Lets talk GEC!

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by rockgolfer, Jun 23, 2013.

  1. rockgolfer


    Mar 1, 2008
    Sometimes I want to talk about a new pattern I spy on Great Eastern's site and dont feel it needs its own thread. I have also noted general questions about one knife asked in other threads that go unnoticed. This is an effort to give us a place to talk about these things. For instance:

    Today I went over to GEC's site and saw a finished picture of the new #79 workhorse single spring knife.

    I really like the looks of this one but I have a general question. I love that they are starting to use the coping blade as a secondary but so far its been only paired with a spear blade but, why no clip? Is their a historical connection to the pairing of coping with spear? Anyone else like this change? I wouldnt even mind seeing a little wharnie as a secondary either. At any rate I am just glad to see them stepping out of the box but the human nature in me cant keep from asking questions and dreaming ahead.

    Bring on your random GEC pics, trivia, questions or whatever :)
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  2. Bob W

    Bob W

    Dec 31, 2000
    I can't answer your question, but have a general comment of my own. The quality is perfect, I love many of their patterns, but get frustrated trying to find the variation I want in stock at a real dealer. :(
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  3. Sonnemann


    Sep 21, 2010
    They have been great with fulfilling our general request for different blade profiles (like you say, coping and spear on several models.) I would love to see a clip and coping 92, etc
  4. burnside


    May 30, 2012
    The #79 Workhorse looks like a mighty fine knife to me.

    Here are a bunch of random photos of my GECs.

    My newest is the Ebony #68 Pony Jack...









    Northwoods Forest Jack made by GEC...
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  5. rockgolfer


    Mar 1, 2008
    I feel your pain Bob! Coming in to them years after they started I have missed a few variations. They usually come up with something similar eventually and I have had pretty good luck on the exchange here. Best thing I can say is to get access to a sig line here and put a few wants in it. This has worked great for me with the great members around here :thumbup:
  6. rockgolfer


    Mar 1, 2008
    Ill add a few pics of my own ;)

    I just like this one

    A few photo's that get to the point :)
  7. t.sous11


    Jul 19, 2011
    Great idea for a thread, all things GEC. My comment would be that I just cant keep up financially. They keep coming out with fantastic patterns faster than I can buy them all. I have an affinity for shields on traditionals, the right shield really classes up a knife for me. I wish GEC would use a bigger variety, ie. federal, bomb, etc. that would be my only shtick.
  8. SubSpace


    May 26, 2011
    I love GEC and will continue to buy knives from them if only to support them. It's clear to me they read this forum and listen to us, because I am the curmudgeon who started the thread about how sharp their swedges were, and on my 68 Pony Jack, the swedges were rounded and are a pleasure to handle. This shows me they listen, and they care. Thanks, GEC.
  9. gunstockjack

    gunstockjack Mid-low tech sexagenarian. Gold Member

    May 14, 2011
    GEC makes absolutely fantastic knives IMO. They do listen and are always trying to improve their product. Yes, they make a bunch of patterns and can be difficult to keep up with, but isn't the variety great? Even many of their distributors can't stock every pattern and handle material when practically every week or two they come out with another one. Bill Howard, owner of GEC, is a master cutler and designer, and he has the means to produce some extraordinary cutlery. I'm sure there's no end to the patterns in his mind, so if you missed out on one, there will soon be something else that'll grab your attention! I say we are living in the golden age of cutlery right now with such a great, basically hand-made product available, and the future... ? Who knows! :eek:
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  10. burnside


    May 30, 2012
    The future = GEC! :D
  11. rdrogers

    rdrogers Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 19, 2010
    Dear GEC,

    ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓


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  12. galactorrhea


    Jan 1, 2013
    It's about time I get into traditionals.. I'd like to try out a GEC, but the prominent writing on the blades really puts me off. I'm seeing in this thread there are some available without lettering, though, so that's reassuring.
  13. hunterjrg

    hunterjrg Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 4, 2012
    The etching comes off easily so don't let that put you off.
  14. MarkPinTx


    Aug 21, 2003
    What is this? I have never owned but always kind of loved the Cub Scout knife. almost just bought one off the bay but the scales were shrunken.
  15. VANCE

    VANCE Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2006
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  16. rdrogers

    rdrogers Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 19, 2010
    That is a Camillus scout knife. Kind of like a Swiss army knife. Knife, cap lifter/screwdriver, awl. I want a GEC version of a scout pattern in the worst way.
  17. qncygnnr


    Aug 6, 2012
    They've got to sell what they make ... every once in a while the "dealers" on this sub-forum will make a comment about a GEC that just does not take off with the type of Knife Nut that buys traditional slip joints. GEC "hits" more than they "miss" so we might assume they have a pretty good feel for what they will sell. Case in point (no pun intended) - I really like the fishing knife (bought two - getting ready to buy a third) but I would be curious to know how many they built versus any left in their inventory since I got the impression from several BF posts that it's reception was luke warm.

    I'm very fortunate ... GEC makes my "Grail" knife. In fact my wife blames Jeff (... don't worry Rockgolfer, she doesn't know your real name :D) for getting me hooked on the 66! She's wondering just how many of the same (from her perspective) pocket knife I "need" to own. Of course she also wonders why I have more than one pistol. My camera is dead so I can't post a picture of the NF cocobolo Calf Roper I just got from "Ed G" on BF. It is awesome! The fit and finish of this knife is as perfect as I require and I'm not worried about the factory edges because I'm going to sharpen them to my own tastes. I've tweaked the kicks on the spey and sheepsfoot to ride lower so its now exactly what I like in an EDC.

    GEC makes knives I will buy - and knives that I like to look at even if I don't expect to ever buy them. But then again - I rarely see a trad knife on BF that I wouldn't be happy to own. :thumbup:

    Scott D
  18. richstag


    Feb 22, 2007
    This is a great thread.

    I would like to know why GEC seems to make small and large knives but the thickness of bolsters and diameter of pivot pins seem to remain fairly constant?

    I have actually had more trouble with larger knives having the pivots come loose than smaller knives, with GEC built knives.

    Any ideas on this one?

    Or why when they go to the 4" plus don't they just go to stainless bolsters and pins? I ask this after having a little disappointment.

    Seems like as good a place as any.

  19. meako

    meako Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 4, 2006
    I have 4 of these. 2 cel which is shrunken but otherwise ok and 2 delrin which are perfect.
  20. Shaggy


    Jan 30, 2012
    I'd like to take a few ideas here and string them together to complete a question I was mulling over recently. I do agree we are living in a great time to be a traditional knife fan, and GEC has really been turning out some great patterns recently (#15, #92, #68 pony jack, #55). I, too, arrived late to the traditional game and missed quite a few of GEC's earlier stellar releases (#66 jacks, #62 easy pockets among others). My concern right now is that GEC is so focused on developing new patterns or offering different blade configurations for established patterns that we'll never see any re-releases of previous pattern/configurations that are currently sold out.


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