GEC #78 American Jack Is Out

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Re: GEC #78 American Jack Is Out

Postby kootenay joe » Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:04 pm

I have looked at the Stag 78's at KSF and not one has particularly attractive Stag. All show 'too much' of the underlying white antler material.
This is a big disappointment when you look at how fine the Stag slabs were before being fitted to the scales(liners). I posted the GEC picture of the Stag 2 posts above.
Can someone explain why they don't thin the slabs by shaving the underside ?
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Re: GEC #78 American Jack Is Out

Postby jerryd6818 » Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:50 pm

I folded. Supposed to be here tomorrow.
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Re: GEC #78 American Jack Is Out

Postby kootenay joe » Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:42 pm

Jerry it is a good looking knife. But imagine if the outer bark went bolster to bolster on both sides and was slender as well. That was the old time way. I don't see why it cannot be done now.
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Re: GEC #78 American Jack Is Out

Postby JohnR » Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:48 am

kootenay joe wrote:I have looked at the Stag 78's at KSF and not one has particularly attractive Stag. All show 'too much' of the underlying white antler material.
This is a big disappointment when you look at how fine the Stag slabs were before being fitted to the scales(liners). I posted the GEC picture of the Stag 2 posts above.
Can someone explain why they don't thin the slabs by shaving the underside ?
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KJ, first I totally agree with you as far as how the stag is fitted but I think it is a lot easier to fit them oversize and then grind them down to the bolsters.
Doing it the old way would take a lot of trial and error as far as cutting and fitting the underside, I am not sure GEC has a workforce capable of doing that or a cliental that would appreciate the old way.

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Re: GEC #78 American Jack Is Out

Postby kootenay joe » Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:30 am

John i think you are correct that fitting by shaving the underside takes more time. But i disagree about the clientele not being appreciative of the difference. I think people would scramble like crazy to get them even if price was an additional $25, or more.
On ebay people bid hard for the old Sheffield pruners with blade 50% or more worn off because of the great Stag handles. 'Wall to wall' Stag is impressive. It would be so worthwhile for GEC to haft in the correct manner. Their bottom line would go up. Right now there are quite a few GEC Stag 78's that are not moving. Haft them properly and they will sell as fast as the mammoth ones.
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Re: GEC #78 American Jack Is Out

Postby ozzie marie » Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:56 pm

Just my opinion.............GEC Hit it Out of the Park with the #78 ::nod::

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Re: GEC #78 American Jack Is Out

Postby jerryd6818 » Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:19 pm

ozzie marie wrote:Just my opinion.............GEC Hit it Out of the Park with the #78 ::nod::

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Looks like it's a real hit with you Keith. I like it well enough that I bought more than one.
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Re: GEC #78 American Jack Is Out

Postby Tsar Bomba » Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:45 pm

Agreed. I bought versions in stag, white bone ebony, plus the Maher & Grosh Yankee Whittler is built on the 78 frame as well. They are among my favorite new knives and I've carried each of them already.

I'm fighting the urge to go back and get some other handle styles, or an ebony single-blade. With some luck, some of those single blade stag examples that are still at the dealers might get discounted in the near future... well, a guy can dream. :lol:
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Re: GEC #78 American Jack Is Out

Postby Muss » Sat Jan 27, 2018 8:55 pm

I just got a single blade ebony #78. First GEC in a good while but not my first by any means. I noticed the tang stamp reads, "GEC CAR' and the model number. I guess I haven't noticed the CAR before. When did this start? Does it stand for carbon, as in blade steel? Just curious. I really like the knife.

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Re: GEC #78 American Jack Is Out

Postby jerryd6818 » Sat Jan 27, 2018 10:34 pm

Muss wrote:I just got a single blade ebony #78. First GEC in a good while but not my first by any means. I noticed the tang stamp reads, "GEC CAR' and the model number. I guess I haven't noticed the CAR before. When did this start? Does it stand for carbon, as in blade steel? Just curious. I really like the knife.

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Both the Tidioute and the Northfield say "CARBON" on the back side of the pen blade. I'm gonna guess the CAR on the single blade does stand for Carbon.
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Re: GEC #78 American Jack Is Out

Postby Ivoryman » Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:40 am

Outa the park. Amen. Here's two Tidioutes, and two Northfields with zero flaws, everything perfect. Love the Tidioute being smooth all over, no sharp points on the swedge termination, no grooves in the bolsters, no jigging, or shield protruding: all smooth all over. The two Northfields are not smooth, but still great.
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Re: GEC #78 American Jack Is Out

Postby Ivoryman » Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:26 pm

White bone getting a little patina
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