- May 24, 2017
I remember those days. That's when Lonnie (I believe it was) decided he wanted to move on and you took over/bought the business. I bought a barrel for my Contender back then. My fondest memory of Wauseon Sportsman was when Nugent was playing a concert in Detroit and he came by for an autograph signing. Most everyone had left but there was still a dozen people hanging out. Ted then went out back and we all sat on straw bales in a circle while Ted played music and told us stories for 45 minutes or so. A moment I'll never forget. I grew up a huge fan, saw him in concert a few times late 70's/early 80's. To be just feet away from him when he said "Here's a new song I'll probably put on the next album as he described his relationship with Fred Bear to play the famous song which became so popular. One of those moments that numbs the senses to the fact, Ted Nugent is sitting here talking to all of us. To think he took the time to ask each of us our names and our background as he was truly interested to get to know a little about us. I thought that was one of the coolest things Lonnie ever did and it wasn't long after that when you guys took it over.This guy named Jerry walked into my gun shop. Told me he made knives. We became great friends. He showed me a few knives one day and the rest is history.
I literally just got rid of a Carbon V Trail Master to finance a TGULB. I hated that kraton handle. Too small and horrible looking IMHO.Many years ago I came back from a trip to the North West Territories ( Nahanni River) cursing at my Cold Steel Carbon V Trailmaster because of that horrible Kraton handle and the rust that seemed unavoidable on that thing in those conditions. I can't remember how I first heard of Busse, probably a knife magazine, but i was impressed, ordered a straight handle BattleMistress and Steelheart, which never made it through the mail. Jerry replaced them and they were perfect for everything but cooking and I was hooked, by the knives and the company, which means Jerry.
got the bug the moment that forsaken mistress filled my hand, early this year. just recieved a second today, went all in before they became unobtanium for my modest means. worth more than my vehicle and infinitlymore practical than gold. i took a big risk only to find out it was no risk at all.
In addition to missing out on initial releases of classic kin and being able to order from the Crab Shack, another reason I wish I had jumped into the trough long ago is the old community. No offense intended towards the new community, which I am happy to be a part of. More specifically, the old school modders. I would love to be able to send some blades to Tim for his infamous stripetition finish, or to Josh for a full REK treatment, and that’s only naming two of the old modders! Alas, those days are far behind us. What’s a young, inexperienced piglet to do? Mod it themselves? Pretty sure I’d end up with a WRECKED blade, instead of a REKed blade….