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Happy Veterans Day ~ Bid NOW!!

Happy Veterans Day to all of the Vet’s out there.  And I this is a reminder that today is your last chance to bid on the Tom’s Choice knife offered on the Wounded Warrior Project Auction!!  The current bid is $155 and you have until Midnite CST today to have a chance at winning with a higher bid.  Remember, 100% of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Another of the Beer Scouts came through with Micarta handles this week and we should see more coming in next week.

Beer Scout Maroon Micarta
Beer Scout Maroon Micarta

I’ve been adding knives from the collection I picked up and they’ve been well received.  As I said, this was a really nice collection with some very nice pieces in it.  Not sure if I’ll be able to add any more until next week, but I will try.

In closing, I’ll remind you again that today is your last chance to BID NOW on the Wounded Warrior Project auction.  Nice knife for a great cause.  Happy Veteran’s Day and thanks to all of you!

Tom’s Choice ~ WWP Auction!

Friday is Veteran’s Day and as I’ve done for the past few years, it’s time to have another auction to raise some funds for the WWP (Wounded Warrior Project).  I acquired a number of the Tom’s Choice Barlows in a collection I purchased and based on their popularity, thought this might be a good choice for the auction.  dsc_4736 dsc_4737

The handle material is Antique Amber Saw Cut Bone.  Knife is new in the original tube.

Here’s how the auction works.

  • Submit a bit by leaving a ‘comment’ to this blog post.  Do NOT email me your bid, it won’t get entered!!!.
  • Please bid in at least $5 increments.
  • Bid entries must be posted by Midnite CST 11/11/2016
  • Bidding starts immediately!!!
  • 100% of the winning bid proceeds will be donated the Wounded Warrior Project

I think what the WWP does for our wounded veterans is great and support their efforts by holding the occasional auction and donating the proceeds from the sale of the GEC collector buttons.  If you’re not familiar with their activities, I encourage you to check them out.  Even if you’re not interested or don’t win the auction, consider making a donation to their effort.

Good Luck!!!

Weekly Update 2.26.16 The Auction

I touched on some of the new releases that came through from Queen this week and promised a bit of info about the auction I attended last weekend.   Quite the trip.

Just before Christmas I had the opportunity to meet Frank Fox from Fox Auction Company in  Mason City, IA.  We had a lengthy conversation, found out we had a lot of friends in common and the conversation turned to auctions, knives and such.  Frank encouraged me to check out an estate sale he had scheduled (that was held last weekend) that had a considerable number of knives being offered.   I checked it out, ended up going and had a great time.

The sale was three days held at the fairgrounds in Osage, IA.  Great venue for a sale with a large open building, lots of natural light, comfortable chairs and room to move around.  Even with up to three auction rings going at one time, the merchandise for sale was laid out for inspection on folding tables and you still had room to move.

While I was primarily interested in the knives, this was the most eclectic collection of collectibles I’ve seen in ages.  It was a three day sale AND there will be another two day sale in April to finish things off.

The first non-knife related item to catch my eye was a wooden peg leg from the 1800’s (sold for $1000).  There were  boxes and boxes of old post cards and photo’s, glass marbles that sold for upwards of $100 each.  Antique fishing tackle, steel toys, BB guns, art prints, and on and on.  The unique thing was the condition of most of the stuff was excellent.  I didn’t know the fellow that accumulated this collection, but he had an eye for quality.

When the knife sales started, it seemed to be 8-10 serious collectors present that knew what they were bidding on (self not included).  There were probably around 2 dozen hatchets, mostly Marble’s, that one young lady bid on with a vengeance.  There were definitely some jewels in the group and she ended up with some really nice pieces.

Then there was a large group of WWII era fighting knives and bayonets with some nice rare pieces included.  There was also a fair amount of WWII items in the auction and to tell you all what kind of a guy Frank Fox is, he bought lunch for any military vets that wanted to eat.

Here’s a list of a few of the notable pieces and there sale price.

  • WWII KaBar USN MK2          $140
  • WWII Kennedy Arms Fighting Knife   $225
  • US LF&C WWO Trench Knife     $375
  • Solingen Puma WWII Boot Knife w/Scabbard   $175
  • Solingen Puma Dress Bayonet Bone Handle    $475
  • British Dagger Wilkinson Sword London    $1000

And so it went.

On Saturday they auctioned the folding knives and some fine older fixed blade hunters.  Unfortunately, I got involved in another project and ended up getting to the sale late and missed a lot of the offerings.  A few that I did see go across the block were some Marble’s 1916 era hunters in the $150-200 range.  The Western Boulder, Co seemed stuck in the $50-100 range.

I had a young fella sitting in front of me who just couldn’t buy a knife.  My guess is he was probably 15 or 16 and obviously was bidding with a limited budget.  No matter which knives were selling, once the bidding topped $25, he dropped out.  There just weren’t any sub $25 knives to be had!  After a while I started feeling sorry for him having been in the same position when I was younger, but believe me, I dropped out of the bidding on more then one item too!

Here are a few pieces I did pick up.

Schrade Frogman Defender
Schrade Frogman Defender
Rosco Sheffield England Just liked the lines on this one.
Rosco Sheffield England Just liked the lines on this one.
Cattaraugus King of the Woods.
Cattaraugus King of the Woods.
Western States Lever Lock
Western States Lever Lock
1940-1964 Stag Trapper
1940-1964 Case Stag Trapper Appears un-sharpened.

For the last few years the consensus seems to be that Case prices have been in the dumper and I think the post 1980’s knives still are.  Based on selling prices at auction, apparently the older Case’s are making a nice recovery with the solid older pieces selling in the $100 and up range.  As you’d expect, condition was a driving factor but not always!

Jack Knife Ben
Jack Knife Ben

The Jack Knife Ben is a knife a few of you fellow farm boys from the Midwest might recognize.  The story behind Jack Knife Ben is interesting and most of these knives had their birth around the Chicago stockyards and spread to the St Paul markets over time.  There were a number of different patterns but this particular pattern served a purpose most livestock producers immediately recognize.

I picked up a few other pieces including a nice Case M4 bayonet, Kutmaster fighting knife and so on.  Overall, I exercised considerable restraint and believe me, it wasn’t easy.  Not being a collector there were a lot of temptations to bid just because something looked interesting, aka, the Rosco pictured above.

And that my friends was how I spent last weekend.  Not a cheap weekend, but a fun one.  And a tip of my cap to Frank Fox for being a stand up guy regarding our Vets and putting on an outstanding auction!

 

Wounded Warrior Project Auction Reminder

Just a reminder that you have just over 24 hours to bid on the Wounded Warrior Project Auction.  The bidding will end at 11:00 AM CST, tomorrow, November 11.  The eleventh hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, pretty momentous time in world history.

Currently we have a high bid of $130.  Last chance for shot at winning this gem!  To bid, go to:  Wounded Warrior Project Auction and leave a reply with your bid.  Remember, 100% of the proceeds go the the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Wounded Warrior Project Auction!!

This Wounded Warrior Project auction is a collaborative effort with Dave Taylor, Knife Leather Traditions.  Dave very generously donated some gorgeous slabs of Exhibition Grade Desert Ironwood and Mosaic pins which we had applied to one of the Trestle Pine Buddy blades.  I think the result is a great looking knife and definitely a very rare piece.  A grand total of just three of these were built.

I’ve always favored the Wounded Warrior Project as an organization that does a great job of filling a void for our returning Wounded Warriors and I know Dave feels the same.  In honor of their sacrifices past and present, I thought it might be appropriate to hold an auction ending at a time which would commemorate the upcoming Veterans Day.

Trestle Pine Knives Buddy with Exhibition Grade Desert Ironwood
Trestle Pine Knives Buddy with Exhibition Grade Desert Ironwood

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The slabs are matched front to back.DSC_0204The knife will come with a formed fitted leather sheath with FireSteel Loop in the box with a COA.

All you have to do to place a bid is hit the “leave a comment” button at the bottom of this post with your bid.  Here’s a brief set of rules that are about as simple as I can keep them.

  • Bidding opens immediately
  • The bidding will end at the 11th hour (CST) of the 11 day of the 11 month.
  • In the event of duplicate bids the earlier bid takes precedence
  • If you don’t feel like bidding, how about going to the Wounded Warrior Project website and consider making a direct donation.

100% of the Proceeds from this auction will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Let the bidding begin!!!!

Wounded Warrior Project Auction coming up!

I haven’t had a fund raiser for the Wounded Warrior Project since the Beer Glass sale and with Veteran’s Day coming up, it’s about time for one.  When I had the Trestle Pine Knives Buddy built, there was a special knife in the group that was built specifically for a future Wounded Warrior Project Auction.

Our friend Dave from Knife Leather Traditions most generously donated some slabs of Exhibition Grade Desert Ironwood along with some mosaic pins to be used on a future project.  Between the two of us, we thought having a knife built with the materials and auctioned off for our Wounded Warriors would be a worthy cause we both supported.

In the event you don’t know how expensive Exhibition Grade Desert Ironwood is, check it out on the google.  It’s expensive and it’s gorgeous.  Many thanks go to Dave for this gift.

DSC_0199 DSC_0200 DSC_0202Slabs are ‘book ended’ for a back to back match.

Trestle Pine Knives Buddy Exhibition Grade Desert Ironwood
Trestle Pine Knives Buddy Exhibition Grade Desert Ironwood

The pictures don’t do it just, but rest assured, it is a pretty knife.  It’ll come boxed with a sheath and the winner will be the envy of the deer camp!

I’ll probably kick off an online auction sometime next week.  There will be another post coming up with the rules and regs.  This is just giving you a heads up if you’re looking for a nice gift for yourself while helping our wounded vets with a hand up.

Wounded Warrior Project Auction Winner

I apologize for not posting it sooner, but we had a winning bid of $100 for the recent Wounded Warrior Project Auction.   The winner received both the knife and a $50 gift certificate for placing the winning bid.  I’m also making a matching contribution to bring the total to $200 for the Wounded Warrior Project.

The lack of interest in the auction is a bit concerning in that I hope we’re not losing interest in our wounded vets.  In the last year I’ve seen interest drop off a bit for the auctions and that’s why I decided to donate a portion of sales this year rather than having regular auctions.   I know there are lots of other things competing for the discretionary dollars, but don’t forget our vets.  Anyone wishing to make a personal contribution directly to the Wounded Warrior Project can do so by visiting their website at:  Wounded Warrior Project

Mike, thanks again for the generous donation and a special thanks to  Amanda for her sacrifice!!

Special Wounded Warrior Project Auction Starts Today!

This marks 5 years that TSA Knives, LLC has been running auctions and selling certain store items to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.   If you’ve bid on items or donated items to be auctioned, give yourself a pat on the back for the ongoing support.

A few weeks back I mentioned a special donation for a Wounded Warrior Project Auction made by Mike W or “mike-in-japan” as he’s known on Ebay.  It was pretty cool that Mike offered to donate the knife that started this whole thing back in 2009.  And to make that donation in honor of his daughter Amanda, who is one of our Wounded Warriors, is incredibly special.  I’m not publishing Mike’s last name due to the security risks to members of the military and their families.  Here’s the email he sent me a couple of weeks ago…

“I ran across that first Wounded Warrior knife you put up and I won back in the day (2009).  How would you like to have it back to raffle off again?  It was a 2009 2nd cut jigged stag 89.  Be my pleasure to donate it if you want to do it.  Already engraved with Wounded Warrior Supporter on the blade……………”
“Greg, ……..  I’d like to do this in honor of my daughter, Amanda, who was an Army MP Sergeant involved in an IED explosion when she was stationed in Baghdad in November 2003.  She still has constant headaches and a 90% VA disability from the Traumatic Brain Injury she suffered. At that time the HMMWVs were not armored and the explosion blew the vehicle upside down.  Both her and the driver were knocked out and when she came to, the vehicle was on fire.  She pulled the still unconscious driver out and then the HMMWV burned up totally.  Anyway, she refused the Purple Heart because she didn’t have a gunshot wound – she was a stubborn one.  At that early time in the conflict, all the brain injury issues from the IED explosions were unknown.
 
Anyway, I’m honored that you’d put it up again for auction at some point.
 
Thanks, Mike”
Not much I can add to Mike’s comments other then hope it gives everyone a better sense how important it is we continue to support our Wounded Warriors.  Here’s what’s up for bid.
GEC 892309 Jig Cut Burnt Stag Wounded Warrior Project Knife
GEC 892309 Jig Cut Burnt Stag Wounded Warrior Project Knife
GEC 892309 Jig Burnt Stag Wounded Warrior Project Auction Knife
GEC 892309 Jig Burnt Stag Wounded Warrior Project Auction Knife

At the time of the original auction in 2009, I had GEC engrave “Wounded Warrior Supporter” on the blade.  You’ll also notice this goes back to the days when GEC was etching the blades with the “PPP” Premier Pattern Production on their first release knives.

That first auction ended on November 1, 2009 and I thought it might be appropriate to celebrate 5 years of doing these auctions by ending this 5th Anniversary auction on November 1, 2014.

In honor of Mike’s daughter Amanda, you’re going to be bidding on the Wounded Warrior Project Auction Knife and a $50 TSA Knives, LLC Gift Certificate to the winning bidder.   The rules are pretty simple:
  • Bidding Starts immediately.  Simply “Leave a Comment” to this post with your bid amount.
  • Bidding ends at 12:00 Noon, Saturday, November 1, 2014, CST
  • In the case of a tie bid, the earliest time stamped bid is the winner
  • 100% of the Proceeds from the Wounded Warrior Project Auction will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project

A couple of reminders.  If you haven’t posted on the blog before, your post won’t show up until it’s been approved which doesn’t happen until I get to it.  I also encourage last minute bidders to NOT wait until the last minute.  Servers can go down, bids can get delayed, etc, etc.

Good Luck!!!

Very Special Wounded Warrior Project Auction Knife

I just received a pretty neat donation of a special GEC knife to be auctioned off for the Wounded Warrior Project.  This is one of those things that doesn’t happen very often and I’m really happy to share the story with you.

Back on October 20, 2009 I kicked off the very first Wounded Warrior Project Auction with the winning bidders name announced on November 1, 2009.   The winner was a retired Marine by the name of Mike W, who was working in Kuwait at the time.  A few of you may be familiar with or know Mike as he’s been selling his fairly extensive collection of GEC knives on Ebay under the name “mike-in-japan”.  Check his listings out as he has some real gems.

Mike was  a pretty special and unique customer as he used to send funds for knives that I sent to his dad stateside while Mike was in Kuwait.  Unique, because Mike never even saw the knives I shipped him for almost a year after I shipped them.  That my friends is trust.  For all MIke knew I was sending him tubes filled with sand.

Maybe the easiest way to lay this out for you is to just post the email(s) Mike sent.  I think this is a very special donation for a fabulous cause.

“I ran across that first Wounded Warrior knife you put up and I won back in the day (2009).  How would you like to have it back to raffle off again?  It was a 2009 2nd cut jigged stag 89.  Be my pleasure to donate it if you want to do it.  Already engraved with Wounded Warrior Supporter on the blade……………”
“Greg, ……..  I’d like to do this in honor of my daughter, Amanda, who was an Army MP Sergeant involved in an IED explosion when she was stationed in Baghdad in November 2003.  She still has constant headaches and a 90% VA disability from the Traumatic Brain Injury she suffered. At that time the HMMWVs were not armored and the explosion blew the vehicle upside down.  Both her and the driver were knocked out and when she came to, the vehicle was on fire.  She pulled the still unconscious driver out and then the HMMWV burned up totally.  Anyway, she refused the Purple Heart because she didn’t have a gunshot wound – she was a stubborn one.  At that early time in the conflict, all the brain injury issues from the IED explosions were unknown.
 
Anyway, I’m honored that you’d put it up again for auction at some point.
 
Thanks, Mike”
Here are links to the original auction posts from 2009 when the auction kicked off and when Mike was announced the winner.  When I made the comment about Mike appreciating what the Wounded Warrior Project was all about back in 2009, I had no idea his daughter Amanda was one of the  Wounded Warriors.  To have Mike donate this knife to be re-auctioned to raise additional funds is very special. For now, thanks  Mike and a very special heartfelt thanks Amanda.
Stay tuned, pass the word around and I’ll kick the auction off in a couple of weeks.  It’d be nice to have the auction end on 10/31, just like the first time around.