Just a real short update this week and I’ll start with the Blade Show. I didn’t go and I’m not sure how many of you made it but there seems to be quite a bit of grumbling. In just the last couple of days I’ve talked to 4 people that went ( one didn’t even go in when he saw the line) and the complaints were all the same. Had to pay to park, pay to get in, crowded as hell and the beer ain’t cheap!!! It also sounded like they had split some displays off into different areas making it hard to get around to see everyone. That’s too bad. Let’s hope they make some changes to smooth out some of the rough spots next year.
I received the Red Micarta Clip Blades and OD Green Boys Knives today. If you had an early order in you should have an invoice in hand by now. Just a blunt reminder that I do expect the invoices to be paid within 3 days or you are SOL. I’m really firm on that as there is another large group of 15’s coming in the next few days and I want to move these out as soon as possible. Later next week I’m heading back out to North Dakota for a few days so if things don’t get picked up in a timely manner, I can guarantee they won’t ship in a timely manner either.
I did order fairly heavy on the Clip blades and should have some decent numbers left available in the store after the early orders are filled. The OD Green was completely sold out so no spares in that category.
Some of you may have noticed I had some Whalers that were added to the store. I have an old customer make a non-knife trade with me and I’m basically handling these on a consignment basis. I don’t typically like to do that but we’ve worked on deals like this before and it’s worked out for both of us. Just glad to have some extras.
Just to wind things up quickly I have to share a few more posts from this past weeks Police Blotter. Just about the time you think the boys and gals in Blue have things under control….
Been there done that!!! Haven’t we all? VERY common mistake but usually happened to me after closing time.
Hmmm….didn’t notice they hit the goats until they noticed the damage to the car?
Wonder why it’s important we know the complainant is ‘female’….
Have a good weekend and watch out for roaming goat herds!!!
We’re seeing the Boys Knives coming through in a rush. The Antique Yellow arrived mid week and I believe there are at least two more handle options in transit. My understanding is there could be a delay on the Boys Knives with the bail and chain. Note, that’s “Bail” not Ball and chain. There’s been a little confusion. Last I talked to Chris about them there was an issue with the parts not being ready yet.
Another knife that’s in the near future is a run of 14’s. Interestingly enough, GEC didn’t open these up to regular production but so far has only offered them as an SFO. The SFO offering resulted in roughly 3000 (yup, three thousand) SFO’s. I didn’t jump in on these and at this point I don’t know if they’ll offer a regular run or not. Why would they with those kind of numbers.
The level of interest in all things GEC is nothing short of amazing. Who would have ever thought we’d see a production run line of knives double and triple in price within days of the initial offering.
I’ve been getting a few of the Whalers back that are going back through the store. A couple of things are happening. The first is a few people were disappointed that the Muscle Bone didn’t always ride flush with the bolsters. When you encounter a rustic handle material like the Muscle Bone, that’s going to happen. I’ve added a caveat in the store description advising of this possibility. The second thing are the folks that haven’t been exposed to the Whalers before and found out it’s #1 a BIG knife and #2, it takes tough finger nails and physical strength to open the blades. That pen blade can be a bear.
Otherwise, hope everyone had a great Memorial Day Weekend. The weather was more like the 4th of July up here and that’s OK. On the downside, we did have a bit of a crime wave hit last week. Here’s a few of the more egregious happenings. Gotta love the folks in Blue that handle this ‘stuff’ on a regular basis.
Hope the dude with the light fingered girlfriend reads the next report before he goes any further into the relationship.
I got my first shipment of the 14 Boy’s Knives today. I have no idea how they are running them, but I don’t think I got a full shipment on any of them. My understanding is the rest are either in process or in transit.
This afternoon I started shipping/billing for part of them and finally gave up due to the fact some folks have multiple knives ordered in different handle materials, Rather then try to bill for one knife and have more show up in a day or two, I decided to wait until my orders are closer to being filled.
I will say it’s a cute little knife and will no doubt appeal to anyone preferring a small pocket knife.
All I can say is your patience is appreciated and I’ll move forward as soon as I can. Chris is off for a while due to a death in the family so I understand things aren’t going as smooth as normal.
Last weekend I picked up a great collection of 30+ older GEC’s. There are some ’06’s, 07’s 08’s and a few newer pieces. Most of the knives are 73’s with a couple of the 23 Bull Locks. Really a nice group for you guys that collect the older knives. They’ll start going into the store later this fore noon. Check the “Recently Added” category for an update to what’s been added to the storefront.
With all the interest in the newer SFO’s that double and triple in price days after they sell out, these older knives are getting harder to find as well. I know my inventory has shrunk dramatically from close to 2000 GEC’s to around 500 in just the past year or so. While I try to keep the prices as reasonable as possible, the selling price is obviously driven by the cost of acquisition and the older knives have gone up.
Here’s a bit of a tease for you. This is a 2007 Northfield 73 Factory Test Production Run knife serial #48. They only made 6 of these with Green Boker Jigged Bone.
Notice anything else unique? Check the tube labels. I love finding stuff like this! Almost makes me want to start collecting.
I want to remind everyone that the news out of GEC is that the series of 15 Boy’s knives, Beer Scouts, etc will most likely be a Fall delivery. It sounded like October but nothing chiseled in stone.
I had a note yesterday and the Trestle Pine Knives “Grand Portage” is still on track for an early June delivery. There’s a good chance I’ll have a picture next week to give everyone a peek. Appreciate all of the early interest and promise to get the photo up ASAP.