My version is the African Blackwood. I like it a lot and it is one of my favorite woods for knife covers. It feels silky like velvet and almost oily compared to Gabon or Macassar Ebony woods.
Originally Posted by coaltrain
Both of the wooden knives in the photo below are my SFO #85s (the one in the middle being the two blade jack which is now sold out). There can be variances in the wood color from deep black to browns depending on the sunlight and the sample you receive. My two blade jack has a lot of browns in the correct angle in sunlight, but it disappears at other angles in the same light. My single blade african black wood 85 is scant of any browns in the grain.
Good points. I think the #72 mini lockback Hunter will be the easiest one to open, and is another great option to consider. It is a little bigger than the #85, but if you prefer a clip or wharncliffe blade, go for it. Out of all of the GEC knives I've handled. The #72 lockback was the easiest to open with the most gentle pull. The lock is nice as well. If you'd rather wait, GEC will be releasing a new run of the 72/73s within the next month most likely.
Originally Posted by blademan 13
Looking for: GEC SFO Bullet End 85's...Easy Open, Collectorknives.net, JBF Champlin, Real Harness Jack, 2011 BladeForums Knife, etc..