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GEC 15 Caveat, 14 SFO’s ~ Weekly Update

I’m sharing the Weekly Update a bit early this week.  Time to head out to North Dakota, visit friends, shoot a few Prairie Dogs, enjoy a great meal and reeeelax.  Can’t wait!

The GEC 15 run of regular knives is finished and the Bail & Chain series is coming up.  Chris sent out a caveat to dealers asking that we pass on the following information.  If you try to remove the Bail the odds are incredibly high that you will put a significant scratch in the bolster.  Should you modify the knife by removing the bail, you just voided the warranty.  GEC is NOT going to fix it.  I think we all know that when you modify a product it typically voids the warranty, so be advised.

The Fenix UC35 V2.0 lights sold out FAST!  As I said in the post last week, these are an incredible light at a bargain price.  Apparently quite a few folks are familiar with the Fenix line and the response took me by surprise.  I have more coming in an should have them back in the store next week.  For now, you can place a back-order and I’ll get them out to you as soon as they come in.

There still isn’t any clear info regarding the upcoming 14’s.  The last I heard there are going to be around 3000 SFO’s and no word of any regular production knives.  I’m getting totally confused about the SFO’s as it seems the terms have changed.  My understanding is that you need to order 100 knives, all the same handle  to get in on an SFO.  THEN, you are limited to just one handle.  In other words, you can order 100 blue but not 100 blue, 100 red and 100 green.  So, at best, you can only get 100 knives of a single handle and if you didn’t get in on the SFO you are SOL.  So does this mean there were 30 dealers (clubs, individuals) that ordered 100 knives each?  Don’t think so but I’ll be glad to be corrected.

I’ve had a couple of individuals wondering if there are any restrictions on who can get in on the SFO’s and to the best of my knowledge, if you can get your money on the bar, you’ll get served.  Interesting business model.

The question keeps coming up as to when the liquidation auction of the assets of Queen/Schatt & Morgan will occur.  I don’t know.  As I recall all claims against the company had to be filed by June so I would assume once everything is inventoried and the proper paperwork executed,  it’s just a matter of getting an auction date set.  There are enough serious collectors out there that would love to get there hands on a few unique artifacts that I think it should be an interesting auction.

More interesting will be finding out who ends up with the Queen, Schatt & Morgan, Queen City and other trademarks.  From day one my hope has been to see GEC purchase the names and get them back into production.  Can you imagine the Schatt & Morgan lines coming out built to GEC quality standards?

I’m not sure that will happen however.  It appears GEC is maxed out on production right now.  The addition of Schatt & Morgan would most likely more then double the demand.  My greatest concern would be seeing these names moved to an overseas production line.

I’ve been getting positive feedback regarding the crime report updates.  It’s  been suggested I make it a regular part of the regular blog posts.  Even though it seems a bit twisted that readers enjoy following the criminal activities up here I’ll keep sharing at the risk of further revealing our crime problems.  Our local guys and gals in Blue do a great job keeping things under control.

Remember a couple of  weeks ago when the fellow suspected his girlfriend lifted $40 from his wallet?

Well, let’s not forget the old biblical saying that we shall reap what we sow!

Blade, Boys Knives, Crime Update

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!!!

 

 

Maintain Wood Handles, New Listings and 25 GEC’s

Every now and then someone will ask me what they should do to maintain the wood handles on the Trestle Pine Knives.  It’s actually pretty simple.

A few of the woods I use on the Trestle Pine Knives are not stabilized due to the amount of natural oil in the wood.  Bolivian Rosewood is a good example.  Before we go any further, understand that even though a wood handle may be stabilized, it’s still possible for it to absorb small amounts of moisture.

Personally, I’ve used everything from wood treatments available at the local hardware store to Olive Oil.  I settled on olive oil for years as it was always available in the kitchen cupboard and I used it on our kitchen knives, wood cutting boards, etc.

When I started carrying the Frog Lube, I switched over to it as I was using it to oil the blades and metal surfaces anyway.  Frog Lube is great stuff and I’ve found it works extremely well on both the wood and metal.  Plus, it smells good!

In the picture below you can see the ‘white’ spots that are showing as open pores in the dried wood.

Dried Handle

In the following picture, I have applied a very light coat of Frog Lube to the Bare End half of the handle and let it sit for about an hour before buffing it with an old piece of bath towel. Whether you use Olive Oil or Frog Lube, give it the wood a chance to absorb it before wiping off any excess.  You can see the pores are filled and the luster restored.   Pretty simple.

This morning I finally got the Schatt & Morgan #01 Swayback Jacks listed.  These are really nice knives and the “Marvel Wood” is particularly interesting.

S&M #01 Swayback Jack with Marvel Wood Handle

I wasn’t going to bring in any of the GEC 25’s coming through as I kind of had the sense there was a bit of buyer fatigue with the 15’s and 25’s.  My mistake.  Last week I started getting requests for reservations so decided to bring a few in.  GEC had started to cut back on SFO’s and then turned the full run of Northfields over as an SFO.  Interesting.  The Tidioute’s will be the ONLY one’s available through the normal distributor network.

And just a quick wrap up, we had another minor local crime outbreak last week I thought I’d share with you.  We like to think we live in a pretty safe area of the country but even at that, ‘stuff’ happens.  Maybe it’ time we petitioned our local LE to crack down a little harder to stop this kind of crime.  In the mean time, buy your locals guys and gals in Blue a cup of coffee.  Believe me, they deserve it dealing with stuff like this.  In the mean time if you come across a deal on a hot fidget spinner or a wrangled chicken…….. never mind.

Cold Weather, Crime Wave & 2016 Queen Catalog

The 2016 Queen Product Catalog was released last week and there are some great looking products coming up.  One item I knew was coming and I personally like is the Blue Bone.  This is a ‘distressed’ blue so don’t be looking for a perfectly matched solid blue.  It’s a great looking handle material and the variation in color adds to the look.  The prototype Barlow’s I received had the MOP keystone shields which won’t be present on the production run knives.

One surprise was no production knives in the CPM154 steel or 154CM.  After seeing some of the short run/proto knives last year, I had myself convinced we might see a series offered in the high tech steels.  The nice thing is it allows Queen to mix things up once in a while and use the CPM or CM as a specialty steel we’ll only seen on a few knives.  No doubt it doesn’t matter to a lot of collectors as it does bump up the price but if you use your knife heavily, gotta love that steel!

We finally got some winter weather this weekend in the form of coooold temps.  How cold? Well here’s what we saw first thing Saturday morning.

DSC_0894I’ll admit it did warm up to around -8F during the day, but it was a bit brisk in the morning!  No one’s really complaining as we’ve had one of the mildest winters I can recall.

With the cold weather and winter we suffer from a malady up here commonly referred to as ‘cabin fever’.  It’s that restless, I gotta get out of the house before I go crazy feeling you get after being cooped up due to lousy cold weather.

On the positive side, we try to cure it with activities like ice fishing, snowmobile races and motorcycle races on the ice regardless of the temperatures.  Our Winter Carnival starts up in February with all kinds of craziness including golf on the lake, folks jumping through a hole in the ice into the freezing cold lake water.  Great distractions and it does make the winter go by a little faster.

One of the  negative aspects to the cabin fever syndrome is the increase in crime.  While we don’t live in a major metropolitan area, don’t kid yourself, we do have a criminal element to be dealt with.  I caught these two reports in the Sunday paper police blotter and thought they were worth sharing.

Police Report
Police Report

Granted, that may not qualify as a crime, it does make you realize how alert we are this time of year to potential criminal activity.  The really serious issue was in the following report.  You have to understand, there are some items of personal property we value greater then others this time of year.  To attack / vandalize someone’s fish house in the dead of winter is….well, …. it’s a bit like cattle rustling in the old west.  It’s just not tolerated.

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