I haven’t heard any reports from the Rendezvous at GEC, but I do want to pass on some info. It was brought to my attention by a customer that GEC is having a raffle for a Stag #36 Sunfish to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project. This was the first I heard of it and didn’t see anything on the website until today. You don’t have to be present to buy tickets or win.
To Purchase tickets: call 814-827-3411
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is one of my favorite groups working with our wounded ‘warriors’. They do great work helping these folks out.
Hard to believe Monday is Memorial Day already, but it is. For a number of years TSA Knives has had some sort of fund raising project on this weekend to assist the Wounded Warrior Project. In the past it’s usually taken the form of an auction but I decided to try something a little different this year.
Pretty simple actually. Anyone buying a Swiss Army Knife between now and through Monday, May 29 will have the option to receive one of the SAK Classic’s for just $5 (normally $12.95).
Get it? You buy any Swiss Army Knife in the store for regular price and you can add a Classic to your order for just $5.
So how does that benefit the Wounded Warrior Project? TSA Knives will MATCH your $5 and make a $10 donation to the Wounded Warrior Project for eachClassic sold. Should be a win/win deal for you and the Wounded Warrior Project.
As I said, the Promo starts immediately and runs through Monday. When you place an order for one of the regular SAK’s you’ll have a button asking if you want to add a Classic to the cart for $5. Just select yes or no and your good to go!
Happy Veterans Day to all of the Vet’s out there. And I this is a reminder that today is your last chance to bid on the Tom’s Choice knife offered on the Wounded Warrior Project Auction!! The current bid is $155 and you have until Midnite CST today to have a chance at winning with a higher bid. Remember, 100% of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Another of the Beer Scouts came through with Micarta handles this week and we should see more coming in next week.
I’ve been adding knives from the collection I picked up and they’ve been well received. As I said, this was a really nice collection with some very nice pieces in it. Not sure if I’ll be able to add any more until next week, but I will try.
In closing, I’ll remind you again that today is your last chance to BID NOW on the Wounded Warrior Project auction. Nice knife for a great cause. Happy Veteran’s Day and thanks to all of you!
The Wounded Warrior Project Auction bidding is officially closed!
Congratulations and many thanks to Anders in Sweden for placing the winning bid of $140 for the Wounded Warrior Project Auction knife. I think you’ll be pleased with the knife and I know the Wounded Warriors will certainly appreciate your contribution. Many thanks to Dave Taylor for help making this possible as well!!!
Have a great Veterans Day and try to thank a Vet today!
Just a reminder that you have just over 24 hours to bid on the Wounded Warrior Project Auction. The bidding will end at 11:00 AM CST, tomorrow, November 11. The eleventh hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, pretty momentous time in world history.
Currently we have a high bid of $130. Last chance for shot at winning this gem! To bid, go to: Wounded Warrior Project Auction and leave a reply with your bid. Remember, 100% of the proceeds go the the Wounded Warrior Project.
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.
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?
This Wounded Warrior Project auction is a collaborative effort with Dave Taylor, Knife Leather Traditions. Dave very generously donated some gorgeous slabs of Exhibition Grade Desert Ironwood and Mosaic pins which we had applied to one of the Trestle Pine Buddy blades. I think the result is a great looking knife and definitely a very rare piece. A grand total of just three of these were built.
I’ve always favored the Wounded Warrior Project as an organization that does a great job of filling a void for our returning Wounded Warriors and I know Dave feels the same. In honor of their sacrifices past and present, I thought it might be appropriate to hold an auction ending at a time which would commemorate the upcoming Veterans Day.
The slabs are matched front to back.The knife will come with a formed fitted leather sheath with FireSteel Loop in the box with a COA.
All you have to do to place a bid is hit the “leave a comment” button at the bottom of this post with your bid. Here’s a brief set of rules that are about as simple as I can keep them.
Bidding opens immediately
The bidding will end at the 11th hour (CST) of the 11 day of the 11 month.
In the event of duplicate bids the earlier bid takes precedence
If you don’t feel like bidding, how about going to the Wounded Warrior Project website and consider making a direct donation.
100% of the Proceeds from this auction will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.
I haven’t had a fund raiser for the Wounded Warrior Project since the Beer Glass sale and with Veteran’s Day coming up, it’s about time for one. When I had the Trestle Pine Knives Buddy built, there was a special knife in the group that was built specifically for a future Wounded Warrior Project Auction.
Our friend Dave from Knife Leather Traditions most generously donated some slabs of Exhibition Grade Desert Ironwood along with some mosaic pins to be used on a future project. Between the two of us, we thought having a knife built with the materials and auctioned off for our Wounded Warriors would be a worthy cause we both supported.
In the event you don’t know how expensive Exhibition Grade Desert Ironwood is, check it out on the google. It’s expensive and it’s gorgeous. Many thanks go to Dave for this gift.
Slabs are ‘book ended’ for a back to back match.
The pictures don’t do it just, but rest assured, it is a pretty knife. It’ll come boxed with a sheath and the winner will be the envy of the deer camp!
I’ll probably kick off an online auction sometime next week. There will be another post coming up with the rules and regs. This is just giving you a heads up if you’re looking for a nice gift for yourself while helping our wounded vets with a hand up.
Just got a shipment of the GEC Beer Scout Glasses and came up with a fund raiser idea for the Wounded Warrior Project. It’s been a while since I did anything through the storefront and gave everyone a chance to help out, so here’s your chance. Ya can’t lose!!!
GEC says these glasses should retail for $7.25 each. Well, while my supply lasts, for a grand total of $15 (including shipping), you can buy a pair of the Beer Scout Glasses and…….
Now consider the glasses alone should sell for at least $14.50. AND, the shipping cost is roughly $6-$8. The way I figure it, you just got a value worth over $20 for just $15, AND…. you just made a $10 contribution to the Wounded Warrior Project in the process!!!
Just so there’s no misunderstanding, GEC did NOT donate these glasses for this fund raiser. I’ve only got a couple dozen of the glasses so it’s first come, first served. Really sorry, but I can’t ship these overseas due to the shipping cost and risk of breakage.
Really wanted to share this with everyone on this gorgeous 4th of July morning. I had a phone call yesterday from an old customer that’s breaking up his collection. He asked how he might go about selling one of his knives on a forum and contributing a portion of the Sale to the Wounded Warrior Project in the name of the buyer.
Well we had a nice conversation and less then an hour later I got another call from him that the knife had sold. It seems once the buyer found out a portion of the proceeds was being donated to the Wounded Warriors, the buyer decided to make a matching donation. How cool is that?
It’s wonderful to see what can happen when we extend a helping hand and the effect that can have on others. We both agreed that the gratification we get from helping others far exceeds any financial benefit we might realize. That my friends is what it’s all about.
Hope you’re all having a safe and happy 4th of July!!!