I got a reservation on the Elderberry. I went to where the results were posted and came away with some numbers.
442 entered the drawing for 115 red saw cut Barlows
468 entered the drawing for 115 natural micarta Barlows
510 entered the drawing for 110 elderbery Barlows
That's 1420 entries for 330 knives. I'd imagine there will be over 100 Barlows in ironwood....over 400 knives in 4 handle materials is definitely not a short run by the old GEC standards. However, when compared to other very popular SFO's...Ancient Barlow 303 made, Real Barlows 196 made and Washington Jacks spear blade 320 made...this run is fairly comparable. In the past, I've seen a lot of grumping about the people who buy these knives with only re-sale in mind, and how expensive certain models are on the secondary market. My collection's value has decreased year after year. The GEC knives that I bought were about the only ones that I could count on to increase in value and that was entirely due to the limited amount produced. When GEC started producing large runs like the 48 trappers, a guy could hardly sell one for what he had paid for it. Personally, I have never met a collector that hasn't bought a knife strictly for re-sale with the hope of making a few bucks. Every person standing behind one of those tables at a knife show is doing exactly that.... and when there is money to be made, there will always be non collectors trying to get a share of the pie. I looked on another forum that lets individuals sell knives. 14 ads were placed in the Traditional folders section this last Saturday, in the other folder section...tactical style knives, there were 51 ads placed. With 4 out of 5 people collecting tactical style knives, I don't expect the decreasing market for traditional folders to turn around. As for myself, I'd a lot rather see the short runs and a high secondary market than the alternative.
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