GEC #77 Medium Barlow Impressions

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by knifeswapper, Oct 30, 2014.

  1. SteveC

    SteveC Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 13, 2017
    My guess would be preferred long time customers .
  2. SteveC

    SteveC Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 13, 2017
    Lovely, congrats !
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  3. Buzzbait

    Buzzbait Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 25, 2001
    That is an stunning looking knife. Absolutely gorgeous.

    But GEC gets no forgiveness from me for forcing these awful looking blade etches on us. Kudos to Mike for at least hiding that hideous monstrosity on the pile side of the main blade.
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  4. GE Jr

    GE Jr Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 29, 2015
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  5. GE Jr

    GE Jr Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 29, 2015
    Kinda had a feelin' it was gonna be the c< thing. :D
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  6. L.H.S

    L.H.S Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 1, 2013
    I gave snakewood as my second preference after blackwood, because Mike said the snakewood didn't have much character, but seeing yours makes me wonder if that was the right choice! Blackwood will be great also though.

    VERY well done on the etch @knifeswapper very minimal and out of the way, but good looking
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  7. SnailOffTheTrail


    Aug 25, 2018
    Agreed! The etch is not great (shame on GEC), not terrible (thanks to Mr. Latham).
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  8. Matt_WY

    Matt_WY Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 30, 2018
    GEC should really give the dealers the option of opting out of the blade etch. My preference would be for no etch. There are times - talking to you Boker and Bulldog when the etch is just overboard and an ugly distraction.
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  9. Augie

    Augie Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 23, 2014
    Thank you all for the comments appreciated. Jsdistin, I don't know the decision process Mike used to offer these to customers, maybe he will chime in, I was happy to be offered one though and it freed up a Blackwood for someone else, I can't imagine how difficult it was for Mike to distribute 515 knives one at a time, Thanks again Mike for your efforts.
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  10. Boxer .45

    Boxer .45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 11, 2015
    I'ma bout to drive over to Oklahoma to pick mine up. I can't wait anymore. See y'all there. ;) LOL
  11. SnailOffTheTrail


    Aug 25, 2018
    GEC - Ghastly Etch Company

    Anyways, I am really looking forward to your pictures of 'regular' production 77 barlows popping up. It will take some weeks before mine makes it over the pond.
  12. jsdistin

    jsdistin KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 27, 2016
    Thanks, it’s a beautiful knife. That’s all the answer I was looking for really, I just wasn’t sure if it was part of the original emails that went out and they just got snatched up fast or if people requested them or if he was contacting folks to offer them. I’m not really concerned with how he selected those he offered it to.
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  13. CelloDan

    CelloDan Basic Member Basic Member

    Dec 2, 2017
    It may very well have been me the one that got the chance :thumbsup:. I was on standby and was not expecting to get one when I got the email from Mike :)
    I'd like to also thank Mike for his efforts :thumbsup:
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  14. Augie

    Augie Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 23, 2014
    Thats good to know Dan, glad you got one.
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  15. Norcaldude

    Norcaldude Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 19, 2014
    So long at the etches are easy to remove they don't bother me too much. If GEC went to those etches that you see on Bulldog brand knives, that would be annoying.
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  16. tstaut


    Jan 6, 2012
    If it's destined to be a user, then flitzing off the etch is no problem. But for those of us who also collect knives, it becomes a big problem - either the knife is now not original, or it is original with an ugly etch. A lot of the excitement around SFO's is that they are highly collectible so to me this is a really poor decision on GEC's part.

    Remember, if we didn't collect in some way shape or form, all of us might only buy 1-2 knives a year, if that. Think about what that would do to the both primary and secondary markets.
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  17. BigKurtHaze


    Aug 2, 2015
    3 minutes with some flitz and a microfiber cloth. And yet so much angst about it.
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  18. akaMatt

    akaMatt Gold Member Gold Member

    May 10, 2017
    If it only comes with an etch, then how is it less collectible? There's still the same limited number produced, and same unlimited number of people who want them. The value shouldn't be less just because it has an etch, because that is the original condition.
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  19. SnailOffTheTrail


    Aug 25, 2018
    Of course it is a poor decision. How could forcing your customers (dealers) to do something they might not want because their customers (us) don't want it, be a good decision for a company earning money from customers?

    On the other hand, imagine GEC withdrawing this rule due to dislike from next year. That would probably mean that 2019 run of #77 barlows would be the only one with etch. Now talk about collectability. :rolleyes:
  20. Augie

    Augie Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 23, 2014
    Maybe because my main interest is collecting vintage knives etch's don't bother me at all, as a matter of fact I love them. If you don't like them they will wear off as the vast majority of vintage knives show. They add considerable value and desirability to a vintage knife so to me they also add value to a GEC.

    But as others have said if you don't like em, Flitz them off, it will make my GEC's more valuable 30 years from now if I'm still kicking:D

    100 year old knife with it's etch.

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