Sorry I didn’t get around to the Friday update, but I got caught up in getting ready for the Fergus Falls gun show. My intentions were good, but it time ran out.
The only real news last week was the release of the Schatt & Morgan Jumbo Carpenter Whittler. Really a hefty whittler and perfect for notching and trimming on a building project.
The other release from Queen was the Stag Bone Folding Hunter.
My understanding is that other then the SFO’s we can’t really anticipate anything new from GEC for the rest of the year. Right now they’re finishing up the run of 77 American Jacks. Next is another large SFO run, then a rerun of the Bullnose with a bunch of attached SFO’s, some more of the 25’s the first of the year and that’s about it. I’ve been accused of having a touch of ADD to begin with, and it might be justified as I’m reeeallly having trouble staying interested.
Otherwise, the gun show was obviously the highlight of the week. I was really interested to see what the feedback was going to be regarding the Trestle Pine Knives. The response was everything I could hope for and more. This was the first show that I had the knives available to show and the feedback was great. Sold a couple of knives, gave a couple away and came away really feeling good about the project.
Overall, the crowd was pretty sparse which all of us blamed on the weather. Even my wife was encouraging me to come home to go play golf. The whole weekend was gorgeous with temps in the mid to upper 60’s. On the upside, the sparse crowd made it made it possible to spend some time visiting with customers and lookers.
A dealer at the show said his knife sales have been fair this summer. A couple customers said there didn’t seem to be much interesting to buy and a longtime customer lamented the lack of product coming out of what used to be considered one of the most exciting new knife companies.
Personally, I sold a few knives but the accessory items drew a lot of customers this time. Sharpening stones/strops, oil and honing compound did well as did the Estwing Hatchets. And books, I can never understand why they don’t sell that well in the store but they’re one of the consist show sellers. I think it’s that ability to pick a book up, scan through it and make a decision. All in all, it was a good show. Made a little money, talked to some customers and made a couple of kids happy. About all you can ask for!!