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Finally…an Update!!!

I’ve been hearing from some of you again wondering what’s happened to the weekly Update.  My apologies and I’ll try to fill you in.

The last week or two we’ve seen the GEC 44 Gunstocks trickling in and we should see the Northfields starting to come through the first of next week.  Next up will be the 14’s which will take a long time to get finished up.  I asked yesterday if there was anything on the schedule beyond the 14’s yet but it doesn’t sound like it. I just hope it’s not another run of 15’s!!!

GEC has their Rendezvous coming up in August and just a heads up, they’ve got a really nice Wounded Warrior Project Raffle knife.  It will be a 44 Gunstock with White Pearl Looking Glass handles.  This should be a really classy looking item.  Give Chris a call or drop her an email for ticket info.  The Wounded Warrior Project is a great organization and the money they receive makes life a little easier for some of our Wounded Warriors.

Beyond that, it’s been an incredibly busy summer.  My wife finally retired the first of July and life will never be the same…. ‘nuf said.  The last three weeks it seems like we’ve either been on the go or had company.  My nephews came up and we insulated and dry-walled my garage two weeks ago.  My buddy Isaiah came up from Iowa for 5 days and we just sent him home  this week.  His visit included a baseball game, fishing, water skiing and we built a killer fire ring we’ll christen in another week for the annual family get together.

Fire Ring

But lets back things up to that first week of retirement.  We had company the 4th of July weekend and a few days later took some time off to go golfing.  I’d brought the golf cart home to clean it up, fill it with gas, etc.  On the way back out to the course, we’re cruising down the four lane with the cart on a trailer behind the Jeep when suddenly a car comes alongside us honking and pointing back to the trailer.  My wife’s new golf bag and clubs (2 month old retirement gift) had come loose and fell off the cart…..in front of a semi.

We found part of the clubs but a few are still in the ditch.  Other then the heads broken off from the Drivers, it’s a little tough to see the road rash on the other clubs.  And a few shafts aren’t perfectly straight anymore either.  Long story short, my wife has another new set of clubs.   There have been a few other interruptions to our day to day routine but this gives you an idea what’s been going on.

Another 10 days and the family get together happens.  Then a field trip to the Northland.  And finally, we get ready for a trip to North Dakota for another pheasant hunt with a possible prairie dog hunt squeezed somewhere in between.

Otherwise, it’s just another routine day.  Even the crime reports have been a bit subdued but I figured this one was worth sharing.  Remember the movie Bad Grandpa?  I never saw it but this makes me think their might be potential for a possible sequel.

“Bad Grandma”
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Bull Nose, Whalers, WWP Buttons & ICE

Today saw the last of the current 71 Bull Nose production.  I listed the Red Linen Micarta and they look great.  In fact, I’ve never been a great fan of the Delrin and the Linen Micarta is a welcome change.    Next up are the Whalers.

71 Red Linen Micarta

I talked to Chris on Thursday and there may be a few start shipping to dealers today.  Chances are best that we’ll see them start going out in numbers next week.  With any luck, by late next week we should start to see them show up.

As soon as they arrive I’ll be sending out invoices for the early order Whalers.  Price will reflect the deposit you made and shipping will be added to overseas orders only.  Watch for your invoice to arrive from PayPal as I’m allowing a72 hour window to receive payments.  IF the payment doesn’t show up in that time, you lose your deposit and the knife goes up for sale in the store.  If you plan to send a money order, be sure to let me know so you don’t lose your knife.

While talking with Chris I mentioned the GEC buttons that I’ve been selling and donating the proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Project.  So far, all I’ve offered is a set of 10 different pins which have gone over really well.  Well, thanks to Chris and the generosity of GEC, there’s a special offer coming.

What GEC is doing for me (and the WWP) is donating a limited number of complete sets of  all the pins that GEC has made to date.  At this point I don’t even know for sure how many that is but it is going to be a bunch.  The number of sets will be limited to around a dozen and the proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

I won’t be taking any reservations or early orders for these as I don’t know for sure how many pins there will be in a set or what the price will be.  It’s also going to be a while before these come in but I wanted to throw it out there for everyone to think about.  Thanks again to Chris and GEC for this offer.

And to clarify the Bolster in regards to the upcoming 44’s.  The Northfields will have Brass bolsters with the exception of the Stag which will have nickel silver bolsters.  It is shown that way in the mock up GEC published but I had it listed as ‘brass’ in the storefront.

Finally, the ice conditions are a changing!  I took a drive around the lake this morning and signs of deterioration are increasing.

The shallow areas are starting to open up but there’s still a lot of ice to go yet.  Temperatures have cooled off a bit but the wind (which is a major factor) has been steady and persistent.  The winds have been in the 20-30k range and that’s the trend for the next 4 or 5 days.  AND by Monday they say we could see temps in the 70’s.  That combination is going to speed things up.

It’s about time to start thinking about getting boats, docks and lifts ready to go in the water.  Sooon I hope!!

 

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Tom’s Choice ~ WWP Auction!

Friday is Veteran’s Day and as I’ve done for the past few years, it’s time to have another auction to raise some funds for the WWP (Wounded Warrior Project).  I acquired a number of the Tom’s Choice Barlows in a collection I purchased and based on their popularity, thought this might be a good choice for the auction.  dsc_4736 dsc_4737

The handle material is Antique Amber Saw Cut Bone.  Knife is new in the original tube.

Here’s how the auction works.

  • Submit a bit by leaving a ‘comment’ to this blog post.  Do NOT email me your bid, it won’t get entered!!!.
  • Please bid in at least $5 increments.
  • Bid entries must be posted by Midnite CST 11/11/2016
  • Bidding starts immediately!!!
  • 100% of the winning bid proceeds will be donated the Wounded Warrior Project

I think what the WWP does for our wounded veterans is great and support their efforts by holding the occasional auction and donating the proceeds from the sale of the GEC collector buttons.  If you’re not familiar with their activities, I encourage you to check them out.  Even if you’re not interested or don’t win the auction, consider making a donation to their effort.

Good Luck!!!