Big week this past week. It all started with a couple of days escaping to the North woods and coming home to the most recent Trestle Pine Knives release. I’ll cover the trip north in another post cause there’s just too much to tell and a number of pictures I want to share. For now I’ll just say it was a great two days and here’s a bit of a tease.
Fall is definitely in the air, small game hunting has opened up and the weather has been fantastic. Fixed blade sales have picked up and knife sales in general have been really good. Late last week I brought in around 20 new/old stock GEC’s to fill some holes and several sold immediately. The demand for the earlier releases is still there.
The Fergus Falls, MN gun show is coming up in just two more weeks and I’m anxious to bring the Trestle Pine Knives Superior and Buddy to the first show. The Buddy didn’t come out until the end of ‘show’ season for me so it’ll be interesting to get some hands on feedback on both knives.
As I said earlier, I’m really happy with the Superior and have just started hearing from a couple of folks that received their orders. Most started being delivered yesterday so if your pre-booking order hasn’t arrived yet, keep an eye on your mailboxes!
A week or so ago I talked to Dave about ‘tightening’ up an older sheath for one of my Bark Rivers. I store the knife in the sheath and after a number of years of use, the fit was getting pretty loose. Thanks to some advice from Dave, it was a quick and easy fix.
It took nothing more then running warm water over the exterior of the sheath for a few seconds (after removing the knife) just enough to wet the surface. DON’T submerge the sheath or fill it with water! Just dampen it from the exterior surface. Let the water soak in and repeat the process until the sheath gets to feeling a bit soft like damp clay. Put a good coat of oil on the knife and insert it into the sheath. With your fingers, shape the sheath around the blade and handle. After a couple of minutes, carefully remove the knife from the sheath. Set the sheath in the sun and let it thoroughly dry. When it’s completely dried, be sure to put a light coat of Neetsfoot or similar oil on the leather. Don’t soak it with oil as that can cause to the leather to soften to the point it’ll loosen up again.
In my case one treatment was enough to snug things back up to hold the knife securely once again. I also used the same process to loosen the fire steel loop on a new sheath. Some of the loops are so tight it’s really difficult to get a fire steel in the first time. A little warm water allowed the leather to stretch enough to fit it and once dry, held the fire steel in place very snugly.
And another tip this week from “3001 Questions & Answers”. If you had a supply of Rattlesnake venom and wondered where to sell it in the early 1900’s ….
“Boricke & Runyon are manufacturers of rattlesnake virus to cure epilepsy. Those wanting this information would do well, I think, to correspond with the above named medical firm.”