GEC #78 American Jack Is Out

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GEC #78 American Jack Is Out

Postby jerryd6818 » Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:45 pm

The Great Eastern Cutlery #782217 Tidioute Cutlery American Jack in Elderberry Jig Bone has been released for sale. More to follow.
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Coming soon is the smooth white bone edition. I think that's the one I want.
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Re: GEC #78 American Jack Is Out

Postby XX Case XX » Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:27 pm

That's a real good looking knife Jerry, both versions. I'm wondering, though, what the difference is between that knife and #77 Yankee Jack. Am I missing something here because they look almost identical. Or maybe one is a slightly different size?

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Re: GEC #78 American Jack Is Out

Postby Railsplitter » Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:04 pm

Mike, I'm not sure about the size but the 77 has squared off front bolsters.
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Re: GEC #78 American Jack Is Out

Postby jerryd6818 » Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:08 am

XX Case XX wrote: I'm wondering, though, what the difference is between that knife and #77 Yankee Jack. Am I missing something here because they look almost identical. Or maybe one is a slightly different size? __________
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Same length. For me, it's as Rick said, the bolsters are the most obvious difference.
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Re: GEC #78 American Jack Is Out

Postby XX Case XX » Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:42 am

Railsplitter wrote:Mike, I'm not sure about the size but the 77 has squared off front bolsters.

Yep, I see it now. You and Jerry have good eyes. I like both those patterns, they're good looking knives. ::tu::

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Re: GEC #78 American Jack Is Out

Postby FRJ » Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:55 am

The secondary is in front on the #78.
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Re: GEC #78 American Jack Is Out

Postby Brumbydownunder » Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:32 am

Railsplitter wrote:Mike, I'm not sure about the size but the 77 has squared off front bolsters.


XX CASE XX was asking about the "Yankee Jack" which has rounded Bolsters same as the new #78

FRJ got it right ::tu:: (well spotted)

The secondary is in front on the #78.

Having been around now for 10 years all these GEC models and variations are becoming hard to separate - but it's fun trying.
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Re: GEC #78 American Jack Is Out

Postby jerryd6818 » Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:07 am

They are both good looking knives but after looking and comparing them for a while, I've come to the conclusion that the Yankee Jack is more pleasing to my eye. Still may get an American Jack. Betwixt and between right now.
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Re: GEC #78 American Jack Is Out

Postby jerryd6818 » Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:30 am

Received a notice today that the #78 American Jack in smooth white bone hit at least one dealer as of today. This is the Tidioute variation. The Northfield variation, which will include stag covers, will come along later.
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Re: GEC #78 American Jack Is Out

Postby FarSide » Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:52 pm

The single blade Smooth White bone may be hard to resist.

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Re: GEC #78 American Jack Is Out

Postby DM11 » Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:32 am

Really wanted one of the Desert Ironwoods to go with my Desert Ironwood Calf Roper. They went hot while I was at work. Time I got home they were all gone but eight. Only two of those were of interest to me. Those were gone in a very short amount if time. So I bought a smooth white bone.
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Re: GEC #78 American Jack Is Out

Postby kootenay joe » Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:10 am

This #78 American Jack is not significantly different from the #77 Yankee Jack; same frame & same blades. It is understandable as GEC has now likely created every pattern that they had planned to so now come the 'repeats'. I would like to see the 56 Dogleg be repeated.
I like the look of the smooth bone 78. i think i need one.
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Re: GEC #78 American Jack Is Out

Postby gsmith7158 » Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:10 pm

I wonder if the Northfield will be equipped with a long pull on the master blade. I think I wool wait and see.
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Re: GEC #78 American Jack Is Out

Postby gsmith7158 » Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:55 pm

Here is the American Jack in a Northfield with imitation tortoise shell covers. Much more my cup of tea!
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Re: GEC #78 American Jack Is Out

Postby robbobus » Sat Dec 16, 2017 7:47 pm

kootenay joe wrote:This #78 American Jack is not significantly different from the #77 Yankee Jack; same frame & same blades. It is understandable as GEC has now likely created every pattern that they had planned to so now come the 'repeats'. I would like to see the 56 Dogleg be repeated.
I like the look of the smooth bone 78. i think i need one.
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While I agree they are similar kj, the 78 has stouter blades and springs than thee 77.
But I think GEC is far from done with new patterns. The 56 is one of their best, complimented by the 18 Beagle, i await the large 4" dogleg patiently. We have seen no coffin style jacks yet and only a tiny coke bottle jack, again patiently waiting on the 3 7/8" version (exactly 3 7/8" :) )and the 5". Will GECs cutlers demand to create orange blossum lobsters? I hope so. The. 44 Magnum gunstock will be out first quarter or so 2018 and looks to be fantastic. And they should do a swayback jack too. But I presume Bill Howard won't see this post and have made whatever he wants. And I will be waiting dollars in hand.


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