The weekly update highlights the arrival of the Damascus #3 EXP from Schatt & Morgan. This has been a great looking knife to begin with but the Damascus adds a really classic look to a classic knife
There are a number of different Damascus patterns throughout the releases and none are specifically associated with a specific handle material. What you’re going to have to do is decide if you like the blade/handle combination or maybe buy two? This will give you an idea of some of the options.
The first thing I noticed about the Damascus blades of course is the beautiful pattern. Second is the edge on the blades. I’ve gotten used to the super fine edge that the 154 steels take and forgot how ‘toothy’ feeling the edge feels on a D2 blade. The Damascus makes the D2 feel pretty fine. While it’s not an edge I’d want to use to shave with or cut fine strips of paper, it’s definitely a blade made for aggressive cutting. I immediately got the feeling if I wanted to cut through a heavy piece of nylon or hemp rope, this would be the tool of choice. The edge is like a micro serrated blade that’s just looking for something to cut.
This is one of the more interesting knives Queen has brought out in the time I’ve been carrying the line. It’s not a cheap knife but there are plenty of those out there already. I know when Ken and Ryan were at GEC, we used to see some pretty interesting things come out of there and it appears the Daniels carried that willingness to push the envelope over to Queen. They both get out to the shows and press the flesh with their customers. More importantly, they listen to ideas and pay attention to what’s being said. And they love to try different things. In fact, I’m not sure this is meant for public dissemination but here’s an example.
Old pattern auto’s, Shockwood, Marvel Wood, 154 steels, Damascus, ….. keep it up guys!!
The GEC Proto’s I put up yesterday were well received! I think over half of them sold last night and as I say, there are around 10 more to be listed. The arrival of the Damascus #3 EXP order ate up the time I had planned to use listing the rest of the Proto’s this morning so it’s not looking like I’ll get to them today but will try to finish them up next week.
My understanding is we’re getting closer to seeing the new Trestle Pine ‘Topper’. Last I heard, they should start shipping next week and I apologize for the repeated delays. I know a number of you have been pretty patient getting to see it (as have I) and promise as soon as they arrive I’ll get them up.
Someone also asked when the next run of Trestle Pine Buddy’s would be coming through and at this point, the best answer I can offer is early this fall. The selection is getting pretty picked over. There might be a few more I can list, but supplying Messer Depot in Germany kind of thinned the herd a bit unexpectedly.
I had given consideration to adding a pattern to the fixed blade Trestle Pine line but based on the popularity of the Buddy, I think for the time being I’ll stick with it. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?
One change I did make is the availability of a FireSteel Sheath or a Plain Sheath. Going forward, both sheaths will have the Trestle Pine stamp.
So…. that’s the news for this week. Haven’t had time to take the new Prairie Dog rifle to the range yet, but I’m going to try to get the reloader setup, put a few rounds together and see if it shoots as good as the claim. Have a good weekend!!!
The Damascus is Alabama Damascus and it looks fantastic! My understanding is this is a 416 layer Damascus hardened to 58-60Rc. There are a lot of inexpensive, low quality imported Damascus blades out there, but this isn’t one of them. It not only looks great, but should make a tough working blade as well. There will be four different Damascus patterns randomly offered on the different handle options.
The Damascus will start shipping the first of the week, so I’m hoping I have them in hand by next weekend. I’ve increased my initial order quantity but if you’re interested, I wouldn’t wait till the last minute.
A couple of new releases from Queen include a Schatt & Morgan #27 Muskrat in Smooth Green Bone and Smooth Oiled Bone.
There are also Schatt & Morgan #41 Copperheads in Black Micarta and Torched Stag. The Torched Stag is outstanding. I don’t know where Ken’s getting the stag, but it’s some of the nicest I’ve seen in a while.
Great Eastern is finishing up the 66 Calf Ropers and announced a new release to slide in called the Churchill. My first guess is it’s a slightly shrunken down version of the #53 Cuban. Should be a nice size. Makes me wonder if we might see a redo of the Moose pattern in the future?
They also brought out the Calf Pen. I didn’t bring any of these in, but will be glad to order one for anyone interested.
I want to thank my friends in Germany for posting on Facebook some outstanding photo’s of the Trestle Pine Knives. Julian Holzberger specializes in photographing knives and does a fantastic job of it! Sven Kinast owner of Messer Depot also does some incredible photo work. I recommend checking out Sven’s online store as he makes some of the best looking Kydex sheaths I’ve seen. Sven carries the Trestle Pine Knives in his shop in Solingen and if you’re in Germany, be sure to drop by.
That’s the short version of the week gone by! Personally, I had a great 4th. Our company couldn’t make it up but we had some other friends drop by unexpectedly, which was great. We spent a quiet 4th and watched the fireworks on the lake from our deck. The crowd in town on the beach was probably one of the biggest I’ve can remember. With 80 degree temps and a clear blue sky, who could ask for more? How about picking up a new prairie dog rifle this afternoon???? Ya, that’s the perfect ending to a great week.
In just the last half hour I’ve had 3 inquiries requesting confirmation of the next Mountain Man releases. Here’s what I can tell you as it stands…..
50 Marvel Wood
42 Damascus Stag.
48 Damascus Bone.
25 Damascus Smooth Oiled Bone
50 Drop Point Black Buffalo Horn
50 Drop Point Marvel Wood
25 Drop Point Lightning Wood
50 Drop Point Smooth Oiled Bone
50 Drop Point Iron Wood
50 Drop Point Shock Wood
25 Drop Point Rams Horn
25 Drop Point Micarta
50 Drop Point Stag
100 Drop Point Bone TBD
I have no doubt the demand for the Damascus will be high and I will be putting up a page to take early orders for them shortly. Please don’t email me to request a reservation, wait until the link is up to place an early order.
Not too long ago I mentioned a customer had purchased one of the Fallkniven HK9 Cowry X knives. I made a point of mentioning it because not only is it at the upper range in price for a ‘production’ knife, but the Cowry X steel in a Damascus is something we don’t run across on a regular basis. The information I found left me pretty impressed and curious whether it was really all it claimed to be and was the Fallkniven HK9 Cowry X really worth the money. If you care to read my initial comments, here’s a link to that post: Fallkniven HK9Cx Wow!
Our friend Dave from Knife Leather Traditions was the customer and he’s been gracious enough to allow me share some of his emails to me regarding his impression so far. For those of you that have communicated with Dave by email, you know it’s always fun to ‘read him’ as he does a fantastic job putting his thoughts into words. I’ve posted some of his emails with only a minimal amount of editing of some info that might be of a personal nature. There will be additional installments, so to start it off , here ya go and thanks for sharing Dave!!
Fallkniven HK9 Cx Damascus
“………..it all started with a “Clean out and organize the garage” project early last month. I spent a solid week going through every shelf and container, sorting, cleaning, organizing. I had a trash pile, a keeper pile, and a take to the local swap meet pile. At the end of the week the biggest pile went down to the local swap meet and I came home with $200 and pocket change, proving once again that anything will sell if it is priced cheap enough. Then it was the guns and ammunition that I no longer use or “need”. That cleaned out a ton of space and brought in a few more dollars I didn’t have previously. After that you tried out the Fallkniven U2, which reminded me of how much I enjoy the three Fallknivens you got for me and how superior they are to anything I had in knives. I looked in the knife cabinet and decided I would really rather go with quality rather than quantity, and that was where the HK9cx came in as well as the U2……”
Two Days Later………
“It is here!!
I didn’t expect it until tomorrow so I never checked the mail until after afternoon.
This knife is so incredible, in so many ways, I don’t know where to begin. I will try to put down my initial thoughts on it either later tonight or tomorrow, but all I can say right now is that it is even more than I expected. This knife has to be taken in hand to be fully appreciated. The balance and “feel” is amazing.
It would be a total shame not to use and enjoy such a knife, which I fully intend to do.
Even if one could not afford the HK9cx, the HK9 in 3g steel would be one heck of a working knife and a knife that would last a lifetime. I will add more later but I just wanted to let you know it is here and I am more than impressed.”
Two HOURS later……
You are right. I have been carrying it and handling it all evening and it just gets better. I too am glad they did not try to make a $2.00 whore out of it with paint and pimping. It is as it should be, an honest working knife for someone who appreciates such a thing. There is so much to say about this knife I really don’t know where to begin. The only sad thing is: why didn’t you and I have such a knife available when we were both in the hunting stage of our lives? Wouldn’t it be fun to use it on game? Even so, it is going to be one heck of an all around camp and trail knife. I can’t wait to take it out. When I first held this knife I was reminded of a favorite knife I got back in 1966 or so, just after I got out of the Army and was working on the old Milwaukee Road out of Montevideo, MN. I got the knife from Eddie Bauer, back when Eddie Bauer sold real outdoor equipment and when you wanted “the best” you got out the Eddie Bauer catalog. The best goose down parka I ever owned came from Eddie Bauer at the time. Anyway, the knife was a part of a series made especially for Eddie Bauer by Gerber, again, back when Gerber was producing first class knives using some really good tool steels. Al Mar was working at Gerber then, before he went on his own, and I used to correspond with Al, a gentleman of the first order and a really swell guy. I always wanted to meet him but unfortunately never got the chance. The knife had a 3/16″ thick blade, like the HK9, and also like the HK9 was ground to a fine working edge. I don’t recall the blade steel but I do remember it was very hard, took and held a beautiful edge. It was a substantial knife and made to be used. Had a Stag handle and a butt cap. Perhaps you remember the series. The sheath was one of the best and well designed leather sheaths I have ever seen. Just one heck of a knife. I used that knife in the woods a lot and really enjoyed it. For one reason or another I let it go and I always wished I had it back. The HK9 reminds me of that favorite knife and brings back a lot of good memories. This is just one very incredible knife!! I don’t know what else to say………… Did you happen to notice that you can see the strip of Cowry X steel sandwiched in the center of the blade along the spine and tang? It is quite thin but adequate for the edge, pretty much no matter how you sharpen it. Interesting to be able to see it. And as you know, it is shaving sharp right out of the box!”
Two Days Later…..
I am impressed with the sheath. Probably the first thing I tend to look at in a sheath knife.
Very well made for a “factory” sheath. Good quality, heavy leather, well designed, and the knife locks in solid with no danger of falling out. I find it very serviceable and I am not intending on replacing it. I just finished sealing and burnishing the raw edges and will put my usual wax finish on it, but other than proper hand stitching I could not improve on it too much. For me that is saying a lot. I am very pleased with this sheath.
At first I thought the knife was “heavy”, but in use and practice it is not. Instead it is very well balanced so that only wrist action, combined with the natural balance and weight of the knife, does the work with a minimum of additional effort. The knife practically works by itself so to speak. A lot of thought and design went into it no doubt.
I tend to choke up on my sheath knives when slicing or fine cutting, laying my thumb and forefinger on either side of the blade just ahead of the guard, as in holding a chef knife. This puts the end of the handle on the HK9 right up against the heel of my hand, just where it should be. Therefore, the handle is correct, even for my size large hands. The knife just seems to lay naturally in the hand and seems comfortable in any position held. An extension of my hand rather than a separate object. Pretty impressive really.
I am having a lot of fun with this…………..”
I have no doubt we’ll hear again from Dave. I’m particularly interested to hear what he has to say about the quality of the blade steel once he gets a chance to really use the knife in the field. The Fallkniven HK9 Cowry X has a great reputation but it’s always good to get some feedback from someone you know and trust with first hand experience. Thanks again Dave!
I had a special order come through for one of the Fallkniven HK9Cx knives and was thrilled to be able to take a good look at one. This is a high end production knife that has an MSRP around $2800.
I never paid a lot of attention to them as the price was in the range that it’s a bit hard to justify picking one up for a ‘demonstrator’. As a result, I never knew a whole lot about them. When the order came in I started doing a little reading, particularly about the Damascus Cowry X blade steel used in the Fallkniven HK9Cx. This stuff is incredible.
On initial glance out of the box, you wonder why the HK9Cx is so expensive. A quick look tells you it’s definitely well fit and finished, the blade has a mirror finish, but appearance is only a small part of the total package.
From my reading, Cowry X is one of the new powder steels used primarily for knife blades and to put it mildly, it’s expensive and an incredible blade steel. Just the blank 3/16″x 1 3/4″ x 12″ bar stock runs around $140-160, and that’s NOT Damascus. It’s a very high carbon steel with an ability to harden to 66-68 HRc without becoming overly brittle. PLUS the carbon structure allows for a mirror like polish and excellent edge retention. The convex edge on this knife is absolutely razor sharp.
Fit and finish is exactly what you’d expect from a knife in this price range. When you run your finger along the mating surfaces of the White Micarta and the tang, they’re absolutely seamless. No lumps, bumps or rough edges. A detail that I like is the use of the small pins to attach the Linen Micarta Handle. They’re simple, functional and really add to the overall appearance.
It’s a little hard to explain unless you actually handle the Fallkniven HK9Cx, but the simplicity and clean lines of this knife are what make it a really great looking knife. And the feel in your hand is superb. The weight and balance are exactly what you look for in a high quality hunting knife.
THE most enjoyable part of this transaction is knowing this knife is going to get USED!!! This isn’t going to be a safe queen and I’m glad to know that. That would be a total waste. I take my hat off to Fallkniven for building a knife of this quality without putting exotic handle material, mosaic pins or engraving all over it. There’s not necessarily anything wrong with a dressed up knife, but too often they end up not getting used. The HK 9Cx is a great looking knife, but it was built with the intent it should be used, not just looked at.