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

  1. jrawk

    jrawk

    961
    Jul 14, 2014
    Don't mind the hotdog shield, and the keyhole/cloud is my personal favorite (i may be the only one).
     
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  2. gaj999

    gaj999 Basic Member Basic Member

    921
    Jan 25, 2004
    It's interesting to watch the frenzy over the Ramsfoot as compared to the Toothpick. I'm wondering if it's because it's a new pattern? The 97 had more of a frenzy than the Toothpick even though it's not to the taste of most. Maybe if GEC is watching this, they'll consider a sowbelly. 3.75+", with a punch, clip, and sheep, please. :)
     
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  3. Norcaldude

    Norcaldude Gold Member Gold Member

    809
    Dec 19, 2014
    I think the frenzy is more over Charlie's Lambsfoot than the 97 in general.

    Though I think the Toothpick pattern in general is less popular than most other patterns. I mean, it's not as bad as a French Kate or those Templars ...
     
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  4. black mamba

    black mamba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    I don't know that it's my favorite, but it does look great on smooth ebony handles. Look how the ebony and keyhole stands out in this composite of different handles and shields. Each of these shield choices works well with its handle material.

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  5. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    You're not alone... I really like the hotdog and keyhole shields.
     
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  6. H2O2HI

    H2O2HI

    169
    Jul 23, 2016
    I think the frenzy is because it is close to 3 3/4' long. It seems that is the size people like to carry the most. I know that is the perfect size for me. IMO
     
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  7. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    This is just my opinion, I may be far off base...
    I think the traditional knives that more closely resemble their modern counterparts create more of a frenzy for the general public.
     
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  8. gaj999

    gaj999 Basic Member Basic Member

    921
    Jan 25, 2004
    Charlie's Lambsfoot is in a whole different category. I sure wish he had ordered 2000 of them. Then I'd have a chance to get one. At a reasonable price, anyway. I'm not willing to give my money to scalpers. I'd rather buy two or three other knives instead and have the profits go to the maker and the stocking dealer.

    And I think you mean the 93. I'm surprised that yet another medium-sized single-blade jack with a sheepsfoot was so popular. All I can think is that it's a new frame and the collectors are all buying one of each. If you really did mean the 97, I think the frenzy was muted by the size of the knife. Not that many people EDC a knife the size of a Buck 110. I will, but I'd much rather carry my Smoke Jumper instead. Beyond 4.25", traditional construction gets awfully heavy. I suspect that reduced demand.
     
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  9. L.H.S

    L.H.S Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 1, 2013
    I agree emphatically on the ebony and keyhole. It looks extremely classy.
     
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  10. 2Dead

    2Dead Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 30, 2009
    I like the hotdog shield more than the keyhole shield but then again I usually prefer the understated Tidioute styling over the more dressed up Northfield ones.
     
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  11. 2Dead

    2Dead Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 30, 2009
    I have a question about the 93... how's it different than the #47s, specifically the sheepsfoot Hayin Helper? I guess the #93's blade might be a little wider towards the point of the blade but the handle shape looks identical to me and that's usually what identifies a GEC pattern. I'm guessing the handle is still a little different... maybe the butt is a little wider too? Anyone with both that can compare them?
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  12. 2Dead

    2Dead Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 30, 2009
    And while I'm at it... How about a 2 bladed stainless jack for the summer GEC? I'd still prefer a #48 jack but a #15 would sell out extremely quickly. Or make it on the upcoming #86 or the #78. I'd even be interested in a #74 Mustang with a pen secondary too.
     
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  13. HEMI 49

    HEMI 49 Gold Member Gold Member

    243
    Aug 9, 2018
    I'm an old guy, but I try to be hip in my way of thinking so people don't write me off as just another drooling, stuffy curmudgeon ...… Anyway, as any photographer knows, your eye is drawn to the brightest object in your photo.... So when you look at a handle your eye is attracted to the shield..... Shields that add harmony to the visualization will look good; I.E hounds tooth with angular jigging, cloud with random bark, etc.. etc.... So, if you blow the shield, you blow the entire appearance...…. Myself, I could care less what shield they put on any of them, as I buy a knife for the knife, not the shield...….. To me a shield is akin to a hood ornament on a car.... I have never bought, nor not bought a car/truck based on what hood ornament it had..... (However I always had a fondness for the Cadillac standup crest hood ornament that was popular on the 1970's Cadillacs...…..)

    And, in an earlier life as a cabinetmaker, I know it is more difficult to inlet something with a small radius, square corners or any shape that can't be readily cut by a router with a rotating tool...… To wit, it is easy to cut a tenon, but bitchy to cut a mortise.... The same applies to shields which is why there are standard shields that get a lot of usage.... They are easy to toolup for and to machine the corresponding pocket in the handle...
     
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  14. MerryMadMonk

    MerryMadMonk Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 22, 2011
    Trand, I don't have a 47 Hayn Helper, but I do have a 47 Viper. To my uncalibrated eyes the 47 & the 93 frames look the same. So I took the calipers to a 93 Ram's Foot and the Viper. The handle width of the 47 Viper averages about 1mm wider than the 93 Ram's Foot. The closed length of the 47 is about 1.05mm shorter than the 93.
     
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  15. black mamba

    black mamba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    The size difference is small enough to fall within the grinding/finishing limits of the knives. This makes me wonder if one has half stops and the other does not. That difference was enough to make the #53 and #54 patterns separate, when every other detail was identical.
     
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  16. Ron Sabbagh

    Ron Sabbagh Gold Member Gold Member

    448
    Sep 15, 1999
    I'm new to GEC but wasn't the Viper a very popular pattern too?
     
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  17. MerryMadMonk

    MerryMadMonk Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 22, 2011
    Ron, it is one of the most popular patterns they've made. Folks who don't ordinarily carry a traditional are fans of the Viper. It will be utter madness when the Viper is released again!
     
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  18. MerryMadMonk

    MerryMadMonk Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 22, 2011
    Jeff, I missed your post, initially. Both have half-stops.
     
  19. black mamba

    black mamba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    Thanks, Al. The new #93 does look ever so slightly slimmer and curvier than the #47, but the difference is so small that I'm surprised they would redo it.
     
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  20. Norcaldude

    Norcaldude Gold Member Gold Member

    809
    Dec 19, 2014
    Somebody say 'vipers'?

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    Variations of the 42 frame

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