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Wounded Warriors, Whalers, Memorial Day

I don’t know about the rest of you but in this neck of the woods, we are looking at 4th of July weather for Memorial Day weekend.  Typically this weekend also marks the opening of the tourist season (aka, summer) with cool, breezy, wet weather being the norm.  This year we’re expecting a hot sunny weekend with temperatures in the upper 80’s to low 90’s.  We need some of the rain you guys in the SE are getting but we’re not going to complain this weekend!!  It’s going to be a perfect weekend to take a moment to remember those lost in combat.

Thanks to Great Eastern’s generous donation of the Limited Run GEC Pins and those of you that have purchased them, I was able to drop a check in the mail for over $500 to the Wounded Warriors this morning.  That’s fantastic!  With Memorial Day coming up in just a couple of days I can’t think of a better way to commemorate the day.  Thank you all!!

These are a great looking set of all the regular production run buttons GEC has released.  Customer feedback has really been positive make a great centerpiece for any GEC collection.  Rare chance to pick up all of them in one shot.

GEC Limited Edition 30 Pin Set

 

The Wounded Warrior Project does an excellent job helping our wounded military and its great to do a little to help the cause.  My wife works at the local VA Hospital and every day sees the difficulties so many of these Vets face.  I encourage all of you to do what you can to help.  There are lots of great organizations that provide all kinds of services for our veterans and the WWP just happens to be my favorite.

Hopefully, today I’ll add a few more Whalers to the storefront.  I’m not taking early orders or reservations on these so don’t ask.  There were more then the usual number of early orders that weren’t picked up for one reason or another.  First I deal with the issue of cancelling multi knife orders to assure everyone gets ‘a’ knife and now I have knives that weren’t picked up leaving unsold/unclaimed knives.  Next, I’m gonna have some people pissed off that they didn’t get first chance at the ‘leftovers’.  You can’t win, so I’m not gonna try!!  First come first served.

This week another order of Hess Knives came in and I really want to get them in the store.  I want to put one of the Bird & Trout knives through it’s paces.  Over the years I’ve handled a number of the various B&T’s but never kept or used one for any length of time.  Time for that to change.  We’re getting ready to take another Dakota hunting trip in June and this looks like it might be a dandy knife for preparing lunch.

Hess Bird & Trout Leather Handle

It was sad to hear of the passing of another dealer in the knife retail world.  Derrick Bohn, owner of Knives Ship Free passed away unexpectedly this week and will  leave a void in the knife world for many.  In the recent past we’ve lost Bob Andrews, Terry Ray and now Derrick.   All three of these gentleman were involved in a business they enjoyed right up to their last day on earth, which isn’t a bad thing.  Greet every day as if it’s your last.  For some of us it may be.

 

GEC 43 Stag Disappointment

I received a few of the 43 Stag yesterday and for the most part, they were a disappointment.

The 43’s were run in a very small quantity and two of the knives I received had pin cracks.  What’s disappointing is they came through as ‘firsts’ and not ‘store’ knives.  In good conscience I couldn’t run them through as first quality.

Pin Cracks

I don’t get concerned about a fracture line if it’s been stabilized and it passes the thumb nail test.  Both of these had open fractures that were easily felt when you ran your nail across them.  My hope was that I could exchange them but no luck.  No discount either.

The quality of the stag as far as uniformity in thickness/color/texture is concerned was as good as you could ask for.  The fractures were a real disappointment.  Evidently the pin fractures have been an issue.  Earlier this week I got an email that there were smooth camel bone and jigged bone 43 Store Knives available with pin fractures as well.  I have  few coming in for those of you looking for an economical EDC 43.

I failed to mention I received an order of the fixed blade Hess Knives last week.  The Hess’ sell well and each time I reorder it seems like it takes a bit longer for them to fill the order.  They’ve found there niche and I don’t see them trying to become a mega manufacturer.  It’s a couple of guys building knives on their own terms.

By now I think everyone is aware that Queen / Schatt & Morgan is done.  I received notification this week from the bankruptcy court that claims can be made until the end of May.  There hasn’t been any notification (that I’m aware) of the date of the upcoming auction but it sure would be a sad but interesting auction to go to.  I can’t imagine what all could be in the factory with historical significance for collectors.  Sad to see it end this way.

We’ll see a bit of a lull with an SFO coming through first.  Then, the Bull Nose will show up.  Beyone that…. who knows!

Weekly Update 4.1.16

Sorry the weekly update is a bit late today.  I got a box of wood today and started getting things sorted out to send off for the upcoming Grand Portage.

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The wood on the right is English Walnut and there are some really nice bookend slabs in the group.  It’s always interesting to sand it and buff it out to get an idea what the piece is going to look like.

A new single blade center swell stag Schatt & Morgan came in from Queen this afternoon  also.  They ran just 30 pieces and is nice little knife.

376 Swell Center Stag
376 Swell Center Stag

Last update I had on the upcoming Boys/Beer/Navy Knives was a probable July ship date.  It sounds like the three knives will be a total run of around 3000 pieces.  No SFO’s, all normal production run.  That is a lot of knives.

Also filled in on a few more of the Hess knives.  That’s a steady seller and a helluva bargain for the money.  Personally, I don’t think there’s a knife in it’s class that can compete for price/quality.  The Hess’ put out a fine product.

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Good thing the ice went out this week because today it would have been making more ice, not melting it!  Just 22F this AM and it sounds like a good chance of some snow tonite.  On a positive note, we know it won’t last!

Week in Review 4.10.15, Ice Out Update, Hess, GEC, etc

Important things first.  I had a 1/2 dozen Wood Ducks show up this week checking out the trees for a good nesting spot so it looks like Spring is coming.  Last year we had a nest right outside of our bedroom but the racoons found it before the eggs could hatch.  Better luck this year I hope!

First Wood Duck of the year
First Wood Duck of the year

For the Ice Out Contest participants, the ice conditions are continuing to deteriorate.  There’s a lot of water starting to show along the shoreline and with the warm temps and wind forecast for the weekend, I think we could see things start to change fast.

Shorelines are opening up!
Shorelines are opening up!

Here’s the standings for the Ice Out Contest.  Looks like it’s quickly turning into a horse race for the last 3 standing!  Right now, I wouldn’t want to bet on who’s gonna be closest because things can change quickly or it can cool off and bring thawing to a slow crawl.  At any rate, best of luck!!!

  • 3/27  2PM    Justin
  • 3/28  2PM    Steve
  • 3/31   11AM   Jan
  • 4/1     High Noon  Dave
  • 4/2     3:31PM  jmw0403
  • 4/3     11:07 AM BA
  • 4/4    High Noon Paul S.
  • 4/5     2:30 PM    Weekes
  • 4/6     High Noon  Bill H
  • 4/7     3 AM     Muskrat
  • 4/7     3 PM    Trapper John
  • 4/9     3:29 PM largecents
  • 4/13   3 PM    Charlie Barlow
  • 4/16    3 PM    John
  • 4/20    4 PM     John B

As far as knife stuff, the EDC knives I listed this week sold quickly.  Figured they would as they were an excellent buy.  I still have a few more to get listed and will try to add them soon.

Yesterday I received the Hess fixed blades and started filling some holes in the inventory.  There are a few more to add that should go up today.  If you’re a camper, hiker, fisherman, there are some great knives to check out that won’t break the bank.

GEC,…… received the rest of the #38 Grinling Whittler stags and am supposed to have some of the red jigged bone by the first of the week.  Still no word on the colors on the upcoming 73’s & 25’s and nothing on the GEC production schedule.  I’m not sure what what to make of that.