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Old 10-04-2018, 02:52 PM   #1
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The Charge of the last Barge!

Today I start working on the last two Barges due for delivery. Oh, and one Spyderco.

And surprisingly I was only three days off schedule. Not everything went smoothly, but all the knives left here shiny and sharp.

B&N hired a new redheaded barista named Dannie. Like all employees, she had to take her turn doing 'receiving,' which is a fancy way of saying "dock donkey." I gave her a polished Barge, and she learned to love the knife after her first shift of dirty, grit and heavy boxes.

I even made a Barge for myself.

...now the preppers want Barges...

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Old 10-04-2018, 03:14 PM   #2
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I roughed in the bevel on the Spyderco first. Two different angles on the bevels, one shallow, one deeper. Real rough area where a choil needs to be. I think I can square it up.
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And of course, you're still open to any KTers who want one to get on the list?
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I don't have that many left. I filled the orders and ordered a few more, but I don't have enough to supply everyone with a spare--and service my local clients.
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The more I see/hear about these Barges the more I want one. I content myself in the knowledge that I wandered in to KT too late to attend the last Barge party. If that isn't true, I don't need to know.
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The more I see/hear about these Barges the more I want one. I content myself in the knowledge that I wandered in to KT too late to attend the last Barge party. If that isn't true, I don't need to know.
I have some. And Sheila (at Blue Ridge) is getting tired of hearing my voice. I can always find one or two.

You must consider the "time issue" as well. If I get lucky and all the bevels are reasonably straight on the Barges, I can do three per day. That has happened twice. Two per day is reasonable.

If I can be of help, I will be, this forum has always helped me. But I do not have twenty polished knives on the shelf for immediate delivery. And of course, I have my local guys. When deer season starts I think the Barge issue will stop for a bit.

Best thing to do is to send your real name, your address and your phone number to me at my PM. Until I learn more about how to computerize my client-base, I am using a ring-binder.
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If you can learn Quickbooks, that would solve all your needs including accounting, inventory, client base, etc.
All in one neat place. There is, as always, a learning curve.


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Hey, Snow, thanks a lot...

After your post, two more members ordered Barges--thankfully I had them.

The biggest problem isn't the work, it was timing on my credit card. My "bookkeeper" pointed out to me that I made two large purchases within the same 30 day cycle. This is also the woman who still hasn't gotten her crown.

The world isn't coming to an end. Sheila at Blue Ridge claims she has enough.

There are two Barge half finished now, and two more still in the boxes with owners assigned.

Edit: JBear and Woodchuck, you got in just under the wire. And BTW, according to my ring-binder, no one else was left hanging. If you were, just PM and I can get onezies. Getting knives for local clients usually runs up a credit card bill of 125 to 200 dollars. But when my wife saw charges for 800 dollars...
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Thanks Chico. The second will be a surprise gift to my brother who i’m Sure will love it as much as I love mine. The blade is a work of art after the Chico Spa treatment.
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Thanks Chico. The second will be a surprise gift to my brother who iím Sure will love it as much as I love mine. The blade is a work of art after the Chico Spa treatment.
Actually you can thank our Wisconsin weather. Nothing but rain--I feel dismal and emotionless, which is good if you're a polisher.

Hours go by like minutes, and this time I actually filled the cup I use with water--it makes a waterstone cut better, for some reason...
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