54 Big Jack

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54 Big Jack

Postby jmh58 » Sat Apr 29, 2017 1:39 pm

See there is a Brazilian Cherry jigged wood with a BeaverTail shield coming!! Hmmmm!!! ::facepalm:: John :D
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Re: 54 Big Jack

Postby Tsar Bomba » Sat Apr 29, 2017 1:42 pm

Thanks for the heads-up. I might need to check and see if I can upgrade one of my "maybe" reservations. I've only got a sure thing on the bone jack right now.

I didn't know cherry was "jiggable" in the first place! I love the beavertail shield, though, this is sounding pretty promising. ::tu::
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Re: 54 Big Jack

Postby jerryd6818 » Sat Apr 29, 2017 3:20 pm

Tsar Bomba wrote:I didn't know cherry was "jiggable" in the first place!

Oh, heck yeah. I have one of the 2013 #48 Improved Trappers in jigged Brazilian Cherry. Kinda hard to photograph. GEC made several patterns with Brazilian Cherry.
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Re: 54 Big Jack

Postby Tsar Bomba » Sat Apr 29, 2017 4:35 pm

jerryd6818 wrote:
Tsar Bomba wrote:I didn't know cherry was "jiggable" in the first place!

Oh, heck yeah. I have one of the 2013 #48 Improved Trappers in jigged Brazilian Cherry. Kinda hard to photograph. GEC made several patterns with Brazilian Cherry.

Looks awesome. ::tu:: I'm gonna have to see if I can upgrade my reservation. ::smirk::

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Re: 54 Big Jack

Postby J1890 » Fri May 12, 2017 9:17 am

Tsar Bomba wrote:Looks awesome. ::tu:: I'm gonna have to see if I can upgrade my reservation. ::smirk::


T, did you get the 54 in the jigged cherry? I'd like to know what you think. I can't make up my mind on either the 54 or the 48 in bloodwood? ::hmm:: ::dang:: I've got money in hand but unsure of which one to go with ::shrug::
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Re: 54 Big Jack

Postby J1890 » Fri May 12, 2017 10:38 am

Ok, I could not help it ::facepalm:: I went with the 54 in Desert Ironwood. Just look at the grain on this one :shock:
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Re: 54 Big Jack

Postby jerryd6818 » Fri May 12, 2017 11:42 am

J1890 wrote:Ok, I could not help it ::facepalm:: I went with the 54 in Desert Ironwood. Just look at the grain on this one :shock:
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Splendid, just splendid and the propeller shield really suits that frame.
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Re: 54 Big Jack

Postby Tsar Bomba » Sat May 13, 2017 3:16 am

J1890 wrote:T, did you get the 54 in the jigged cherry? I'd like to know what you think. I can't make up my mind on either the 54 or the 48 in bloodwood? ::hmm:: ::dang:: I've got money in hand but unsure of which one to go with ::shrug::

J1890 wrote:Ok, I could not help it ::facepalm:: I went with the 54 in Desert Ironwood. Just look at the grain on this one :shock:

Good choice! ::tu:: I was tempted by that ironwood 54 one after I saw it but a pet peeve I have (OCD??) is when a symmetrical shield is placed off-center on an equal-end pattern. To me it throws off the lines of the knife. It's why I didn't get the 98 cattle pattern. Probably something wrong with my wiring. ::rotflol:: Same shield in the same place on a swell-end jack would look outstanding to me.

I did get the jigged cherry "Beaver Tail" #54 in addition to the Oily Creeks, I haven't gotten any photos yet but I plan on remedying that and I'll post here for comparison. It is a pretty knife, a throwback with the jigged wood handles - I think one day I'm going to carry it with one of the staminawood Case sunfish.

Here's the Oily Creek bone I bought for EDC. Carried it today with a peanut, a pairing that was like Rocky and Muggsy. ::nod::

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To complicate your knife-buying decisions, Jeremy, the 54 is soon coming out as a moose pattern in antique bone and (I believe) ebony with Maher & Grosh livery. ::paranoid::

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Re: 54 Big Jack

Postby J1890 » Thu May 18, 2017 9:17 am

Nice Tony. I wanted to get the jigged Cherry but decided to go with the Cougar clawed. This one should be here next week. I really like this pattern. Good hold in the hand and great blades.
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Re: 54 Big Jack

Postby kootenay joe » Thu May 18, 2017 10:23 am

Regarding shield placement on an Equal End jack, there is an artistic principle of "2/3rds/1/3rd" which says that these proportions look more attractive than a 50:50 balance. I think this is why GEC positions the shield 2/3rds the way along the handle.
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Re: 54 Big Jack

Postby Tsar Bomba » Fri May 19, 2017 1:21 am

Jeremy, that 'cougar claw' bone looks better in that pic than it did in the first photos I saw of the style. It's almost like a "scraped" oily creek bone. Good choice! ::tu::

KJ, I'm not doubting the fact that I am inartful to a fault, or that I would offend any actual asthete. :lol: ::nod:: I just have a more-visceral-than-normal reaction to most equal-enders that have any sort of offset symmetrical shield. Not GECs, but this is the look I want from any sort of symmetrical shield, like a hotdog, bar, or propeller style, on a typical equal-end frame:

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It's a symmetry thing, I think. I came up as a physics geek and went to school for engineering. It might be some form of OCD, perhaps. ::shrug:: It's best exemplified by my internal reaction to the #98 whittler/cattle knife vs. the symmetrical shield on the camp knife. I can't stop looking at it sideways. The same knife with, say, a houndstooth or bomb shield in the same offcenter location looks fantastic to me (like that #98 cattle knife with the bull shield ::tu:: ). Maybe a therapist could help me with this... :roll:
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Re: 54 Big Jack

Postby J1890 » Sat May 20, 2017 6:30 pm

Cougar clawed. Very nice ::tu:: I may be a little out of control on this pattern. Was think of a third in the Cherry or oily creek bone ::shrug:: . Maybe not?
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Re: 54 Big Jack

Postby Tsar Bomba » Sat May 20, 2017 8:10 pm

Stop tempting me. I've already got two oily creeks and a jigged cherry, and now the Maher & Grosh moose built on the 54 is en route. ::paranoid::

Any more of these 54s and I'm going to have to get in line at the soup kitchen... ::facepalm::

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Re: 54 Big Jack

Postby J1890 » Sat May 20, 2017 8:31 pm

Tsar Bomba wrote:Stop tempting me. I've already got two oily creeks and a jigged cherry, and now the Maher & Grosh moose built on the 54 is en route. ::paranoid::

Any more of these 54s and I'm going to have to get in line at the soup kitchen... ::facepalm::


Well ::hmm:: I do volunteer at a soup kitchen.
Which one do you like better? The oily creek or cherry?
Would you be willing to take a side by side picture for me?
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Re: 54 Big Jack

Postby Tsar Bomba » Sat May 20, 2017 9:03 pm

Enabler! Enabler! ::rotflol::

I've been planning to take a snap for the pairs thread of my safe-queen oily creek with the jigged cherry/beaver shield. Unfortunately an annoying storm cloud has been sticking around since I got home today and the light is washed out and muted outside, plus 1095 doesn't react well to random but persistent small showers that are overwatering my lawn today... But I will endeavor to get a pic today or tomorrow, depending on the weather for the rest of the day. It's too bad I didn't order the M&G earlier, I could have gotten a family photo.


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