I received a few of the 43 Stag yesterday and for the most part, they were a disappointment.
The 43’s were run in a very small quantity and two of the knives I received had pin cracks. What’s disappointing is they came through as ‘firsts’ and not ‘store’ knives. In good conscience I couldn’t run them through as first quality.
I don’t get concerned about a fracture line if it’s been stabilized and it passes the thumb nail test. Both of these had open fractures that were easily felt when you ran your nail across them. My hope was that I could exchange them but no luck. No discount either.
The quality of the stag as far as uniformity in thickness/color/texture is concerned was as good as you could ask for. The fractures were a real disappointment. Evidently the pin fractures have been an issue. Earlier this week I got an email that there were smooth camel bone and jigged bone 43 Store Knives available with pin fractures as well. I have few coming in for those of you looking for an economical EDC 43.
I failed to mention I received an order of the fixed blade Hess Knives last week. The Hess’ sell well and each time I reorder it seems like it takes a bit longer for them to fill the order. They’ve found there niche and I don’t see them trying to become a mega manufacturer. It’s a couple of guys building knives on their own terms.
By now I think everyone is aware that Queen / Schatt & Morgan is done. I received notification this week from the bankruptcy court that claims can be made until the end of May. There hasn’t been any notification (that I’m aware) of the date of the upcoming auction but it sure would be a sad but interesting auction to go to. I can’t imagine what all could be in the factory with historical significance for collectors. Sad to see it end this way.
We’ll see a bit of a lull with an SFO coming through first. Then, the Bull Nose will show up. Beyone that…. who knows!