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Weekly Update 9.15.17 Trestle Pine Gunflint Notes

Busy week this week with a number of new knives from Queen and a couple more GEC Calf Pens.  I also added a few more Trestle Pine Toppers to fill some inventory holes.

Since I posted the pictures of some samples of wood that will be available on the Trestle Pine Gunflint, I’ve been asked if those will be the only handle options available.  In short, no.  There will also be the Old Growth Ash, Oak, Maple and Yellow Birch.  Plus, there are several more premium woods like a premium Curly Koa and Old Growth Redwood.  And no doubt a few other choices as well will turn up as well.

Curly Koa & Old Growth Redwood

Interest in the Blue Dyed Curly Maple has been high.  On the last run of Trestle Pine’s the Blue Curly Maple sold out immediately.  Sven at the Messer Depot in Germany was lamenting the fact he didn’t order more.  This time, there will be more Blue available on the Gunflint and this lot of Curly Maple is outstanding.

Dyed Curly Maple

On this run of the Gunflint I’m having to saw all of the wood panels.  In the past, at least half of them came to me pre-sawed which saved a bunch of time.  I was working with a 9″ band saw and it seemed like I was constantly fighting it to keep a consistent thickness.  I found a good buy on a 14″ and oh what a difference it makes.  When you’re trying to make consistent cuts through stabilized 1″ stock that are .20″ thick the slightest flex in the blade raises hell with the finished slab.  The new saw is going to pay for itself real fast by dramatically reducing material loss.  It just doesn’t pay to go the less expensive route.

I hope that by late next week I’ll have some of the ‘new’ wood in stock to saw, sand and buff.  I’m really anxious to see what the finished panels will look like.

A couple of weeks ago I had a brief post about sharpening and mentioned our friend Dave using a slight micro bevel when he finished up.  The idea being that a few final strokes at an increased angle will result in a micro bevel that would actually add some strength to the the edge, however minor.  I tried it and I think Dave may have something.  If nothing else, I think it’s effectively making sure that ‘wire’ is removed in its entirety.    It’s been about two weeks since I last touched up my blade and it’s still in great shape.

Next weekend I’m heading out to North Dakota for one more go at the Prairie Dogs.  For you other ‘shootists’ out there, I bought a Savage Predator in 6.5 Creedmoor and can’t wait to try it out.  I’ve worked up some 107 gr reloads that should be able to buck that North Dakota ‘breeze’ a little better and make more of those 400+ yd shots possible.  Should be interesting!!!

 

Trestle Pine Gunflint Wood Preview & Recent Arrivals

I received a photo of some of the wood that will be used on the upcoming Trestle Pine Gunflint.  This is dyed Curly Maple with some of the nicest grain you could ask for.  The wood in the photo has just been sanded with 120 grit and will have a finishing 4-600 grit finish and polish.  That should really make that grain pop!

Trestle Pine Gunflint Dyed Curly Maple

Below are a few pieces of Natural Curly Maple and Walnut.

Trestle Pine Gunflint Handle Material

There will be some other handle options as well.  I was really happy when I got the pix this morning and can’t wait to see what the finished product will look like.

Speaking of wood, some Schatt & Morgan #22 Medium Coke Bottles arrived yesterday with “Lightning Wood” handles.  Fantastic looking wood.  It looks a bit like stag but has some incredibly unique texture.  Queen has really expanded their willingness to use some unique and great looking wood handle material and the Lightning Wood is a stand out!

Lightning Wood on a S&M #22 Medium Coke Bottle

Also in the box with the Medium Coke Bottles were some Schatt & Morgan Sowbelly’s with Smooth Amber Bone Handles

S&M #60 Sowbelly Smooth Amber Bone

As well as some S&M #06 Tear Drops with Smooth Amber Bone and Torched Stag handles.

S&M #06 Smooth Amber Bone
S&M #06 Torched Stag

The last new arrival came in this morning.  GEC’s latest Calf Pen in Orange Delrin.

GEC #35 Orange Delrin

Trestle Pine Gunflint Notes and Comments

I hadn’t intended to start sharing too much about the next Trestle Pine Knife, but after a brief mention in a previous post, questions have been coming in.  Based on the Topper the Trestle Pine Gunflint will share the frame and that’s about it.  So here’s some details to ponder.

Trestle Pine Toppers

The above knife (on the left) is the current Trestle Pine Topper.  The knife on the right with the Wharncliffe blade is the ‘prototype’ for the upcoming Gunflint.  All I had done was installing a Wharncliffe blade in place of the Clip just to see how it would look/feel.

Trestle Pine Gunflint Prototype

So here are the details of what to look forward to on the Trestle Pine Gunflint:

  • Gunstock Pattern
  • Flat Lined Brass Bolsters
  • Brass Pins & Liners
  • Wood Handles (some Stag)
  • CPM154 Wharncliffe Blade
  • No secondary blade/cap lifter

After the Topper came out, a friend forwarded a link to one of the discussion boards that had a chat going on about the Trestle Pine Knives.  I know I should pay more attention to  the discussion boards but sometimes it’s better not to let ‘constructive’ criticism and suggestions get in the way of creativity.  I will say I was happy to read some of the comments from people that are actually using the knives and not just commenting based solely on pictures or hearsay.

It made me feel good to read a few comments that the Trestle Pine’s aren’t ‘traditional’ enough.  What a relief.  The last thing I’m trying for is building another traditional slip joint with the traditional 1095 clip blade with traditional nickel silver bolsters and traditional bone handles.  Case, GEC and Queen have that market pretty well saturated.  If that were my goal, I could tag onto any of a number of SFO’s coming through on a regular basis OR easier yet, just keep selling what’s already out there.

It’s also worth mentioning the screw driver / caplifter ‘blade’.  I wasn’t thinking of just a caplifter when I had this added to the Grand Portage and the Topper.  Actually, one of my first thoughts was being able to use the ‘top’ edge as a striking tool with the FireSteel.  It works great.  I haven’t shared the photo below as it demonstrates a total lack of skill with power tools on my part.  What you’re seeing is a beveled notched filed into the caplifter that functions as a wire stripper as well as a fishing line cutter.

Wire Stripper Notch

 

I’ll admit to succumbing to a bit of peer pressure in the design of the Gunflint.  But I didn’t sell out my principals completely.

Why brass bolsters instead of nickel silver?  Brass isn’t traditional, I like the look of it with the wood handles and it doesn’t wear like nickel silver.  I don’t particularly like the look of Nickel Silver after a few months in my pocket competing for space with pocket change and keys.  If you don’t like the patina that brass develops a couple drops of Brasso or a quick touch up with a cotton wheel makes things shine like a new penny.

I’ve been a fan of the Gunstock pattern for a long time and like that substantial feel in my hand with either a single or two blades.  The Clip blade is pretty standard in the Gunstocks so I originally went with a Saber Ground Clip (for a heftier blade) on the Topper and upped the game with S30V (to toughen things up).

On the Gunflint I’m going back to the CPM154 steel with a Wharncliffe.  I like S30V but there seem to be more then a few folks that prefer the CPM series steels.  Honestly, I’m not sophisticated enough to be able to tell much difference between the CPM154 and S30V when it comes to every day use.  The S30V will take a helluva fine razor edge and holds it incredibly well.  How much better then CPM154?  I can’t quantify it.  The point being, I’m happy with the performance of CPM154 and sure don’t feel its any sort of compromise.  I have dropped the caplifter on the Gunflint.  It should be a nice, slim single blade yet still have the hand filling feel of a decent sized work knife.

The Wharncliffe seems to be a universally accepted blade by most everyone.  Personally, its everything I can ask for in an EDC knife for my purposes.  I just can’t think of any tasks a drop point or clip could do better.  Actually, a drop point does do a better job gutting but I don’t do any hunting anymore anyway.   I really like the drop point for general use but I like the high riding Wharncliffe for easy access.  There’s nothing I hate more then having to take a pair of gloves off in cold/wet weather to open my pocket knife.  On a future project, I may take a look at a Sheepsfoot instead of a Wharncliffe.

Now we wait.  The Gunflint is scheduled to be shipped by the first of November and have been assured that will happen.  I’ve had great feedback on the Topper and I think the single blade Gunflint will be a great companion knife.