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2020 GEC #74 Mustang Thread

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by waverave, Sep 15, 2020.

  1. Nebrasketball

    Nebrasketball Gold Member Gold Member

    May 5, 2019
    I got my ironwood yesterday. Both sides are very dark, pile side a little less so. Luckily fit and finish on the shield and springs are perfect on mine.
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  2. Rose and Thistle Custom

    Rose and Thistle Custom Josh Mead Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 9, 2018
    I use a little buffing wheel in my dremel and finish with Johnson's paste wax. Ironwood is very durable but burl is is naturally weaker, I had a beautiful set of ironwood burl snap in half while I was polishing. I still use burl though, it's too beautiful to ignore.
  3. ArchVV

    ArchVV Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 8, 2015
    Here's my ironwood sample with some brethren -
    No finishing or fitment issues that I can detect. I'm happy with it, but it does seem a little less refined than the 2016 run.
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  4. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    Perhaps because every knife will be snatched up before anybody has a chance to inspect them and give a review, checking the quality at the factory is a non-issue... they will all sell out regardless. There was a day when some of those would be sold as "seconds" or "store models".
  5. toppygray82


    Jan 12, 2014
    if you want to let it go let me know i missed on the ironwood , micarya , jigged bonr and of course stag. lol
  6. toppygray82


    Jan 12, 2014
    well i missed on the ironwood, micarta, and stag.

    i hope to grab one on the secondary market.

    stag is one i would def do not mind paying up if its done right.
  7. bax229

    bax229 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 7, 2016
    Seems the issue lies with the satin nickel finishes. Without polishing, gaps and minor cracks aren’t filled, wood scales are rough, and factory scratches aren’t buffed out.

    All of my knives are users, but in the future, I’ll probably stay away from GEC satin...ya right ;)
  8. SteveC

    SteveC Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 13, 2017
    Seems like they are cutting corners .
  9. Fixall

    Fixall Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2018
    My #74 in ironwood came in on Friday so I thought I'd post a couple quick pics before I head out to work. :)

    If I'm being really nitpicky, there's a very slight gap (that GEC filled) at the top of the shield. The grain is pretty straight, but has nice contrast. Blade is sharp and is nice and (fairly) thin. Overall, the only way I could be happier with it, is if GEC had sent me two, lol. Definitely a keeper. Don't mind the scuffs on the bolster, shield, and rear pins. They were caused by the slate table I was taking pictures on (it's a user so no harm, no foul).

    Last edited: Nov 1, 2020
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  10. hornetguy

    hornetguy Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2015
    For any of you guys that are disappointed with your ironwood 74, I'll be happy to take it off your hands for a fair price....
  11. ArchiveMoto

    ArchiveMoto Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 6, 2017
    There are no words for this one, that is simply stunning.
  12. joeradza

    joeradza Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 6, 2014
    Just paid for my reserved stag. The wait begins.
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  13. BGMoHunter

    BGMoHunter Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 17, 2020
    Me too.
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  14. tmd_87

    tmd_87 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 29, 2016
    Can't wait!!
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  15. Slim278

    Slim278 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 24, 2016
    From the photos listed here, the Ironwood examples are not finished very well and would greatly benefit from a good polishing. The selection of wood on some examples are quite beautiful even with the lack luster finish.
  16. hornetguy

    hornetguy Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2015
    I suppose it takes all kinds.... I prefer a satin finish on a wood handled knife. If they are too polished, they start looking 'plastic' to me. I even dusted my 23 mesquite a little bit with fine scotchbrite to knock the shine back some.
  17. waynorth

    waynorth Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 19, 2005
    "QUOTE="Fixall, post: My #74 in ironwood came in on Friday so I thought I'd post a couple quick pics before I head out to work. :)

    I like that straight, contrasty grain!! (Is contrasty a word??:D)
    While Burl is nice looking, this looks like quarter-sawn wood, and implies strength and durability!!:thumbsup: Congratulations, @Fixall !!:)
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  18. cudgee

    cudgee Gold Member Gold Member

    May 13, 2019
    In the commercial world, that is always a possibility when demand far exceeds supply.
  19. bigfish64

    bigfish64 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 9, 2020
    I wanted a 74 as bad as anyone and even with the issues it had I considered keeping it because I knew I wouldn’t get another one, but in the end I just couldn’t justify keeping it and sent it back. I don’t feel like l’m crazy picky, but I’m won’t keep a knife that I would send back if it were any other brand just because it is a GEC. We all know that they have made and will continue to make very high quality knives, but when they don’t, in my opinion, they don’t deserve to get beat up, but they don’t deserve a pass either, just because they are GEC.
  20. EngrSorenson

    EngrSorenson Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jul 3, 2019
    and by returning it you help strike the line of what you consider acceptable. I personally don’t like the idea of folks buying sub-par stuff just because it’s rare and they’re willing to put up with it.

    And just to state the full case, it’s very hard to say what flaws are acceptable in a $100 knife; different things bother different people. It puts GEC and the buyer in a tough position. There are no rules with these things, so I think it’s safe to go with your gut; it will tell you if you got what you wanted.

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