A month without GEC

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by btb01, Sep 1, 2018.

  1. btb01

    btb01 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 26, 2008
    Back in January, I packed up my entire collection of pocket knives (along with the rest of our belongings) and moved them halfway across the country. Our first place in Minnesota was a rental house, which we knew would be short term while we searched for a home to purchase. We ended up living in that house for around 5 months, during which time we unpacked enough of our stuff to live normally, while leaving some unnecessary items in boxes to make them easier to move again once we found a home.

    Pocket knives, of course, made the cut for "items necessary to live normally" :D, so shortly after we arrived in MN, I began unpacking them and filling the drawers of the old parts cabinet in which I store them. I started with my GEC knives, as they're the most prominent brand in my collection, and the knives that I carry most often. Well, somewhere in the middle of unpacking knives, other "getting settled" duties called, and before I knew it, all the snow and ice from winter had melted, summer was practically upon us, and we had purchased a home and were ready to move our stuff yet again (this time by ourselves, but thankfully a much shorter distance — the house we purchased was literally just up the hill from the place we were renting). It was at this point that I realized I had only ever gotten around to unpacking my GEC knives, and that most of the other knives I own had remained packed away for months.

    Of course, this made them easy to move to the new house, but it also made me realize that I have a tendency to neglect many of the non-GEC knives in my collection when it comes to what makes it in my pocket. So, now that I have just about everything unpacked, I've decided to try a little experiment. For the month of September, I'm not going to carry any of my GEC knives. No #15’s or #77's, no #25’s or Bull Noses. Instead, I'm going to use this as an opportunity to carry knives that don't normally make it in my pocket.

    There are a few additional parameters I'm setting for myself that I hope will help to keep me out of my comfort zone a bit. Along with my GEC's, I’ll be shelving some other knives that I already carry occasionally (mostly Case knives, Opinels, etc.). My real goal here is to try and get knives into my pocket that haven’t been there before.

    I'll be posting photos of the knives I'll be carrying throughout the month here in this thread, as well as my thoughts on those knives — what I like about them, what I don't (hopefully there won't be too much to report on that front :)), why I wanted to include them in this little experiment, etc. (I'll also continue to post in the "normal" applicable threads here on the Porch.)

    Today I kicked things off by dropping my standard A. Wright's Ebony Lambsfoot in my pocket. I wanted to start this thing off with a Lambsfoot because, as I recently mentioned in the Lambsfoot thread, I have several (including three of @Jack Black's Guardians knives) but for whatever reason I rarely carry them. I meant to get a new photo of it today to add to this post, but the day sort of got away from and I never took one. I'll remedy that tomorrow, but for now, it's the bottom knife in this older photo.

  2. Railsplitter

    Railsplitter Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2010
    Cool experiment, Barrett. Looking forward to following this thread.
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  3. 5K Qs

    5K Qs Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 20, 2014
    I agree with Rick, Barrett. :thumbsup::cool::thumbsup: I'll be following this thread with interest. Who knows, it may lead to your adopting a formal rotation schedule! :D:cool::D

    - GT
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  4. WhittlinAway

    WhittlinAway Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    I’m looking forward to following along your adventure through this thread. May the journey be filled with pleasant surprises and end up with a few new favorites.
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  5. Rich S

    Rich S

    Sep 23, 2005
    I've not carried a GEC ever; probably never will. Vic Tinker, Kershaw Oso-Sweet and Link serve all my needs. No need for expensive "cult" knives.
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  6. r redden

    r redden Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 23, 2015
    Great idea for at thread Barrett I will be following it. :thumbsup:
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  7. afishhunter

    afishhunter Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 21, 2014
    I've never owned a GEC, but I can relate.
    A Buck 301 Stockman seems to have displaced all my other stockmans, plus all the Barlows, Canoes, and other two blade patterns I used to carry from my pocket.

    I really should start carrying the others again ...
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  8. Modoc ED

    Modoc ED Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    I get where you're coming from. I have so many knives that if I carried a different knife every day it would take me a year-plus to carry them all. Maybe two years-plus.
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  9. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Cool idea Barrett :cool: Lambsfoot content a bonus! :D ;) :thumbsup:

    I'm in the same boat Ed, and it disturbs me, especially as I have a lot of uncarried knives I really love :(
  10. joeradza

    joeradza Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 6, 2014
    I'm not much on correcting others, but I'd be hard pressed to define GEC's customers as "cultists."
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  11. Modoc ED

    Modoc ED Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    I'm the same way. You'd think that I have enough knives but just in the month August I bought 32 maybe 33 more knives - all of them new that month. Where it'll end I don't know but I've still got a lot of empty boxes and drawers.:rolleyes:
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  12. afishhunter

    afishhunter Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 21, 2014
    N+1 :D
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  13. paulhilborn

    paulhilborn Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 22, 2006
    LOL, cult knives:D:rolleyes:

    Cool idea/experiment Barrett, good on you to expand the carry selection:thumbsup:
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  14. Fodderwing

    Fodderwing Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2017
    Okay Alan ... but isn't that a kool-aid mustache your'e sporting?... hmm...? :eek::cool::cool::D:D:D
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  15. joeradza

    joeradza Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 6, 2014
    Maybe milk with a shot of Jobn Lloyd.
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  16. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    You got it BAD Ed! :eek: :D :thumbsup:
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  17. Jsega51

    Jsega51 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2015
    It’s been a long time since I’ve carried a GEC. Don’t worry, you’ll be just fine. :thumbsup:
  18. btb01

    btb01 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 26, 2008
    Thanks for the comments so far, everyone!

    I doubt that I'll be adopting an Excel spreadsheet schedule, but hopefully it will influence my carry habits a bit. :D :thumbsup:

    I figured some folks would be able to relate, whether the knives they habitually carry are GEC's or not. I'm sure there are guys who carry Case knives most often, or Buck knives, or any other brand, and end up neglecting other knives in their collection.

    I'd also encourage anyone who finds themselves in a similar habit of carrying certain knives and neglecting others to maybe join in and go outside their normal rotation. Posts about it would, of course, be welcome here. :thumbsup:

    Ironically enough, on Day Two (yesterday) I purchased two new GEC knives off the exchange. :confused: :D Still, they won't be carried until October at the earliest.

    This one was still in my pocket yesterday and today. (This photo was taken last night, before we left Arkansas and headed back to MN.)


    I posted about some difficulties I had with sharpening this particular Lambsfoot in the Guardians thread sometime back. The grinds are a bit uneven, and the bevels ended up looking a little odd by the time I got a good edge on it using flat stones, but one thing's for sure -- it'll cut! :cool:
  19. afishhunter

    afishhunter Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 21, 2014
    You're in MN?

    When I was driving truck, the TA in Rogers, MN. was one of my favorite places to park and reset my daily 14 hour (and when possible, my weekly 70 hour) drive time clock.
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  20. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    Good idea, routine can make us complacent and miss gems by neglect.

    If you want candidates for alternatives to the GEC hamster wheel :D then look no further than Winchester Black Box. GEC fans, would be cultists....;) might get a shock to realize there were quality knives long before GEC :thumbsup: Not intending to knock GEC here, got some strong favourites but a change is as good as a rest, in this case it's the same:cool:

    Looking forward to your future posts Barrett.

    Regards, Will


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