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Weekly Update 9.15.17 Trestle Pine Gunflint Notes

Busy week this week with a number of new knives from Queen and a couple more GEC Calf Pens.  I also added a few more Trestle Pine Toppers to fill some inventory holes.

Since I posted the pictures of some samples of wood that will be available on the Trestle Pine Gunflint, I’ve been asked if those will be the only handle options available.  In short, no.  There will also be the Old Growth Ash, Oak, Maple and Yellow Birch.  Plus, there are several more premium woods like a premium Curly Koa and Old Growth Redwood.  And no doubt a few other choices as well will turn up as well.

Curly Koa & Old Growth Redwood

Interest in the Blue Dyed Curly Maple has been high.  On the last run of Trestle Pine’s the Blue Curly Maple sold out immediately.  Sven at the Messer Depot in Germany was lamenting the fact he didn’t order more.  This time, there will be more Blue available on the Gunflint and this lot of Curly Maple is outstanding.

Dyed Curly Maple

On this run of the Gunflint I’m having to saw all of the wood panels.  In the past, at least half of them came to me pre-sawed which saved a bunch of time.  I was working with a 9″ band saw and it seemed like I was constantly fighting it to keep a consistent thickness.  I found a good buy on a 14″ and oh what a difference it makes.  When you’re trying to make consistent cuts through stabilized 1″ stock that are .20″ thick the slightest flex in the blade raises hell with the finished slab.  The new saw is going to pay for itself real fast by dramatically reducing material loss.  It just doesn’t pay to go the less expensive route.

I hope that by late next week I’ll have some of the ‘new’ wood in stock to saw, sand and buff.  I’m really anxious to see what the finished panels will look like.

A couple of weeks ago I had a brief post about sharpening and mentioned our friend Dave using a slight micro bevel when he finished up.  The idea being that a few final strokes at an increased angle will result in a micro bevel that would actually add some strength to the the edge, however minor.  I tried it and I think Dave may have something.  If nothing else, I think it’s effectively making sure that ‘wire’ is removed in its entirety.    It’s been about two weeks since I last touched up my blade and it’s still in great shape.

Next weekend I’m heading out to North Dakota for one more go at the Prairie Dogs.  For you other ‘shootists’ out there, I bought a Savage Predator in 6.5 Creedmoor and can’t wait to try it out.  I’ve worked up some 107 gr reloads that should be able to buck that North Dakota ‘breeze’ a little better and make more of those 400+ yd shots possible.  Should be interesting!!!


Weekly Update 11.06.15

Let’s start this off by saying I that just as I started typing up the Weekly Update, I did one of the stupidest things I’ve done in a long time.  I tipped a bottle of Neetsfoot Oil over and splashed about an 1/8 of a cup of it across my laptop keyboard.  So far, it’s still working and, I have a nice shiny, supple to the touch keyboard albeit a bit slippery!!!  Hope it keeps working.

Anyway, busy week and I apologize to the folks that didn’t read the blog that I would be out of town for a few days.  Shipping is back on schedule and all orders have been processed.  So let me bring everyone up to speed.

The inventory of Trestle Pine Knives Superiors is getting depleted in the Ash and Oak handle options.  I’m down to just a very few of each.  There are a few more of the Yellow Birch and Maple left, but they too are getting thinned out.  People are asking for dark grey, or black streaks in the Ash and that’s just not an option.  I think there are only 4 or 5 left.

The wood buying part of the weekend trip was for the next Trestle Pine Knives release.  The next knife will feature more of the old growth recovered wood but the demand for some of the high grade figured woods took me by surprise.  Seems like people really liked the burled redwood I posted the pictures of and the Desert Ironwood as well, so I’m going to add a few exotics to the next knife for handle options.  (Mike at WSSI has been fantastic in letting me drop in and hand pick what I want.  Believe me, he has some incredible wood!)

I’ve got a couple of concerns doing this, the first of which is I really want to try and focus on offering an affordable yet unique EDC knife while trying to satisfy the interest in a higher grade knife as well.  The second concern is offering a handle option that’s truly unique but still affordable.  I’ve quickly discovered there are some incredible options and it seems the only limiting factor is the price.

Quantities are going to be limited to around 10 pieces of each of the higher end woods (or less) with somewhere between 3 or 4 handle options.  I’m not going to start taking any reservations for quite some time and not sure if I’ll allow reservations or just put them in the store.  Plenty of time to figure that out.

Just for a bit of a tease, here’s a shot of one of the offerings.  It’s a double dyed Black/Gold Boxelder Burl.

Double Dyed Black Gold Boxelder Burl
Double Dyed Black Gold Boxelder Burl 

I’ll be receiving the rest of the wood in a few more weeks and I’ll show you more of what’s coming.  Trust me, there is one incredible stick of wood that I am anxious to get some feedback on.  It’ll make stag look inexpensive but it is gorgeous and something that’s typically only seen on custom built knives.  You’re gonna like it.

Also on my desk this morning was a box of new knives I’ll try to get listed this weekend.  While I’m not a huge fan of the Rough Riders, they’re a great bargain at the price, so I decided to pick up some of their Folding knife kits.  They’re very reasonably priced and look like the perfect starter kit for someone wanting to try and build a knife without breaking the bank.   If you screw things up, you’re not out much $$.  I had a lot of fun this summer helping my buddy build his first knife  and I thought this might encourage someone else to give it a try.  Christmas is coming and in the North country we’re going to be spending more time inside, so……., I think I may try one myself just for the fun of it.


I’ll also let you know a little more about the next Trestle Pine Knives release next week.  Everything has been finalized, a pattern chosen, etc and now it’s a matter of waiting.   Gonna be something to look forward to in the dead of winter.

Finally, I don’t want you to forget about bidding on the Wounded Warrior Project Auction knife.  I’m pleased to see the bidding moving up and there are only 5 more days to get a bid in!  That’s a really nice knife and you’re supporting a great cause.


AND…..I’m happy to say my computer is still functioning!!!  At the very least, the Neetsfoot oil should add a degree of water/coffee resistance to the keyboard, no?