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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Below are a few pieces of Natural Curly Maple and Walnut.
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!
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.
I’m not a huge fan of the ‘one arm’ opening blades, but the linerlock on the Wharncliffe makes up for it.
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.
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.
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.
There will be more of the GEC’s coming through next week and no doubt Queen will have a few additions as well.
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.
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?
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!!
The weekly update highlights the arrival of the Damascus #3 EXP from Schatt & Morgan. This has been a great looking knife to begin with but the Damascus adds a really classic look to a classic knife
There are a number of different Damascus patterns throughout the releases and none are specifically associated with a specific handle material. What you’re going to have to do is decide if you like the blade/handle combination or maybe buy two? This will give you an idea of some of the options.
The first thing I noticed about the Damascus blades of course is the beautiful pattern. Second is the edge on the blades. I’ve gotten used to the super fine edge that the 154 steels take and forgot how ‘toothy’ feeling the edge feels on a D2 blade. The Damascus makes the D2 feel pretty fine. While it’s not an edge I’d want to use to shave with or cut fine strips of paper, it’s definitely a blade made for aggressive cutting. I immediately got the feeling if I wanted to cut through a heavy piece of nylon or hemp rope, this would be the tool of choice. The edge is like a micro serrated blade that’s just looking for something to cut.
This is one of the more interesting knives Queen has brought out in the time I’ve been carrying the line. It’s not a cheap knife but there are plenty of those out there already. I know when Ken and Ryan were at GEC, we used to see some pretty interesting things come out of there and it appears the Daniels carried that willingness to push the envelope over to Queen. They both get out to the shows and press the flesh with their customers. More importantly, they listen to ideas and pay attention to what’s being said. And they love to try different things. In fact, I’m not sure this is meant for public dissemination but here’s an example.
Old pattern auto’s, Shockwood, Marvel Wood, 154 steels, Damascus, ….. keep it up guys!!
The GEC Proto’s I put up yesterday were well received! I think over half of them sold last night and as I say, there are around 10 more to be listed. The arrival of the Damascus #3 EXP order ate up the time I had planned to use listing the rest of the Proto’s this morning so it’s not looking like I’ll get to them today but will try to finish them up next week.
My understanding is we’re getting closer to seeing the new Trestle Pine ‘Topper’. Last I heard, they should start shipping next week and I apologize for the repeated delays. I know a number of you have been pretty patient getting to see it (as have I) and promise as soon as they arrive I’ll get them up.
Someone also asked when the next run of Trestle Pine Buddy’s would be coming through and at this point, the best answer I can offer is early this fall. The selection is getting pretty picked over. There might be a few more I can list, but supplying Messer Depot in Germany kind of thinned the herd a bit unexpectedly.
I had given consideration to adding a pattern to the fixed blade Trestle Pine line but based on the popularity of the Buddy, I think for the time being I’ll stick with it. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?
One change I did make is the availability of a FireSteel Sheath or a Plain Sheath. Going forward, both sheaths will have the Trestle Pine stamp.
So…. that’s the news for this week. Haven’t had time to take the new Prairie Dog rifle to the range yet, but I’m going to try to get the reloader setup, put a few rounds together and see if it shoots as good as the claim. Have a good weekend!!!
I’m not sure how you can get so far behind just being gone a couple of days, but you can!! In an attempt to get ahead, I’m going to use today’s weekly update to jump ahead and wish everyone and early happy July 4th!! We have company coming in for the Fourth on Sunday and I have no plans of getting close to the computer unless I absolutely have to.
The S&M #3 EXP’s were listed this week and one of the nicest pieces in the whole lot (to me anyway) is the spiral cut Buffalo Horn.
What really struck me was how practical that deep spiral cut would be in a ‘working’ situation. You could have cold slippery hands and be able to hang onto that rascal with NO problem. So many times we see a handle that looks pretty but is impractical as hell. This one looks good and is practical.
GEC is dribbling out the 66 Calf Ropers and today I receive the OD Green Canvas Micarta. It seems like they’ve run more Linen Micarta then Canvas lately. I hadn’t noticed how much ‘grippier’ (is that a word?) the canvas feels. Again, it would definitely be a good handle for actual use.
I’m still basking in the glow of our shoot out west last week. So much so that I ended up buying another rifle that is going to be exactly the tool to help eliminate more of those critters. You know how you feel when you find that knife that you just can’t get enough of? Well, I don’t collect knives, but I feel your pain!
On a final note, I want to wish all of you a fantastic 4th of July next week. This is one of my favorite holidays and I always look forward to it. Our little town of 8k swells by 8-10k on the 4th with folks coming in to share over a mile of city beach to watch the display. Years ago we found out it was way more fun to watch the fireworks in our backyard then to fight the traffic in town. We load the pontoon with snacks and beverages, head out on the water around 7PM and float around watching fireworks till close to midnight. It gets to be a competition between a half dozen of the more affluent neighbors on the lake to see who can put on the best display. Kind of fun to have fireworks going off all around you. Stay safe and have fun!!