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robbobus wrote:Yes I did. I wouldn't pay anywhere near that much myself. However, if someone contacts me with a similar offer they will still be looking. I am that way with most of my collection. That make me Gollum I wonder?
m0nk wrote:Wow, Greg, I'm not really a stag guy, but that's some nice stag! KJ must be a very generous man indeed! Did he throw in that leather lanyard or did you tie that on just to dress up the knife for the photo?
kootenay joe wrote:Greg, great pictures. I'm glad you are pleased with it.
I am very happy with the Schrade-Walden BONE 863 with "Kon Kav" etch that i received in trade. The saber ground clip blade and bone handle make this the BEST of all 863 versions.
Ivoryman wrote:Sorry to hear that Bomba. Love to see a photo of that orange bone. If it's any consolation every one of my GEC lock backs have wobbled. One so bad I sent it back to the factory and they couldn't fix it. They improved it, they did not fix. I have had or still have about 7 GEC lock backs, 83s and 72s mostly, but every one wobbles a bit. That's the way GEC does LBs to me. But a more sympatric ear I don't know how you're going to find. It's sad. My Case LBs and Mokis and AGRs are all so much better. GECs to me are notorious, I expect it when I get one, now it doesn't even bug me because it's like part of the defining characteristics that make it what it is, like a design limitation. But I still buy them. Still like them. They still work with a bit of wobble whether LB or any folder to me. Many knives out there with loose lock up. Oh well. I have no choice but to live with it when I buy 72s. Part of the pattern I guess.
Gunstock Jack wrote:Tony, scale inside the nail nick is so common on GEC as to be ubiquitous, in other words, that is the way the product is; the scale is left over from tempering and GEC doesn't mind seeing it in their nail nicks.
GEC is a small company, and Bill Howard is constantly having to train new people; cutlers are not easy to find in this day and age where everything is done by machines and robots. Their QC makes mistakes like any other human endeavor, so I would suggest either returning it to the dealer from whom you purchased, or returning it to GEC for warranty repair.
I don't think comparing GEC to CASE is a fair comparison, as Case is far larger and owned by a giant int'l corporation, and I also don't think Bill wants to go the way that Queen went, which is out of business.... permanently, it seems.
And just as an aside, I recently had a customer that was really upset with his new 43 because he could close it with thumb pressure on the spine and because the blade was slightly under the spring when opened, and he could feel the spring/blade joint with his thumb when he had the knife open. He had some other complaints, like the knife was scuffed, and the action stiff (from being new). He is returning the knife to me and I will take care of him, but my point is this: GEC knives are not perfect, and some knives may have better F&F, walk & talk, etc., and some will need a little attention from the buyer to improve the overall action.
If you want a US made lockback that has no movement when opened, buy a BUCK or a Zero Tolerance knife, because apples are not oranges and there is not a fair comparison between CNC machining and production by hand on 80 year old machines. Maybe because GEC gets glorified exaltations about their product by some, sometimes they get picked apart by folks that are much more particular than I am.
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