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New Collections And Gun Show Wrap Up

This morning I listed a few of the knives from the new collections recently acquired.  It’s a bit of an eclectic group of knives with a mixture of GEC’s (new and old stock) and a few rather nice non-GEC knives.

One of the nicest pieces is a 1980’s vintage Al Mar “Fang”.  I’ve handled Al Mar knives in the past and was always impressed with the quality.  The Fang is a real gem and rather difficult to find.

Al Mar Fang
Al Mar 5001 Fang Boot Knife

Another knife I really like is this vintage Ka-Bar 1224 Bird and Trout.

Vintage Ka-Bar Bird & Trout
Vintage Ka-Bar 1224 Bird and Trout

I used one of the Hess Bird & Trout knives a couple of weeks ago on a trip up north and while they’re not practical for 98% of my needs, I really like the feel of them for ‘detail’ work.  This is rather strange as I’m not a big fan of the smaller traditional folders.  The short handle of the traditional folder gets lost in my hand while the Bird & Trout knives offer a bit more handle for me to hang onto.  This weekend I’m heading to North Dakota for some pheasant hunting and I’m hoping to get to use that Hess on some birds.

There are more knives in these new collections to be listed but it’s going to be a while before I can get to them.  We have a funeral out of town this week and then it’s a road trip for the weekend.  I’ll trickle them onto the website as I can.

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Sorry, I hit the “Publish” button before I was done.  Regarding the gun show this past weekend……  It was a slow show that wasn’t heavily attended.  While a few local customers did make it in there were a lot of familiar faces that didn’t.

I’m not quite sure what caused the low attendance as this is typically a really good show for most exhibitors.  The weather wasn’t conducive to working in the yard or field so I’m not sure where folks were holed up.  And the people that did come in were reluctant to open up their wallets.  That was pretty much the consensus with all of the exhibitors.

The upside to a slow show is you get the opportunity to spend some time visiting with people about everything from knives, guns and politics.  One of the people I visited with was an 11 year girl and her father who are expat’s living in Denmark.  She had been looking at the knife displays and when I approached her and said “hi” she commenced to explaining to me how many of the knives in my cases would be illegal in Denmark and much of Europe.  It was pretty interesting to visit with her and both she and her dad were pretty well versed on the law.  She left with a smile and a ‘legal’ Swiss Army Knife to take home with her.  I love talking with these kids and encouraging their interest in knives.

As I said, we have a funeral to attend yet this week and then we head west, so I’m not sure I’ll get the usual Friday blog post up.  Anything interesting comes up I’ll squeeze it in.  Otherwise, I’ll try to get a few pictures of the hunt to share with you next week.

 

GEC 15 Caveat, 14 SFO’s ~ Weekly Update

I’m sharing the Weekly Update a bit early this week.  Time to head out to North Dakota, visit friends, shoot a few Prairie Dogs, enjoy a great meal and reeeelax.  Can’t wait!

The GEC 15 run of regular knives is finished and the Bail & Chain series is coming up.  Chris sent out a caveat to dealers asking that we pass on the following information.  If you try to remove the Bail the odds are incredibly high that you will put a significant scratch in the bolster.  Should you modify the knife by removing the bail, you just voided the warranty.  GEC is NOT going to fix it.  I think we all know that when you modify a product it typically voids the warranty, so be advised.

The Fenix UC35 V2.0 lights sold out FAST!  As I said in the post last week, these are an incredible light at a bargain price.  Apparently quite a few folks are familiar with the Fenix line and the response took me by surprise.  I have more coming in an should have them back in the store next week.  For now, you can place a back-order and I’ll get them out to you as soon as they come in.

There still isn’t any clear info regarding the upcoming 14’s.  The last I heard there are going to be around 3000 SFO’s and no word of any regular production knives.  I’m getting totally confused about the SFO’s as it seems the terms have changed.  My understanding is that you need to order 100 knives, all the same handle  to get in on an SFO.  THEN, you are limited to just one handle.  In other words, you can order 100 blue but not 100 blue, 100 red and 100 green.  So, at best, you can only get 100 knives of a single handle and if you didn’t get in on the SFO you are SOL.  So does this mean there were 30 dealers (clubs, individuals) that ordered 100 knives each?  Don’t think so but I’ll be glad to be corrected.

I’ve had a couple of individuals wondering if there are any restrictions on who can get in on the SFO’s and to the best of my knowledge, if you can get your money on the bar, you’ll get served.  Interesting business model.

The question keeps coming up as to when the liquidation auction of the assets of Queen/Schatt & Morgan will occur.  I don’t know.  As I recall all claims against the company had to be filed by June so I would assume once everything is inventoried and the proper paperwork executed,  it’s just a matter of getting an auction date set.  There are enough serious collectors out there that would love to get there hands on a few unique artifacts that I think it should be an interesting auction.

More interesting will be finding out who ends up with the Queen, Schatt & Morgan, Queen City and other trademarks.  From day one my hope has been to see GEC purchase the names and get them back into production.  Can you imagine the Schatt & Morgan lines coming out built to GEC quality standards?

I’m not sure that will happen however.  It appears GEC is maxed out on production right now.  The addition of Schatt & Morgan would most likely more then double the demand.  My greatest concern would be seeing these names moved to an overseas production line.

I’ve been getting positive feedback regarding the crime report updates.  It’s  been suggested I make it a regular part of the regular blog posts.  Even though it seems a bit twisted that readers enjoy following the criminal activities up here I’ll keep sharing at the risk of further revealing our crime problems.  Our local guys and gals in Blue do a great job keeping things under control.

Remember a couple of  weeks ago when the fellow suspected his girlfriend lifted $40 from his wallet?

Well, let’s not forget the old biblical saying that we shall reap what we sow!

Fenix UC35 V2.0

Fenix Flashlights released a new light this month that is well worth mentioning particularly if you’re an outdoorsman.  The Fenix UC35 V2.0 has a number of features that set it far above the competition.   It’s pocket sized, rechargeable, waterproof, powerful, compact and reasonably priced.

I sometimes neglect highlighting the Fenix lights on the website as most of my sales are at gun / knife shows.  It’s one of those products that creates a ‘wow’ factor when you have it in hand.  I’ve used several of the Fenix lights over the years and have found little fault with them.  The TK series has been a favorite for the tactical rifles or a compact pocket light.  Even though it’s difficult to really appreciate the lights without actually seeing them, let me share some highlights.

The Fenix UC35 V2.0 is an up grade to the standard UC35.  The first change is increased intensity of 1000 lumens which is one bright light considering the overall size of this light.

Fenix UC35 V2.0

A clever upgrade is in the center of the small gold button there is an indicator that lets you know the charge status of the battery when you click it on.  This is a handy feature that helps assure you have a functioning flashlight when you need it.

The light comes with a rechargeable 3500mAh 18650  battery.  While rechargeable batteries are great it’s a pain when you leave the charger at home.  And that’s when the battery is going to need a recharge.

The UC35 V2.0 solved the problem by including a built in charger that operates using a standard USB cord plugged into your car or 120V outlet. The USB port is inconspicuously concealed under a small rubber cover near the flashlight head.  When the port is covered, the rubber cover sits flush with the body of the light, well out of the way.

Fenix UC35 V2.0 USB Plug

Here’s a quick synopsis of the other high-points.

I’ve been using one for a little over a week and have to say, it’s a pretty incredible light packed in an incredibly compact package.  With the high intensity strobe feature, it also serves the purpose of an effective defensive device if you find yourself unarmed in a bad situation.   At the price, it’s definitely one of the best values in the Fenix line for a high intensity rechargeable light.

GEC Collector 30 Pin Sets Available

The GEC Collector Pin Sets arrived yesterday.  These were donated by Great Eastern to help raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project.  The 15 sets include the 30 pins that have been made (to date) to accompany some of the Great Eastern Knife releases.  It does not include the SFO, Rendezvous or Club pins.

GEC Limited Edition 30 Pin Set

The proceeds from the sale of the pin sets will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.  A total of just 15 sets were made so don’t wait.

New Products Added To The Storefront

A couple of new products arrived this week I wanted to mention.

The first is truly a new item to to TSA Knives.  It’s the “Baddest Bee” Fire Fuses.  Being a camper and always interested in a better way to get a fire lit in the outdoors, I just had to try these out.   Each water resistant tube contains 8 fire fuses approximately 4″ in length.

Fire Fuse 3 Pak

In addition to the 3 pak of the Fire Fuses, there’s also a Kit available that includes a small pak of the Fire Fuses, a small fire steel and a ‘collapsible’ bellows.

Kit

The Fire Fuse is incredibly simple to use and effective.  Simply take one of the fuses, fray the end a bit with your knife tip.

Fray the Tip

And throw a good spark from your Fire Steel and….voila!!!!

Stick the fuse under your kindling and you’ve soon got a campfire.  The Fire Fuses burn fairly slow and can be snuffed out once your fire is started so you can save the remaining fuse for later use.  They come in a water resistant tube, work under wet conditions and from what I’ve experienced are idiot proof.

The next item isn’t really ‘new’ but deserves mention.  I originally received some of the EdgPro Apex Bench Mounts some time back but failed to make much mention of them.  A customer ordered one from me this week and asked why I’d never made mention of them on the blog.  My apologies.

It’s an incredibly simple device to resolve a common issue.  You previously needed a smooth surface such as a formica, granite or similar solid type of surface to mount the Apex Sharpener.  This simple bench mount makes it possible to mount it on most surfaces with an edge you can attach a clamp to.

The other ‘new’ item is an expansion of the line of Blackjack Classic knives I carry.  I’ve long been a fan of the Bark River line and the Blackjacks are quickly growing on me.  The Blackjacks have a strong Randall influence but are much more affordable AND available.  They’re built by the folks at Bark River primarily using the time proven A2 tool steel.  Good stuff.  Fit and finish is outstanding and they come with a razor sharp convex ground edge.

Model 3 Sambar Stag
Model 4 Natural Canvas Boot Knife

Camping season is coming and the Blackjack line offers some great camp knives.  I just received a good sized order and will put together some sale prices on a couple of the Blackjacks to give you a chance to try one out at a great price.  Keep an eye on the blog.

I’m always on the hunt for something new and the Edge Pro, Fire Fuses and Blackjacks fit the bill.  The key is, I’ve gotta believe it’s a great product or I don’t want to carry it.  If I wouldn’t use it I sure as hell don’t expect my customers to!!

 

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