“Hey everyone, we’re super excited to tell you about some knives we are going to be carrying”
I still laugh thinking about the reaction with our staff during that meeting. They had no idea what I was talking about or what in the world was waiting for them. Over the past 20 years, we have built up a pretty diverse collection of artists and jewelers who all bring something different to the table. If you had told me sometime in the prior 18 years that I would somehow end up becoming addicted to collecting knives, I would have looked at you as strangely as the rest of the staff that day.
In short order, most of them owned at least one knife for themselves as well. Once in a great while, you come across something so unique, so well made, and so dang cool that you can’t help but fall in love with it
And then we went through the same process with the writing instruments, the money clips, and then the jewelry. All of it has such a broad range of materials and techniques that you can’t help but start up a conversation with complete strangers while holding it. Whether around a camp fire, signing a piece of paperwork, or pulling out your credit card and cash to buy something, people stop and ask what you have in your hand more than you would think.(more…)