Lets talk GEC!

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

  1. Easyrider

    Easyrider Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2000
    What is the difference between the 23 and the 73?
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  2. waverave

    waverave Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 7, 2018
    The 23 is 4.5" closed...the 73 is 3.75" closed :thumbsup:
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  3. Norcaldude

    Norcaldude Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 19, 2014
    About 2.5 ounces.

  4. Pàdruig

    Pàdruig Live and Let Die Platinum Member

    Dec 1, 2016
    I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the 92, Buzz. Unfortunately, due to GEC's very annoying practice of split shipping a dealer's orders, I won't see mine until sometime next week perhaps.

    It will be my first 92 so I am pretty excited to check it out, I've admired them for awhile now.
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  5. Matt Bernier

    Matt Bernier

    Aug 19, 2017
    Next GEC I buy, no matter how long it takes, is a 35 camp knife. Spear point, long beaked can opener, bottle opener and driver, and awl, with a bail.

    One day.
  6. Easyrider

    Easyrider Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2000
    Thank you gentlemen! I am still hoping for a model 73 sometime in the near future.
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  7. bax229

    bax229 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 7, 2016
    Now you're talkin’
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  8. Norcaldude

    Norcaldude Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 19, 2014
    I think the 73 is one of the best single blades from GEC. Just about the perfect size for me.
  9. Camillus

    Camillus Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 3, 2015
    The 73 is such a great knife. I have never handled the Remington bullet knife on which it is based, but visually it seems an improvement over that pattern.

    Certainly a classic and deserves to be in everyone’s collection.
  10. Buzzbait


    Feb 25, 2001
    It had been an easy year on my wallet. My only new GEC offering I'd purchased in 2019 was Charlie's wonderful lambsfoot.

    But now the house of cards is starting to topple. The elderberry Eureka Jack and micarta 77 Barlow arrived last night. I'm waiting on my green micarta Eureka preorder to come due, as well as the 86 Bladeforums knife, and I'm really liking the design of the 86 jack.
  11. Signalprick

    Signalprick Jason Ritchie Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 3, 2009
    Can't wait for my green micarta eureka it was my only planned knife purchase the rest of the year but I think you talked me into an elderberry with your post in the #92 thread. I'm not a big fan of owning bone but it does look fantastic. Thanks!.......I think. :D
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  12. knifethetank

    knifethetank Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 18, 2018
    I'm in for another 73 one blade, even though I don't carry my one and only 73 I think it's a nice EDC size plus it's a great looking knife.

  13. mrknife

    mrknife Gold Member Gold Member

    May 9, 2010
    havent been buying many lately, but is the little silica packet thing standard now?
  14. L.H.S

    L.H.S Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 1, 2013
    Yes, at first I thought it was a specific dealer, but GEC seems to be putting them in all the tubes now.
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  15. Ron Sabbagh

    Ron Sabbagh Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Sep 15, 1999
    can someone illuminate me regarding "cyclops knife works"? I see it appears on some of the earlier GEC knives.

    Was this just a GEC term (like TIDIOUTE, etc) or was it a dealer SFO?

    I heard it was a term they used when stainless steel was used?

    not much info available on the internets...

    Thanks in advance
  16. Railsplitter

    Railsplitter Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2010
    Yes, the Cyclops stamp is used on GEC stainless blades.

    I think I remember reading that the current GEC building is the old Cyclops steel manufacturing plant.
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  17. black mamba

    black mamba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    I believe the Cyclops stamp is even specific to 440C stainless, as it is NOT present on 420HC SFO models. And even GEC's own branded 420HC knives are simply stamped SS.
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2019
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  18. Ron Sabbagh

    Ron Sabbagh Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Sep 15, 1999
    Thanks 'splitter & mamba.

    That's very helpful.

    Pretty sure I have a 2007 knife that says "cyclops knife works" but blades are carbon. CKW is etched on the blade but the stamp says "Great Eastern Cutlery - Titusville knife works"
  19. black mamba

    black mamba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    Cyclops Steel Works = 440C
    Titusville Iron Works = 1095
    I've never seen Titusville or Cyclops Knife Works.
    There were a few Farm & Field knives made with O1 tool steel, but I haven't one, so don't know how they were stamped.
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  20. dantzk8


    Nov 1, 2005
    The Farm & Field O1 tool steel are stamped "GEC O1 TOOL, TITUSVILLE, PA".

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