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I like the GEC Northwood bail

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by supratentorial, Jul 14, 2012.

  1. supratentorial

    supratentorial

    Dec 19, 2006
    I wasn't really fond of the bail at first but it's grown on me and I found a very good use for it today. How else can you remove your White Owl from a knife purse pouch??

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  2. Nightshifter

    Nightshifter

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    Jul 27, 2010
    I like a bail on some of my knives also. I just attach a lanyard of some type and drop it in my pocket. Easier access wothout sticking your whole hand in there. Especially if your mitt is caked with mud, fish slime, or whatever.
    Paul
     
  3. supratentorial

    supratentorial

    Dec 19, 2006
    I'm not the only one! :)

    I tried the pouch with some of my other knives and I have trouble digging the knife out. With the White Owl's bail pointed out, I can pull the knife out with the pouch still clipped to my pocket.

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  4. Railsplitter

    Railsplitter Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2010
    Almost sounds like a confession, Jake. :)

    I definitely recognize the advantages offered by bails but none of those advantages coincide with my carry methods. Perhaps some day I too will come to like them.
     
  5. supratentorial

    supratentorial

    Dec 19, 2006
    Lol, Rick. I think it's because I bought a knife purse pouch. It's a Buck purse pouch though... that's OK... right??
     
  6. Railsplitter

    Railsplitter Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2010
    I think you caught my drift, Jake. LOL :)

    It's a Buck purse pouch!? Well, that changes everything.:D
     
  7. Railsplitter

    Railsplitter Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2010
    Jake, I was so busy giving you a hard time that I didn't realize how convenient your set up really is. A pouch with a pocket clip that, because of the bail on the knife, stays in place when you take the knife out.

    That's pretty slick!:thumbup:
     
  8. pertinux

    pertinux Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    [Ahem]Northfield[/Ahem]

    I love the bail on my White Owl. From the first time I saw pictures, it was a feature, not a bug. With its attached lanyard (which I often leave vertical, if not hanging out of my pocket) I can easily retrieve the knife without digging.

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    ~ P.
     
  9. zippofan

    zippofan

    Nov 12, 2011
    I like bails too, probably because the old Scout patterns have 'em, which is my favorite pattern. So when is GEC gonna make a Scout...GEC are ya listening? :D

    I have one of those clip pouches from my favorite traditionals dealer. So Buck makes them too? Gotta check that out, I like being able to just grab my knife rather than reaching into my pocket and around my bandanna...
     
  10. Brian.Evans

    Brian.Evans KnifeMaker-EDC Knife Specialist Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2011
    -P, you are going to have to stop flashing pictures of that jigged bone white owl around. That thing is beautiful.

    Jake, is that a forced or natural patina on yours? Beautiful as well!
     
  11. supratentorial

    supratentorial

    Dec 19, 2006
    P, The bail looks good on the Northfield too. ;)

    medicevans, I guess you could call the patina on the pen blade a little bit forced... I don't normally use a small pen blade for much that would cause a patina... but I used it the same as I would normally use the main blade until the color matched... I clean and wipe the blades down after every use.
     
  12. pertinux

    pertinux Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    Thanks. It's my favorite knife, of many favorites. So very just right.

    You may or may not have noticed that I haven't "flashed" it as often recently, in my adherence to Barlow Month-- even though I don't interpret the pattern o' the month to require exclusivity, I'm attempting that. Most days.

    Wait, here's the owl again, with the white fuzzy inexpertly removed:

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    ~ P.
     
  13. supratentorial

    supratentorial

    Dec 19, 2006
    zippofan, I think that the Buck pouch with clip may be discontinued. After a snafu with a reseller, I contacted Buck to see if I could buy one direct and they found one to sell to me.
     
  14. thatotherguy

    thatotherguy

    Oct 9, 2011
    I didn't even notice the darned thing until you mentioned it. Now it's gonna bug me every time I see this thread. Darn.
    Meh, I can deal with it since it's such a beautiful knife!
    I like the bail on my scout and demo patterns, because of the dirty hands delemma. almost any other pattern I don't carry while getting really dirty.
     
  15. zippofan

    zippofan

    Nov 12, 2011
    Thanks Jake, I'll search around and see what I can dig up. The generic one I got from knifeswapper works nicely for some of my single blade patterns too, like my CSC Half Moon and Boker Copperliner.

    Cheers,
    Griff

    BTW, the stag on your Conductor is awesome!
     

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