This weekly update is a bit short on ‘news’. Other then a few more of the older GEC’s I added there was a shortage of new items to report but a few good things are in the future. There’s some Trestle Pine and Queen updates but that’s about it!
Queen has a couple of new items coming through I believe next week. The first will be a Medium Toothpick.
Next will be some 63 Rail Splitters.
Actually, I’m not sure which order they’ll be coming in. These are both popular items.
I believe the next issue of John Henry Express Auto’s will be arriving in the week or two as well. There are 3 new handle options that haven’t previously been offered. Queen also has another new release that will be announce to coincide with the Blade show and I’ll pass on the details as soon as I can.
Yesterday I got confirmation that the wood will ship for the Trestle Pine Topper next week. Everything else is ready to go so we should be on track to see the finished knives arrive before the end of the month. These will have the S30V blades. With any luck the new run of the fixed blade Trestle Pine Buddy should also be arriving before month’s end. The Buddy’s will have 1095 blades and most will be high end woods with Mosaic pins. Should be a really great looking EDC knife.
And finally, the Swiss Army knives shipped today. My hope is they’ll arrive sometime next week. Its been a long time since I’ve carried the SAK’s and look forward to getting them. Honestly, I look forward to shifting gears and moving on to something a little different.
What’s going on? I haven’t had much time to post regular updates the last couple of weeks for one thing. My 94 year old father-in-law took a couple of falls recently and his health deteriorated rapidly until his death last week. We’ve traveled back and forth to Iowa over the last couple of weeks and things got put on the back burner. I appreciate everyone’s patience for the resulting delays in shipping and response time.
In between, the GEC 71 Bullnose knives came through and believe they’re completed. The Red and Burgundy were fast movers but I do have a good supply of the OD Green, Black and Nifebrite in stock. After the series of SFO’s I believe GEC moves onto production of the 13 Congress’.
I’ve had a number of requests for reservations the 13 Congress and once again, due to the fact I have no idea how many I’ll be getting, I’m not taking any early orders. It’s been frustrating that GEC has been building more of these allocated runs making it impossible to predict what I’ll have for inventory. But, you have to give them credit for controlling how many knives are out there.
Most of the folks that have gotten these two knives in hand have loved them. You can’t appreciate what a piece of heavy duty hardware the 71 Express is until you have it in hand. The Mammoth Ivory is so much prettier then the pictures show and the fit and finish is top notch. The really good news is I’ll have more of the 71 Express knives with Stag handles on Thursday. Just in time for the show.
Mammoth Ivory Executive Jack
First Run Stag John Henry 71 Express
The John Henry Express has been a fun knife to sell and has led to some interesting conversations. Yesterday I was reminded that I believe this is the only Schatt & Morgan auto that’s been built. Queen had an auto years ago that wore the Queen logo, but not a S&M. I was also asked why Queen doesn’t include a COA with the knives and had a brief exchange with Ken as to why not. The short answer is that in the event more handle material of the same type became available, things can change. The best example is a run of 25 stag could become a run of 27 or 28 if some larger pieces of stag became available a month down the road. Burl woods are notorious for breaking during construction and an anticipated run of 40 can become a run of 30. And maybe 6 months later that can change. On the positive side, I haven’t seen a ‘short run’ turn into a ‘long’ run.
Someone else asked about serial numbers. A couple of years ago collectors seemed a lot more interested in collecting ‘specific’ serial numbers then they do today. Personally, it seems like serial numbers have dropped in popularity. From watching secondary market sales, it doesn’t appear the serial numbers have much affect on the prices.
It’s been an adjustment to retire my Trestle Pine Grand Portage for one of the new Superiors. I’ve grown really attached to the GP but wanted to use the Superior with the new CPM154blade. The original Superior had a 154CM blade that’s great but the performance of the GP CPM blade was a ‘must try’. More on this later, but so far, I love it.
As a reminder for this weekend, drop by the National Guard Armory in Fergus Falls, MN this weekend. The Schatt & Morgan John Henry Express, Mammoth Ivory Executive Jack and more will be on display!! Hope to see some of you there.
Just a very quick weekly update with more to follow, but the John Henry Express knives are in stock. Pre-ordered knives shipped out today. And the really good news is there are going to be a limited quantity of Stag available. I don’t know the actual number of Stag yet, but I have entered an early order option for the first 10. Hopefully, there are more then that coming but until they arrive….
There are also Leopard Wood and Desert Ironwood that I will upload individual photos into the store tomorrow. Here’s a photo to give you an idea what they look like.
The Red Shockwood hasn’t come through yet, but I’m hopeful that they’ll be in next weeks shipment as well.
Talked with Ryan and Ken this AM and the next run of John Henry Express knives will start shipping this week.
My understanding is this run will have Stainless liners. There have also been a few tweaks and some of the minor issues noted on the first run were addressed. It should make collector values interesting to watch as that first run was what I’d call a ‘prototype’ run. Very limited quantities on brand new design. Numbers won’t be a whole lot larger on this current run. I’m not sure if there will be any discernible differences in appearance in the first and second runs.
I hung onto a Stag from the first run for myself. Two offers have been made to buy it from me which were, shall we say, tempting. There were only 23 of them built and I’m not aware at this time of any more stag coming through on the current run.
Another positive note is that I’ve been able to increase my order quantities. I’ll update the quantities in the store once I have them in hand and also get some actual photo’s posted as well. Which I hope will happen late next week!! All early orders for the John Henry will ship as soon as they arrive.
I believe just the other day I said I sure hope we’d see something interesting before year end. Well, the #71 Express won’t ship until Mid-January, but this sure does give us something to look forward to!
Take a look….. I put up a short video on the TSA Facebook page:
The tactical market has held the monopoly on Automatics and other then a single release from Schrade, we haven’t seen any activity in the Automatic Traditional lineup for years. If you do any checking around, the old traditional folder auto’s can run into the thousands of dollars for the larger models.
Queen is releasing the Schatt & Morgan #71 Express in a limited run of just 100 knives. Fifty will be finished with Desert Ironwood and fifty with Curly Maple. At this point, my understanding is they’ll retail around $250.
If you have any interest, drop me an email: email@example.com I have a feeling these will sell out quickly particularly with production numbers this low.