumors ran wild about somebody who knew someone who’s Uncle’s cousin knew a guy whose brother in laws neighbor had blown his arm off with some sort of ‘super’ cracker.  We never really knew who this guy was…. but we knew it was a fact.  And we wanted a couple of those ‘super’ crackers bad.

An all out effort was made to try to find out which of the ‘older’ kids were going to be making that clandestine trip across the border into the Dakota’s or Missouri bringing back some fireworks.  Plans were laid as to how much loose change we could come up with in the hopes of being able to pick up some of the contraband for our own private enjoyment.   I never totally understood why it was so much more fun to light your own fireworks rather than watch someone else risk life and limb.  I still don’t, but I’ve given up trying!!

The family get togethers, the parades, picnics and excitement all rolled into one made it a special holiday.  There was always an uncle that showed up with a  couple of 6 paks of Grain Belt or Hamm’s beer that was kept cool in the livestock tank.

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Beer in the stock tank, illegal fireworks, it just all lent itself to celebrating the fact we are the products of a bold and independent spirit willing to take risks to enjoy our God Given Rights.  Ya gotta love it!!!

Happy 4th of July!

GEC 44 Gunstocks are coming!

I just got off the phone with Chris and she confirmed the first of the 44 Gunstocks I ordered will be heading this way tomorrow.  First ones will be the Ebony Wood.  With the 4th of July falling in the middle of the week, I’m anticipating they’ll arrive late in the week or early next week.

My understanding is there are close to 4000 of the 44’s being built so it’s going to be a while before GEC starts working on the upcoming #14.  Very likely it’ll run into August before we see the 44’s finished and the 14’s started.

On the subject of the 14’s, it sounds like there will be a ‘regular’ run of the 14’s built in addition to the SFO’s.  Again it’s likely the total number of 14’s with all of the SFO’s will be in the 4000 piece range.  At this point the handle options haven’t been determined but with luck we may hear by the first of next week.