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Hi Courtney, I had a question that I was hoping you could help with, regarding the production history for the Tuna Valley knives.
I know the about the first 2 years that Perry Miller released the knives. The stag Trapper in 2009, and the 3 different handle materials on the Congress that were from 2010.
I also know about the knives made from 2012 to present, as they are well documented on the Daniels Knife website.
But I'm having a hard time finding any information about if any knives were made in 2011, and if so what they were, what handle materials, and what quantities. I know this was before your time, but do you have any info to help out?
Great Question! here is what I know
Tuna Valley Cutlery (Perry Miller 2009-2011)
#53 4bl.Cigar Stockman in Blood Red Peach Seed Jig Bone (1 of 73)2010
#53 4bl.Cigar Stockman in Brazilian Cherry Wood (1 of 75)2010
#53 4bl.Cigar Stockman in Burnt Stag (1 of 75)2010
#73 1bl.in Stag (1 of 25)2009
#73 2bl.in Stag *end cap (1 of 100) 2009
I do not remember Perry producing a knife in 2011. We do have a member that captured the info from Perrys site before it went down. Ron is going to look for the info and get back with us tomorrow
The knives were numbered. I would LOVE to know which numbers were modified by the Daniels family. Regrettably that information was not captured before the bolsters were re-done.
Cool Jan, I didn't know that the 2012 congress were the same exact knives with re-done bolsters. I thought they were just a copy of the original design, with a different bolster idea.
Good to know!
After Perry made the knives you listed, he did not make any more orders. So there was actually no knives made in 2011. Perry did not do very well with the brand and that is how we ended up taking it over in 2012.
Thank you for your question.
Awesome, thanks for your confirmation Courtney. I appreciate your expertise. :)
And I mistakenly referred to the cigar stockmans above as "congress", just a slip of the tongue that came out through my fingers. hehe
After approximately 9 months of investigating and talking with people, here is what I have gathered together as the most complete Tuna Valley list that I can put together. There are still a few missing pieces (shown in bold/italic), that I can't find. If anyone can help fill them in, please share. This list is updated as of July 18, 2016
Also, forgot to mention, a lot of the production runs 2012-2016 have very limited prototype runs for them also that I have seen sold every now and then. I didn't include them in the list.
This is an amazing amount of effort with all you have had going on the past couple of years! I should not be surprised as I have worked with you on knife research projects previously and you are always very thorough. Thank you for being willing to share this project!
Happy to help. The more Tuna Valley collectors there are out there, the better!
Member Bill Fletcher was able to fill in the missing info regarding the 2012 Cotton King knives listed above.
Ebony - release date May 13, 2012 - list price $150
Burnt Stag - release date May 21, 2012 - list price $200
Amber Stag - release date May 21, 2012 - list price $200
WAY TO GO BILL FLETCHER!!
1 other thing I forgot to mention. Any knives that 1.) were made at the factory that didn't pass inspection, but are still a good usable knife, or 2.) any knife returned to a dealer due to a cosmetic flaw or handle crack, were given a blade etch "EDC" and sold without a tube or CoA.
I've seen a few of these pop up recently for sale, and wanted to make sure everyone knows what they are. Still good knife for using, but their collectibility/resell value isn't there.