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!!!