This morning I listed a few of the knives from the new collections recently acquired. It’s a bit of an eclectic group of knives with a mixture of GEC’s (new and old stock) and a few rather nice non-GEC knives.
One of the nicest pieces is a 1980’s vintage Al Mar “Fang”. I’ve handled Al Mar knives in the past and was always impressed with the quality. The Fang is a real gem and rather difficult to find.
I used one of the Hess Bird & Trout knives a couple of weeks ago on a trip up north and while they’re not practical for 98% of my needs, I really like the feel of them for ‘detail’ work. This is rather strange as I’m not a big fan of the smaller traditional folders. The short handle of the traditional folder gets lost in my hand while the Bird & Trout knives offer a bit more handle for me to hang onto. This weekend I’m heading to North Dakota for some pheasant hunting and I’m hoping to get to use that Hess on some birds.
There are more knives in these new collections to be listed but it’s going to be a while before I can get to them. We have a funeral out of town this week and then it’s a road trip for the weekend. I’ll trickle them onto the website as I can.
Sorry, I hit the “Publish” button before I was done. Regarding the gun show this past weekend…… It was a slow show that wasn’t heavily attended. While a few local customers did make it in there were a lot of familiar faces that didn’t.
I’m not quite sure what caused the low attendance as this is typically a really good show for most exhibitors. The weather wasn’t conducive to working in the yard or field so I’m not sure where folks were holed up. And the people that did come in were reluctant to open up their wallets. That was pretty much the consensus with all of the exhibitors.
The upside to a slow show is you get the opportunity to spend some time visiting with people about everything from knives, guns and politics. One of the people I visited with was an 11 year girl and her father who are expat’s living in Denmark. She had been looking at the knife displays and when I approached her and said “hi” she commenced to explaining to me how many of the knives in my cases would be illegal in Denmark and much of Europe. It was pretty interesting to visit with her and both she and her dad were pretty well versed on the law. She left with a smile and a ‘legal’ Swiss Army Knife to take home with her. I love talking with these kids and encouraging their interest in knives.
As I said, we have a funeral to attend yet this week and then we head west, so I’m not sure I’ll get the usual Friday blog post up. Anything interesting comes up I’ll squeeze it in. Otherwise, I’ll try to get a few pictures of the hunt to share with you next week.
I’ve started working through some of the knives I’ve accumulated from collection purchases. It can get a bit tedious as there are a lot of the Case knives I’m not that familiar with. In addition, I’ve come across a number of the Schatt & Morgan’s from early 2000 such as the Premier series that I haven’t had a lot of experience with. There have also been some S&M’s that I’ve not had the opportunity to see before such as this gem, a Premier Humpback Lockback Whittler.
I wish I had taken the time to shoot a few more pictures of the springs on this knife. It had to be a major PITA to build. Probably why we don’t see many of them! The fit and finish on the Premier’s I’ve seen so far has been excellent with mirror polished blades.
Another beauty is the 538311 Burnt Stag below. The stag on this knife is absolutely gorgeous if you like gnarly stag. This comes from an era when I felt GEC was at the top of their game when it came to high quality stag. What really helps make this knife a gem is the fact it is 1 of just 11 made.
And so it goes. When I buy a collection I rarely get a chance to thoroughly look at each and every knife at the time of purchase. I put a lot of faith and trust into what the seller tells me he’s offering. As a result, there are surprises. Not all of them good! So when I find a few knives like these in the lot it’s always rewarding.
Ever so often I’ll be asked if I have a specific pattern in stock. It might be a GEC, Case, Schatt & Morgan and so on. It’s really easy to search the store inventory just using the “Search” option. All you need is a keyword and you’re on your way. The Case knives are a great example of simplifying a search for a knife. There are so many models that I didn’t make an effort to break each one into it’s own listing. If you’re looking for a Texas Toothpick, enter the word “Toothpick”. Don’t worry about using the word Texas or the model number. “Toothpick” will pull up any knives listed under that title. Just a single keyword will usually get you on your way.
The next month is going to be busy. In another week I’m heading back up north for a few more days of camping before freeze up. Then I have a Gun Show mid October and a week later we head to North Dakota for the Pheasant Hunt and a little prairie dog shooting. Plus its the time of year when you start thinking about buttoning things up for winter. I’ll keep adding more knives from the collections to the store but I know it’s going to be slow going.
Finally, I want to remind everyone that the raffle for the Wounded Warrior Project knife will conclude on Monday so be sure to purchase your tickets soon. The response has been good so far and someone is going to end up with a really nice collectible.
Lots to cover this morning! First, let me remind everyone of the gun show to be held at the Detroit Lakes, MN National Guard Armory Saturday April 29 and Friday April 30. Show hours are from 9 till 5 Sat and 9 til 3 on Sunday. I’ve got four tables reserved and plan on bringing in an assortment of knives and miscellaneous ‘stuff’.
Over the weekend a box arrived from Queen containing some #20 Schatt & Morgan Toothpicks. Queen has been using more wood on their handles of late and are really coming up with some great looking ones. Pictured below are (top to bottom) Oak, Golden Maple and Desert Ironwood. An interesting point is the “1 of 30” etch on the Oak that is missing on the other two. My understanding is these are all part of a run of 30 each.
The last note for the morning is I’ve accumulated around 30-40 knives from several small collections and will try to start listing some of them today. It’s a pretty eclectic group with a little bit of everything from GEC. There’s Ancient Kauri Wood, Genuine Stag, Primitive Bone, Natural Stag and so on. Interesting group of older knives.
Good weekend for buying and some new knife additions from Queen arrived today. The BIG news from Queen is the Schatt & Morgan John Henry. And I mean bigin every sense of the word.
At 5.5″ closed, weighing almost 6 ounces, this is one big ‘pocket’ knife. Blade steel is 1095 and the Stag is outstanding. Only 30 were made in Stag.
The second John Henry is finished with Dark Curly Maple and again, the handle material is really nice.
The other good news was finally closing the deal on a pair of collections of 50+ knives. Included in the two is an assortment of the recently released GEC 15’s and a few of the 74’s as well. Better yet are the group of older GEC’s and an excellent collection of Cotton Samplers.
The Cotton Samplers include GEC’s, the GEC Krack a Jacks, Schatt & Morgan, Northwoods and some Tuna Valley’s. A number of these were very limited run knives and the stags are all top quality.
It’s probably going to be late this week or even the first of next week before I get them in. My guess is it’ll be after the 4th of July holiday before I get to sort things out and get any listed. I’m really anxious to see what all is in the lots!!!
I feel lucky to have been able to pick up some really choice pieces from collections, but I’m always looking for more. If you have a collection you’re thinking of parting with or know of anyone breaking up their collection, I’d really appreciate a chance to make an offer. It’s easier to bid on a larger lot then two or three knives, but….. always interested in whatever you might have.