This past week I had a number of new Schatt & Morgan knives come through and Queen appears to be embracing CPM154 as a ‘regular’ blade steel. I say hooray!
Personally, I’m a huge fan of the 154 series steels and my latest experiences with the Trestle Pine Grand Portage and second release of the Superior have reinforced my feelings. It’s a relatively easy steel to work (especially compared to D2), takes an almost surgical edge (with minimal effort) and holds that edge incredibly well. I’m also convinced after using the Trestle Pine Superior with a 154CM and the latest in CPM154 that the CPM series is a better steel. Better in the sense I think it holds an edge even better then the CM series and is virtually the same when it comes to sharpening.
Don’t get me wrong, there are some excellent steels out there and 1095 is one of the great standby’s. My personal feeling is the slightly higher price for the 154 series is really easy to justify if you use your knife on any sort of a regular basis and sharpen on an irregular basis. With the stain resistance of the 154 combined with the toughness of the steel compared to 1095 or even 440C….not much comparison.
So what did Queen release this week I’m so fond of? A series of 99 Schatt & Morgans with CPM154 drop point blades. NICE knife.
It fits the hand well with a reasonably sized blade. Not a big workhorse, but in this day and age, not everyone needs a huge knife. I’m particularly fond of the nail nick being so close to the tip. There’s a barely discernible easy open notch which makes for a slim profile in your pocket and easy access when you’re ready to deploy the blade.
Other handle options include American Elk and Reverse Worm Groove Jigged Bone. It’s just a really nice sized pocket knife that is executed excellently. When you look at the price and compare it to the competition with 1095, this is a bargain.
A couple of other nice releases is, first, a Schatt & Morgan #100 Sunfish Whittler in Black Maple or Smooth White Bone.
Then there are the #203MU Queen City Cigar Muskrats
The Queen City 203TR Cigar Trapper...
And the #204 Queen City Sow Belly.
There is one more release I’ve yet to get to and that is the #301 Schatt & Morgan Stockman in Reverse Worm Groove. Had a few other things to take care of first, but I’ll get those up next week.
It’s just been a lot of fun seeing new products coming out of Queen the past few months. The quality is greatly improved from a year ago and there willingness to work with unique handle materials and upscale steels should be greatly appreciated by anyone wanting a high end knife at a very reasonable price.
There are more new things to come from them in the future and I look forward to seeing them!