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Larry Brandstetter 1850 Sheffield Bowie

Last weekend I had the good fortune to acquire a few nice older knives, one of which is a reproduction 1850 Sheffield Bowie built by Larry Brandstetter.  This falls well outside of my normal interests but when I saw the knife I couldn’t resist.  Being a fan of Jim Bridger, Davy Crockett and other early frontiersman, I wasn’t totally unfamiliar with the 1850 Sheffield Bowie, this is as close as I’d gotten to one.

While I’m not familiar with Larry Brandstetter, he gained notoriety in the 1970’s and 80’s building reproduction Sheffield Bowie’s.  Not a lot of information is available online about him but he what I’ve gathered he was from Paducah, KY.   Few mentions of him are made in some of the discussion groups.  The piece I acquired is absolutely gorgeous.

Larry Brandstetter 1850 Sheffield Bowie

The knife measures 15″ OAL with a blade measuring 10.1875″ tip to guard.  From what I’ve read, I assume the blade is 440C as that was one of his common blade steel choices.

High polished 440C blade 10.1875″

I’m not sure of the handle material but it appears to be wood capped off with a nickel silver “Half Horse, Half Alligator” pommel.   Residents of Kentucky and Tennessee with a bit of an interest in history know, the half horse, half alligator was a symbol of the toughness of the Frontiersman.  Best summed up by Davy Crockett,  “I’m Davy Crockett fresh from the backwoods.  I’m half horse, half alligator and a touch of snappin’ turtle.  I’ve got the fastest horse, the prettiest sister, the surest rifle and the ugliest dog in the state of Tennessee.”

Half Horse, Half Alligator Pommel

The coffin handle is tapered with an exposed tang.

The makers initials L.D.B. and the number 007 is stamped in choil.  I have no idea if the 007 is a serial number or model number.

The sheath is a piece of art in and of itself.  The folded leather is joined at the back with an almost invisible seam.

The fittings on the sheath are nickel silver.

The Nickel Silver frog clip is an outstanding detail that really adds to the overall look.

Nickel Silver Frog Clip

When the knife is sheathed, the fit is perfect.  The sheath appears to be lined with velvet and holds the knife securely in place.

It’s just a gorgeous piece in fantastic condition.  Always fun to be able to offer a piece like this for sale.

Product Updates GEC, FrogLube, Ballistol

I had a couple of product updates I wanted to pass on this morning.  The first is the recent Northfield Bull Moose in Antique Amber Jigged Bone that came in yesterday.

#81 Bull Moose Amber Jigged Bone

The color of the bone on this one just rally caught my eye.  It has a nice, soft, traditional used bone look to it.  Great looking knife.  There are a couple more Northfield’s to come, in fact, I’m anticipating another later today.

A couple other product updates concern the Ballistol and FrogLube.  I apologize that I ran out of the 4 oz liquid FrogLube and 4 oz liquid and 6 oz aerosol Ballistol.  I sell quite a bit of both products at gun shows and end up forgetting to delete it from the online inventory.  Several of you have tried to place orders and I’m glad to let you know it’s either in stock or on it’s way.  The Ballistol order came in yesterday and the FrogLube should be back in stock later this week or the first of next.

It’s interesting that at the local shows I have people look me up to buy the Ballistol in particular.  The FrogLube is a little more widely available but the shooters say they have a hard time finding the Ballistol.  Both are outstanding products and once folks try them, they tend to continue using them.

Personally, I like using the Ballistol for cleaning both guns and knives.  It’s great for flushing out dirty pivots on folding knives, especially older knives in need of a good cleaning.  I use it as a lubricant for some of my guns, but I really like the FrogLube for my knife blades and firearm internal parts.  The great thing is both products are environmentally friendly and won’t harm leather and wood products.

Tell ya what.  If you’ve never used the Ballistol I’ll gladly give you a free sample of their wipes with your next online store order.  Just put a note in the comment section to include a Free Ballsitol Sample.  I’ll extend this offer through the end of the week. 11.12.17.

 

Hurricane Sale Items are in the store

I just had time to get a few items listed in the store under the Hurricane Sale Items heading. Hopefully, they’ll be of interest.  You’ll find Used items, New items with flaws, and Used items with flaws.  I’ve tried to be clear as to what the issues might be and photographed any cosmetic issues that are visible.  In the next week or two I’ll try to continue adding items.

The prices are set so that I won’t accept returns on the sale items so if you have any doubts, don’t pull the trigger.  If you have questions, ask.  All of the items ship free and we can’t/won’t ship any autos overseas.

New Arrivals and There’s a Hurricane Sale Coming!

Yesterday a couple of new Schatt & Morgans arrived and were added to the storefront.  One was a popular pattern we haven’t’ seen in a while and the second was a total surprise.  AND… the is a Hurricane Sale Coming.

First is the Schatt & Morgan #49 Large Stockman.  The medium stockman seems to come through with some regularity, but it was nice to see the Large Stockman.

S&M #49 Orange Burl

Part of a run of 30 pieces each, the Large Stockman is available in Black Micarta, Ironwood and the Orange Burl pictured above.  This is a generously proportioned knife that is great for anyone needing a real working knife.

The next ‘surprise’ were the Baby Doctor knives.  I say they were a surprise as we don’t see a lot of Doctor Knives released regardless of size.

Baby Doctor Torched Stag

While that Spatula blade is a bit of an oddity for many, believe me it has a lot of utility.  Years ago I smoked a pipe and found that blade incredibly handy.  It works great as a mini pry bar for opening paint and varnish cans.  While not perfect as a screwdriver, it will work.  With a little tweaking it should work fine as a striker for the Fire Steel.  And on it goes…

And finally, there’s a hurricane sale coming.  I’ve accumulated a few knives that I’m going to offer at some sale prices to try and clean things up around here.  In addition, a portion of the sales will go to either the Red Cross or the Salvation Army to offer a little aid for the folks getting the hell kicked out of them from the recent round of hurricanes.

The knives are going to be a mixture of auto’s, traditional and maybe a few fixed blades.  I take a fair number of knives to the shows I attend and some of the knives become ‘demonstrators’.  Some have boxes or packaging that’s gotten worn.  A few are knives that arrived or customers returned with cosmetic issues.  And some are knives which came out of collections I acquired that have been used.   The mixture will include some S&M Autos, used GEC’s,  knives I don’t regularly carry like a Stryder or maybe a MicroTech or even an auto Buck.  How about a used GEC / Schrade Auto?

I’m going to start putting a few up today to get things started.

 

Trestle Pine Gunflint Wood Preview & Recent Arrivals

I received a photo of some of the wood that will be used on the upcoming Trestle Pine Gunflint.  This is dyed Curly Maple with some of the nicest grain you could ask for.  The wood in the photo has just been sanded with 120 grit and will have a finishing 4-600 grit finish and polish.  That should really make that grain pop!

Trestle Pine Gunflint Dyed Curly Maple

Below are a few pieces of Natural Curly Maple and Walnut.

Trestle Pine Gunflint Handle Material

There will be some other handle options as well.  I was really happy when I got the pix this morning and can’t wait to see what the finished product will look like.

Speaking of wood, some Schatt & Morgan #22 Medium Coke Bottles arrived yesterday with “Lightning Wood” handles.  Fantastic looking wood.  It looks a bit like stag but has some incredibly unique texture.  Queen has really expanded their willingness to use some unique and great looking wood handle material and the Lightning Wood is a stand out!

Lightning Wood on a S&M #22 Medium Coke Bottle

Also in the box with the Medium Coke Bottles were some Schatt & Morgan Sowbelly’s with Smooth Amber Bone Handles

S&M #60 Sowbelly Smooth Amber Bone

As well as some S&M #06 Tear Drops with Smooth Amber Bone and Torched Stag handles.

S&M #06 Smooth Amber Bone
S&M #06 Torched Stag

The last new arrival came in this morning.  GEC’s latest Calf Pen in Orange Delrin.

GEC #35 Orange Delrin

Weekly Update New Arrivals 9.8.17

As anticipated there were a number of new arrivals that came in this week.  The first were a couple of the GEC Farm & Field Calf Pen knives.  I’m not to sure what to say about the name “Calf Pen” but it conjures up some back breaking memories of my youth working on a farm involving hot summer days and a pitch fork.  That being said, fortunately, the knife is a bit more pleasant to handle then the ‘calf pens’ I recall.

Calf Pen

I’m not a huge fan of the ‘one arm’ opening blades, but the linerlock on the Wharncliffe makes up for it.

Next are some Schatt & Morgan #44 Folding Hunters.  The handle options include Golden Maple, Marvel Wood and Rams Horn.  The Rams Horn handles are outstanding.

Schatt & Morgan #44 Folding Hunter Rams Horn

And to round things out are a group of Schatt & Morgan #66 Turkish Muskrats that came in at some super pricing.   These normally list in the mid $80 price range but I put them in the store for $69.95-74.95.  The Italian Jigged Bone are part of a run of 30 knives while the Acrylics were run in lots of 10.  All have 1095 blades.

S&M #66 Turkish Muskrats

A pleasant surprise was finding 6 Burnt Stag “Prototype” Gunflints in the box.  I didn’t get any of them listed today but will try to get them up over the weekend.  My understanding was that I had all of the Proto’s so this was truly a surprise.  Great looking stag.

Burnt Stag

Just a brief note regarding the “Prototype” designation.   I refer to these as a Prototype of the upcoming Gunflint but understand, the final Gunflint will be a SINGLE blade knife without the screwdriver/caplifter.  We wanted to see what the pattern would look like with the Wharncliffe and I requested they just build them up on the Toppers that were in process.

The last gems were some Schatt & Morgan #3EXP’s in Burnt Stag.  Ken brought in some premium stag for these knives and it is incredible nice.  It’s tough to find slabs of stag this uniform.

Schatt & Morgan #3 EXP Stag

There will be more of the GEC’s coming through next week and no doubt Queen will have a few additions as well.

Queen, Trestle Pine Topper, Weekend Wrapup 8.11.17

Last weekend was the highlight of the summer and it was great!  The weather was about as perfect as you could ask for.  A brief shower over the weekend gave everyone a chance to take a break and play some indoor games but otherwise, the fish felt the pressure.

And at the end of the day…..

I got a note from Ken last evening and it sounds like the Queen show was a booming success.  Over 300 people going on the tour and a steady stream of people in the store all day.

Last week I brought in more of the #01 Swayback Jacks.  The first group sold quickly and I decided to bring more back in.

01 Swayback Jack

Another arrival was a unique Trestle Pine Topper.  There were extra frames and a handful of Wharncliffe CPM154 Blades from my previous order.  Ryan suggested putting the extra Wharncliffe’s in the Topper frame and I’m glad they did!  I like the looks of this well enough to consider having a full run made with the Wharncliffe.  Maybe a single blade?

Trestle Pine Topper

I’m not sure what I’ll do with the Wharncliffe’s I received yet.  As I said, there are only a handful of them and I know one will be going in my pocket.

For the fine folks in Germany, an order of the Topper’s are on their way to Sven Kinast at Messerdepot.  I’m anxious to here what you think of them.  I know the Superiors were very well received and hope the Topper will be as well.

As I was writing this, I got some pix from Ken this AM.  The show opens at noon today.  The tables were sold out and they ended up adding tables trying to accommodate everyone.  Outstanding!!

Just 10 minutes to opening time guys!!

Queen Cutlery Show 8.11.17

 

 

Maintain Wood Handles, New Listings and 25 GEC’s

Every now and then someone will ask me what they should do to maintain the wood handles on the Trestle Pine Knives.  It’s actually pretty simple.

A few of the woods I use on the Trestle Pine Knives are not stabilized due to the amount of natural oil in the wood.  Bolivian Rosewood is a good example.  Before we go any further, understand that even though a wood handle may be stabilized, it’s still possible for it to absorb small amounts of moisture.

Personally, I’ve used everything from wood treatments available at the local hardware store to Olive Oil.  I settled on olive oil for years as it was always available in the kitchen cupboard and I used it on our kitchen knives, wood cutting boards, etc.

When I started carrying the Frog Lube, I switched over to it as I was using it to oil the blades and metal surfaces anyway.  Frog Lube is great stuff and I’ve found it works extremely well on both the wood and metal.  Plus, it smells good!

In the picture below you can see the ‘white’ spots that are showing as open pores in the dried wood.

Dried Handle

In the following picture, I have applied a very light coat of Frog Lube to the Bare End half of the handle and let it sit for about an hour before buffing it with an old piece of bath towel. Whether you use Olive Oil or Frog Lube, give it the wood a chance to absorb it before wiping off any excess.  You can see the pores are filled and the luster restored.   Pretty simple.

This morning I finally got the Schatt & Morgan #01 Swayback Jacks listed.  These are really nice knives and the “Marvel Wood” is particularly interesting.

S&M #01 Swayback Jack with Marvel Wood Handle

I wasn’t going to bring in any of the GEC 25’s coming through as I kind of had the sense there was a bit of buyer fatigue with the 15’s and 25’s.  My mistake.  Last week I started getting requests for reservations so decided to bring a few in.  GEC had started to cut back on SFO’s and then turned the full run of Northfields over as an SFO.  Interesting.  The Tidioute’s will be the ONLY one’s available through the normal distributor network.

And just a quick wrap up, we had another minor local crime outbreak last week I thought I’d share with you.  We like to think we live in a pretty safe area of the country but even at that, ‘stuff’ happens.  Maybe it’ time we petitioned our local LE to crack down a little harder to stop this kind of crime.  In the mean time, buy your locals guys and gals in Blue a cup of coffee.  Believe me, they deserve it dealing with stuff like this.  In the mean time if you come across a deal on a hot fidget spinner or a wrangled chicken…….. never mind.

Weekly Update 7.28.17 Trestle Pine Topper, Grand Daddy Barlow, etc

Had a great week with my buddy Isaiah.  Lots of fishing, golf, fishing, tubing and a little more fishing.  The weather was great and we both had a lot of fun.

This forenoon I uploaded the #71 Schatt & Morgan Grand Daddy Barlow’s.  Great looking knives.  There are Smooth Blue Bone and a Black Micarta.

#71 Grand Daddy Barlow

I’ve had an order of #01 Swayback Jacks on my desk for over a week that I’ve been meaning to get to.   I’ll try to get a few more of them up yet today.

I’m working on getting all of the Trestle Pine Topper sorted out and packaged up.  I’ve started using the white tubes for the knives as I had a number of people prefer the original labels that I used on the first run of the Superior.  Personally, I liked the label on the boxes as well, but thought I’d give the zippered cases a shot.  I’ll be intermixing them as we go along, but the tubes will be the choice for now.  The larger tube makes it possible to use a larger label which in turn, is easier to read.

Next week is the big week of the summer.  My family comes up for a few days of fun together.   We’ll have a houseful of around 15 people and I can’t wait.  Unfortunately, a nephew and a great nephew won’t make it this year but on the plus side I have a niece coming that I rarely get to see.   And of course I’m looking forward to Butch and Sundance arriving with the rest of the Wild Bunch.   As a result, next week is probably going to be a bit unproductive on the work front and that’s fine with me!

 

Weekly Update 7.22.17 New Topper, Knife Laws, Etc

This has to be a short update as I’m leaving to pick up my buddy Isaiah when I’m done to spend a few days with me again this summer.  Its a chance to get him out of those steamy Iowa cornfields for a few days and let him soak in some northern lake water.

The big news this week was the arrival of the Trestle Pine Topper.  I only listed a couple of the knives to start off as I’m waiting for the rest of the labels.  Suppose I could ship them out in plain white tubes, but… think I’ll hold off for the labels.  About half of the knives came in this week and as I said, I’m really pleased with the end product.  Queen did an outstanding job finishing these.

I’ve had a number of nice messages/phone calls regarding the Trestle Pine’s in the last week and someone asked me if I had a dedicated Trestle Pine website.  Yes.  There’s a brief story about ‘why’ Trestle Pine knives and a bit of information about the knives.  You can check it out at: www.trestlepineknives.com

Another notable piece of news was an article Jan Carter over at the iKC site sent me.  John Bamford had posted a link regarding potential upcoming changes regarding knife purchasing regs in the UK.  In a nutshell, it sounds like they’re working on a law that would harshly restrict online sales of knives to UK residents.  If a UK resident were to purchase a knife through an online source, the buyer could only take possession of the knife if they were to physically pick it up from the seller.  John, I’d love to have you come to Minnesota to pick up your next knife purchase, but I can’t blame you if you opt out.  Ridiculous.

I’ve posted it before, but at times like this it bears repeating.

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.”  Groucho Marx

It gets so frustrating watching these (supposedly) well meaning law makers come up with new laws that are totally ineffective.  I’ve watched it happen to the gun industry over the years and have spoken up and written letters to try and influence the outcome of some of the proposals.  Sometimes our voices are heard and I sincerely hope our friends in the UK speak loudly with a single voice to try and stop the passage of the proposal

Gotta run, but watch for more of the Trestle Pine Toppers to show up on the website next week!!!