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GEC Montana Whittler

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by robot37, May 12, 2012.

  1. robot37


    Jan 12, 2010
    Holy crap. I just stopped breathing for a few minutes!
    I saw the sneak peek at the GEC Montana Workhorse Whittler.
    It looks as if some of my prayers have been answered!!!
    They cannot make this knife fast enough, and I will likely buy multiples.

    I'm curious to see what everyone else thinks.

    Now that I've composed myself enough to formulate words and type this out, here's the link to Great Eastern's website.

    (Pic taken from Great Eastern's website)


    P.S. As much as others may groan about how thick it makes the knife, I actually have my fingers crossed that they do a 3-backspring construction like they did on the #54 whittlers back in 2008.
    Last edited: May 12, 2012
  2. richstag


    Feb 22, 2007
    I like it.
  3. MT Damascus

    MT Damascus Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 14, 2011
  4. biglmbass


    Jan 26, 2005
    Looks interesting. Hard to tell if it tapers at one end or not.
  5. black mamba

    black mamba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    I'd say it does taper, as in a sleeveboard (though whether GEC will call it one is anyone's guess!).

    Looks like a real workhorse.
  6. xtonesterx


    May 26, 2009
    I'm in.
  7. Modoc ED

    Modoc ED Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    I'm not a whittler so what the heck do I know BUT why a spear point blade. Wouldn't it be a better whittler with a sheepsfoot blade in place of the spear point blade and leave the other two (wharncliffe and clip) as they are?

    My grumpy, grouchy, side isn't likeing it as it appears in the picture.

    I did whittle a point on a stick once to roast marshmallows.
    Last edited: May 12, 2012
  8. robot37


    Jan 12, 2010
    I would say the whittler description applies based on the blade layout. However, I don't really plan on whittling wood with it. Rather, it appeals to me a great all-around EDC utility knife. I am really fond of spear point main blades, and I almost have to have a sheepsfoot or stout wharncliffe blade on me at all times. The small clip on this one is just icing on the cake.

    I really think that someone at GEC must have been reading my mind, and perceived that I was looking for a knife with a hefty spear and a sheepsfoot/wharncliffe. I was teetering on the edge of getting one of the new 2012 S&M heritage series cattleman knives. However, I feel like I would be much better served by this pattern.

    All I can say is that I hope they make a Tidioute version in ebony. . . Aww, who am I kidding? I'd still buy it even if they used the glitter gold acrylic. But still, if anyone at GEC is reading this please please please make an ebony version!!

  9. CB-R

    CB-R Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 25, 2011
    I've been looking for a knife with a spay main and a wharncliffe. This seems close enough and I want it!
  10. Bigfattyt

    Bigfattyt Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 23, 2007
    Nice! I need a pocket knife with a warncliff. None of my folders have one.
  11. Knife Crazied

    Knife Crazied

    Apr 17, 2009
    I do like the looks of it. :thumbup:

    Sent from Ash forum mobile
  12. whetrock


    Nov 13, 2010
    Looks pretty nifty, I'm glad to see GEC growin' em big. I'm pretty optimistic about this whittler on steroids even though it's marketed as a whittler it looks like a fine work/EDC knife.
  13. zippofan


    Nov 12, 2011
    Just when I thought it was safe... Lol
    I'm in :D
  14. mikeymoto

    mikeymoto Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    I hope the blades sink in nice and deep when closed. I like the GEC spear blade but I don't like how high it usually rides outside the knife when closed.
  15. supratentorial


    Dec 19, 2006
    I want it.
  16. richstag


    Feb 22, 2007
    Just to throw this out there, but I didn't think the term whittler was used because a knife is intended to whittle wood. I thought it was a pattern with a thick main blade opposing two secondary blades all sharing the same split spring. Is this off? I wouldn't call a three spring knife a whittler pattern, but thats just me.

  17. brets-ftw


    Sep 11, 2010
    If it has a 3 spring design, I hope they thin out the scale material a little, I mean weight has never been an issue but I think a 1/2" is about as wide a knife as I want to carry
  18. supratentorial


    Dec 19, 2006
    That's my understanding also.
    --Levine's Guide

    I would be very surprised and disappointed if GEC made this with three teeny weeny springs instead of a true split backspring. If the split backspring is well executed this knife will push the Calf Roper out of my pocket.

    I'm really pleased with the 3 3/4" size, classic sleeveboard shape and three different blade geometries. I think this is one of the smartest designs they've come up with yet.
  19. robot37


    Jan 12, 2010

    By all accounts, I would say that you are correct. It seems that in recent years we have collectively loosened the definition of some knife patterns to include similar-but-not-quite-accurate replicas of the original thing. Given my line of work, I definitely know what it means to get anal-retentive over what a word means. However, in the context of pocket knives I'm inclined to let the knife speak for itself regardless of which name is affixed.

    I have adopted this mentality after realizing that GEC is going to do what GEC is going to do. No amount of course correction from the peanut gallery will reel in their wacky naming conventions. However, they make such a darn nice pocketknife that I can't help but ask for more, regardless of what they call it.

    I realized that I'm straddling the "whittler" fence here, but my initial intention was just to call attention to what I think will be a really cool pattern from GEC.

  20. supratentorial


    Dec 19, 2006
    It reminds me a little of the "Montana Mountaineer"


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