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Annual Kershaw Warehouse Knife Sale- No Cutting

Posted by todblog on December 2, 2012

November 30, 2012

Never put the alarm clock on the night stand next to your bed. If you’re serious about getting up for something on time put the alarm clock across the room. I break that rule all the time. It was no different on Friday morning when the alarm went off at 5am. I lay in bed thinking if I really wanted to drive up 2-1/2 hrs up to the Kershaw Knife Sale. It happens every year the weekend after Thanksgiving. They bring their overstock, blems, clearances all out for the public to buy at tremendous discounts. While you’re shopping you can leave previously bought knives with the sharpening department and they’ll have them ready for you when you leave. If you have any warranty work to have done on your old Kershaw knives they’ll have those done too.

I decided to jump out of bed and hit the road since the sale only happens once-a-year and it would be fun to see all the knives and other gear for sale. I grabbed all our Kershaw kitchen knives and a few other pocket and hunting knives and threw them in a backpack. At least I could get my knives sharpened. I knew my late departure was going to mean standing in a long line. However, the forecast for rain showers made me think it would keep the crowd down. WRONG!

Knife enthusiasts are hard core to say the least. The weather man turned out to be wrong again. It was very pleasant and there were a bunch of people in front of me. It was 8:30am and there was a line about 200 yards long in front of me. There were babies, toddlers, moms and dads and lots of outdoor-types and chefs standing in line. People were pretty considerate of others as I didn’t see too much cutting in line. Although courteous behavior could’ve been due to a real or perceived fear of getting shanked by someone waiting to get their dull knife sharpened. Don’t know. But, I do know there is truth to the saying, “An Armed Society Is a Polite Society”.

The doors opened at 9am and the line in front of me shrunk to about 70 yards. I was getting close to “the promised land”.  Looking behind me, I saw the line had not changed since the early morning. There were a bunch of people who came after me. It took about 2 hours to finally make it into the factory. I thought this must be part of Kershaw’s strategy, people wait a long time in line and when they get in are they just going to browse? NO WAY. After waiting in line for a few hours, you’re gonna buy stuff for sure. Especially if you traveled any distance to get there on top of that waiting in line. That would be me.

Nice thing about the annual knife sale (besides the deals) is the Kershaw staff is super nice and friendly. They pass out lucky numbers as you enter the factory for hourly prize drawings and there are an endless amount of band-aids at each station should you find your finger bleeding. They are very service oriented and are all in the Christmas spirit. One employee told me that people seldom leave the company once they get a job there. There are over 300 employees at the factory and it seems they all love working there and it shows.

Getting in line at 8:30am, just a little late...

Getting in line at 8:30am, just a little late…

About 200 yards of line in front of me with 30 minutes before the doors open

About 200 yards of line in front of me with 30 minutes before the doors open

Another view of the line with cars parked down the street

Another view of the line with cars parked down the street

Entrance in sight, almost there! Two more hours...

Entrance in sight, almost there! Two more hours…

Finally in!

Finally in!

Kitchen Knife Section

Kitchen Knife Section

Small Pocket Knife Section

Small Pocket Knife Section

Large Folding Knives Section

Large Folding Knives Section

Friendly Checkout Staff

Friendly Checkout Staff

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One Response to “Annual Kershaw Warehouse Knife Sale- No Cutting”

  1. John Whitman said

    Got to check that sale out with you one of these days Tod.

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