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Weekly Update 7.14.17 ~ Damascus #3 EXP

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

Schatt & Morgan Stag #3 EXP Damascus
#3 EXP Damascus Worm Groove Bone

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.

Different Damascus Patterns

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.

Plain or FireSteel Sheaths

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!!!

Weekly Update 7.7.17 #3 EXP Damascus!

Time for another weekly update!  A week into July already and it’s prime summer time in lakes country!!  Hope everyone had a great 4th of July.

Let’s see, where to begin?  How about the release of the first photo of the upcoming Schatt & Morgan #3EXP with a Damascus blade.

#3EXP Damascus / Stag

The Damascus is Alabama Damascus and it looks fantastic!  My understanding is this is a 416 layer Damascus hardened to 58-60Rc.  There are a lot of inexpensive, low quality imported Damascus blades out there, but this isn’t one of them.  It not only looks great, but should make a tough working blade as well.  There will be four different Damascus patterns randomly offered on the different handle options.

The Damascus will start shipping the first of the week, so I’m hoping I have them in hand by next weekend.  I’ve increased my initial order quantity but if you’re interested, I wouldn’t wait till the last minute.

A couple of new releases from Queen include a Schatt & Morgan #27 Muskrat in Smooth Green Bone and Smooth Oiled Bone.

S&M #27 Smooth Green Bone

There are also Schatt & Morgan #41 Copperheads in Black Micarta and Torched Stag.  The Torched Stag is outstanding.  I don’t know where Ken’s getting the stag, but it’s some of the nicest I’ve seen in a while.

#41 Torched Stag
#41 Torched Stag

Great Eastern is finishing up the 66 Calf Ropers and announced a new release to slide in called the Churchill.  My first guess is it’s a slightly shrunken down version of the #53 Cuban.  Should be a nice size.  Makes me wonder if we might see a redo of the Moose pattern in the future?

They also brought out the Calf Pen.  I didn’t bring any of these in, but will be glad to order one for anyone interested.

I want to thank my friends in Germany for posting on Facebook some outstanding photo’s of the Trestle Pine Knives.  Julian Holzberger specializes in photographing knives and does a fantastic job of it!  Sven Kinast owner of Messer Depot also does some incredible photo work.  I recommend checking out Sven’s online store as he makes some  of the best looking Kydex sheaths I’ve seen.   Sven carries the Trestle Pine Knives in his shop in Solingen and if you’re in Germany, be sure to drop by.

That’s the short version of the week gone by!  Personally, I had a great 4th.  Our company couldn’t make it up but we had some other friends drop by unexpectedly, which was great.  We spent a quiet 4th and watched the fireworks on the lake from our deck.  The crowd in town on the beach was probably one of the biggest I’ve can remember.  With 80 degree temps and a clear blue sky, who could ask for more?  How about picking up a new prairie dog rifle this afternoon????  Ya, that’s the perfect ending to a great week.


New Knife Arrivals & What’s Coming In

In the last week there have been a number of new knife arrivals that I’m just getting around to listing today.  Here’s what we have so far….

The new GEC 66 Calf Ropers started coming in.  This is a nice sized traditional Stockman that sold well the first time around and will no doubt be popular again.  The first  to come in were the Ebony Wood and Antique Autumn Jig Bone.

66 Calf Roper Autumn Gold Jigged Bone

The Schatt & Morgan #3 EXP in Stag was the next to show up.   Without a doubt some of the nicest looking stag you’ll come across.

#3 EXP Torched Stag

There were also a handful of relatively hard to come by handle materials in the #3EXP as well.

#3 EXP Orange Winterbottom 1 of 1?

In the next couple of weeks, the following knives are scheduled to be coming in from Queen.

  • #27 Yankee Muskrat ~~ Smooth Green Bone, Amber Bone, Smooth Oil Bone
  • #13 Wildcat Driller ~~ Black Maple, Marble Wood, Golden Maple, Oiled Bone
  • #41 Folding Hunter (2 Blade) ~~ Stag, Black Micarta

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.

Weekly Update 5.26.17 Memorial Day Weekend

Monday is Memorial Day and in my book, the official first day of Summer in lake country.   It’s the day/weekend that people up here open their cabins for the summer and celebrate the end of winter.

I had an outstanding piece pass through my hands this week in the form of a #71 John Henry Express Mammoth Ivory, 1 of 5.  Gorgeous knife.  Here’s a part of an email I received from the customer:  “All I can say is wow.Best fit and finish yet.Great in operation and the ivory is just amazing.”  I agree.

John Henry 71 Express Mammoth Ivory

I was also lucky to have a few more very rare 71 Express’ in my possession.  The three below are either one of kind or  very limited run.

L-R Veined Micarta, Chocolate Micarta, Moon Glow Micarta

The Veined Micarta and Chocolate Micarta are one of a kind knives and the Moon Glow is one of just 10.  It’s been fun helping a collector build a complete collection!

Word has also been released that the new Schatt & Morgan #3EXP Mountain Man Auto’s are two weeks out from delivery.  Most folks that saw the #71 were really excited to hear about the Mountain Man Auto.  The size is perfect for a ‘working class’ auto and it looks like it going to be a popular knife.

I was also happy to take delivery of another group of Schatt & Morgan Factory Sample knives.  Almost all of the Factory Samples are one of a kind or limited to two or three pieces.  Queen has been releasing these with COA’s which is really nice to help establish a bit of provenance.

One of the great looking knives to come in was the Schatt & Morgan #99 Special Whittler in Amber Bone.  Really hope we get to see more of this handle color.  The coloration is one of the first “amber bone” that really makes you think of a piece of Amber when you see it.

Schatt & Morgan #99 Special Whittler Amber Bone

There were several of the GEC Tidioute 38 Specials arrive this week.   I believe the Tidoute’s are completed and the Northfield’s should be coming next.

GEC Tidioute 38 Special Mexican Bocote Wood

The latest word on the Trestle Pine Topper is that delivery has been pushed back a week until mid June.  That’s fine as there is a lot to be done between now and the middle of June.  One of the changes I’ll be making with the Topper is switching from a box or pouch to a round tube.  I’ve had people request a box instead of the pouch for the Grand Portage and last Superior run.  They liked the label I used on the original boxes.  In addition, the tubes are tougher then nails and ship well.

So in a nutshell, that’s what’s been going on this week.  A lot going on and even more to come!

Remember the promotion going on with the Swiss Army Knives / Wounded Warrior Project.  Purchase a Swiss Army Knife and add a SAK Classic for $5 at the checkout.  That purchase results in a $10 donation for the Wounded Warrior Project.

I doubt I’ll have time to post on Memorial day so I just want to encourage everyone to take a moment to remember all of the service people who gave their lives protecting our freedoms.  If you see a service man/woman, give them a smile and a wave.  Let them know they’re appreciated.

Factory Samples, Trestle Pine Buddy & Trestle Pine Topper

A couple of weeks ago, I  acquired a handful of Factory Samples from Queen.  This week, I had a few more Factory Samples arrive including a couple of Doctors Knives which I haven’t seen made in quite some time.  Many years ago I smoked pipe and found out that spatula blade worked great for cleaning the pipe bowl and the pill crusher was great for tamping the tobacco.  Probably not a Doctor approved application, but it worked!

Doctors Knife Factory Sample Rosewood

An interesting detail is the Doctors Knives have the old “Gowanda, NY” tang stamp.  Very interesting.

Old “Gowanda, NY” Tang Stamp

The Factory Samples also included an assortment of 1 of a kind 99 Executive Jacks.  There were some Brown Jigged Bone, Pink Bone, Elk etc.  All come with a signed COA.

99 Pink Bone Factory Sample

The Trestle Pine Buddy order also arrived Wednesday.  There’s a great assortment of ‘exotic’ handle materials and they did not disappoint!   The pictures don’t do them justice.  If you’re familiar with the term chatoyancy, these handles have it in spades.  You never know how much color and depth you’ll have until the knives are finished.

Balck Ash Burl Trestle Pine Buddy

As luck would have it, Wednesday I was finishing up sawing the final panels for the Trestle Pine Topper when my band saw died. I needed about 20 more pair to finish the order.  I could either wait a week for parts or buy a new saw, so… new saw it was!  Considering how much I use that saw, why does stuff die at the most critical times?  There were so many opportunities for it to crap out during ‘so what’ projects.  Oh well.

While I was sawing the panels, I sand and buff a few  to try to get an idea how they’ll finish. Some of the quarter sawn ash looks really promising.  The first Trestle Pine Superiors came through with a few quarter sawn ash that were really unique.  Hopefully, there will be more on the Topper.  At this point, we’re still on track for a late May delivery.

My understanding is we’re just a few weeks out from the new  #3 EXP Mountain Man  Auto.  I’m guessing the first part of June would be a good bet.  Based on early order interest, the #3 EXP will be every bit as popular as the 71 John Henry Express Auto’s.