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Do you use your GEC knives?

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

  1. Old Engineer

    Old Engineer Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 30, 2014
    Welcome to the traditionals Porch my friend . Have a good time expanding your collection .

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  2. mbkr

    mbkr Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2018
    I use some, some I don't. I tend to buy what I find interesting for one reason or another (ooh...shiny :) ). I have a couple of knives a friend of mine labeled, "too pretty to use". :p

    And not enough stuff to cut :D

    I had the same reaction to my 71 so I gave it to a friend of mine who had never heard of GEC, but appreciates fine things.
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  3. eisman

    eisman Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 9, 2009
    I have two that are in my steady rotation for pocket time and use. I have others that just sit in a drawer. For me it's pretty much pattern, and when I find one I really like that gets used. I've been using my Congress Jack (the BF 2013 knife) steady ever since it arrived in the mail. It's my most carried knife.
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  4. veitsi_poika

    veitsi_poika Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Nov 25, 2016
    When will GEC's become vintage? I hope I'm still alive then so I can buy my first one and post it in the "Old Knives" thread :D
  5. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    And I think the time spent focused on opening and closing the knife adds to the joy of using them.
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  6. Quiet

    Quiet "That guy" Gold Member

    Oct 11, 2013
    I candidly have more GEC knives in my collection than I will ever use. I'm primarily a collector, and don't feel bad about it in the slightest. I do rotate several of them as carry knives and when I DO use those several, they're for tasks that couldn't honestly be called "hard use". Opening mail, cutting a shirt thread, food prep/eating, etc. About as EDC as it gets. With my GECs, I have two or three that I've designated as "food use", chosen because I didn't mind if they developed a patina, as I like to keep the rest in patina-free condition.

    I like having them, and enjoy seeing what new things GEC will come up with.
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  7. The Zieg

    The Zieg

    Jan 31, 2002
    I have one Hawthorne Jack and I bought it to use, which I do (though infrequently). They really are outstanding tools!

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  8. hornetguy

    hornetguy Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2015
    Do I use 'em? Yep. Mesquite 23 LL....

  9. TraditionalMedicinal

    TraditionalMedicinal Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 17, 2020
    I've found I'm really picky about what I like in a knife so I find myself buying and re-selling quite a few, some non-users I keep because I might like an aspect or two but not the entirety and they usually end up being gifts, I've also sold users, if they're knives people want and they're in good shape they can retain most if not all value and sometimes a little more (also depends on if they have flaws which are less desirable and you'll usually lose a few percent just because of that), I'd say if you want to keep them as a store of value maybe don't use them
  10. Zachary Reed

    Zachary Reed Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Feb 18, 2020
    Sure does. Just in general, they require more maintenace. The cleaning, sharpening, and upkeep is just more ways to enjoy the knife. I thought I wanted something to throw in my pocket and not have to worry about, quite the opposite.
  11. sgbeskin

    sgbeskin Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 8, 2005
    9A2D67B0-C1AC-42AB-8BED-0E585DA1037D.jpeg I use mine
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