2020 GEC Rendezvous - August 7th and 8th

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Half/Stop, Feb 14, 2020.

  1. Half/Stop

    Half/Stop Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 25, 2014
    I know it’s only February but I’m already looking forward to the Rendezvous. We can’t wait to visit old friends and meet some new ones. They changed the format this year by starting the Rendezvous on Friday. As usual please post here if your going to attend. Anything Rendezvous related. Maybe we can post knives and photos from past Rendezvous gatherings. Hope to see everyone there.

    Here’s the info from the GEC web site.

    2020 GREAT EASTERN CUTLERY ANNUAL RENDEZVOUS
    AUGUST 7 TH & 8 TH

    FRIDAY

    7:00 AM TO 5:00 PM

    TOURS AVAILABLE

    SATURDAY

    7:00 AM TO 3:00 PM

    SATURDAY

    PICNIC 4:00 PM – MYSTIC PARK — RSVP

    Friday — 30 Serialized Rendezvous Knives for sale

    Saturday – 20 Serialized Rendezvous Knives for sale

    TENT SPACE AVAILABLE IN FRONT OF THE GEC FACTORY

    HOT DOGS AND POPCORN AND REFRESHMENTS AVAILABLE FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

    CALL FOR MORE DETAILS.
     
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  2. Crazy Canuck

    Crazy Canuck Singing along with the voices in my head Gold Member

    Nov 24, 2013
    One day I'd love to attend this, but it's not really in the cards for me. I enjoy watching these threads each Summer. It's almost like being there, and fun to live vicariously through those that are able to attend. Will be watching this thread :)
     
  3. hornetguy

    hornetguy Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2015
    Seeing how that would be about a 1250 mile (one way) trip on the bike, I sorta doubt I'll be able to make it. I did a 3000 mile round trip last June, so my wife would likely not approve of this one....
    Sounds like it would be fun, though.
     
  4. Old Engineer

    Old Engineer Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 30, 2014
    Picked these up at the 2019 Rendezvous :
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    It would be nice to see as many of you there as possible . I fully expect to see these same Old Codgers there .
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    And of course there will be someone around to tell you first timers where to go .
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    Just don't expect to see the same knives that I have shown above to be available again .

    Harry
     
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  5. Stropping Young Lad

    Stropping Young Lad Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 11, 2012
    I’ll be there! It makes sense to have a longer day on Saturday. Saturdays were always slow before the picnic.
     
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  6. Half/Stop

    Half/Stop Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 25, 2014
    A lot of people attend the Rendezvous each year for the special knives. I will admit that is a good reason. There are always the yearly Rendezvous knives. For the last several years they have made 50. In years past it was 30. Then there are the “Specials”. These are knives they build just to sell at the Rendezvous. These are usually in very low numbers produced. The numbers will vary. And of course they always have various Store knives. These are marked with an “S”. They could be current or older production. There will also always be some of the current production first quality knives to choose from.

    Last year, after waiting on the Porch since 11:00PM the night before, I bought my Rendezvous knife #3 first thing and then I went outside to Charlie’s table. I was able to get three Grail knives from Charlie. I bought two Farmers Jacks, a #38 Orchard Gem and a #38 Lick Creek. Both NIT and as most of you know, extremely hard to find. Then I got a 1 of 27 Special Smooth White WCLF that Bill made for Charlie to sell at the Rendezvous. This was all by around 9:00AM. At this point I was content to chill on the Porch and talk to the crowd. Later in the afternoon I went back in the showroom after some of the crowd had dispersed. I was able to get a Northfield #93 Real Ram Foot Jigged Bone. It was a “S” model. That concluded my first day purchases.

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    This is one of the real reasons Pam and I attend the Rendezvous each year. The people that we have meet and see each year. Where else can you get genuine Wisconsin Brats grilled by none other than the Grill Master, Harry @Old Engineer. Nancy and Harry are just two of the great friends we have meet at the Rendezvous. :)

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  7. L.H.S

    L.H.S Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 1, 2013
    I LOVE the new setup for several reasons 1) On the old setup I stayed up all night Wednesday then had to go back to work Thursday afternoon. Kinda tough lol Now I'll just come straight from work. 2) It will condense things so that more people are there Friday. 3) Saturday won't be so slow

    I will be there with a table displaying all the Rendezvous Specials since 2014, as well as other knives. Also Knife Thoughts stickers and such.

    I also started a Facebook group for those going (I think I started it a week after the 2019 Rendezvous :D) https://www.facebook.com/groups/399249030765333/?ref=share

    I'm looking forward to seeing all the usuals on the porch :thumbsup:

    @Old Engineer that Pearl cattle knife is beautiful, I almost picked that one up. Nice snag!

    @Stropping Young Lad you setting up a table?
     
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  8. mrknife

    mrknife Gold Member Gold Member

    May 9, 2010
    its been getting cold in Titusville these last few years! The first summer I went it was blistering but looking at that picture, Harry there looks like hes ready for the fall weather
     
  9. Magizm7

    Magizm7 Gold Member Gold Member

    166
    May 18, 2017
    Im looking at flights from Scotland via Toronto. That seems to be my cheapest option. Possibly fly in on the Wednesday and drive down on the Thursday. Been mulling this over for the last few years - time to get my ass in gear.:)
     
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  10. Augie

    Augie Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 23, 2014
    Donna and I will most likely still get there Wednesday afternoon, maybe take a ride over to the Case Museum on Thursday. Hopefully the friends we have made will still get there on Weds and we can spend a couple days socializing.
    Also hopefully I'm able to make it, knee that kept me out of last years Rendezvous healed but when I went back to work in November I tore my right rotator cuff and am again waiting on surgery, having to fight Workmans Comp, hoping to have surgery in March or April.
     
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  11. AnW

    AnW Gold Member Gold Member

    434
    Jun 15, 2019
    I plan to attend this year for the first time. I actually grew up in Titusville but rarely get back that way anymore as I live about 6 hours away (better than Scotland I guess so no more excuses from me!:D)

    Looking forward to meeting many of the fine folks that have made me feel welcomed on "the porch" over the past year!
     
  12. mrknife

    mrknife Gold Member Gold Member

    May 9, 2010
    you benching too much like @paulhilborn eh? gotta take it easy in the gym!
     
  13. Augie

    Augie Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 23, 2014

    Nahh, doing physical work at age 63 is killing me, my dad was right, he told me when I was in my early 20's that I would not want to be doing physical work in my 60's and he was right.
     
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  14. Stropping Young Lad

    Stropping Young Lad Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 11, 2012
    Yes sir, I plan to. I’ll bring my various wares, and I have something special in the works that I think will be a hit at the Rendezvous. I like’em anyway. ;)
     
  15. Old Engineer

    Old Engineer Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 30, 2014
    How you doing Jack ??? Good to hear from you my friend . It is not so much that it was cold as it was later in the day , in the shade , and my blood is not as thick as it used to be .

    Harry
     
  16. hose56

    hose56 Gold Member Gold Member

    626
    Jun 8, 2009
    Yep, I'm coming from Texas again. This will be my 10th year in a row. Last year I was hobbling due to a foot surgery and did some suffering for the cause. It was well worth it to see the great guys and gals. Foot is 90% now. Old folks heal slower. Old folks have taught me the best things in life.
     
  17. mrknife

    mrknife Gold Member Gold Member

    May 9, 2010
    Not too bad, your self Harry? How are you and Nancy, hope things are going swell for you and the family!
     
  18. waverave

    waverave Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 7, 2018
    I won't be able to make it out this year unfortunately...just have too many big trips already planned. I really hope I can make it happen next year. Until then, I am looking forward to the OKCA show in April. For me, that is the closest to a GEC Rendezvous as I can get :)

    As always, I very much look forward to the photos and stories this year. I get all giddy seeing the SFA's, grails, etc!!! Thanks everyone for sharing here :thumbsup:
     
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  19. Rockon75

    Rockon75 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 8, 2008
    Oh no. I wasn't considering the 'vous when we set up our beach week..........
     

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