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Weekly Update 12.9.16 It’s Winter!

Best to start this weekly update with the announcement that it is officially winter in this part of the country.  We’ve had snow, high winds, blizzard conditions, high temps in the mid teens and we’re heading below zero tonite.  Oh ya, and the lakes all have a thin skim of ice on the.  But what really makes it official is  there is a rumor that the first ice fisherman drove out (or tried to drive) on one of the local lakes yesterday with his pickup and discovered 2″ of ice won’t support a pickup.  Not sure if alcohol was involved but if I were a betting man…..

GEC announced the Charred Oak version of the Beer Scouts this week to surprise of virtually everyone.  I had a couple of customers email me asking about them and that was the first I heard of them.  They’re running 225 of them and are apparently being allocated to dealers.   A number of you have emailed and called requesting a reservation but based on the low number I’m getting, I won’t be taking reservations.

A special run of 225 is a fairly big number for GEC so I’m guessing it may not be impossible to find one.  Just don’t wait forever.  Most likely, I’ll list them in the store and it’ll be first come first served.  I’ve suggested to a lot of you to “Subscribe” to the RSS feed on the “Recently Added” category on the storefront.  You’ll get an email notification of new items as shortly after they’re added.

Other then the Charred Oak, the Beer Scouts are done.  I have a good supply on hand of the Beer Barrel Oak which I thought was one of the best handles on this series.  Last I checked, most of the other handle materials are in stock as well.

I’m really hoping we might see something new from someone before year end.  The consensus from email exchanges and phone conversations, it sure would be nice to see something other then another iteration of the Barlow.  Nice pattern, but……  Be nice to end the year with a bang!  Stir things up a bit and generate some excitement.

Cold Weather, Crime Wave & 2016 Queen Catalog

The 2016 Queen Product Catalog was released last week and there are some great looking products coming up.  One item I knew was coming and I personally like is the Blue Bone.  This is a ‘distressed’ blue so don’t be looking for a perfectly matched solid blue.  It’s a great looking handle material and the variation in color adds to the look.  The prototype Barlow’s I received had the MOP keystone shields which won’t be present on the production run knives.

One surprise was no production knives in the CPM154 steel or 154CM.  After seeing some of the short run/proto knives last year, I had myself convinced we might see a series offered in the high tech steels.  The nice thing is it allows Queen to mix things up once in a while and use the CPM or CM as a specialty steel we’ll only seen on a few knives.  No doubt it doesn’t matter to a lot of collectors as it does bump up the price but if you use your knife heavily, gotta love that steel!

We finally got some winter weather this weekend in the form of coooold temps.  How cold? Well here’s what we saw first thing Saturday morning.

DSC_0894I’ll admit it did warm up to around -8F during the day, but it was a bit brisk in the morning!  No one’s really complaining as we’ve had one of the mildest winters I can recall.

With the cold weather and winter we suffer from a malady up here commonly referred to as ‘cabin fever’.  It’s that restless, I gotta get out of the house before I go crazy feeling you get after being cooped up due to lousy cold weather.

On the positive side, we try to cure it with activities like ice fishing, snowmobile races and motorcycle races on the ice regardless of the temperatures.  Our Winter Carnival starts up in February with all kinds of craziness including golf on the lake, folks jumping through a hole in the ice into the freezing cold lake water.  Great distractions and it does make the winter go by a little faster.

One of the  negative aspects to the cabin fever syndrome is the increase in crime.  While we don’t live in a major metropolitan area, don’t kid yourself, we do have a criminal element to be dealt with.  I caught these two reports in the Sunday paper police blotter and thought they were worth sharing.

Police Report
Police Report

Granted, that may not qualify as a crime, it does make you realize how alert we are this time of year to potential criminal activity.  The really serious issue was in the following report.  You have to understand, there are some items of personal property we value greater then others this time of year.  To attack / vandalize someone’s fish house in the dead of winter is….well, …. it’s a bit like cattle rustling in the old west.  It’s just not tolerated.

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