2020 GEC #23 Trapper Thread

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by bax229, Feb 28, 2020.

  1. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    I'm going to reserve judgement until I see more reviews or try one myself.
    I've seen too many reports of knives having a '9' pull, just to end up being a '6' or '7' when i got it.
    A good example of this is the A Wright Lambsfoot. Some people think they are bear traps.
    If you're used to a '5' pull, a '7' can feel pretty bad until you're used to it.
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  2. gaj999

    gaj999 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 25, 2004
    Exactly. Nine minus two is seven. Seven is about right.
  3. southriv

    southriv Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2002
    Out of curiosity, I got in early the first of the new 23s. No denying that it’s an attractive & very well crafted example/model. It has proven chops since it’s intro years ago and has a robust following in the resale market.

    I think this is a great knife for the collector/fan of strong pulls. However, as a collector/user I can’t really use it. One of GECs top dealers rates that pull as a 9 out of 10. I would say that could be close – though maybe a strong 8 at the most? Who knows, it can get a bit subjective at this level… Anyway, I know my nails will never be strong enough to use this on a daily basis or to just admire the function on my desk – not to mention, one of my hobbies is guitar - and I need my thumbnail (well, to be honest, repairing my own motorcycles & other stuff in the barn doesn't help in the thumbnail dept). It may, however, improve with use? Time will tell…

    We all set our own standards, so there is no good or bad here. For those who like a 9 gator snap classic, you have been very well served. When I bought this, I was close to straying from my standard, anyway – that is, if I am looking for a knife of this length, girth and weight, it has to (for me) be easier to open. As such, for utility it can’t compete with my Dad’s Case Trapper. On the practical side of smaller, I will revert down to my blade delete 86 – a favorite.

    You can see from the photo that the 23 is “substantial” and, (IMHO) it ranks as a great value. Looks like a terrific run – enjoy!

  4. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    If these are truly an 8-ish pull, I can't wait to get mine. :cool::thumbsup:
  5. Prester John

    Prester John Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2018
    My experience with the Wright lambsfoots is that two of mine have strong gator snaps, and two are easy to open either with the nail nick or by pinching. In other words, inconsistent.
    My two GEC folders have very nice pulls (5 or 6?), but I dislike halfstops.
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  6. TheFactor

    TheFactor Life is good ! Platinum Member

    Feb 26, 2015
    I hear ya but when some dealers are rating them as 9 out of 10 average pull it also got my attention. Guess everyone has a different way of rating them. For me when you have to bite down and grunt lol loosing pieces of Your finger nail trying to open it and don’t look forward to trying to open it that’s a 9 to me and to strong of a pull.
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  7. Wharn

    Wharn Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2011
    Does anyone own one that has owned the last run of 46 whalers? How does the pull compare?
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  8. Troutzill

    Troutzill Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2009
    Will the liner locks have a lighter pull, since the liner locks the blade? I have never held a locking GEC, so don't know. I am looking forward to getting my hands on one of the liner locks when they become available as I love the size and shape of the #23.

    My 44 had the heaviest pull of the few GECs that I own. The 23 is definitely heavier.
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  9. g123


    Oct 25, 2009
    Southriv, I am a user of knives that likes to collect knives I use. :) Everyone's experience is different, but I think a heavy knife whittles and makes fuzzy sticks easier because of the size and weight. Also, the bigger the folding knife, the better for the camp and kitchen. I love large folding knives for the field.

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  10. TheFactor

    TheFactor Life is good ! Platinum Member

    Feb 26, 2015
    One thing for sure the 23 is a beautiful knife and pattern :thumbsup:
  11. tmd_87

    tmd_87 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 29, 2016
    It's about and 7.5 on the main and a 7 on the secondary. At least in my opinion. I like the strong pulls though.
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  12. tmd_87

    tmd_87 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 29, 2016
    This definitely a substantial knife and you know when it's in your front pocket LOL.
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  13. black mamba

    black mamba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    Just for comparison, I've had a dozen different #44 Buffalo Jacks, and every one has been a 6, super consistent. I'd be surprised if the #23s weren't heavier. 7 to 7½ sounds about right for the ones I've had in the past. The linerlocks still have the same springs, so the pulls usually are not any lighter. The lock just prevents closing.
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  14. BigKurtHaze


    Aug 2, 2015
    Not a 9 pull in my world. Which is a good thing. I agree with 7- 7.5.
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  15. tmd_87

    tmd_87 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 29, 2016
    I am loving the belly on the spey blade
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  16. BigKurtHaze


    Aug 2, 2015
    It’s a shame that’s not the one they’re putting in the liner lock.
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  17. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    I respect your opinion on pulls since you are a fellow Lamb owner and have experienced this weight of pull before. :cool::thumbsup:

    I'd completely agree that the #44s had a #6 pull. :cool::thumbsup:

    This is sounding great!!! :cool::thumbsup:
    I'd say a 7-7.5 sounds perfect on a big knife like this.
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  18. Christopher Bastian

    Christopher Bastian

    May 29, 2020
    Since we’re doing comparisons would anyone mind showing me the 23 and the 97 together?
  19. Christopher Bastian

    Christopher Bastian

    May 29, 2020
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