2020 GEC#47 VIPER RUN

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With each new GEC run as of late, I take receipt of my knives with no small bit of trepidation.

No need here, these are finely made knives. Good pulls and action, no wobble whatsoever, and the shields are properly inlet this time around.

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The plums look good together.

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Very pleased with how these turned out. Hard to capture the wood in a pic but these things are wild looking. Fit and finish are spectacular. No QC issues that I can see. Nice and snappy. Extremely slicy. This is a fine knife.
 

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Very pleased with how these turned out. Hard to capture the wood in a pic but these things are wild looking. Fit and finish are spectacular. No QC issues that I can see. Nice and snappy. Extremely slicy. This is a fine knife.
Those are nice looking covers! I should get my ironwood on Monday, hopefully it'll have interesting wood as well.

I may smooth/polish it a bit with some fine sandpaper, or just let a little pocket and fidget time work its magic!
 

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Those are nice looking covers! I should get my ironwood on Monday, hopefully it'll have interesting wood as well.

I may smooth/polish it a bit with some fine sandpaper, or just let a little pocket and fidget time work its magic!
I think Im going to let my hands/pockets do the work, but they would look awesome with some sanding and polishing.
 
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Very pleased with how these turned out. Hard to capture the wood in a pic but these things are wild looking. Fit and finish are spectacular. No QC issues that I can see. Nice and snappy. Extremely slicy. This is a fine knife.
Very nice!! Have the matching 74 to go with it?
 

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Very nice!! Have the matching 74 to go with it?
Thank you.. I ended up with a stag 74. Had my name on the list for an ironwood 74, but got bumped due to lower supply than originally reported. Would love a matching pair but rolling with variety.
 
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275 pieces of each choice. Each GEC dealers is receiving 8 to 10 knives per choice. The black plums were sent out first by mistake. The brown burlap micarta knives and the ironwood #47 are being dropped right now. Dealers are receiving 50 request per knife. "GEC KNIFE COLLECTING IS WAR !"
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so what you’re saying is there’s a chance?
 
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275 pieces of each choice. Each GEC dealers is receiving 8 to 10 knives per choice. The black plums were sent out first by mistake. The brown burlap micarta knives and the ironwood #47 are being dropped right now. Dealers are receiving 50 request per knife. "GEC KNIFE COLLECTING IS WAR !"
I don't want to create an argument, but this isn't exactly how it works. Not every dealer gets the same allotment. They are ranked in tiers that was established by annual expenditure with GEC long before the overwhelming popularity. For example, a tier one dealer like DLT receives multiples of what some of the smaller dealers are allotted. As far as requests go, a dealer I know well told me that on one of the recent popular models, they received over a thousand emails and phone calls. They sent out an email blast to everyone on their subscriber list that they couldn't reply to these any longer, and to just watch their site.

The statement that " GEC KNIFE COLLECTING IS WAR!" is almost an understatement when you can't even get on the battlefield anymore.
 
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We are not here to fight and argue . We are here to learn and better our collections. When I am wrong ,I want to be corrected. After we all check out the GEC 2020 Production numbers , that will be released soon. That is when , we really learn what is going on. Looking at those numbers and trying to think like Bill Howard. We are all spoiled and we all hate ,"You can't have this !" I almost gave up on GEC collecting back in 2018. I chewed out some GEC dealers 2019. I have been blocked on FB for speaking my mind about GEC. I have gone from hating GEC to really respecting CEO Bill Howard. I had to learn how to buy GEC knives. The best thing about GEC , I learned to love different patterns that I had no interest in before. I wanted nothing but single folders. A CASE XX blade pick changed all that. The #86 Oil Field Jack , #23 Pioneer two blade , #33 Conductor , and the 2020 #35 run , really changed my slip-joint desires. I am ready for some "Things to Ponder" Clues ! Pray for GEC , CASE XX/Zippo and their employees. Another foolish shutdown and we may not have any Pennsylvania knife makers left. I believe 2021 will be insane.
 

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:eek::eek: Looks like the pile side was "finished" with an 60 grit belt. It had potential though.:rolleyes:

I’ve never really been bothered by the satin finish GEC has been doing on their Ironwood models. I kind of like satin bolsters/shield, and the wood on all the ones I’ve had so far looked good to me. But Mark’s comment I quoted above doesn’t apply to any of the knives I’ve owned previously, and I’d say that it does apply to the Ironwood #47 I got in the mail today. o_O

At a glance it looks fine. Here it is with my Ironwood #74.

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But when you look closer, you can see the scratches from the “final” sanding going lengthwise down the handle.

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My other Ironwood GEC’s (including that just-recently-made #74) don’t look like that. I’m not sure if they changed something between the #74 and #47 runs, but this one looks like it needed a bit more polishing, even if the end goal was a satin finish.
 
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I’ve never really been bothered by the satin finish GEC has been doing on their Ironwood models. I kind of like satin bolsters/shield, and the wood on all the ones I’ve had so far looked good to me. But Mark’s comment I quoted above doesn’t apply to any of the knives I’ve owned previously, and I’d say that it does apply to the Ironwood #47 I got in the mail today. o_O

At a glance it looks fine. Here it is with my Ironwood #74.

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But when you look closer, you can see the scratches from the “final” sanding going lengthwise down the handle.

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My other Ironwood GEC’s (including that just-recently-made #74) don’t look like that. I’m not sure if they changed something between the #74 and #47 runs, but this one looks like it needed a bit more polishing, even if the end goal was a satin finish.
You can get a 3M 3000 grit pad from Walmart for about $5. Go lengthwise with the handle. Do everything but the blade the same amount. Don't touch the blade. It will look great. No scratches left.

I even touched up the edges of the liner on mine to get rid of the "edge".

I swear, you can't tell anything on the metal surfaces (except slightly more polish) as long as you go lengthwise and it will look great. I even did the bolster and spine to make it even. I was careful not to touch the blade. You could use blue tape if you are worried.

Last, pit a touch of oil and wipe it down. Want more polish use a little flitz metal polish on it. It will still be lightly satin.
 
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