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.
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.
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.
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.