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New Arrivals and There’s a Hurricane Sale Coming!

Yesterday a couple of new Schatt & Morgans arrived and were added to the storefront.  One was a popular pattern we haven’t’ seen in a while and the second was a total surprise.  AND… the is a Hurricane Sale Coming.

First is the Schatt & Morgan #49 Large Stockman.  The medium stockman seems to come through with some regularity, but it was nice to see the Large Stockman.

S&M #49 Orange Burl

Part of a run of 30 pieces each, the Large Stockman is available in Black Micarta, Ironwood and the Orange Burl pictured above.  This is a generously proportioned knife that is great for anyone needing a real working knife.

The next ‘surprise’ were the Baby Doctor knives.  I say they were a surprise as we don’t see a lot of Doctor Knives released regardless of size.

Baby Doctor Torched Stag

While that Spatula blade is a bit of an oddity for many, believe me it has a lot of utility.  Years ago I smoked a pipe and found that blade incredibly handy.  It works great as a mini pry bar for opening paint and varnish cans.  While not perfect as a screwdriver, it will work.  With a little tweaking it should work fine as a striker for the Fire Steel.  And on it goes…

And finally, there’s a hurricane sale coming.  I’ve accumulated a few knives that I’m going to offer at some sale prices to try and clean things up around here.  In addition, a portion of the sales will go to either the Red Cross or the Salvation Army to offer a little aid for the folks getting the hell kicked out of them from the recent round of hurricanes.

The knives are going to be a mixture of auto’s, traditional and maybe a few fixed blades.  I take a fair number of knives to the shows I attend and some of the knives become ‘demonstrators’.  Some have boxes or packaging that’s gotten worn.  A few are knives that arrived or customers returned with cosmetic issues.  And some are knives which came out of collections I acquired that have been used.   The mixture will include some S&M Autos, used GEC’s,  knives I don’t regularly carry like a Stryder or maybe a MicroTech or even an auto Buck.  How about a used GEC / Schrade Auto?

I’m going to start putting a few up today to get things started.

 

Weekly Update New Arrivals 9.8.17

As anticipated there were a number of new arrivals that came in this week.  The first were a couple of the GEC Farm & Field Calf Pen knives.  I’m not to sure what to say about the name “Calf Pen” but it conjures up some back breaking memories of my youth working on a farm involving hot summer days and a pitch fork.  That being said, fortunately, the knife is a bit more pleasant to handle then the ‘calf pens’ I recall.

Calf Pen

I’m not a huge fan of the ‘one arm’ opening blades, but the linerlock on the Wharncliffe makes up for it.

Next are some Schatt & Morgan #44 Folding Hunters.  The handle options include Golden Maple, Marvel Wood and Rams Horn.  The Rams Horn handles are outstanding.

Schatt & Morgan #44 Folding Hunter Rams Horn

And to round things out are a group of Schatt & Morgan #66 Turkish Muskrats that came in at some super pricing.   These normally list in the mid $80 price range but I put them in the store for $69.95-74.95.  The Italian Jigged Bone are part of a run of 30 knives while the Acrylics were run in lots of 10.  All have 1095 blades.

S&M #66 Turkish Muskrats

A pleasant surprise was finding 6 Burnt Stag “Prototype” Gunflints in the box.  I didn’t get any of them listed today but will try to get them up over the weekend.  My understanding was that I had all of the Proto’s so this was truly a surprise.  Great looking stag.

Burnt Stag

Just a brief note regarding the “Prototype” designation.   I refer to these as a Prototype of the upcoming Gunflint but understand, the final Gunflint will be a SINGLE blade knife without the screwdriver/caplifter.  We wanted to see what the pattern would look like with the Wharncliffe and I requested they just build them up on the Toppers that were in process.

The last gems were some Schatt & Morgan #3EXP’s in Burnt Stag.  Ken brought in some premium stag for these knives and it is incredible nice.  It’s tough to find slabs of stag this uniform.

Schatt & Morgan #3 EXP Stag

There will be more of the GEC’s coming through next week and no doubt Queen will have a few additions as well.

Weekly Update 5.26.17 Memorial Day Weekend

Monday is Memorial Day and in my book, the official first day of Summer in lake country.   It’s the day/weekend that people up here open their cabins for the summer and celebrate the end of winter.

I had an outstanding piece pass through my hands this week in the form of a #71 John Henry Express Mammoth Ivory, 1 of 5.  Gorgeous knife.  Here’s a part of an email I received from the customer:  “All I can say is wow.Best fit and finish yet.Great in operation and the ivory is just amazing.”  I agree.

John Henry 71 Express Mammoth Ivory

I was also lucky to have a few more very rare 71 Express’ in my possession.  The three below are either one of kind or  very limited run.

L-R Veined Micarta, Chocolate Micarta, Moon Glow Micarta

The Veined Micarta and Chocolate Micarta are one of a kind knives and the Moon Glow is one of just 10.  It’s been fun helping a collector build a complete collection!

Word has also been released that the new Schatt & Morgan #3EXP Mountain Man Auto’s are two weeks out from delivery.  Most folks that saw the #71 were really excited to hear about the Mountain Man Auto.  The size is perfect for a ‘working class’ auto and it looks like it going to be a popular knife.

I was also happy to take delivery of another group of Schatt & Morgan Factory Sample knives.  Almost all of the Factory Samples are one of a kind or limited to two or three pieces.  Queen has been releasing these with COA’s which is really nice to help establish a bit of provenance.

One of the great looking knives to come in was the Schatt & Morgan #99 Special Whittler in Amber Bone.  Really hope we get to see more of this handle color.  The coloration is one of the first “amber bone” that really makes you think of a piece of Amber when you see it.

Schatt & Morgan #99 Special Whittler Amber Bone

There were several of the GEC Tidioute 38 Specials arrive this week.   I believe the Tidoute’s are completed and the Northfield’s should be coming next.

GEC Tidioute 38 Special Mexican Bocote Wood

The latest word on the Trestle Pine Topper is that delivery has been pushed back a week until mid June.  That’s fine as there is a lot to be done between now and the middle of June.  One of the changes I’ll be making with the Topper is switching from a box or pouch to a round tube.  I’ve had people request a box instead of the pouch for the Grand Portage and last Superior run.  They liked the label I used on the original boxes.  In addition, the tubes are tougher then nails and ship well.

So in a nutshell, that’s what’s been going on this week.  A lot going on and even more to come!

Remember the promotion going on with the Swiss Army Knives / Wounded Warrior Project.  Purchase a Swiss Army Knife and add a SAK Classic for $5 at the checkout.  That purchase results in a $10 donation for the Wounded Warrior Project.

I doubt I’ll have time to post on Memorial day so I just want to encourage everyone to take a moment to remember all of the service people who gave their lives protecting our freedoms.  If you see a service man/woman, give them a smile and a wave.  Let them know they’re appreciated.

New German Trestle Pine Dist ~ New S&M Senator

I’m happy to let my customers in Germany know that there is now a Trestle Pine Dist in  Solingen, Germany that will be carrying the Trestle Pine Knives.  The name of the shop is Messerdepot owned and operated by Sven Kinast.  Here’s the link to his website and store address:  Messerdepot  I’m hopeful that it works out for both of us!

Schatt & Morgan released a new 21 Senator today in several handle options.  REALLY a nicely finished little pocket knife.

An interesting detail is Queen/Schatt & Morgan has reverted to the old Gowanda New York style tang stamp.  This was one of the original tang stamp styles used by Schatt & Morgan at the turn of the century.

I don’t know if it’s purely coincidental or not that they revived this old tang stamp about the same time we’re seeing the old time quality come back.  It’ll be interesting to see if this tang stamp continues in use.

The GEC 54’s also arrived yesterday.  Nice looking knife.  I received the Jigged Brazilian Cherry and Red River Acrylics.  The Red River Acrylic is a nice subtle acrylic with interesting ‘figure’.   I think there is one more ‘regular’ run knife coming in bone.

Jigged Brazilian Cherry 54 Big Jack
Red River Acrylic

The last note is an update on the fixed blade Trestle Pine Buddy.  I got a call yesterday that they were shipping the Buddy’s this week.  When I asked how they looked the answer was….’outstanding’.   Evidently the wood I shipped out finished really nicely.  There will be a few pieces of Curly Koa, a few more Box Elder Burl, Afzelia Lay, Black Ash Burl and Curly Maple.  Really hoping I get them by weeks end.

Ice Update & New Release Knife Arrivals

Here’s a quick Ice Update for the contest entrants.  There’s open water showing up in some of the shallow areas and the ice is starting to pull away from the shore.  There’s still plenty of ice out in the lake.  If we could get the sun shining instead of cloud cover it would speed things up considerably.  But…. it is melting.

More of the GEC 48 Weasels came through this week.  I haven’t kept track, but we should be getting close to the single blades being finished and the two blade version coming through.

Queen has held to their plan and is shipping new stuff on a regular basis.  This week I received the S&M 3T Linerlocks,

Schatt & Morgan 3T Linerlock

and an assortment of #40 Gunstocks with CPM154 blades.

CPM154 Gunstock

AND some #64 Canoes

#64 Canoe

I haven’t had time to look at all of them, but I just opened a box of Schatt & Morgan Factory Sample Knives with a variety of handle materials including Rams Horn and Buffalo Horn.   There are #63 Rail Splitters, #376 Swell Centers and #65 Baby Sunfish.  Each comes with a certificate of authenticity.  These are knives that are run with different handle material and for the most part, are all one of a kind knives.  If you like unique, these are for you.

Blades are etched “Factory Sample”.

#63 Factory Sample “Rams Horn”

I’ll try to start listing these yet this afternoon.  Great looking knives!  (Just finished uploading them at:  Factory Sample Knives

Queen appears to be embracing CPM154!

This past week I had a number of new Schatt & Morgan knives come through and Queen appears to be embracing CPM154 as a ‘regular’ blade steel.  I say hooray!

Personally, I’m a huge fan of the 154 series steels and my latest experiences with the Trestle Pine Grand Portage and second release of the Superior have reinforced my feelings.  It’s a relatively easy steel to work (especially compared to D2), takes an almost surgical edge (with minimal effort) and holds that edge incredibly well.  I’m also convinced after using the Trestle Pine Superior with a 154CM and the latest in CPM154 that the CPM series is a better steel.  Better in the sense I think it holds an edge even better then the CM series and is virtually the same when it comes to sharpening.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some excellent steels out there and 1095 is one of the great standby’s.  My personal feeling is the slightly higher price for the 154 series is really easy to justify if you use your knife on any sort of a regular basis and sharpen on an irregular basis.  With the stain resistance of the 154 combined with the toughness of the steel compared to 1095 or even 440C….not much comparison.

So what did Queen release this week I’m so fond of?  A series of 99 Schatt & Morgans with CPM154 drop point blades.  NICE knife.

Schatt & Morgan 99 Torched Stag CPM154 Drop Point Blade4

It fits the hand well with a reasonably sized blade.  Not a big workhorse, but in this day and age, not everyone needs a huge knife.  I’m particularly fond of the nail nick being so close to the tip.  There’s a barely discernible easy open notch which makes for a slim profile in your pocket and easy access when you’re ready to deploy the blade.

99 S&M Reverse Worm Groove

Other handle options include American Elk and Reverse Worm Groove Jigged Bone.  It’s just a really nice sized pocket knife that is executed excellently.  When you look at the price and compare it to the competition with 1095, this is a bargain.

A couple of other nice releases is, first, a Schatt & Morgan #100 Sunfish Whittler in Black Maple or Smooth White Bone.

S&M #100 Sunfish Whittler

Then there are the #203MU Queen City Cigar Muskrats

Queen City #203MU Cigar Muskrat

The Queen City 203TR Cigar Trapper...

Queen City #203TR Cigar Trapper

And the #204 Queen City Sow Belly.

Queen City #204 Sow Belly

There is one more release I’ve yet to get to and that is the #301 Schatt & Morgan Stockman in Reverse Worm Groove.  Had a few other things to take care of first, but I’ll get those up next week.

It’s just been a lot of fun seeing new products coming out of Queen the past few months.  The quality is greatly improved from a year ago and there willingness to work with unique handle materials and upscale steels should be greatly appreciated by anyone wanting a high end knife at a very reasonable price.

There are more new things to come from them in the future and I look forward to seeing them!

 

Mammoth Ivory, Cigar Band Mountain Man, Trestle Pine

I started listing the Schatt & Morgan Mammoth Ivory Executive Jacks today.  There’s a great variety of smooth, black, tan, fractured, bark mammoth ivory to choose from.  Queen did a fantastic job finishing these.

Queen also slid a very short run of around 20 each of their Schatt & Morgan 3T Mountain Man knives through this week.  They used a Dyed Maple Burl in Green, Orange and ‘Golden”.  Fabulous looking knives with the S&M Cigar Band and 1095 blades.  Queen is doing an outstanding job of getting a handle on their quality.

There are still a few more handle options of the Trestle Pine Superiors to be uploaded.  Just a lot of things happening all at once!

Which reminds me, there’s a box from GEC sitting on the floor with some of the 71 Bullnose and Hunters to be uploaded.  If it doesn’t happen today, I’ll try to get them loaded tomorrow.

S&M 71 Express Update

The first release of S&M 71 Express knives sold out fast, but there is another run in the works!  First, let me share some production info on the first run.

Initially, there were supposed to be a relatively even mix of the Maple and Ironwood.  A number of the Maple handles were lost in production and as a result, there weren’t many built.  I’m going to guess around 25-30.  The stag came out as a bit of an afterthought with just 23 of them built.   I ran out of stag very quickly and am hoping to snag a couple more if at all possible.  No promises.  And speaking of stag, I’ve now heard from two sources that stag is becoming difficult to get once again.

I talked to Ryan yesterday and the next release of the 71 Express will total around 265 pieces.  Should be seeing these in February.  Breakdown of handle materials are proposed as follows:

  • 50  Ironwood
  • 50 Leopard Wood
  • 50 Black G10
  • 50 Red Shockwood
  • 40 Red Acrylic
  • 25 Black G10

I’ve set up a page for early orders and based on the first run, don’t wait if you’re interested.  Another note when you’re ordering is make sure you use a street address for delivery and NOT a box number.  These are shipped UPS and box numbers don’t cut it.  You’ll also notice the current price does include US Shipping.

S&M 71 Express & More

The S&M 71 Express shipped this week and it didn’t disappoint.  It’s a really cool nostalgic take on the old KaBar Grizzly.  And if you can’t handle the $2000+ price for an original, this is a viable option.

I quickly found out it’s a little bit quirky to operate from a modern day push button.  For effective operation you want to get your thumb high up on the bolster.

While using the tip of your index finger to set things in motion.

It has a serious spring in it so it’s not made for the meek.

You’ll notice the gap in the liner/spring area which is the way things have to be to operate.  That’s not a design or manufacturing flaw.

In addition, apparently the design results in the blade lying to the left of center which was consistent in every knife I looked at which also leads me to think it has to do with the design.

Another interesting detail is the center pin on the bottom almost appears to be spun or more accurately, peened and is consistent with all of the knives.  That pin goes all the way through to the other side while the front and rear bottom pins appear to only go through the handle material and liner so I’m assuming their is a strength factor involved.  There is a small amount of side play in most of the knives which disappears when a small amount of pressure is placed on the locking lever from the ‘shield’ side.  All in all it’s a really fascinating old automatic.

Not quite as exciting but well worth mentioning is the arrival of more of the GEC 74 Stallions.  The Spring Green Jigged Bone came in this afternoon, the Gabon Ebony arrived earlier this week and it looks like more handle options are already in transit.

This is kind of a brief update, but I’ve been playing with the 71 Express most of the day and just kind of let things slide!!!

Schatt & Morgan #71 Express ~ Whoa!!!

express-ad-copy

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:

https://www.facebook.com/TSA-Knives-LLC-1014998041914217/

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: greg@tsaknives.com  I have a feeling these will sell out quickly particularly with production numbers this low.