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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. L.H.S

    L.H.S Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 1, 2013
    Thanks Will! I think I've seen it on an old Maher & Grosh coke bottle and it's on the #98 Texas Camp Knife from @waynorth

    Which is probably why they have a scaled up version!
  2. waverave

    waverave Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 7, 2018
  3. TexasTomcat

    TexasTomcat Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 21, 2018
  4. stevekolt

    stevekolt Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2007
    Seeing this picture is exciting, waiting for mine to come. Are they not etching the Yellow Rose logo on the blade? That would be a disappointment...
  5. waverave

    waverave Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 7, 2018
    That may happen towards the end of the process :thumbsup:
  6. Babalu32


    Jan 4, 2018
    Got my Ebony yesterday, just got around to opening the package.
    Here are my thoughts to add:

    -Pull to half-stop is a 3
    -Pull from HS to open is a 5
    -Jet black ebony
    -Fit and finish is super, very nice work all around.

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  7. rockman0

    rockman0 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 5, 2013
    :D It's a big un Will! Comes in at 5 3/8" whereas my Camillus and Keen Kutter both are 5 1/4" and the end cap is larger with more flare. A man needs a pair of suspenders to carry it ;)

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  8. stevekolt

    stevekolt Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2007
    Thanks waverave, I didn't know at what point in the process this was done.
  9. MerryMadMonk

    MerryMadMonk Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 22, 2011
    First off is an observation, not a critique. The 97 is not that large... more like medium.

    New York Knife Co, GEC, Camillus

    Finish is excellent.

    Fit is very good. I'd say excellent fit if not for an off-center blade... which I chalk up to a QC miss.

    There's been previous discussion about the pull and walk and talk. I'll add my 2 cents:

    The pull is not as light as I thought it would be based on reading previous posts... just a hair lighter than the three 43s I own. And lighter still than the pictured Camillus Coke bottle and the Camillus is by no means a nail breaker. (I'm using the long pull to open, not the nail nick as it wouldn't be a fair comparison otherwise). The 97's pull is stronger than the NYKC, but the NYKC is a lockback.

    The walk is smooth and the talk is fairly satisfying... not as strong/loud as on the Camillus and NYKC.

    The spring is not as stout as the Camillus, but stout enough. I won't be concerned about the spine accidently making contact with another object and the blade closing on my fingers while doing cutting chores. It would take a really good whack against something to move the blade from the fully open position and then it would have to get past the half stop.

    I like this knife.

    Grade: A-

    I've got one more coming because, as a member of the Syndicate, it is my solemn duty.

  10. Matt_WY

    Matt_WY Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 30, 2018
    Ebony 97 arrived this evening. Wow this thing is a beast in comparison to a 14. Fit and finish is incredible. The ebony is nice and dark, no streaks. The pull is a bit light but smooth, feels good with a bit of snap into the half stop, open, and closed positions. GEC really has nailed it on this run.
  11. boykinlp

    boykinlp Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    Do the dealers have these (Sambar Stag #97s) yet? If they do, how much are they? Thanks.
  12. HEMI 49

    HEMI 49 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 9, 2018
    I finally got my GEC 97's herded up for a couple snaps...…. I don't have the micarta version yet..... Not sure whether I'm going to get one or not..... But I really want to get a stag & a yellow rose..... I've been very pleased with them thus far....Really beautiful knives and wonderful workmanship...….. tri one.jpg Tri two.jpg Tri three.jpg
  13. Ajd3530


    Jan 20, 2017
    As predicted, after working it and letting it sit heavily lubed for the better part of a week, the action on my #97 has improved. The pull is now about 4, and the wall & talk isn't nearly as shy anymore, it even chats a little to me now. Pull is smooth, silly smooth.

    That said, I still can't get past the light pull, as I had intentions of using this knife as it's design is intended. Woods work. Rope cutting. Light wood work. Hunting work, gutting and skinning deer. And I just don't feel comfortable doing that with a knife that had a pull so light, and a blade that has sooo much leverage. If my Texas Rose had a pull this light, I'd be ok with it, as I intend to put that one away. But I got a Tidioute as a user and this is pretty much just an darn good looking, 5 ounce, $110+ apple slicer/letter opener.

    I appreciate the worksmanship GEC put into this knife, dont get me wrong. Its useability is just extremely limited, to me.
  14. HonedGalaxy

    HonedGalaxy Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 8, 2019
    They just sent out a FB message that these are shipping to distributors this week.
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  15. Elgatodeacero

    Elgatodeacero Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 5, 2014
    I am curious why the stag versions are being produced before the yellow bone and the C. Campagna SFO?

    In the few years I have followed GEC I do not recall stag being made until the end of each model run..... maybe just a late shipment of cover materials? Conspiracy? Harbinger?
  16. waverave

    waverave Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 7, 2018
    I wasn't aware of a C. Campagna SFO #97?
  17. waverave

    waverave Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 7, 2018
    I think this is the last of the run? On to the Toothpicks?
  18. waverave

    waverave Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 7, 2018
    They slipped this one in there too for Chattahoochee Cutlery Club...missed it!
  19. Elgatodeacero

    Elgatodeacero Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 5, 2014
    See post 372 in this thread. African Blackwood covers.
  20. waverave

    waverave Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 7, 2018
    Ah thanks! I missed that little tidbit of info :) Looks great with the banner shield and Waynorth etch :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

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