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...And a large Coke. GEC 97 Thread!

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Stropping Young Lad, Jan 31, 2019.

  1. Elgatodeacero

    Elgatodeacero Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 5, 2014
    i was not aware of that American Whittler version.

    pretty nice and love the houndstooth shield.

    @Augie please tell us about that large knife..... love it
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  2. Rusty1

    Rusty1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 6, 2005
    Stags are on show in assembly.
  3. waverave

    waverave Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 7, 2018
    First look at the stags...
    ...and the yellow rose :)
  4. Matt_WY

    Matt_WY Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 30, 2018
    I never have good luck getting the great stag.....but excited about the yellow rose.
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  5. knifethetank

    knifethetank Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 18, 2018
    I have that same luck with stag and Gabon Ebony is not much better.
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  6. boykinlp

    boykinlp Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    Looks like they found some pretty decent stag for these big knives!:)
  7. HEMI 49

    HEMI 49 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 9, 2018
    A couple of my 97's and an 06 Pemberton for contrast... The Ebony version will be heading my way as soon as they are received..... As some have mentioned the pull is light but for my needs it is fine...… I'm very happy thus far...…. small size.jpg
  8. Kiro


    Mar 17, 2017
    I passed on this model due to the size, but those stags look fantastic.
  9. Augie

    Augie Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 23, 2014
    It is a Hibbard Spencer&Bartlett which was a major hardware company that started in the mid 1800's. They did not make their own knives but had them made by many different companies such as Schrade, Camillus, etc.
    The pattern is generally referred to as a Hunter, this particular coke bottle style seemed to be popular from early to mid 1900's, you don't see the coke bottle style all that much anymore although other large knives from Case, Kabar, Buck and others have all been called Hunters.
  10. Ebbtide


    Aug 20, 1999


    As far as the springs go, mine is fine, by my standards, definitely on the easy side but not soft or sloppy.
    I don't like a big blade that wants to get away from you just before you get to the half stop. This is perfectly manageable. Smooth walk and talk, not gritty at all.


    I don't know why they went with the oversized barlow-esque bolster. It's pretty hefty, but I guess thats OK.
    Does give the model a stand out look.

    Here is the GEC family as it stands now for a size comparison.

  11. joeradza

    joeradza Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 6, 2014
    Thanks for the photos and the comments on the pull.
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  12. yablanowitz


    Apr 14, 2006
    From what I've seen, that is the traditional length for the pattern.
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  13. Ebbtide


    Aug 20, 1999
    I have a RR and S&M Coke Bottle. The S&M is the same as the GEC. The RR is shorter and has a little bump/guard to it. I guess that's what i was remembering.

  14. Ajd3530


    Jan 20, 2017
    Recieved mine today. Haven't been this disappointed with a GEC since at least the .38 Special.. I'll echo a post from a few days ago; it has an action like a friction folder.

    F&F is nice, until you get to the shield. It is extremely proud and catchy. The autumn gold bone on mine is better than most I've seen (much closer to antique amber than autumn gold) but still not anything special. I do like the jigging on this one though.

    But I simply cannot get over the pull. 3 1/2, might be able to work it up to a 4. Completely unacceptable for a blade this size IF you actually intend to use it like the pattern is supposed to be used. I know I wouldn't get within 5 feet of a deer or bear that needed dressed with this thing. They would have been far better served nixing the half stop and going with a stouter spring. Or better yet, had a liner lock.

    I'll be sending this back. I'll get a Texas Rose to put away, and I'll be done with this pattern... Its a shame too. The #97 had such promise.
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  15. Elgatodeacero

    Elgatodeacero Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 5, 2014
    i received an ebony 97 today and overall I like it very much.

    fit and finish is extremely good, blade centered, shield well inletted, walk and talk very nice- a 4 1/2 out of the tube. Id prefer a 6 or 7, but I like a strong pull.

    my only complaint is the ebony is fairly brown, more so than any ebony GEC i have ever had. I plan on getting several more 97s.
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  16. joeradza

    joeradza Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 6, 2014
    I'm just waiting for mine to arrive and I'll be doing a happy dance if mine looks that good.
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  17. Elsilrac1

    Elsilrac1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 22, 2007
    I received my Beaver Tail 97.

    The pull is really light and sluggish on the full open.

    I think I can flush it out and work towards a snap, but with such a light resistance to close the blade it makes me concerned that I can not use this knife with confidence.

    I still really like my Beaver Tail, but it will sit on my desk to be admired and probably open some mail and boxes:)

    Now onto the next run I can get another Beaver Tail!
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  18. L.H.S

    L.H.S Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 1, 2013
    That stag is looking really nice. I originally planned to get that and ebony, but now I'm on a self imposed knife buying hiatus. I'm still buying the AMKCA club knife though, but I would be lying if I said I wouldn't rather it had stag or yellow rose or ebony rather than the autumn gold jigged bone.
  19. Sidehill Gouger

    Sidehill Gouger

    Dec 29, 2007
    I'm sorry for GEC but all this talk about light pulls has convinced me I won't be buying a second knife after I pick up my Oregon Knife Collector version. Maybe if they have some working knives at the show I can check out for pull first I will change my mind.
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  20. waverave

    waverave Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 7, 2018
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