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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.