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#78 American Jack

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by filedog, Jan 7, 2014.

  1. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    Great group of #78s. Somebody's going to ask, so... Which is your favorite?
  2. ArchiveMoto

    ArchiveMoto Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 6, 2017
    Thanks John, 3 have just arrived so they haven't had any pocket time. The Ironwood was a longtime coming and it is on me today, though it definitely needs flushed as it is NIT for the moment and the action is pretty garbage. Of all of them I like the feel of the cocobolo the most, it has the best action out of mine, but the Ebony and Blue Bone just knock it out of the park. Most days I have a 78 or a TC in my watch pocket so I don't know if I have just one that I'd keep over the rest. The stag, micarta, and acrylic have been my least favorite, at this point I've owned them all except the Elderberry (because its purple) but I let those go, though now I'm thinking I should scoop them back up if the price is right.
    JohnDF likes this.
  3. Fodderwing

    Fodderwing Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2017
    Will Power, dc50, tmd_87 and 19 others like this.
  4. JTB_5

    JTB_5 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 6, 2017
    Nice collection @ArchiveMoto ! I really love that ironwood 78. Whew!
    ArchiveMoto likes this.
  5. singin50

    singin50 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2012
    ArchiveMoto has one of the finest collections of 78s I’ve ever seen!!:cool::thumbsup::thumbsup:
  6. ddavis

    ddavis Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 17, 2018
    I've been lurking on this thread since the beginning, I think it's time I finally contribute.
    This has been in my pocket every single day since New Years Eve.
    tmd_87, SV-97, Bryan Allison and 25 others like this.
  7. UseitorLoseit

    UseitorLoseit Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 3, 2016
    The 78 pattern is excellent.

    tmd_87, SV-97, paulhilborn and 15 others like this.
  8. redsparrow

    redsparrow Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 3, 2014
    Welcome ddavis!! Nice contribution, 8 months of carry has made your American Jack better than new!
  9. ddavis

    ddavis Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 17, 2018
    Thanks for the welcome! I've really been enjoying BladeForums for the past few months.
    Here is the 78 on the first day of carry, fresh out of the tube.
    My 2 year old ran in just after I took this picture, so I quickly grabbed the knife off the floor and closed it too fast and got a little bite. Figures the first thing this knife cut was my finger. We've had a respectful relationship since.

    Contrasts well with John Deere green.
    The bone had always been a bit more ivory than white in color, but it is warming up even more with use.
    OLd_gUY, dc50, tmd_87 and 16 others like this.
  10. Easyrider

    Easyrider Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2000
    That is turning a nice cream color!

    The 78 may be one of the best patterns to come out of GEC.
    OLd_gUY and Mikael W like this.
  11. Easyrider

    Easyrider Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2000
    That bone cover is is turning a nice creamy color.
    kai76 likes this.
  12. kai76

    kai76 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 5, 2009
    2 from a recent trade. They are my first non vintage knives in 3 years or so. On the left micarta one, I gave the blade a mellow patina and sanded down the polished covers to a matte finish which gives it more traction especially with wet hands. The sanded micarta will also absorb oils and grime which should patina nicely. At 3 3/4” I was concerned the 78 might be a little big but it feels great in hand and is pocket friendly with the rounded bolsters.
    Captvideo, dc50, Lostball and 16 others like this.
  13. Ajd3530


    Jan 20, 2017
    Is the main spear on the 2 bladed Tidioutes 78s pinchable?
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2018
  14. solphilos


    Oct 17, 2009
    The single blade Tidioute is easily pinchable for me, and even more so with a patina. I don't have big meaty fingers though, so of course mileage may vary :p
  15. waverave

    waverave Gold Member Basic Member Gold Member

    Jun 7, 2018
    :eek: That blue one...please tell me more :thumbsup: Lord have mercy.
  16. Travman

    Travman Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2016
    GE Jr, Mikael W, rbeggs and 13 others like this.
  17. Anothername

    Anothername Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 31, 2017
    If you patina the main blade on a two bladed it is possible but it’s easier to use the nail nick. Without the patina it’s unpinchable.
    HWF likes this.
  18. warrenwrench

    warrenwrench Gold Member Basic Member Gold Member

    Apr 5, 2014
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  19. OLd_gUY

    OLd_gUY Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 20, 2018
    78's are the best. Always lookin' for more. A Blue Camel Bone is becoming my grail. Seems like whenever I find one, I don't have the $. Sound familiar?
    MJ71, Anothername, Fodderwing and 8 others like this.
  20. warrenwrench

    warrenwrench Gold Member Basic Member Gold Member

    Apr 5, 2014
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