John H is the First Place winner of the 2018 Ice Out Contest with a date of 5/1 at 4:00PM, Congrats! Second Place Winner goes to Syd with a guess of 4/29 at 11:20AM. John will receive a Trestle Pine Topper with a Black Ash Burl handle and S30V clip blade and Syd a Victorinox Classic and Tinker.
John couldn’t have come much closer to hitting the nail directly on the head. Yesterday our temp came close to 80 degrees with more wind. This morning it’s 37F. The lake was ice free in the early morning hours of 5/1 and as of 10AM CST, this is all that’s left.
I have to give John some credit because I know he spends some time and effort into making his prediction. To be very honest with you, I live on the lake and I didn’t expect this ice to be gone for at least another week. At any rate, its been fun, congrats to both John and Syd. Many thanks to those of you that gave it a shot. And I couldn’t be happier to see the ice GONE for another season!!!
Today saw the last of the current 71 Bull Nose production. I listed the Red Linen Micarta and they look great. In fact, I’ve never been a great fan of the Delrin and the Linen Micarta is a welcome change. Next up are the Whalers.
I talked to Chris on Thursday and there may be a few start shipping to dealers today. Chances are best that we’ll see them start going out in numbers next week. With any luck, by late next week we should start to see them show up.
As soon as they arrive I’ll be sending out invoices for the early order Whalers. Price will reflect the deposit you made and shipping will be added to overseas orders only. Watch for your invoice to arrive from PayPal as I’m allowing a72 hour window to receive payments. IF the payment doesn’t show up in that time, you lose your deposit and the knife goes up for sale in the store. If you plan to send a money order, be sure to let me know so you don’t lose your knife.
While talking with Chris I mentioned the GEC buttons that I’ve been selling and donating the proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Project. So far, all I’ve offered is a set of 10 different pins which have gone over really well. Well, thanks to Chris and the generosity of GEC, there’s a special offer coming.
What GEC is doing for me (and the WWP) is donating a limited number of complete sets of all the pins that GEC has made to date. At this point I don’t even know for sure how many that is but it is going to be a bunch. The number of sets will be limited to around a dozen and the proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.
I won’t be taking any reservations or early orders for these as I don’t know for sure how many pins there will be in a set or what the price will be. It’s also going to be a while before these come in but I wanted to throw it out there for everyone to think about. Thanks again to Chris and GEC for this offer.
And to clarify the Bolster in regards to the upcoming 44’s. The Northfields will have Brass bolsters with the exception of the Stag which will have nickel silver bolsters. It is shown that way in the mock up GEC published but I had it listed as ‘brass’ in the storefront.
Finally, the ice conditions are a changing! I took a drive around the lake this morning and signs of deterioration are increasing.
The shallow areas are starting to open up but there’s still a lot of ice to go yet. Temperatures have cooled off a bit but the wind (which is a major factor) has been steady and persistent. The winds have been in the 20-30k range and that’s the trend for the next 4 or 5 days. AND by Monday they say we could see temps in the 70’s. That combination is going to speed things up.
It’s about time to start thinking about getting boats, docks and lifts ready to go in the water. Sooon I hope!!
I can’t recall having it take so long for the ice to clear out as it’s taken this year. In fact, there’s still a slab of ice over a mile long on the NE shoreline that is probably going to take another 36-48 hours to break up. But, since the latest entry date was for 2:30PM today, 4/6/17 there is no sense is putting off announcing that
rarreola 4/6 2:30PM
is officially recognized as the winner of the 2017 Ice Out Contest. Congratulations!!! You have a new Trestle Pine Superior on it’s way to you.
The one exciting feature of this years ice out was the formation of the crystals of ice we saw in the last week.
They’re really unique and not something you get to see every year. I don’t totally understand how they’re formed, but I do know it’s pretty cool when you get to see them.
Thanks to all of you for participating in this years contest and hope you may have gotten a little insight into how easy it is to keep us entertained in this part of the world! After spending months living in a monochrome world that blue water almost hurts our eyes.
I thought there would be a winner to announce in the Ice Out Contest by now. Thought I’d best offer a contest status update. This is one strange spring for ice conditions. Starting Sunday, I assumed the ice would be out within the next 24 hours at the outside. Nope. Still have a slab probably a mile long by 3-500 yards wide hanging in there.
Very cool ice crystals that have formed.
The lack of wind has really slowed the thawing process down. Wind will push the ice around toward shore forcing it to break up. Without that wind, it just sits on the lake like a big puddle of slush. And that’s exactly what we’re seeing happen
I’d say I expect it to be gone later this afternoon or evening, but I’ve been saying that for the last 3 days!!! In my book, Fall is official on Labor Day when the resorts start closing and the official start of Winter is when the lake freezes over. Summer starts Memorial Day weekend with the opening of tourist season and Spring is officially here when the ice goes out. So, we wait.
Here’s a quick Ice Update for the contest entrants. There’s open water showing up in some of the shallow areas and the ice is starting to pull away from the shore. There’s still plenty of ice out in the lake. If we could get the sun shining instead of cloud cover it would speed things up considerably. But…. it is melting.
More of the GEC 48 Weasels came through this week. I haven’t kept track, but we should be getting close to the single blades being finished and the two blade version coming through.
Queen has held to their plan and is shipping new stuff on a regular basis. This week I received the S&M 3T Linerlocks,
and an assortment of #40 Gunstocks with CPM154 blades.
AND some #64 Canoes
I haven’t had time to look at all of them, but I just opened a box of Schatt & Morgan Factory Sample Knives with a variety of handle materials including Rams Horn and Buffalo Horn. There are #63 Rail Splitters, #376 Swell Centers and #65 Baby Sunfish. Each comes with a certificate of authenticity. These are knives that are run with different handle material and for the most part, are all one of a kind knives. If you like unique, these are for you.
Blades are etched “Factory Sample”.
I’ll try to start listing these yet this afternoon. Great looking knives! (Just finished uploading them at: Factory Sample Knives
The Ice Out conditions are changing fairly quickly! I took a drive around the lake yesterday and you can see the ice is getting pretty black.
I’m not going to make any predictions, but I don’t think we have too much longer for open water. It’s supposed to be in the 50’s the next few days with temps barely touching freezing at nite and those overnite temps make a difference. Winds are predicted to be light, but the warm air will make up for it.
Here’s a listing of “best estimates”. I have to give everyone credit for apparently doing at least a little homework. Everyone stayed within a pretty tight range of what I think is probably going to include the actual date. Check your entry and make sure it’s correct!!
Don’t forget, the cutoff for Ice Out Contest entries is Friday (tomorrow morning) at 8:00AM. Just follow this link and post a reply with your best guest if you haven’t already: 2017 Ice Out Contest
It’s warming up a bit today into the low 40’s and we’ve got more mild weather in the 10 day outlook. There’s a fair amount of wind in the forecast as well which usually helps speed the melting/breakup process. Beyond, your guess is as good as mine!!!
Remember, everyone’s welcome to make a guess and best of luck!!
Just a brief update on the Ice Out Contest. Temperatures are bouncing around between 40’s and 50’s and this morning down in the mid teen’s. (in fact, we just had a brief snow squall) So overall the ice is melting but the progress has slowed. There’s just a little water starting to show along the shore in places which is a good sign that things are melting.
Remember, this Friday is the last chance to place a guess. No entry fee, no membership requirement in fact you don’t even have to be a TSA Knives customer. Everyone is invited to participate in a chance to win a Trestle Pine Superior with Stag handles. No strings attached.
The first of the GEC #48 Weasels arrived. Basically a rework of the original #48 Dogleg. Not exactly sure why it’s called a Weasel this time around, but a nice knife.
I also got a new release note from Chris at GEC that the #38 Special will be released this summer, June into July. For a change, these will be an ‘open’ production run meaning dealers can actually order as many as they’d like. The only allocated knives in the run will be the Stag. Here are the details.
#38 Special Single Blade Muskrat Clip – 3.88″ long closed
Tidioute – Smooth bolster and cap end:
Jigged Bone – color to be determined
Exotic Mexican Bocote Wood
Red Linen Micarta
Northfield – single line – dimple bolster and cap end
Jigged Bone – color to be determined
Acrylic – color to be determined
I’m going to guess there could be a fair number of SFO’s tagged onto this run based on the limited number of handle options and the length of time they’re allowing for production. Might be wrong, but this is a pretty limited handle selection for a new run.
Just drove around the lake this afternoon and I’d say we’re at about 25-30% open water. I honestly can’t recall things melting so fast. It’s supposed to stay cool overnite the next few days with a couple days in the 40’s so I’m still betting we could have open water by Easter Sunday. I’ll try to get a few pix up for you tomorrow.