Show off your favorite GECs!

GEC specializes in highly collectable and premium quality usable pocket knives. The company's USA manufactured knives have quickly proven to be a big hit with both collectors and users who seek quality American craftsmanship.
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Re: Show off your favorite GECs!

Postby sunknife » Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:53 am

I've never seen the oil sucker rod wood before Tsar Bomba and I like it. I always have leaned towards more rustic, primitive and outdoorsy looking stuff of all sorts. Those handles have that weathered appearance that appeals to me. ::tu::
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Re: Show off your favorite GECs!

Postby Tsar Bomba » Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:57 am

sunknife wrote:I've never seen the oil sucker rod wood before Tsar Bomba and I like it. I always have leaned towards more rustic, primitive and outdoorsy looking stuff of all sorts. Those handles have that weathered appearance that appeals to me. ::tu::

Thanks, sunknife! ::handshake:: GEC's story is that the handles came from 100-150 year old oil sucker rods in Pennsylvania which were used to draw oil out of the ground. The original rods themselves were likely cut from very mature felled trees which means the overall age of the wood might be twice that or more. The knife has excellent F&F but the unique graining of the wood makes it almost look unfinished at first glance. I took one look at the knife when it came out and I had to have it. I hope they take more chances on handle material in the near future.

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Re: Show off your favorite GECs!

Postby sunknife » Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:31 pm

Interesting story behind that reclaimed wood Bomba. I'm hoping they have some surplus as well and that they release some more knives with those handles. What wood species do you suppose it is? My guess would be oak from the grain shown on your knife. Sure is unique.
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Re: Show off your favorite GECs!

Postby sunknife » Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:31 pm

Interesting story behind that reclaimed wood Bomba. I'm hoping they have some surplus as well and that they release some more knives with those handles. What wood species do you suppose it is? My guess would be oak from the grain shown on your knife. Sure is unique.
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Re: Show off your favorite GECs!

Postby Tsar Bomba » Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:30 am

sunknife wrote:Interesting story behind that reclaimed wood Bomba. I'm hoping they have some surplus as well and that they release some more knives with those handles. What wood species do you suppose it is? My guess would be oak from the grain shown on your knife. Sure is unique.

I've gotta wonder if the small 18s were the leftovers to begin with. A couple searches brought up information that GEC made 3 big ol' #45 Whalers sunfish knives in Oil Sucker Rod Wood back in 2011 as well as a serialized run of 72s in 2013:

https://www.facebook.com/GreatEasternCu ... 8936650556 (giveaway in 2015)

viewtopic.php?f=56&t=36128

I am not having much luck finding an authoritative answer to the type of wood, although there is speculation around the web of it being heart pine or some sort of oak. I'm not feeling like there will be much luck in getting a 72 or 45 on the secondary market for less than custom prices.

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Re: Show off your favorite GECs!

Postby QTCut5 » Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:10 am

Currently, these two smooth white bone modified single blade American Jacks #78 are my favorite GECs.

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Re: Show off your favorite GECs!

Postby Ivoryman » Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:24 am

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Re: Show off your favorite GECs!

Postby kootenay joe » Wed Jan 31, 2018 2:05 am

Ivoryman, is the 85 EO smooth white bone ?
And QT, what happened to the blades on your 78's ? They lost their belly !
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Re: Show off your favorite GECs!

Postby Ivoryman » Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:08 am

kootenay joe wrote:Ivoryman, is the 85 EO smooth white bone ?
And QT, what happened to the blades on your 78's ? They lost their belly !
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Officially it's smooth ivory bone, but I don't know how that differs from smooth white bone as on the 78. They look about the same to me. And I normally don't comment on questions for other people, but I happen to have some inside skinny on what happened to those 78s Q posted. What happened is I RUINED them!!!!!! :mrgreen: That's right I DESTROYED their edges and violently beat their bellies out with a bench grinder! Made them bow to my will!!!! Then I took away their identity and gave them a new one. Violence and identity theft and brainwashing: the hallmarks of any good propaganda, manipulation and modification. Ha ha ha!!!! (all in jest ya know)
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Re: Show off your favorite GECs!

Postby QTCut5 » Wed Jan 31, 2018 5:08 am

kootenay joe wrote:QT, what happened to the blades on your 78's ? They lost their belly !kj

Whenever I see that fat spatula beaver-tail spear blade I can't help but think there's a wharncliffe trapped inside that's trying to get out. These two 78s were purchased with the express intent of finding their inner wharnies and setting them free. Since I am physically incapable of performing such a feat myself, I sent them to the Mad Genius Mod Man to be tortured in his dungeon laboratory of grinding horrors until the wharnies were freed from the evil spears holding them captive.

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Re: Show off your favorite GECs!

Postby kootenay joe » Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:54 pm

I'm sure "smooth white bone" and "smooth ivory bone" are marketing terms for the same material. I think "ivory" is now dropped in favor of "white" to avoid any misunderstanding by the online correctness police.
A Wharncliffe blade is very attractive but a blade needs a belly to cover all situations in my opinion. If you could only use one single blade knife for the next year would you pick a Wharncliffe blade ?
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Re: Show off your favorite GECs!

Postby QTCut5 » Wed Jan 31, 2018 3:49 pm

kootenay joe wrote:A Wharncliffe blade is very attractive but a blade needs a belly to cover all situations in my opinion. If you could only use one single blade knife for the next year would you pick a Wharncliffe blade ?kj

No, although a Wharncliffe blade is perfectly adequate for pretty much all my routine cutting needs (which, admittedly, other than kitchen/cooking, are relatively minimal), if I could only use one single type of blade for the next year, I would probably not choose a Wharncliffe blade. I will readily admit that while the Wharncliffe profile is the most aesthetically pleasing to my eye, it is not the most versatile blade type for the widest range of multiple applications. Although, at the same time, I believe I could "make do" just fine with a wharncliffe blade for basic survival purposes if, for whatever hypothetical reason, that was my only option.

As a collector, I tend to favor knives with wharncliffe blades because in my knife collection I prioritize form over function. But, for a daily use (EDC) knife and especially in a survival situation, my priority would be function over form...and I would actually prefer a fixed blade knife over a folder, for that matter. But, in a survival situation I would prefer a knife (folder or fixed) with any style blade over a tin can lid, and I would prefer a tin can lid over a shard of broken glass, and a shard of glass over a piece of bone, and a piece of bone over a rock (unless the rock was obsidian or flint), etc., etc.

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Re: Show off your favorite GECs!

Postby Ivoryman » Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:37 pm

kootenay joe wrote:I'm sure "smooth white bone" and "smooth ivory bone" are marketing terms for the same material. I think "ivory" is now dropped in favor of "white" to avoid any misunderstanding by the online correctness police.
A Wharncliffe blade is very attractive but a blade needs a belly to cover all situations in my opinion. If you could only use one single blade knife for the next year would you pick a Wharncliffe blade ?

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If I had to pick one blade it would be a Wharn. Carry wharns most of the time. But what kind of hypothetical is that when it's irrelevant because we never have to pick one blade for the next year. You can get belly and wharn on the same knife, and if not sometimes I carry both. When I need a belly for a rare event, I use a spear or drop, but spears and drops will never score like a wharn or core apples like a wharn, or get in a corner like a wharn or draw like a wharn or do what the wharn is designed for. I've carried both and every kind of blade I can find, but for what I do Wharns do it better and I've never had a wharn on me and thought, "gee, I need a spear or drop or clip to cut this." Never happens. Just a hypothetical. But what is not hypothetical is experience and my experience is a wharn will do everything a belly blade will if you know how to work it. And nobody has to choose one only, there are plenty of options to make that a mute point. But to say a blade needs a belly is a personal opinion, not a fact. The proof is that I have never had a wharn that wouldn't do my cutting jobs. Never. I have had several clips, spears, and drops that don't box cut very well, don't puncture as well, don't core as well, don't rip cut as well, don't rip through fabric as well................
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Re: Show off your favorite GECs!

Postby m0nk » Thu Feb 01, 2018 4:34 pm

You guys are not helping my wharn-on-the-brain syndrome. at all. No, I'm not taking a chance on a S&M #99 Executive Jack wharn. And no, I did not participate in the NW Fayette Jack fray yesterday. I was a spectator only, contributing to the server DOS by hitting F5 just to watch the numbers quickly dwindle until "Sold Out" occurred at about 7 minutes after the hour, by my clock. I'll reiterate my previous wish on another thread that I hope GEC gives us a wharnie in 2018, one that we can reasonably purchase, at a reasonable price.

So my latest idea is to try my hand at knife making. I have some Home Depot materials and I'm going to cobble something together, maybe this weekend. Guess what the blade is going to be? That's right, a Wharncliffe!! Yes, I know the mild steel won't harden properly, and yes, I'm just fooling around. But if the process goes well I already have some real materials in a shopping cart at an online knife materials supplier...

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Re: Show off your favorite GECs!

Postby Ivoryman » Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:00 pm

I echo that mOnk. Knew it wasn't just me. Here's a few of my other favorites. Here's Wharncliffe in your eyes.
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