This past weekend was the Fergus Falls Gun Show and it was a good one! The weather was nice and people were out of the house and spending money. It was really nice to see some of you blog followers able to make it by.
One of the main attractions was the ability to get a look at the Schatt & Morgan 71 Express knife. Everyone that looked at it agreed it was an impressive piece of hardware. The Red Shock Wood got a lot of attention and I hope we see the Shock Wood used on more patterns. Very unique.
I sold more knives than usual and was really pleased with the reaction to the latest release of the Trestle Pine Superior with the CPM154 blade. Most people liked the look of the Brass bolsters as it really sets off the wood. The guys that had never handled the knife liked the feel of the knife with the wharncliffe blade rather then the traditional clip point. Looks different but feels great. As one guy said, the wharncliffe ‘feels’ like it’s putting a lot more blade in the same size knife.
Older Copperhead (L) and First Run Superior (R)
My best seller was the Trestle Pine Buddy. I’ve had these at other shows but for some reason, I had more lookers and buyers of them at this show then usual. It’s a great size and a practical knife for most outdoor chores.
The higher end figured woods were the most popular. Going into spring I’m going to have more of the Trestle Pine Buddy’s finished and I think the exotic woods will be the focus. On the initial run I had a few made with Mosaic pins highlighting the highly figured woods. Those were very popular and I may go that route on the next run as well.
I enjoy the opportunity to talk to consumers at the shows and get their honest feedback. Rather then the one sided sided online sniping about quality or selection, I get the opportunity to actually engage the disgruntled and discuss their concerns. In the past few months it’s been fun to physically place one of the recent Queen knives in a customers hands and have them check the quality. Prime examples are my Trestle Pine Superior’s, the Mammoth Ivory Executive Jacks AND the recent 3T Mountain Man. Since Jeff came on board at Queen the quality has been steadily improving. The aforementioned Executive Jacks are a great example. Some of the finest blade polishing, centering and overall fit and finish you could ask for. Glad to see it happening!
I’m reaching the point where I find the shows a lot more fun then the online sales. That ability to show and tell is such a powerful tool to get a point across. Recently a Great Eastern knife came back with a blade tip sitting ever so slightly to high. The customer had his shorts in a knot and felt it was sub par for a knife in that price range and demanded a refund. In a face to face situation, you can explain the issue, a few quick passes with a stone the problem’s resolved and everyone goes home happy.
The next local show is coming up in late April at the Detroit Lakes, MN Armory. I wish more of you were within driving distance. There’s a lot we could learn from each other!!!