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Do you use your GEC knives?

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by robertj298, Nov 20, 2020.

  1. rbeggs

    rbeggs Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 8, 2013
    I use a lot of mine and gec is pretty much all i carry. This one is used hard.
  2. Misplaced Hillbilly

    Misplaced Hillbilly Gold Member Gold Member

    May 16, 2018
    I use the sh.....uh....um....stuffing outta mine:D:thumbsup: I'm 90% certain that if I by some miracle received some ultra rare 1 of 1 GEC it'd have patina within 24 hours. But thats just me,if someone gets enjoyment from keeping them mint then thats what is right for them;):thumbsup:
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  3. solphilos

    solphilos Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 17, 2009
    is that a factory second? The tang stamp is backwards :D
  4. longbow1968


    Sep 9, 2020
    No question GEC makes a nice knife. I have a few, but will admit that the ones I am most interested in are either difficult to come by or a bit spendy. For these reasons I usually carry other brands more often and I am okay with that. This early Red Stag 23 is probably my crown jewel:
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  5. solphilos

    solphilos Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 17, 2009
    Good lookin bunch of users right there :thumbsup:
    The Farm and Field series looks especially nice with good honest wear on them. Going to drop my orange 71 in pocket tomorrow, thanks for the inspiration :D
  6. Old Engineer

    Old Engineer Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 30, 2014
    I have way more GEC knives that are Safe Queens than there are Users . I do use some of them without hesitation when I do carry them . When I know that I will be working outside , I will carry some great Older knives . The following GECs are usually the ones that I will use .
    Then there are many more GECs that I will carry and use if I have a small cutting job .

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  7. rbeggs

    rbeggs Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 8, 2013
    Its the ultra rare backwards left hand model. Or it could be a flipped pic:)
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  8. Misplaced Hillbilly

    Misplaced Hillbilly Gold Member Gold Member

    May 16, 2018
    Thanks, the Farm and Field series are such no nonsense no frills working knives I don't see how anyone could NOT use them:thumbsup: My 71 is a gift from a gracious porch member and was my first GEC:cool::thumbsup:
  9. solphilos

    solphilos Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 17, 2009
    I’m sure it made a good impression, the Bullnose just begs for work. Mine gets used for all the dirty jobs around the house and sometimes under the hood, scraping old gaskets, cutting rubber hoses, zip ties, etc. Handles it all like a champ.
  10. bdjansen

    bdjansen Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 11, 2011
    I use them! I think used knives look better then new ones too. I expect to sell them for less then I paid for them if I sell them and I’m ok with that.
  11. wolfeknives

    wolfeknives KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 2, 2006
    Nope, I have never used any of my GEC's, or others purchased in the past few years. I love them for the workmanship, and for me at least, that is enough reason to own them. I have 4 or 5 knives that have been in use for many years, they are all I need, and serve me well as users.
    I do completely understand those who use all their knives, after all that is what they are made for.
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  12. Jiki

    Jiki Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jun 12, 2018
    Lol, I bought a 21 for those big jobs that a 71 can't handle. I just never run into anything the 71 can't handle.
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  13. TexasTomcat

    TexasTomcat Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 21, 2018
    My working 71 F & F on an extra long lanyard (and some 71 spares) - in my front pocket, back pocket, around my neck, on a hook in the shop, on a office doorknob, hanging up in the truck...or just swinging it around and catching it and passing the time. We like the 71s and the 21s!
  14. Lansky1


    Apr 12, 2016
    I too only have a half dozen GEC's ... I carry all of them except one ... a 2 blade congress with St. Paddy's Day acrylic - absolutely irreplaceable if I ever lost it as they never surface, as GEC refuses to offer any interesting acrylics anymore ... so it's ok that one stays put.

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  15. Murphjd25

    Murphjd25 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2016
    I don’t buy to collect anymore, I only buy the GECs I absolutely love and I use every single one of them. I get way more joy out of using them instead of just admiring them in new condition.
  16. ISKRA


    Sep 19, 2016
    I only have a few and I use all of them, even slightly modify them. Some will say it's sacrilige, I say who gives. They're mine, they bring me joy, that's the only important thing. :)

    My 73 is probably my biggest beater. It had that characteristic point which the 73 spay blades usually have, but I filed it down to a slightly more droppoint shape.

    Removed the bail and polished off the etch on this one.

    Many turn do blade deletes to their 2 blade jacks, I had the reverse done with this one.
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  17. sitflyer

    sitflyer Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 10, 2011






    I've got others that I use/ have used, and many more that are waiting to be used...they are just knives, built to be used...though it is fun to have some to just admire. I guess, it's complicated.
  18. knifethetank

    knifethetank Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 18, 2018
    I have more GEC safe queens than users and a few months back I sold some to balance the brands in my collection. I enjoy my collection and users, especially when one of my grandsons ask what did you get recently. It’s not a GEC but he thought our Forums ram horn was great. Any hobby can be an investment, I have a few, so to me if I loose or make a profit that’s okay as long as I’m enjoying my hobby.
  19. rishma


    Jun 22, 2008
    I own 3 and have carried them. I don’t own any knives that I intend for drawer queens but tend to be a one knife guy for periods of a year or so and that means the rest tend to sit for long periods, occasionally oiled and admired. My monogamy makes me a boring porch member. I might need to adopt a rotation to spice things up.
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  20. Ogreman

    Ogreman Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 23, 2019
    I try to use most of the knives I buy because not really planning on selling any. However, I did see an immediate difference in using my GEC 38 special one night over stainless steel blades. I just used it to eat a cheeseball and crackers and when I went to wash the knife off as usual, noticed a large blotch on the blade! The blotch was not wiping off either. I guess something in the cheeseball made the blade develop an instant patina so I will still be using my GECs, but may just have that one for food only.
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