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Lets talk GEC!

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by rockgolfer, Jun 23, 2013.

  1. KYenglish


    Nov 26, 2010
    As one of the 49 other people I'd like to say you have good taste :)

    I have thought about how GEC are making money, but I don't normally do the math because i honestly don't know how they are producing this much quality, with those production numbers, at this price, and that kinda scares me, don't want to see them go away you know? Your right, we better just buy more knives form them, it's the only things to do, it's being a good citizen really :D

  2. Shaggy


    Jan 30, 2012
    I don't think GEC's on whole are really expensive; I think they're priced more than fairly for the quality you get (maybe even a bargain in some instances). I'm sure GEC has methods to manage its costs (using established patterns for new releases, maintaining a low inventory of scale options). Believe me, we WANT to keep buying their knives...that's why some here are lobbying for re-release of popular patterns. It's not very difficult to see from existing inventories which releases have been homeruns and which ones have been duds. I applaud GEC's initiative to try new things, and I imagine limiting each release to a low quantity is another way the company manages its finances (who wants crank out 500 knives of pattern 'X' just to be different when no one buys them?). I guess the debate concerning exclusivity depends which side of the river you're standing on. :rolleyes: I'd rather see the exclusivity based on scale options rather than pattern availability. In any event, I'm hoping GEC is around for a long time...and I think some of that success will come from the input of concerned members here!

  3. rockgolfer

    rockgolfer Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 1, 2008
    Glad you took that the right way ;) and what a beauty that is. Thanks so much for sharing.

    rdrogers- Quote away for accuracy, I stand behind that statement ;). I was lucky enough to score a 2011 forum knife from the exchange and not only did the caplifter thing bug me but I could barely open that tool. I know its an easy fix but at that kind of money I dont want to have to modify anything like the main function of a tool!

    Thanks pmew, appreciate your kind words :thumbup:

    Bdev I like that idea a lot. I hope thats one iteration of the pattern but I would put money on it that the first release will be a true to classic design.
  4. knarfeng

    knarfeng senex morosus moderator Staff Member Super Mod Moderator

    Jul 30, 2006
    You want to be careful with those 440C target audience comments. Some people prefer stainless over non-stainless steel. And some of us who do prefer stainless have not been considered children for four or five decades.
  5. rdrogers

    rdrogers Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 19, 2010
    My favorite GEC is stainless. My stainless White Owl was the sharpest out of the box of all my GECs. Not any harder to maintain either. I think they do a fine job with their 440C.
    That said, I love some 1095, too.
  6. burnside

    burnside Gold Member Gold Member

    May 30, 2012
    If they do ever make a scout knife, I really hope that they make it with 1095 carbon steel blades. It would be great if they modeled it after the old vintage scout and utility knives made with carbon blades by companies like Ulster, Remington, Camillus, Hammer Brand, Robeson, Imperial, etc... A new pinned shield to go with it would be great! A Tidioute Beaver Tail line of Scout knives would be great as well.

    I plan to try out their 440c as well, but for now, my sites are aimed mostly at patterns that come with 1095 carbon.
  7. rockgolfer

    rockgolfer Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 1, 2008
    Has GEC ever made a knife that was only 440c?
  8. KYenglish


    Nov 26, 2010
    And some of us who do like the non-stainless have been called children for several decades as well :)

  9. gunstockjack

    gunstockjack Mid-low tech sexagenarian. Gold Member

    May 14, 2011
    Those of you that have been wishing for some of the old GEC patterns to be produced again won't have much longer to wait. :eek: They will be running the 73 pattern again in single blade slippie, single blade liner-lock, and the standard "Scout" two blade trapper with drop point and spey blades. Also, they'll be running the sheepfoot version of the #15 Boy's Knife and the new, as yet un-named 23 thumb locks soon. The 73's, though, are a GEC staple and the single blade model is probably my personal favorite pattern from them, although I seem to be developing a lot of favorite GEC patterns lately.... :rolleyes: Look for 'em on yer favorite dealers shelves soon. :)
  10. JB in SC

    JB in SC Gold Member Gold Member

    May 19, 2001
    I'm partial to the single blade #15's. Looking forward to the EZ open w/ the sheepsfoot blade.
  11. Omega Leather Works

    Omega Leather Works

    Jun 13, 2007
    I'm not sure that you took how I meant it. What I meant was that Boy Scouts are young and from what I understand knife companies typically choose SS over Carbon when making knives for that demographic. Obviously the majority of GEC BS knives would be bought, collected and used by adults, but it seems that GEC tries to keep things accurate.

    Also, why is it that people always assume that I dislike SS, when I say that I prefer Carbon? 440C is one of my very favorite steels. I'd take it over a LOT of other SS's. I'd just rather have 1095 if given the choice. Maybe I gave the wrong impression, but I didn't mean to. ;)
  12. rma100


    Nov 12, 2011
    Four bladed "Camp Knives" have been around a lot longer than either Stainless Steel or the Boy Scouts. I'm just sayin...
  13. Omega Leather Works

    Omega Leather Works

    Jun 13, 2007
    Thanks. :)

    You are aware that it was a question not a statement right?

    I'll choose my words more carefully. ;)
  14. rma100


    Nov 12, 2011
    Mine was a general comment. Not directed at anyone in particular.
    Also the fact that Carbon Steel is "accurate" for most if not all Traditional Patterns.
  15. Omega Leather Works

    Omega Leather Works

    Jun 13, 2007
    Good deal. :)

    Sorry for getting ot guys, really. :eek:
  16. Turk88


    Aug 11, 2011
    Stainless or non-stainless, I would love a camp knife. I like my 70's era Case camp knife but a higher quality knife with more premium materials would make my first GEC purchase an easy decision. Unless of course they take too long and I get my first before that.
  17. Blackdogfinn1


    Jun 11, 2013
    I've also noticed those #62 easy pocket congress w/ the birds eye maple covers. Think they look great! Do you have any photo's you could post? Thanks in advance!
  18. black mamba

    black mamba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    I brought this thread back up to ask a question.

    Has GEC ever made a 440C pattern #65 Ben Hogan?
    Or how about a 440C pattern #79 Workhorse?

    And I would sure like to see a #92 Eureka (in either steel) with clip main and coping blades.
  19. gunstockjack

    gunstockjack Mid-low tech sexagenarian. Gold Member

    May 14, 2011
    No to both questions, Jeff. Great Eastern produces a lot more 1095 patterns than those of 440C. :confused: Maybe due to the large number of stainless folders made by other companies these days. :)
  20. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    Jeff, do you think the Eureka frame will accomodate Clip&Coping? It think they may have to put the nail nicks on each side to allow opening.

    Thanks, Will

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