Blackjack Classic Knives ~ Specials!

I just listed a half dozen different Black Jack Classic Knives on sale through the end of April.  The knives I picked are a good cross section from the smaller Model 4 Boot Style knife the large #3 Sambar Stag and 1-7 Leather with CPM 3V steel.

Model 4 Natural Canvas Boot Knife
Model 3 Sambar Stag’s

Personally, I think the Blackjack Classic line is overlooked by a lot of outdoorsman.  They’re made by Bark River Knife and Tool and I can’t fault the fit, finish or overall quality in any way.  It’s just a great looking, solidly built tool.  I’ve only spent a limited amount of time playing around with one of the 124’s but what little I have used it, I really like the feel of it.  The convex ground blades are razor sharp and seem to hold an extremely good edge.  Just what you’d expect from quality hardened A2 Steel.

Black Jack 124 Stag

The 124 and 125 fall into the middle of the size range of the Blackjacks.  For all practical purposes, I can’t think of many chores it won’t do for my needs.

As I mentioned, the sale runs through Monday and prices do include shipping to US addresses.

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!!

 

Ice Out Last Day to Enter!

Quick reminder, today, 4/23/18 at midnite CST is the last chance to enter the Ice Out Contest.

A brief update on the weather.  It has warmed up considerably the past few days and by all indications that’s the trend for the near future anyway!  I took a cruise around the lake this morning and while there’s a lot of ice to go, it’s starting to lose it’s grip.

Looking across the lake, you can see we still have some snow left on the ski slope in the distance.  Most of the ground is bare but in the woods you’ll still find a few patches of snow.

You can make your best guess and check on the most recent ‘predictions’ on the original blog posting:  Winter Ice Out Contest 2018

Good Luck!!

Knife Control Crosses Atlantic

In the last few weeks I’ve posted several times encouraging vigilance regarding US Knife laws.  With the rash of fatal stabbings in London it’s brought the focus on knives and after reading the following article, Knife Control Crosses Atlantic I hope we keep our eye on the issue in the US.

A couple of weeks a go we had a really sad event occur in an elementary school right here in Minnesota where an 8 year old brought a kitchen knife to school and slashed 3 students.  So I guess based on the logic of the parent in Texas, if we’re going to ban Bowie Knives we’d better do the same with kitchen knives, no?

In an even sadder situation, last week we had a mother and and adult son murdered with a pipe wrench just 20 miles from where I’m sitting.  So do we ban pipe wrenches or all wrenches?  If only the solutions were so simple.

But two of the worst crimes were two separate incidents just a couple of weeks ago involving  the deaths of a 6 year old and a 3 year old from child abuse.  Both of the cases within 100 miles of where I live.  I really hope there’s a special corner of hell specially reserved for people like these.

The point of sharing these horrific events, even though they had nothing to do with knives, is to illustrate that mayhem and murder can take place with whatever weapon or object might be at hand.  Ban every sharp, blunt, heavy, pointy object you want and the evil mind will find an alternative.

I found it morbidly amusing in Pennsylvania when an Erie School District handed out little 18″ bats to the teachers.  The superintendent  said the bats were ‘symbolic’ and not really intended to be used in self defense.  What the hell was the point???  It’s the same old tune…‘at least we’re doing something‘.  Tell ya what, here’s another example of totally worthless symbolism:Image result for No gun zone poster

How’s that been working out for you?

Having held an FFL in the past I’ve tried to stay on top of the anti-gun movement and while supporting reasonable legislation, I have no illusion that there’s a simple answer to ANY crime.  What I’ve done is written letters and made phone calls to representatives and local radio talk shows.  Anything to try to educate, influence and keep the discussion factual.   Violent crime stirs up emotion and when emotion takes over the discussion, logic flies out the window.  To prevent that from happening we all have to stay involved and engaged.

If you think that little 3″ folding knife in your pocket can’t/won’t be a target in the future, you’re kidding yourself.

 

Weekly Update 4.20.18

This weekly update bears good news for the Northland.  It is finally WARMING UP!!!!!  Without a doubt, this has been one long cold winter and right now 50 degrees feels pretty damned good with promises of better weather yet next week.  Exactly what we need to melt some ice.

I listed a few Queen/Schatt & Morgan odds and ends this week.  On of the ‘finds’ is an incredibly well executed 5 blade Sway Belly Prototype.

Schatt & Morgan Sow Belly

I believe these were released in 2010.  I’m not sure what the covers were but the Proto is smooth brown bone.  Really a nice knife.

There’s another incredibly rare GEC that I came up with as well.  It’s a Tidioute 362208 that includes a handwritten note of provenance signed by Ken.  It’s been tucked in the safe for several years and I thought I might share it with you.  Not quite sure what I’m going to do with it but it’s a shame to have it sit in the safe.

It’s always interesting to see what got tucked away and forgotten.  Somewhere I think I’ve still got a copy of David Anthony’s Book on Great Eastern Cutlery signed by both Ken and Bill.  That’s another hard to find collectible.  Not sure how many got signed by BOTH Ken and Bill but I know it was only a handful.

I’ll remind everyone over the weekend that the deadline for entering the Ice Out Contest is rapidly approaching.  You’ve got until midnite CST this Monday, April 23 to get in.  There’s no charge to enter, you don’t have to be a customer, no secret handshake or code words required, overseas entries welcome!  You don’t get put on a mailing list and if ya don’t enter ya can’t win.  That simple.

Ice Condition Update 4.19.18

It looks like a great white wasteland.  Right now, that’s all it is!

Ice Condition 4.19.18

Temperatures finally moderating and by the weekend we should be in the low 60’s.  With any luck, that’s going to be the trend going forward.

Remember, you’ve only got a few days to place your entry and you can do it by replying to the original post:  Ice Out Contest  I’ve also put up a list of the current guesses for you to peruse.

Ice Out Contest 2018

I think we can finally start the 2018 Ice Out Contest.  The snow is over and we’re supposed to start warming up later this week and see overnight temps above freezing!!!  Hooorah!  Let the contest begin.

First the Contest Rules.  Pretty straightforward.  Submit your entry by Responding To This POST between now and Monday,  April 23 .  PLEASE don’t send me an email with your entry.   I need a Name, Date, and Time (AM or PM, CST) that’s your best guess we will see the ice completely leave Detroit Lake.  ONLY ONE ENTRY PER CONTESTANT.  Be sure to enter AM or PM as two o’clock doesn’t mean much.  AND we’ve seen past contests decided by less then a 24 hour window.

Feel free to do some research on your own.  Check on previous contests for a little help if you’d like but remember, last year the ice was already gone by now.  As of yesterday, we had between 30″ and 36″ of ice on a lot of our lakes.  It’s going to take some warm weather to get it gone.

So what’s in it for the winner?  This year I’m adding a second prize for the next closest  guess.  First prize will be a Trestle Pine Topper with a Black Ash Burl handle and S30V clip blade.

First Prize Trestle Pine Topper Black Ash Burl

Second Prize are a pair of Victorinox Swiss Army Knives consisting of a Tinker and a Classic both in Red.

2nd Prize

Remember, to enter By Midnite CST, Monday, April 23:

  • Reply to this post
  • Name
  • Date (month/day)
  • Time (AM/PM CST)

Good Luck and I’ll post occasional updates to the ice conditions!!

Entries As of 4/24/18

  • Syd  4/29      11:20AM
  • John H  5/1    4PM
  • Paul S     5/5    1:PM
  • Steve C  5/6    1:20PM
  • Steve Patterson 5/6  6PM
  • Randy B 5/7   4:AM
  • Dave O. 5/7. 10:30AM
  • Anders Ö, May 13, 11:30 AM
  • Jeff C  5/14 3PM
  • John B   5/15   1:40AM
  • Ashley M 5/20 3:20 PM
  • Walter T  6/3    2: PM

CONTEST CLOSED TO NEW ENTRIES

 

Weekly Update 4.13.18 Bull Nose Arrives

This week the first of the GEC 71 Bull Nose run arrived.  Best way to sum up the knife is, its a high quality, low priced knife built for EDC use.  And it scores 100% on all three points.

GEC 71 Bull Nose OD Green

There are a few more handle iterations coming through in the next few weeks.  If you’re looking for value, its pretty tough to beat the Bull Nose.  I didn’t set up an early order program for the Bull Nose but I have a good quantity of them coming in.

In the last week or two I’ve had a number of emails and calls asking when and if there will be an Ice Out Contest this year.  If you’re new to the blog, the last few years I’ve held a contest open to everyone to try and predict when the lakes in my area will be free of ice.  It’s meant to be a fun contest where everyone has an equal chance to win.  That being said, there are a few folks that actually do a little research on ice conditions before the make a guess.  If you want to check out the results of past contests, just type in the search term or click on this link: Ice Out Contest

Now, the answer to the question, will there be an ice out contest?  Yes.  I’ve drug my feet announcing it as we’re in a prolonged winter season up here and the ice out is (by all indications) going to be later then normal.  A week ago we had day time high temperatures that were below freezing.  Night time temperatures were in the single digits.  This weekend we have another major snow event going through the middle and southern Minnesota with a 15-18″ of snow potential.  With any luck that’s going to the south of me.  That snow cover insulates the ice and delays thawing.

To put the delayed ice out into perspective,  by this time last year the ice was gone.  As of this writing we have roughly 3′ (that is FEET) of ice on many of the bigger lakes.  This is what my front yard looks like this morning.  So I’m thinking next week might be a good time to start the contest.  Think of that…. this years contest STARTS later then last years contest ended.  Damn.  We need some warm weather soon and lots of it.

A couple of local inquiries have come in regarding the Spring Gun Show normally held at the National Guard Armory in Detroit Lakes.  This usually occurs around the first weekend in May.  Unfortunately, due to a remodeling project at the Armory it won’t be held this Spring.  The sponsors have looked for another local venue without success so sadly, no show this year.

So just to play it safe, I”m gonna gas up the four wheeler, put the plow back on and be ready just in case.  This is starting to get old.

 

New 15 Boys Knife Added to Pre-Orders

This morning I added the Red Linen Micarta and Black Linen Micarta Boys Knife with the clip blade to the early Pre-order page.  These were a last minute production addition GEC announced last week.

Interest in the Boys Knife has been very high and a couple of the handle options are sold out for early orders.  I try to hold back a few to make sure any shortages occur due to flaws or other issues.  SO…. with any luck there may be a few (very few) available once they come in.

Delivery date on the 15’s is still set at late June into July.  At that time pre-orders will be invoiced for the balance due and shipped as soon as payment is received.

London Knife Laws Update

Just one short week ago I posted a note about the murder rate in London which I felt would be the impetus for new and even tougher knife laws.  This is one time I really hate to be right.  Take a moment to read the article in the Daily Wire.

I don’t profess to have any real knowledge of the legal system in the UK or the what the will of the the UK citizenry is regarding this crack down.  What I do know is this has the appearance of another politician bending to the will of an emotional demand that something be done in response to a horrible situation.  Logic be damned.

First the London Mayor bends to the will of the minority by earlier restricting the stop and frisk policy for fear of offending a minority group.  Now, he not only reverses this stance but tweets out:

Mayor of London

@MayorofLondon

 

No excuses: there is never a reason to carry a knife. Anyone who does will be caught, and they will feel the full force of the law.

Seriously….”...there is never a reason to carry a knife.”  Lets extend that logic and cut down the number of deaths by drunk drivers and say ” there’s never a reason to be able to purchase, consume or possess more then a single 12 oz can of beer each day”.   And when we talk about stop and frisk laws being discriminatory, if it’s determined a rash of crimes are being committed by short, obese, red haired, older white men with a limp…. PROFILE THEM ALL!!

What should further scare the  entire UK populous is the following:  “The U.K. government is expected to introduce a ban on online knife sales and home knife deliveries, declare it “illegal to possess zombie knives and knuckledusters in private” — “zombie knives” are those defined as being manufactured for the purpose of being used as a person-to-person weapon..”

Does this proposal infer that you can possess a “zombie” knife in public but not in private?  And what in the hell defines a “person-to-person weapon”?  Fair warning to our British friends, that phrase “person-to-person weapon” is about as nebulous as the definition of an “assault rifle”.  It would seem to this simple mind that if the blade points away from me and toward you, that’s person to person.

Banning online knife sales and home deliveries is nothing short of amazing.   So if you live in the countryside and you want to buy your wife a new $10 bread knife from Switzerland, your only option will be to drive 20, 30, 40 miles to a store selling Swiss made bread knives.  I would further assume you’ll have to purchase some sort of secure carry case that can be closed, locked and placed in an area of the vehicle which isn’t readily accessible to the occupants of the vehicle.  And most probably apply for an import permit.

And while the pols are at it, why not pass some sort of licensing/permit requirement.  Maybe 8-10 hours of knife safety training.  Another 8-10 hours of legal counseling explaining the rights and limitations of knife ownership.  Further regulate how sharp you can keep your knives.  Possibly require a locked drawer in the kitchen where you store them.  Better yet, have some sort of central government storage facility to keep your larger kitchen knives secure and only release them to you for the holidays or special occasion under close monitoring.  And of course, regulate how many knives you can purchase each year.

I have absolutely no doubt the miscreants currently creating mayhem with knives will immediately comply with all elements of the new laws.  Beam me up Scotty, there’s no intelligent life down here.

While I make these comments tongue in cheek it’s not a laughing matter.  We saw a ban on switchblade knives in a knee jerk reaction to a Broadway play decades ago.  Today, we have the gang members of MS-13 gaining notoriety for using knives and machetes to murder and mutilate their victims.  I’ll predict it’s a matter of time and we’ll see tougher knife laws revisited in the US to “combat crime”.

This past week we heard about the city of Deerfield, IL, pass a law banning the sale or possession of the dreaded “assault weapon” and large capacity magazines within the city.  Failure to surrender said weapon will result in a $1000 per DAY fine.  My read of the law says that would include my old Remington .22 with a ‘fixed’ tube magazine that will hold around 12 rounds of 22 shorts.

And just about the time I’m getting my blood pressure under control, I read the headline about gun control fanatic New York Mayor DeBlasio’s top aide getting arrested for possession of a loaded handgun.  Any bets this “high level Deputy Director” gets to walk?  I’m sure it was just a ‘mistake’ and of course someone in her high level of responsibility is exempt from this type of prosecution.   People of wealth, power and position need not be concerned.

John, my friend…. good luck to you.  I’d encourage you to move to this side of the Atlantic but I’m afraid we’re on the same slippery slope here.