2018 Forum Knife. The first poll

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by knarfeng, May 1, 2018.

Which maker?

Poll closed May 8, 2018.
  1. Buck 301. Choose. 2/3 blades, grind, steel: 420, CPM154, 154CM, S30V, S35VN, 20CV; handle mat'l,

    267 vote(s)
  2. GEC 14 in 1095. Choose: drawn/cut swedge, plain/lined bolster Single or Two Blade Jack

    96 vote(s)
  1. knarfeng

    knarfeng senex morosus moderator Staff Member Super Mod Moderator

    Jul 30, 2006
    OK folks, here we go. The first poll is to choose between a customized 301 from Buck and a unique model 14 from GEC. Some of the options are on the poll descriptions. A full set of options for each knife is listed below. This poll will run for 7 days. You get one vote; and you can change your mind up until the poll closes.

    Once a knife is chosen, there will be a quick succession of polls to determine the options.
    I have listed the options below that we will be voting on in later polls. So look and see what is on the table. Some things that were suggested or requested in the 2018 Forum knife discussion threads are not on the table.

    Be advised that this year this will be a "pay when you order" deal. All money will be collected up front. A set number of knives will be ordered. Once the order window closes, that will be it. There will be no extras that can be purchased later. We'll discuss the ordering further when we get to the ordering part of the process.

    We all should be saying a big "THANK YOU!" to Mike and Steve for putting in the work to give us these options. I know Gary and I are.

    Got two final things to say and then I'll let 'er rip
    • If you have no interest in ordering a knife, please don't vote.
    • You can post about why you like the one you chose. You may not "throw dirt" on the one you did not vote for nor on the folks who voted for that knife. Negative posting will simply not be tolerated in this thread. Warnings with points will be given.

    Buck details:
    Knife from the Custom Shop built on a 301 frame.
    Choice of 2 or 3 blades
    Choice of blade steel (420, 440C, CPM154, 154CM, S30V, S35VN, 20CV)
    Choice of full flat grind or Buck super hollow grind
    Bolsters: brass or nickel silver
    Choice of handle materials.
    Scales with pins, or not.
    Medallion shield or no shield
    Two dot tang stamp or engraving
    Custom box option. Option for fancy wood box or plain box
    Pin is an option.

    GEC details:
    BladeForum tang stamped #141 (1095 clip main), Single or Two Blade Jack (2nd blade: pen)
    Nickel Silver bolster,
    Brass Liner
    Choices on:
    drawn/cut swedge,
    plain/lined bolster
    Handle Mat'ls (various, but must not be under Fish & Wildlife monitoring)
    Shield (must be one of their existing shields, but we can choose which one)
    Enclosed pin would be up for discussion.
    Serialized would be up for discussion, but will be shipped randomly (can't order a specific serial number.)
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  2. AdamFuzzyballs


    Mar 16, 2015
    I voted for Buck, though I creep more than I post, I have been up to date with the other thread, and truly I think the forum should go with Buck. If not to try something new, then to give an all American company a chance to please the crowd. GEC is great, but it doesn't hurt to change things up and "live a little".
  3. redsparrow

    redsparrow Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 3, 2014
    chose the 301 because;
    -it will be a unique knife
    -and even more so if produced as a FFG two blade
    -Blade Forum has not had a Buck as a forum knife
    -Buck's custom shop makes an exceptional knife
    Last edited: May 2, 2018
    GasMan1, JITDC, neal70 and 8 others like this.
  4. DelOro


    Jan 17, 2016
    My vote goes to the GEC #14 two blade

    Sure would love to see a knife similar to the 2011 BF (bottle opener instead of a pen :cool:)
    neal70 and L. Richard like this.
  5. jc57

    jc57 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2012
    I have stopped buying new knives but a 2-blade Buck 301 with FFG and premium steel, depending on handle material, might drag me out of knife-buying moratorium one more time.
    GasMan1, BearBug, blademan 13 and 5 others like this.
  6. Markesharp


    Mar 8, 2014
    Like John (jc57) said. I would be all in for the Buck.
  7. Copperberry


    Apr 5, 2018
    I voted for Buck. I love both brands and will buy either knife, but I recently bought a #14 and my only Buck folder is a 110. Big thanks to @skblades and @knifeswapper for all your work!
  8. abbydaddy

    abbydaddy Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 14, 2014
    I voted for the Buck, and I think there are a lot of arguments in favor of the Buck, but in all honesty, the biggest reason for me is that I would like another stainless forum knife. I won't go too much into why I prefer using stainless, except to say that one of my main uses for my traditional knives is cutting fruit for my kids, and I prefer to cut fruit with stainless*. So traditionals that I won't use for fruit don't get carried, and I like to carry my Bladeforums knives.

    *Personally, I don't like patina, and fruit really makes a patina in a hurry, but it seems like most folks around here like patina, it is just personal preference. But the bigger deal for me is that I don't like the smell of carbon steel on fruit, but a lot of people don't even perceive that smell. So what it boils down to is that because I have one particular use for my traditionals, and some idiosyncratic preferences, I really strongly prefer stainless.
    bflying, GasMan1, Will Power and 3 others like this.
  9. veitsi_poika

    veitsi_poika Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Nov 25, 2016
    Thanks to Frank and Gary for getting us back on track :cool::thumbsup:
    neal70, NJBillK, meako and 5 others like this.
  10. Pjake

    Pjake Gold Member Gold Member

    May 2, 2011
    Buck...FFG 2 blade w premium steel would do it for me. Currently own a sizable herd of GEC. Love 'em, but Buck is a nice change of pace.

    GasMan1, neal70, Invoice and 3 others like this.
  11. L.H.S

    L.H.S Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 1, 2013
    I voted for Buck, but that is 100% contingent on it being the 2 blade version. If it has the spey blade as it is on the normal 301 I definitely won't get it as I believe, whether I'm right or wrong, that that frame is designed so that the spey blade tip sits proud of the frame.

    I would like a GEC #14, I just know I'm probably going to be getting one anyway...
    GasMan1, neal70, veitsi_poika and 3 others like this.
  12. gunstockjack

    gunstockjack Mid-low tech sexagenarian. Gold Member

    May 14, 2011
    Gotta sleep on it....o_O
  13. sitflyer

    sitflyer Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 10, 2011
    Voted, may the odds, be ever, in your favor...
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  14. Dadpool

    Dadpool Gold Member Gold Member

    May 18, 2015
    Amen to that. Two excellent options with a mind-boggling number of possible choices down the road!
  15. seabil


    Apr 8, 2015
    My vote Buck 301. Premium steel s35v or 20cv, silver booster, ironwood, 2 blades .... no Dymondwood.
    I like GEC, have many. Also like Buck. I still have the 110 I bought in the late seventies when I was in high school. I also have several that were my late father in law’s, including a black handled 301.
    As others noted would special to do the Buck.
    GasMan1, neal70, Duper and 1 other person like this.
  16. Wurrwulf

    Wurrwulf Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 3, 2015
    I won't vote as I don't have an intention to buy at this point. The 301 is too big for me, and I already have 2 GEC 14s. A Clip + Punch or Clip + Cap Lifter 14 might sway me, though.
    neal70 likes this.
  17. N.E.Tim

    N.E.Tim Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 3, 2012
    I like the format of this polling process.
    I voted for the G.E.C. 14. I bought 3 with different scales when they first
    came out and gave one to my friend. He has quite a few nice knives, but this
    is what He carries every single day. I think it is a neat well made slip joint.
    Last edited: May 2, 2018
    neal70, Travman, Sabercat and 2 others like this.
  18. Shurke

    Shurke Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 6, 2018
    Buck all the way for me -- it feels like this is opportunity for both a really unique knife and a chance to see another great American manufacturer represented in the lineup of forum knives.
    GasMan1, neal70, oldtymer and 3 others like this.
  19. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    New ground, not the over ploughed furrow, BUCK the trend!
    GasMan1, neal70, veitsi_poika and 4 others like this.
  20. Barman1

    Barman1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 21, 2013
    2 blade
    Super Hollow
    Brass Bolster
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