Mail Call, Post Your New 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: Mail Call, Post Your New GECs.

Postby Ajd3530 » Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:51 am

How about some new-to-me Nifebrite?? Boy I sure do love nifebrite!
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Re: Mail Call, Post Your New GECs.

Postby kootenay joe » Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:58 am

With a nifebright handle you can leave the knife on your bedside table and if you wake up in the dark you can see it's glow. You can get it without turning on the light.
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Re: Mail Call, Post Your New GECs.

Postby kootenay joe » Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:44 pm

Just picked up a "Schrade Fire & Ice "SUSA1" with Red Pick Bone handles. It is a GEC #23 pattern made in very early 2007 (or late 2006 ?) They are the very first SFO that GEC made. This one was listed for a full week with a $75 opening bid. I was the only bidder as often is the case with a high opening bid.
I think $75 for a new in box GEC is a good deal but i guess no one else does. Do you see it as worth less because it is not branded "GEC" ?
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Re: Mail Call, Post Your New GECs.

Postby kootenay joe » Mon Feb 18, 2019 6:28 pm

Question: do you see the above "Fire & Ice" knife as a collectible GEC even though it is not branded "GEC" ?
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Re: Mail Call, Post Your New GECs.

Postby Sharpnshinyknives » Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:19 pm

kootenay joe wrote:Question: do you see the above "Fire & Ice" knife as a collectible GEC even though it is not branded "GEC" ?
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I don’t think it worth less by any means or less collectible. I have thought about picking some of these up myself. Never could figure out why knives made in the same plant w/ two different stamps are worth varying amounts. You see that all the time w/ Keen Kutter knives made by Camillus. I see people on here trying to trade a Keen Kutter for an identical Camillus. I mean what’s the diff? It’s made by the same people w/ the same materials to the same standards. If there were a difference in standards or materials, I could see it then.
I think it shows a bit more sophistication or knowledge that you have a knife like a Schrade in your collection that is made by GEC. The uneducated won’t know what we know about who made that knife.
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Re: Mail Call, Post Your New GECs.

Postby kootenay joe » Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:44 pm

Mark, thanks for your reply. I think the same way: if made in GEC factory by GEC employees then it is a GEC knife. However there are those who collect by markings. Whichever brand it is they collect, they want that name on the tang.
The above knife sold for $75. If it had been a #23 from 2006-07 with jigged bone handles the selling price would have been higher, possibly 3x the amount. This 'Fire & Ice' is a screaming good deal for a GEC knife but no one else went for it.
This suggests that most GEC collectors want GEC markings only.
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Re: Mail Call, Post Your New GECs.

Postby Doc B » Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:53 pm

This suggests that most GEC collectors want GEC markings only.
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I think it's more likely, the majority of GEC buyers, aren't familiar with the connection.
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Re: Mail Call, Post Your New GECs.

Postby gsmith7158 » Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:00 pm

Perhaps it's just a rejection of Stewart Taylor and what he's done to so many fine old American brand names. ::shrug::
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Re: Mail Call, Post Your New GECs.

Postby kootenay joe » Tue Feb 19, 2019 2:00 am

"Perhaps it's just a rejection of Stewart Taylor". Yes it is possible as i have read anti-Taylor posts to do with Schrade. I don't agree with that sentiment but if others do it affects the 'market'.
Mr Taylor had nothing to do with the demise of Schrade. He just bought the assets after the bank foreclosed. The Fire & Ice was the first "Schrade" knife he had made. He wanted his first "Schrade" knife to be made USA and be of high quality as a tribute to Schrade for their contribution to USA cutlery, even though he knew he would loose money on it.
I think these Fire & Ice knives (made in 2 sizes, #23 & #73) might have been the very first run of GEC, before they made the first #23 & #73 with their own branding on them.
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Re: Mail Call, Post Your New GECs.

Postby robbobus » Tue Feb 19, 2019 2:55 am

I have followed these for over 10 years and the price on these has generally been in the range you paid kj. I have 1 of each size. While they are fine knives, i find the nick too shallow and polished or smooth to get a good purchase on the blade for their very stout pulls. This was a criticism back then, and I think a justifiable one on my examples as well. As to value, the buying market for this pattern heavily favours single blade models - factory single blade models at that.

I do rather like mine, cool shield as well.
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Re: Mail Call, Post Your New GECs.

Postby KnifeSlinger#81 » Wed Feb 20, 2019 2:50 am

gsmith7158 wrote:Perhaps it's just a rejection of Stewart Taylor and what he's done to so many fine old American brand names. ::shrug::


That's my thought on the subject because of what he did with the schrade name. It has nothing to do with whether the knives are quality or not, it's that they aren't schrades at all, and I have strong feelings about that.

I would never want one of the "schrade" fire and ice knives despite the fact that I really like the gec 73 and 23 pattern. I have a lot of 73's and they are all marked gec and I'm quite satisfied with those. I am happy for the people that enjoy the fire and ice knives and get them for good prices like Roland did but they aren't for me.
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Always looking for excellent to mint condition schrade cut co and walden knives. I really like stockman and cattle patterns.

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Re: Mail Call, Post Your New GECs.

Postby kootenay joe » Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:44 pm

This big "Fire & Ice" reminds me of the Remington Posters: big strong knife for the guy who sleeps by his horse on the trail. I bet the in hand feel is just the same as a new Remington #23 did 85 years ago. Would be a good belt carry user.
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Re: Mail Call, Post Your New GECs.

Postby Ajd3530 » Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:17 pm

FINALLY got my hands on a #48 jack! A Tidioute #48 weasel was my very first GEC, and I've always loved it's slender frame and long clip, but always missed the utility of having a smaller blade. They made so few of these jacks, I wasn't sure I would ever track one down for a price I was willing to pay. But came across this last week on Facebook and I snatched it up.
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Re: Mail Call, Post Your New GECs.

Postby KnifeSlinger#81 » Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:01 am

Ajd3530 wrote:FINALLY got my hands on a #48 jack! A Tidioute #48 weasel was my very first GEC, and I've always loved it's slender frame and long clip, but always missed the utility of having a smaller blade. They made do few if these jacks, I wasn't sure I would ever track one down for a price I was willing to pay. But came across this last week on Facebook and I snatched it up.


Great looking knife.
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Re: Mail Call, Post Your New GECs.

Postby kootenay joe » Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:23 am

Very handy pattern, long pen blade secondary is all round useful and it is not a bulky knife.
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