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GEC #77 Medium Barlow Impressions

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by knifeswapper, Oct 30, 2014.

  1. Sonnemann

    Sonnemann

    Sep 21, 2010
    Next to "splinter-picker" in the dictionary, you will find an image of the wharncliffe blade on this knife.

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  2. HuntBomb

    HuntBomb

    Sep 18, 2009
    My African Blackwood NF barlow has been catching quite the patina just from staying in my hand so long while whittling.
    Love this knife. Perfectly center springs in he open and closed positions, blades centered, and general F&F is superb!
    Thanks again Mike! And I looove the NF scrolled on the bolster too.
     
  3. xtonesterx

    xtonesterx

    865
    May 26, 2009
    love the pioneer bone covers on these! cant wait for mine to get here. these pictures are making the wait unbearable!
     
  4. tstaut

    tstaut

    589
    Jan 6, 2012
    Hi all, I got my blackwood and pioneer bone in the mail the other day. Overall, these are exquisite knives and others' comments have been dead on. However, I guess I have to be the first squeaky wheel.

    There's a part of one of my pioneer scales that seems like it was torched or burnt or otherwise damaged in production. Maybe it's just a characteristic of the bone, and I should come to terms with it - but it looks more like a flaw than "character" to me.

    I'd love to hear from those who have been around the block more, as these are only my second and third GEC knives... par for the course and live with it, or should I send this one back? I should add, I absolutely LOVE the pile side scale. I was hoping for one of those wormholes and got a great one!

    Thanks for any input!

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  5. Cassander

    Cassander Banned BANNED

    465
    Nov 26, 2013
    You could send it back, I suppose but there probably isn't another knife to replace it with. It does look like a flaw to me too. Maybe GEC can replace the cover itself.

    Email Mike. He seems like a great guy, I'm sure he'll do what he can for you.
     
  6. 2Dead

    2Dead Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 30, 2009
    Just adding my pics
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  7. Augie

    Augie Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 23, 2014
    The way that is shaped I think it is half a worm hole, I could be wrong.
     
  8. Markesharp

    Markesharp

    Mar 8, 2014
    Hi tstaut.
    The Pioneer Bone inherently has many different "characteristic" marks like the one on your knife. With that said, the resulting characteristic is not from producing the knife but rather the nature of the bone.
     
  9. Cassander

    Cassander Banned BANNED

    465
    Nov 26, 2013
    Yea, you know it's probably a wormhole that ended up on the edge of the cover is all. I'm sure someone here would trade you for it :)

    On second thought I don't see how Mike or GEC would let it out the door if it indeed was a burn or flaw.
     
  10. tstaut

    tstaut

    589
    Jan 6, 2012
    Thanks for the input. I have resolved to accept it as character and resume enjoying the hell out of it. :)

    Here's that pile-side worm hole I was talking about... love this side!

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  11. Tenacious D

    Tenacious D

    May 28, 2013
    I just got my Blackwood and Rose the other day, and am expecting a stag. Like everyone else has commented, fit and finish are top notch. Thank you Mike for putting this together and all the chaos it must've been in organizing the early reserves. I Cannot wait to see all the photos of the different stag covers. I have a feeling my stag is going to be my favorite one out of the three.

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  12. bleh

    bleh

    Feb 12, 2013
    I got mine on Friday, and I'm in the minority. While the knife is clearly excellent, I just haven't bonded with it. I think it's the nail nicks; I'm absolutely a long pull kinda guy. Going to give it a few more days before I throw it on the exchange.

    I will say that mine came shaving sharp and the wharncliffe is a friggin needle! The blackwood is gorgeous, and the boslter is very elegant. The knife has a great weight in the hand and overall feels great. I just haven't really bonded with the blade shapes, which was a fear from the beginning. I've never been big on clips or wharncliffs. I prefer spears and sheepsfoots (sheepsfeet?).
     
  13. xtonesterx

    xtonesterx

    865
    May 26, 2009
    tstaut your 77 looks wonderful! i dont think your cover is blemished at all. looks like maybe it could be part of a worm hole?
     
  14. btmccutcheon

    btmccutcheon

    Jul 10, 2013
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    My first GEC!
     
  15. bleh

    bleh

    Feb 12, 2013
  16. Cassander

    Cassander Banned BANNED

    465
    Nov 26, 2013
    Finally got a good pic of the Blackwood. I think the Blackwood really pops with the brass liners and pins. All the details really add up to a wonderful, unique pocket knife. Blade geometries are outstanding, and both take razor edges. Really couldn't be happier.
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  17. knifeswapper

    knifeswapper Knife Peddler Dealer / Materials Provider

    Sep 3, 2004
    A 3" grub worm came out of that hole when I was packing and bit me. I am laid up now with some strange illness :D
     
  18. Markesharp

    Markesharp

    Mar 8, 2014
    LOL Mike :D
     
  19. rma100

    rma100

    Nov 12, 2011
    That thing might be infested! You probably aught to get it traded off as soon as possible!
     
  20. tstaut

    tstaut

    589
    Jan 6, 2012
    Mike, Thanks for the bonus pet worm. I took him to the local vet and got him vaccinated. I also ordered a custom-made GEC collar for him.

    His name is Marlow.

    :)
     

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