I’ve had a couple of inquiries regarding the Trestle Pine Knives Web Store. Remember the old Robert Burns poem about the poor field mouse and the comment that even the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray? Well, I’d best be described as the mouse.
When Erin took over TSA Knives it took me a while to straighten out the mess I’d created over the prior 12 years. Then there were some technical glitches with the new site. I got distracted. Ended up going down a couple of rabbit holes and, well, the December 1, opening date slid by unnoticed.
So that’s my excuse and now to let you know what’s going on.
A fair amount of inventory has come in and my wife has been organizing things in spite of my input to just leave things in the boxes. My concern is now that she has it organized, there’s going to be an expectation that I will continue that standard. That’s almost more pressure then I can handle.
I’ve started to upload a few items into the store front but haven’t published it yet. I’m really considering publishing the storefront before everything is listed just to get the ball rolling. Probably less then 20% of the items I’ll carry are currently uploaded and I’m concerned folks will assume that’s all I’m carrying. On the other hand, maybe people would like to watch the regular additions to the store. Right now, I’m leaning towards publishing what’s listed and keep adding as we go.
Somebody asked if I’m going into competition with TSA Knives. The short answer is, NOPE! I’ve also been asked if I’ll be involved with TSA Knives or am I history. A little of both.
Regarding going into competition with Erin, I’m taking off in a new direction. There are going to be knives in the Trestle Pine Knives store but I’m not carrying most of the brands Erin will carry. The one exception will be the Trestle Pine Knives. Both of us will carry them. You’re also going to find throwing knives, axes and hatchets. In the Trestle Pine store your going to find knives that might be a little less….mainstream?
The Karesuando knives are from the far northern reaches of Sweden. The line has some really interesting products including a stainless steel Damascus. Overall, their knife lines are similar to the Helle’s (which I’ll also stock). Their hatchets are unique and incredibly well thought out. Stainless steel is used on some of the heads. This is in consideration of the hunters that may use them to dress out large game. Finished with Masur Birch handles, Moose bone, Reindeer Antler and presented in a box lined with Reindeer hide. Not what you’ll find at the local Menard’s.
Regarding my role with TSA Knives, I don’t have one. I’m here to answer questions and that’s about it. Going forward, Erin and I will no doubt do some collaboration on different things. There are future plans for the Trestle Pine Knives line and Erin has the option to be my sole co-distributor.
The one area that I’ll definitely be working with TSA Knives will be buying collections that come up for sale. In the past when I bought collections, I was primarily focused on GEC knives. With the two of us working together, I/We will be open to more eclectic collections. I passed a few collections in years past because the mix just didn’t fit. So if you’re thinking of liquidating your collection or know of someone that’s interested in downsizing, let me know.
I’ll try to do better keeping you updated on what’s going on. For now, I think I can commit to cracking open the door to Trestle Pine Knives in the very near future. Not much going on publicly right now, but keep trestlepineknives.com on your favorites list.