GEC steel

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Speas, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. Speas

    Speas

    38
    Apr 27, 2007
    Anyone have any comments on the hardness and related performance on the 1095 and 440C steels on the GEC knives? There is quite a bit of discussion on the build quality of the GECs but I haven't seen much discussion on the steel or how that 440C does particularly. I like that acorn shield on the 440C models so I was considering trying one out. Thanks
     
  2. CL01

    CL01

    Apr 19, 2007
    So, the GECs that are listed as having SS blades, are 440C? Hmm, I might have to get that GEC Scout I saw with SS blades & Golden Rod micarta...:D
     
  3. mckgreg

    mckgreg

    Nov 18, 2001
    GEC's 1095 will Rockwell from 57 to 59 which is more than just good enough.
    Greg
     
  4. RobbW

    RobbW Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 15, 2003
    My Pioneer takes a very sharp edge and keeps it a long time. I can cut a lot of tomato stakes before I need to touch up the edge. They must have fantastic control of their heat treats.
     
  5. okbohn

    okbohn

    May 26, 2006
    I have found them excellent in hardness and edge retention.
     
  6. CL01

    CL01

    Apr 19, 2007
    Out of curiosity, is that with both steels? I'm sure the 1095 is excellent, but, like the OP, I am curious about the SS blades, which I'm taking to be 440C, right? I did/do not know what steel the SS is, although I'm sure it is excellent, too.
     
  7. Speas

    Speas

    38
    Apr 27, 2007
    ^It is 440c - Derrick's site lists them as such. It seems that the 1095 is much more popular given the production #s and the discussion here. I too like the goldenrod micarta - may need to take the plunge.
     
  8. wintermute

    wintermute Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 18, 2007
    I have a Scout with the goldenrod micarta and the 440C blades - awesome knife. To be honest you, I haven't done anything with it yet that would tax the edge retention, but considering how well GEC does everything else...
     
  9. RedEdge77

    RedEdge77

    Jul 13, 2005
    I have had the pioneer for a week now and love the blades. I use the spey shaped blade for cutting up fruits and the other one for duty work like packages. Both are holding up very well :thumbup:
     
  10. wintermute

    wintermute Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 18, 2007
    Just wanted to folow up on the 440C. I was stripping a branch to make a walking stick yesterday. This included cutting/gouging out a bunch of knots (some pretty big and nasty). I used my spey blade for the whole endeavor and I noticed NO loss of edge. Of course, I stropped it afterwards on a magazine because some things just need to be done.
     

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