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Why the GEC #42 @ 4 1/4" long

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Modoc ED, Jul 11, 2012.

  1. Modoc ED

    Modoc ED Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    when they alread have the #23 at 4 1/2" long and the #73 at 3 3/4" long. To boot, all are the same pattern with just a slight blade difference between the #42 and #23s and #73s. The #42 has a #8 Muskrat Clip blade the others a #5 Drop Point/Skinner blade. The #42 sure as heck woun't be any easier to carry that the #23.


    Oh joy:rolleyes:!!!! This could cost me another two or three hundred dollars just as the #79s did.
  2. supratentorial


    Dec 19, 2006
    Ed, I was wondering the same thing earlier today when I looked at the GEC webpage. Maybe they'll also make a 3.5" version of the pattern. ;) ...btw, anyone know anything about the upcoming "Outlaw" pattern??
  3. pertinux

    pertinux Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    I read the subject line and thought you might be swearin'. :eek:

    I just saw the size on this one, as well. Hunh. Add in the upcoming Forum knife at 3.82 (?!), and it looks like an interesting case of ruler trouble, or target practice (aim at 4", run with what you hit).

    Of course, I look forward to everyone's pictures. :)

    ~ P.
  4. Peruna1998


    Sep 8, 2009
    If I am not mistaken the Outlaw is the reverse gunstock jack, Jake.

    As for the Missouri, I guess GEC likes them big. I've mentioned it before, but we seem to have seen a spate of larger patterns from GEC lately.
  5. thejamppa


    Aug 20, 2009
    if GEC Brings Gunstock pattern out I am royal screwed and my wallet even more... LOL :D
  6. markpmc


    Aug 10, 2011
    I've alreadt promised the misses I won't buy anymore knives :)
  7. yablanowitz


    Apr 14, 2006
    Yeah, right. Like *that's* gonna happen. :D
  8. jujigatame


    Mar 21, 2005
    Is it possible the 23 might be retired, for lack of a better word, in favor of this? It does seems odd to me they'd make a full size trapper at 4.25" when there's already have one at 4.5". I know sometimes that 1/4" makes a difference for us on various patterns but personally I'm not seeing it here.
  9. 2Dead

    2Dead Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 30, 2009
    I have enough #23s and #73s that I'm not jumping for these. I'm just going to assume its for the guys that want something in between the 2 existing models. They're also going to make a lockback out of this frame.
  10. confucius37


    May 18, 2008
    If they're going for a lockback then I might want to go for one, I like the muskrat clip, hopefully they add a lanyard hole though
  11. Modoc ED

    Modoc ED Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    I wouldn't think they'd drop the #23 pattern or at least I hope they don't. Their premier patterns were the #23 and #73 patterns and I'd think they'd keep them to the bitter end.

    I think I'm with you here but then again, that's what I said about the #79. A lockback would be interesting but I've got a ton of lockbacks. I'll just have to wait and see what's what.
  12. richstag


    Feb 22, 2007
    I was wondering the same last night.
  13. 2Dead

    2Dead Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 30, 2009
    The word is that they will have lanyard holes.
  14. supratentorial


    Dec 19, 2006
    Thank you, Wayne. I had forgotten about that pattern but you've jogged my memory.
  15. Modoc ED

    Modoc ED Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    That's interesting. Of course I'll give them a look but not sure I want one.
  16. TLARbb

    TLARbb Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 24, 2010
    Yeah, me too. I'm really interested in that one. Maybe they'll make a Texas jack version of it.

    Ed J
  17. Finedges

    Finedges Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    If it were 3.5" I'd buy one of every flavor!
  18. zippofan


    Nov 12, 2011
    Nice, but I'm holding out for the Outlaw Jack. Since I love the Gunstock pattern I'm just hopin' they don't have too many different handle styles I like, my wallet won't be able to take it :D
  19. fatcorgi


    Nov 12, 2011
    the two blades look so similar that it seems kind of redundant to have two. The BF traditional knife with clip and wharncliff secondary makes more sense.
  20. jujigatame


    Mar 21, 2005
    They've had the clip & wharncliffe setup on the #53 Furtakers, which was a 4 1/8" frame I think. That was a muskrat style clip though. This one seems more full and broad.

    I have to say the catalog image and name of the knife are making me think of Josey Wales. As long as no one takes a "Missouri boatride" I guess we'll be okay. ;)

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