Changes for Branton Knives in 2014

Posted: December 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

I know that my knife making has been shaky at best over the past few years. Trying to make the many different styles of knives to satisfy my many long time customers as well as my new ones can be rough at times. With my two bad knees, I have had to slow down quite a bit and I will be attempting to chart a new course in my knife making for 2014 that will work out best for me and my customers.

I have a couple of cool knife related projects that I have been blessed to be part of scheduled for 2014. Each will be a milestone in my career and hopefully a couple more feathers in my knife cap.
This will be in addition to my restructuring plans for Branton Knives.

As I have mentioned before, I am at a point in my career where I have to work at a slower pace and try to maximize my time and productivity in the shop. The first phase that I hope to have finished right after the first of the year is to finish the orders that I did not complete in time for Christmas. I will be back to work on December 26, 2013 to begin this process.
After that, I have enough folder parts on hand to begin filling a few back ordered folders and begin on a new batch. I will open up the order books for folders for a brief period of time after Christmas. Let me know if you would like to be on that list. I am only going to accept six months of work and then I will shut it down. I really want to put my head into building some of the finest folders available and need to work smart and hard to accomplish this.

I will also be working on some presentation grade fixed blade boot knives and fighters that will be built on spec after I fill a few orders that are long overdue. These will show up on my USN knife forum, Facebook page and my Blog as well as major knife shows like The Blade Super Show in Atlanta, Georgia in June and The Gathering (G-6) in Las Vegas, Nevada on Labor Day weekend.
My whole line of throwing knives will  be available from now on under my Tru-Balance Knife Company EAST brand. Both websites should have major updates by January 1st, 2014.
My line of throwing knives will always be available at all times when I have the blades in stock ready to finish.
I have also been building a few bluegrass and folk instruments over the past couple of years and plan on building a few more in the evenings as a way to wind down from the day.

As you can see, I am not slowing down that much, but refocusing my energy on fewer models to help streamline my operation to be more efficient.
In closing, I want to thank each and everyone one of you who have purchased my knives and paid me complements over the years. This is one of the reasons that I am able to continue to make knives. I often have people thank me for making them that special knife. I say to them, do not thank me, I thank you for letting me have the pleasure of making you a knife. I am humbled that people will take their hard earned money and buy my products. To all of my friends and customers, thank you for your support. I could not have done it without you.

Bobby Branton

  1. Gerald Furry says:

    Wonderfull plan Bobby:)

    • Joe Brokenfeather Darrah says:

      I don’t doubt you’ll accomplish all of that and then some Bobby!!!
      Wishing you and Brenda Merry Christmas and a joyous and profitable New Year!!!

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