2006 – GEC’s First Knives
The first pattern Great Eastern Cutlery ever made was a hefty 4 1/2 large or jumbo trapper known as a pioneer. They kicked things off in 2006 with an introduction of two bone handled versions & followed that up with a few other handle varieties. Later in the year GEC introduced a smaller version of the 23 pattern which was designated with the pattern number 73 and given the name Scout.
Below, you can view specifications of the first two knives along with production totals for all knives GEC made in 2006; its first year.
Total production totals for GEC knives stamped 2006 can be viewed below. There are very few known full sets that include all 2006 knives. The #23 Casien open house knife was only made in a quantity of ten & is the hardest to find / most valuable of the bunch.