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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.

Upcoming #3 EXP Mountain Man Releases

In just the last half hour I’ve had 3 inquiries requesting confirmation of the next Mountain Man releases.  Here’s what I can tell you as it stands…..

Next Week
50 Marvel Wood
 2-3 Weeks
42 Damascus Stag.
48 Damascus Bone.
25 Damascus Smooth Oiled Bone
5+ Weeks.
50 Drop Point Black Buffalo Horn
50 Drop Point Marvel Wood
25 Drop Point Lightning Wood
50 Drop Point Smooth Oiled Bone
50 Drop Point  Iron Wood
50 Drop Point Shock Wood
25 Drop Point Rams Horn
25 Drop Point Micarta
50 Drop Point Stag
100 Drop Point Bone TBD
I have no doubt the demand for the Damascus will be high and I will be putting up a page to take early orders for them shortly.  Please don’t email me to request a reservation, wait until the link is up to place an early order.

A Quick Look at the New S&M #3 EXP Mountain Man

In the last couple of days, I’ve had the opportunity to take a look at the new S&M #3 EXP Mountain Man.  While I’ve had no practical experience actually using one, I have taken the time to give it a good lookin’ at.

The #3 EXP’s I received included a number of one of a kind and very low run pieces.  Here’s a group of 4 that I believe were the only ones made that now reside in a pretty impressive and complete collection of #3EXP and #71’s.

Four Rare Handle Options for the #3EXP Mountain Man

There were also more Shockwood handles like the Silver Shockwood pictured below.  As I’ve said before, the Shockwood is really a great looking handle material particularly on a larger knife like the Mountain Man and the John Henry Auto’s.

Silver Shockwood

For the first time, there is also a jigged bone handle which I hope we’ll see more of in the future.

Worm Groove Jigged Bone

When you compare the original John Henry 71 Express with the #3 EXP Mountain Man, the size difference is pretty obvious.  I always felt the Mountain Man was a pretty big knife, but handling it alongside the John Henry…. it feels pretty slim and trim.  In fact, it feels very comfortable in hand.

#3 EXP (L) and #71 John Henry (R)

The locking mechanism on both knives is identical in design and function.  The release button is situated as such to make both of these knives a right handed knife.  For the southpaw, either will be awkward to use at best.

Release Button

The only comfortable way to deploy the blade is by holding the knife in your right hand …

using the tip of your right index finger to depress the release.

The force required to depress the release is noticeably less the that required on the 71 John Henry.  Smaller blade, smaller (shorter) spring, less effort.

Once released, the blade swings open with authority.  If you’ve handled the 71 John Henry you know there’s a fair amount of torque created when that big blade swings open.  The #3 EXP is much more civilized upon opening.  There’s plenty of spring tension to open the blade and lock it up securely all the while letting you feel secure you’ve got control of things.  The blade design is in keeping with the original Mountain Man.  A reasonable length clip blade made of 1095 steel.

The fit and finish of the #3 Mountain Man is in my estimation better then the #71 John Henry.  I get the feeling that the Mountain Man was an opportunity to refine some of the same/similar processes used to build the John Henry.  Even the later runs of the John Henry were more refined then the first run and it seems like the #3 takes it a step further.  Over all, nicely done.

From the feel of the knife in hand and fundamental similarity to the Mountain Man can only lead me to believe it would make an excellent full size work knife.  I’m not accustomed to using a larger knife in my day to day routine and while I don’t envision carrying a #3 EXP, if I had a need, I see no reason why I wouldn’t!

Another late Weekly Update 6.11.17

It always gratifying to hear from the blog readers when I miss the Friday update.  All I can say is everything is going fine and it’s just summer in Lakes Country.  LOTS going on.

It’s been a couple of weeks that included acquiring a different boat, new camper, getting a prairie dog shoot lined up in North Dakota and finishing up the spring ‘planting’.  And then throw in a funeral, wedding anniversary, wife’s birthday, getting things ready for her to have some minor knee surgery and getting the old boat and camper sold.  Add to that a bunch of new knives coming in and you quickly run out of time.

I’ve gotten more feedback regarding Blade and by all reports it was a success in every sense of the word.  The crowd must have been incredible and knives were flying off the tables.  One of the fun things to share from Blade is a picture and an email I received from Ken regarding Queen’s Kiddo Knives project.

“There was a whole lot of this going on, to the tune of about 80 smiles. This is what makes it worth while to me.”  (Ken Daniels)

“Mr. Ryan and Mr. Ken,

We cannot thank you enough for the Kiddo knife program. Our son was so excited to see you this year, he kept his coin in his hand all morning until we could make it to your booth. 
Mr. Ryan,
As your dad instructed me to do so, I have attached a picture of William with his Queen Kiddo knife and I am supposed to tell you that he said to include him in your next catalog. 
Again, thank you both for your kindness and generosity. Please know your program is a success. With your knife this year, our kiddo wants to make his own knife case like his daddy’s.”
What an incredible way to promote knife collecting with the younger generation.  It’s great to see a group of individuals and a company like Queen promote the industry.
This week also saw the arrival of the Schatt & Morgan #3EXP Mountain Man Express.  What a sweet auto.   I’m going to try to put up a brief review of this one tomorrow.  I’ve shipped most of the Pre-order knives already but haven’t had time to list any in the store.  My order was short due to the high demand at Blade, but more are being run and should be coming through soon.
Four Rare Handle Options for the #3EXP Mountain Man

I also received the latest run of the GEC 38 Specials.  Handle options include the Northfield Indian Paint brush and ALVS Green Abalone.  These will also show up in the store tomorrow.

And that my friends is what’s been going on!  Our summer days start early and supper usually doesn’t happen until 7-8PM most nights, later others.  We don’t have a lot of time to make up for those long winter days and have to make the most of it.

#3 EXP Mountain Man Auto Details and Early Orders

Let’s start out by sharing a few details about the new #3 EXP Mountain Man Auto from Queen / Schatt & Morgan Cutlery.  They have taken the original mechanism used on the John Henry #71 Express Auto and applied it to the popular Schatt & Morgan Mountain Man.

The Mountain Man at 4.5″ OAL closed is considerably more compact then the John Henry #71 Express which is 5.5″ OAL closed.  The more compact size results in an easier operated opening mechanism while still providing a substantial work knife.  Both knives come with a 1095 blade.

The scheduled ship date is the first part of June, coinciding with the Blade Show.  I will start shipping paid early orders for the #3 EXP Mountain Man as soon as they arrive.  Here are the handle options and anticipated production quantities  released last night.

  • Ironwood  50
  • Orange Maple Burl   50
  • Golden Maple Burl   50
  • Worm Groove Bone   50
  • Rams Horn    50
  • “Mixed” Shock Wood   50

Here is the link to place an Early Order for the above options:  #3 EXP Mountain Man Early Order.  I haven’t included the “Mixed” Shock Wood on the early order page as I have no idea what the Shock Wood will be or the quantity of each I’ll get.

Hopefully this link will work to get you to the YouTube video short of the #3 EXP Mountain Man in action.

New German Trestle Pine Dist ~ New S&M Senator

I’m happy to let my customers in Germany know that there is now a Trestle Pine Dist in  Solingen, Germany that will be carrying the Trestle Pine Knives.  The name of the shop is Messerdepot owned and operated by Sven Kinast.  Here’s the link to his website and store address:  Messerdepot  I’m hopeful that it works out for both of us!

Schatt & Morgan released a new 21 Senator today in several handle options.  REALLY a nicely finished little pocket knife.

An interesting detail is Queen/Schatt & Morgan has reverted to the old Gowanda New York style tang stamp.  This was one of the original tang stamp styles used by Schatt & Morgan at the turn of the century.

I don’t know if it’s purely coincidental or not that they revived this old tang stamp about the same time we’re seeing the old time quality come back.  It’ll be interesting to see if this tang stamp continues in use.

The GEC 54’s also arrived yesterday.  Nice looking knife.  I received the Jigged Brazilian Cherry and Red River Acrylics.  The Red River Acrylic is a nice subtle acrylic with interesting ‘figure’.   I think there is one more ‘regular’ run knife coming in bone.

Jigged Brazilian Cherry 54 Big Jack
Red River Acrylic

The last note is an update on the fixed blade Trestle Pine Buddy.  I got a call yesterday that they were shipping the Buddy’s this week.  When I asked how they looked the answer was….’outstanding’.   Evidently the wood I shipped out finished really nicely.  There will be a few pieces of Curly Koa, a few more Box Elder Burl, Afzelia Lay, Black Ash Burl and Curly Maple.  Really hoping I get them by weeks end.

Gun Show, S&M Toothpicks, Collections Acquired

Lots to cover this morning!  First, let me remind everyone of the gun show to be held at the Detroit Lakes, MN National Guard Armory Saturday April 29 and Friday April 30.  Show hours are from 9 till 5 Sat and 9 til 3 on Sunday.  I’ve got four tables reserved and plan on bringing in an assortment of knives and miscellaneous ‘stuff’.

Over the weekend a box arrived from Queen containing some #20 Schatt & Morgan Toothpicks.  Queen has been using more wood on their handles of late and are really coming up with some great looking ones. Pictured below are (top to bottom) Oak, Golden Maple and Desert Ironwood.  An interesting point is the “1 of 30” etch on the Oak that is missing on the other two.  My understanding is these are all part of a run of 30 each.

Just before I sat down to write this, the Northfield two blade Sweet Pickle Jig Bone Weasels arrived.  I believe that’s the end of the run of 48’s.

488217 Sweet Pickle Jigged Bone

The last note for the morning is I’ve accumulated around 30-40 knives from several small collections and will try to start listing some of them today.  It’s a pretty eclectic group with a little bit of everything from GEC.  There’s Ancient Kauri Wood, Genuine Stag, Primitive Bone, Natural Stag and so on.  Interesting group of older knives.

 

Ice Update & New Release Knife Arrivals

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,

Schatt & Morgan 3T Linerlock

and an assortment of #40 Gunstocks with CPM154 blades.

CPM154 Gunstock

AND some #64 Canoes

#64 Canoe

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”.

#63 Factory Sample “Rams Horn”

I’ll try to start listing these yet this afternoon.  Great looking knives!  (Just finished uploading them at:  Factory Sample Knives

Queen appears to be embracing CPM154!

This past week I had a number of new Schatt & Morgan knives come through and Queen appears to be embracing CPM154 as a ‘regular’ blade steel.  I say hooray!

Personally, I’m a huge fan of the 154 series steels and my latest experiences with the Trestle Pine Grand Portage and second release of the Superior have reinforced my feelings.  It’s a relatively easy steel to work (especially compared to D2), takes an almost surgical edge (with minimal effort) and holds that edge incredibly well.  I’m also convinced after using the Trestle Pine Superior with a 154CM and the latest in CPM154 that the CPM series is a better steel.  Better in the sense I think it holds an edge even better then the CM series and is virtually the same when it comes to sharpening.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some excellent steels out there and 1095 is one of the great standby’s.  My personal feeling is the slightly higher price for the 154 series is really easy to justify if you use your knife on any sort of a regular basis and sharpen on an irregular basis.  With the stain resistance of the 154 combined with the toughness of the steel compared to 1095 or even 440C….not much comparison.

So what did Queen release this week I’m so fond of?  A series of 99 Schatt & Morgans with CPM154 drop point blades.  NICE knife.

Schatt & Morgan 99 Torched Stag CPM154 Drop Point Blade4

It fits the hand well with a reasonably sized blade.  Not a big workhorse, but in this day and age, not everyone needs a huge knife.  I’m particularly fond of the nail nick being so close to the tip.  There’s a barely discernible easy open notch which makes for a slim profile in your pocket and easy access when you’re ready to deploy the blade.

99 S&M Reverse Worm Groove

Other handle options include American Elk and Reverse Worm Groove Jigged Bone.  It’s just a really nice sized pocket knife that is executed excellently.  When you look at the price and compare it to the competition with 1095, this is a bargain.

A couple of other nice releases is, first, a Schatt & Morgan #100 Sunfish Whittler in Black Maple or Smooth White Bone.

S&M #100 Sunfish Whittler

Then there are the #203MU Queen City Cigar Muskrats

Queen City #203MU Cigar Muskrat

The Queen City 203TR Cigar Trapper...

Queen City #203TR Cigar Trapper

And the #204 Queen City Sow Belly.

Queen City #204 Sow Belly

There is one more release I’ve yet to get to and that is the #301 Schatt & Morgan Stockman in Reverse Worm Groove.  Had a few other things to take care of first, but I’ll get those up next week.

It’s just been a lot of fun seeing new products coming out of Queen the past few months.  The quality is greatly improved from a year ago and there willingness to work with unique handle materials and upscale steels should be greatly appreciated by anyone wanting a high end knife at a very reasonable price.

There are more new things to come from them in the future and I look forward to seeing them!

 

John Henry Express IN STOCK Stag is coming!!!!

Just a very quick weekly update with more to follow, but the John Henry Express knives are in stock.  Pre-ordered knives shipped out today.  And the really good news is there are going to be a limited quantity of Stag available.  I don’t know the actual number of Stag yet, but I have entered an early order option for the first 10.  Hopefully, there are more then that coming but until they arrive….

There are also Leopard Wood and Desert Ironwood that I will upload individual photos into the store tomorrow.  Here’s a photo to give you an idea what they look like.

The Red Shockwood hasn’t come through yet, but I’m hopeful that they’ll be in next weeks shipment as well.