Friday, January 30, 2015

Case Cutlery Raises Prices Without Raising Prices?

If you are a manufacturer, you think long and hard about raising prices.  And periodically it becomes a necessity for profitability.  Last year I received a notice that prices would increase a little on certain Case knives.  You don't really notice little changes like this except on the current production, as the new production will have a slightly different price anyway.  But the current production you can see jump some nominal amount overnight.

So, no big deal, I understand completely.  But (you knew there was a "but" didn't you), less than a year later they need to bump prices again.  I don't know the reasoning, and it really doesn't matter.  They make the Case knives and they get to decide how they sell them.  But for some reason they decided they didn't want to implement this price hike in way of a price increase, again.  So someone came up with the idea of a discount decrease!!

As you can imagine, most companies have a tiering program in which the larger buyers get a slightly better price than the moderate buyers.  And the moderate buyers get a slightly better price than the light buyers.  This is only fair, and quite honestly, it promotes good competition and the desire to grow your business.

But, if you notice prices creeping up on Case knives without any mentioned price increase; this is the reason.  They decreased discounts across the board instead of implementing a price increase.  I would just rather they did it the old fashioned way so I didn't have to remember my new calculations to figure out what I am paying....

Case Cutlery still offers one of the best values in pocket knives today, thus I have no negative opinion of them.  Just thought it was curious as to how they implemented this new adjustment.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The All Seeing Eye We Call "Google"!

Google has been in the news for years about the information they collect.  They have been accused of selling this information and they have been accused for using it without permission to profit themselves.  Thus, if  you use Google in the standard fashion (without incognito or some other "cloaking" add-on), you should not be surprised when you are intelligently targeted by advertising.

For the seller, this information is useful when looking at who comes to your site and what they do there; thus google analytics is an easy sell.  But Google now has such a vast array of tools and data collecting engines that they have decided to implement their own political filters, regardless of the underlying realty.

Why am I complaining?  How did it affect me to cause this rant?  OK, since you are going to drag it out of me....

Back in December I received a notice from them that my google shopping advertising would be discontinued due to a violation of newly implemented policies.  Specifically, since my new pictures include (mostly transparent) watermarking; they violated this new policy.  Now I can see why you don't want neon advertising across every picture you have on your website.  But trying to get someone to look at these on a case by case basis is a joke.  Their computer system noticed the slight change in shading and I don't think there is a human there with as much authority as the computer that scans the images.  OK I guess I can live without google shopping.  So immediately after that is suspended I get a notice that my adwords (pay per click) campaigns are suspended as well.  Thus, I call in and talk to someone else; who still obviously has no intention of discussing any specifics but only repeating what the scanning system has told her to say.  This new suspension is due to the fact that they have determined I am a purveyor of "dangerous weapons".  OK, you can cut someone with about any kind of knife.  But if you hold them down and pour Windex down their throat they might die as well - are we going to ban Wal-Mart?  For 10 years they have not had a problem with pocket knives, but now they do.  But only from those advertisers that spend a couple thousand a year with them, because Amazon sells just about every thing that I do, but I haven't noticed any shortage of their adds on adwords.

So, today I changed my browsers default search engine to Bing.  I will test that out for a while and see what I think about it.  I may end up surfing with cloaking enabled as well just to stick it to the man (which I understand will have zero impact other than making me feel better)!  Of course I really like Chrome, so we'll see how far I will go to defend my integrity....

Monday, October 20, 2014

Great Eastern Cutlery Bull Buster Large Sodbuster

Building on the success of the Bullnose Sodbuster, Great Eastern Cutlery recently released the larger ( 4 5/8" as compared to 3 7/8" ) Bull Buster Large Sodbuster.  Although I suspect everyone stays away from the name "sodbuster" because someone probably has a claim to that term; you can't look at these without thinking it in the shallows of your mind anyway.  Both are right at home in the field of workhorse knives produced in the Farm & Field category of GEC products.

This 2014 release of the Bull Buster comes in 1095 as opposed to the O1, and the typical delrin and micarta handle options.  The backspring on this monster is tight and results in an average pull of 7-8 on a scale of 10.  The Bull Buster does have half stops which lends to the stout pull, but the combination leaves you wondering why you should pay more for a lockback version.  Steel liners and the standard compression style pin round this off as probably as close to an economy knife as we are going to see from Great Eastern Cutlery.

If you need a handful of knife that can keep up with you regardless of the chore, give it a look.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Great Eastern Cutlery Dixie Stock Knife

Great Eastern Cutlery has put a new spin on an old knife.  The new GEC Dixie Stock Knife is a great old round bolster stockman with a somewhat unique blade combination.  The standard main clip, but the secondaries are a wharncliffe and a somewhat unique take on a coping blade.  With this blade combination they have expanded the list of tasks that the Dixie Stock Knife will be ready to tackle.
At 4 1/4", it is a great size for a work stockman.  They have really tightened the joints down, which has limited the action somewhat; but once you put this thing to work it will ease itself into a smooth little workhorse.  There are several handle and trim variations, so take a look at all the offerings if this looks like something you might be interested.

Hess Knifeworks : Great Fixed Blades with Value in Mind

We have now started carrying the Hess Knifeworks series of fixed blade knives and have been very impressed with what has come thru the door so far.  They get most all of the blades stamped and heat treated by Great Eastern Cutlery and then put their own exotic handles on them as well as finish them out.  These men have worked in the cutlery business for many years and I am glad they have decided to show their talents under their own name now.
To me a couple of standout patterns are the Muley and the Tiburon.  Just unique looking patterns that are begging to be put to work.

If you are in the market for a hard core carbon fixed blade, check out the Hess Knives.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Great Eastern Cutlery Bullnose, A Micarta for Everyone

We loved the Great Eastern Cutlery OD Green Canvas Micarta so much the first time it came around that we almost immediately turned in a special factory order for more.  In addition to the OD, we also made Natural Canvas Micarta and Red Linen Micarta models.  They just showed up here Monday and are just amazing little work knives.  The only real differences I saw between these and the first run (other than slabs), is that tightening of the pivot joint.  It serves to keep the blade centered and eliminate any chance of play; but does slow the action a bit.  Also the pins seem ground down a little lower and less of an edge on them, so they are not so obtrusive as the first run.  A lot of makers can do a nice sodbuster, but Great Eastern Cutlery's Bullnose is in a class of its own.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Great Eastern Cutlery Magnum #22 Small Gunstock

Big knife in a little package!  We have received several of the Tidioute Magnum variations and I really like this knife if you need a sub 3" model.  Very stout for the size and has good action for the thickness of the backsprings.
The Great Eastern Magnum has not been a big hit with the customer base, but I expect it probably comes in a little pricey for many.  I suspect as they get a little more exposure on the forums, there will be more people taking a look at them.  But I did not stock up because my Early Reserve demand was rather low.