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GEC 82, Artisan Cutlery, GEC Collections

Lots of new stuff coming this week.  There’s the next GEC 82, Artisan Cutlery and a couple of GEC Collections that I acquired.  I’ll start adding them to the store yet this week.

The GEC Collections include around 65-70 knives.  Most are more recent releases but include some hard to find and unique pieces.  I haven’t had time to go through all of them yet. The plan is to start listing some of them this week.  With the GEC 82 release and the knives from Artisan, it’s going to take a little time to get them sorted out.

Have patience and as time allows, they’ll show up in the store.  If you’re looking for something specific I’ll try to answer your inquiries as time allows.  Otherwise, keep an eye on the “Recently Added Products” category.

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TSA Knives, LLC Videos are Back

I’ve added a video to my Youtube website .  It’s been a long time since I was actively posting videos and just flat out got out of the habit.  I used to have a lot of fun doing it and can’t honestly say why I quit.

Here’s my latest effort and watch for more in the future.

The Artisan’s should start arriving in about a week.

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Artisan Cutlery S35VN and Warranty Update

Yesterday I wrote a bit about the Artisan Cutlery Tradition knife with D2 steel.  Today i’ll give you a very quick impression of the Tradition model ATZ-1702P with an S35VN blade and Carbon Fiber handle.  I’ll finish things off with a quick update on the Artisan Cutlery warranty issue I raised.

Artisan Cutlery ATZ-1702P

In brief, the two models are virtually identical when it comes to mechanics.  Both knives came razor sharp and the fit and finish were flawless.  The difference in the knife pictured is the S35VN blade, carbon fiber handle and size.

The overall length closed is 5.625″ with a 4″ blade.  It’s a robust sized knife that would be a great accessory for a hunting trip or serious camping trip.  Carbon fiber makes an attractive and incredibly tough handle material.  Wrap this around an S35VN blade and put a $110 price tag on it and you’ve got a serious contender in the world of EDC knives.

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Artisan Cutlery Tradition

I really struggle trying to find a compelling reason not to like these knives!  Being a steel geek I’m really happy to see both D2 and particularly S35VN being used in very reasonably priced knives.  Another detail that I like is the information card Artisan Cutlery includes with the knives.  They’re not afraid to state the steel used as well as the Rockwell hardness.  From the two Artisan Cutlery knives I’ve looked at I may have to rethink my impression of Chinese cutlery.  We’ll see.

Yesterday I brought up the major concern with Artisan Cutlery as the lack of any sort of stated warranty.  There’s also no contact info being included on the knife, packaging or in the box.

I sent an email to Artisan Cutlery at the email address I found in their electronic catalog.  The email laid out my concern about the lack of any stated warranty or contact info with their knives.  I also made it clear I wouldn’t consider carrying a knife line in the store that didn’t have at the very minimum a phone number or email address to contact for any ‘issues’.

Within an hour a representative from Artisan started a very courteous email exchange.  The initial response was that as a ‘new’ company they were feeling their way along but would absolutely stand behind their products. I responded that was great but didn’t really address my concern.  Their representative reassured me that my concern would be passed along and considered.  For now, any questions or concerns can be directed to the email address I found in their catalogue.

Someone pointed out that GEC doesn’t have a written warranty that accompanies their knives either.  The difference is GEC includes their phone number and address on the label of every knife they send out.  On top of that, if I really get mad enough at them I can jump in the car and drive up to their front door.  China…that’s a bit of a trip.

In summation, I felt the email exchange and response was sincere.  I’m sure I’ve seemingly blown this into a major issue but hope it didn’t come off that way.  It’s just that they seemed to have done most everything right with the product and to overlook a detail like that was a minor disappointment.


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Artisan Cutlery Traditions Knife Quick Review

I’m always looking at new items for the store (or maybe my personal use) and this week I brought in a couple of knives from Artisan Cutlery.  Very honestly, I’ve not been a huge fan of knives coming out of China. From the little reading I’ve done and a few comments I’ve heard, I decided it might be worth taking a look at Artisan Cutlery anyway.

Two Artisan Cutlery knives arrived yesterday, a Tradition (entry level linerlock) with a D2 blade and a larger Tradition liner lock with an S35VN blade.  So far I’ve spent most of my time going over the D2 entry level model first.  With a retail price of around $45 my expectations weren’t real high.

Artisan Cutlery D2 OD Green
Artisan Cutlery Tradition Specs

Out of the box the first thing to catch your eye is the quality of the packaging.  The two piece box is heavy enough to handle the roughest handling in the post office.  Inside the box is the kraft colored tag with the specs of your knife printed on one side and care and handling instructions on the back.  The knife is inside a plastic sleeve in a black drawstring bag.  For the cost of the knife, Artisan Cutlery did it up right making a positive first impression.

Artisan Cutlery Tradition

It’s a typical flipper type knife that is smooth on opening, with a perfectly centered blade that’s tight on lockup with no sideplay.  The overall length closed is 4.125″, blade length cutting edge is 3″ and the weight is 3 oz on the nose.

Artisan Cutlery Tradition
Artisan Cutlery Tradition

The liner lock is pretty standard and provides a positive lockup.  One thing I noticed is a small detent on the side of the lock contacting the blade that imparts a minor ‘kick’ to the blade on opening.  When you release the liner lock and start to close the blade, the blade contacts the detent and you almost get the feeling of a minor half stop.  It was a bit distracting at first but after a few minutes manipulating the lock I didn’t notice it.  On the upside, when you close the blade it gives you a feel where the blade is and reminds you to keep your fingers clear.

Artisan Cutlery Tradition Liner Lock

I am a fan of D2 and prefer it over 1095.  The Artisan Cutlery Tradition I tested has a D2 blade and I’ll commend them for a superb job of sharpening and honing the edge.  One of the things I like about D2 is what I call a toothy edge when sharpened.  When I sharpen D2 I tend not to polish blade with the Edge Pro using more then a 600 or possibly a 1000 grit stone.  My D2blades tend to cut aggresively, almost like a micro-serrated blade.  The Artisan Tradition is honed to a fine razor edge and easily sliced hair thin strips of paper.

Properly honed D2 Blade

The assembly of the Tradition is held together with Torx T-6 and T-8 screws.  Pretty straightforward and easy to tighten things up if the need arises or you want to change the pocket clip to a left hand carry.

I have to say for the money I am impressed.  While I haven’t had the time to actually put it to use, its got the promise of being an excellent EDC at the price point.

The only thing that raises a concern to me is the lack of any contact address, name or warranty info anywhere on or in the packaging.  A little online research shows that the importer/distributor for the US is based out of Chino Hills, CA.  You can download their electronic catalog but there’s still no stated warranty.  I’m sure there’s some sort of warranty but I wish they’d state it.

I’m going to do a little follow up and try to get a bit more info but for now, that’s going to hold me up carrying them in the store.  It doesn’t change my impressions of the knife but I would feel more comfortable knowing someone is standing behind their product.