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Photos and Impressions: GEC #79 Workhorse Whittler (3-spring)

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by pertinux, Aug 10, 2013.

  1. pertinux

    pertinux Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    (As first seen here, but here again in an Open thread. ;))

    Some background:

    Then, on the eve of returning Jeff's knife to him, this happened:
    Jobillo: I was leery of taking a flyer on a hitherto unknown wood, but as soon as Barry (gunstockjack) described it to me as similar to mahogany, I went for it. Mahogany's a favorite of mine (dating to my first guitar at age 14).

    Note the family resemblance (mahogany bookshelf as backdrop):



    Interestingly, the jobillo often appears redder in outdoor light. Regardless of setting, it requires the full range of vintage Crayola browns to catch its variegations-- raw sienna, burnt umber, goldenrod, sepia, you name it.


    A few areas in the grain flash gold, including just to upper right of the shield. You can sort of see it in the above picture, a little more here-- the lighter brown color in the upper right quadrant is all shimmer, not flat color:

    I prefer satin-finished blades to gloss, so have taken the knife from this...
    ... to this:

    (So far; it's a work in progress.)

    This one's going to keep me interested for a good long time.


    ~ P.
  2. pertinux

    pertinux Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    (First posted 8/5)

    Today's light brings forth the yellows:
    (A last picture with Jeff's knife, on which the bodacious jigging in deep red, complete with UN-X-LD shield, work so well.)

    ~ P.
  3. pertinux

    pertinux Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    Thanks so much for taking and posting these pictures. Funny, how these Jobillo beauties only now seem to be crawling out into the sunlight. Or maybe I'm just now noticing...?

    Your Jobillo is beautiful, of course. How'd you get the blades so shiny? :confused: :p

    Am I understanding correctly that you bought a stag version as the user? (If so, good on you. :))

    ~ P.
  4. rockgolfer

    rockgolfer Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 1, 2008
    Excellent pics as always P. That wood is just stunning :). I had to pocket mine the day it returned :thumbup:.

    Here I did a little comparison a while back. You cant go wrong with the 79 for many things and now if it was too thick GEC has been nice enough to bring out a single spring version. I have also noticed these three spring models are drying up around the net ;)

    My favorite pic of mine
  5. Edm1

    Edm1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 27, 2013
    Beautiful pics. Pardon my newness but how did you do the blade like that? That looks great and now I feel I must attempt it on one of mine.....when you tell me how...
  6. Coonskinner


    Mar 28, 2001
    I am generally not a big fan of wood scales on a folder, other than ebony, but that is sure enough pretty.
  7. jakemex


    Oct 19, 2011
    Wood is a great scale material, lots of variation available. Nice foto shoot P!
  8. Woodrow F Call

    Woodrow F Call

    Jan 3, 2013

    I've been itching to try one, but the blade combo isn't quite what I want. Stockman type configuration would be quite sweet.... maybe with a pen blade instead of the spey. I really may have to reconsider though.

    If GEC keeps coming out with knives I want, I may not be able to back track. :eek:
  9. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    good job on the blade finish
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2013
  10. bonky

    bonky Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 1, 2009
    Thank you ma'am, and it's funny that just when I thought I was the only person who bought or appreciated Jobillo in any pattern, you go and post pictures of a real beauty, same frame and all!

    It really is my favorite production knife, as it's as close to a custom as can be expected off the line. The springs are flush in all positions, blades are perfectly centered, and the wood is as highly figured as any I've seen for jobillo.

    I just couldn't force myself to carry it for fear of screwing it up, so I got another #79 in stag to carry as a user. It's a great knife, too, but the f&f isn't as good as on my jobillo... The blades aren't as shiny either :D

    All in all, I'm very pleased with the pattern, and it's nice to see that there's another person out here who seems to feel the same way. One of the days, I may have to ask you for the training course on satin-finishing blades, after I get the course on using a real camera :p
  11. pertinux

    pertinux Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    Thanks for the kind comments, guys!

    I wish I could offer a measured "how to," but believe you me this was no "Zen and the Art of Satin-Finishing a Glossy Blade." Gulp.

    I'm just uncertain enough about my skills and the application thereof with things like this that I remain so twitchy and impatient to see a good outcome throughout, any methodical approach (let alone the documentation thereof) soon flies right out the window!

    I first wrote about my ministrations here, and can't think of anything to add:
    There are some lines still visible under certain lighting and angles that I might still tend to, and in retrospect I'd guess they're likely due to the 400 grit sandpaper.

    For the most part, I went horizontal and then vertical with each material, then sorta rubbed the blades until they looked satin. Like that. :eek: If/when I attempt something like this again, I'll go lighter, and slower, forego the 400 grit (maybe start at 600 or even 1000?) and perhaps even stop to take pictures! I am pleased (and relieved) at what I was able to achieve this time, all the same.

    In the meantime, I took my #79 up north and fed it corned beef (mostly in the form of reubens) and apples and other goodies for a week, so the blades look different already:



    More glamor shots:


    During my recent week away, I carried only a single-blade barlow and/or the workhorse whittler. The barlow likely would have satisfied any and all of my actual knife tasks along the way (what say), but the #79 contributed delightfully extra clicking and clacking, blade selection, and so much to see within its wood grain. I wanted for nothing, with this one knife.

    I'm greatly enjoying this one-- and am still surprised at just how much.


    ~ P.
  12. SaintlyBrees


    May 7, 2013
    The #79 is a great knife. I have one in natural stag and love it. I admit that I prefer the #76 Western Outlaw by just the slimmest of margins but I am thrilled to own both. Here is a pic of my #79 (not nearly as nice as your glamour shots - they are fantastic!):


    The Jobillo on yours is beautiful. My next GEC will have wooden handles, they do a great job with them. Congrats on a wonderful knife!. :)
  13. Humint


    Apr 1, 2011
    Love this thread! I just ordered the 79 in Natural Stag last night and it will be here in 2 days! I am beyond excited. This really is the ideal traditional knife for me and will be a life-long companion. Will post pics once I get it.
  14. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    pretty nice knives for sure
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2013
  15. meako

    meako Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 4, 2006
    One of my latest acquisitions.

    AND...I'd really like to see one of these up next to a sunfish to compare the size of the main blade.
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2013
  16. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Interesting pattern and some great pics here :thumbup:
  17. fatcorgi


    Nov 12, 2011
    great pattern, so small yet so many nice big blades, I especially like seeing top and bottom shots of them, the three backsprings together look very cool.
  18. ddml


    Nov 4, 2009
    What's this about a single-spring version?! Of the three-blade whittler?

    Thanks for the excellent review, Pertinux.
    Can you speak to the comfort of the knife? Do the spines of the blades that are not in use present a problem/discomfort?

    This one is definitely on my radar now.
  19. mr_badexample

    mr_badexample Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 1, 2012
    Gary I've been thinking about that knife since you showed me it at the the rendezvous. I really like the micarta workhorse. Even compared to all the nice bone and wood shown in this thread. It must be the durability of the covers combined with the "workhorse" nature of the knife. Seems like a great combo for a user knife. I looked around for one and they're all long gone. Guess I'll have to "settle" for ebony.

    Sarah yours looks great too. The wood has nice subtle character.
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2013
  20. joeymoey


    Apr 20, 2013
    I think they are referring to the #79 workhorse 2blade version.

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