My First GEC Knife

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My First GEC Knife

Postby kootenay joe » Fri Dec 22, 2017 7:32 pm

It was very early in 2007. GEC has just opened up in late 2006 but i think it was not until January 2007 that the first knives left the factory.
The first run was of the #23 pattern and some of the early buyers were posting unhappy remarks like blades too hard to open, blade rub++, etc.
I had ordered a #73 which i think was their second run of knives and so was rather anxious as to what i was going to receive.
When the knife arrived i opened it up and was immediately thrilled with what i had in hand. Yes it had a pin crack, but that is minor and everything else is PERFECT. A real keeper for sure.
Now nearly 11 years later, and many GEC knives later, this 2006 GEC #73 remains my favorite GEC. Note that the master blade is marked "Northfield" & "Tidioute Cutlery". They had not yet decided on these being separate 'lines'.
If you still have your 'first GEC', how about showing it here in this thread.
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Re: My First GEC Knife

Postby XX Case XX » Fri Dec 22, 2017 9:37 pm

That's a real nice GEC Roland. It almost looks like Red Stag. Sure is beautiful. I wish GEC would go back to putting shields on the Stag knives. I think they look much better that way, and your knife proves that point as far as I'm concerned. Absolutely gorgeous. ::nod::

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Re: My First GEC Knife

Postby Railsplitter » Fri Dec 22, 2017 10:48 pm

Nice knife, Roland. Thank you for sharing that information about the two blade stamps. I didn't know that GEC had not decided to separate the brands in the early stages. Good stuff.

I don't have my first GEC but if I remember correctly, it was the Red Bone #25 Easy Open in this pic. Not a Prototype but one just like it.
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Re: My First GEC Knife

Postby tongueriver » Fri Dec 22, 2017 11:33 pm

I am not sure whether I still have my first GEC. I think I do and this 23 would be it. Made in 2008. Bought in 2008. I have another one made in 2007 but I did not buy it until after this one. This may (like unto Roland's) be my favorite GEC out of a few that I own.
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Re: My First GEC Knife

Postby OLDE CUTLER » Sat Dec 23, 2017 12:54 am

I am almost embarrassed to admit that I do not have a single GEC, Northwoods, or Schatt & Morgan knife. Seeing all these great knives that you guys post pictures of on AAPK has made me make my 2018 New Years resolution: to get at least one of each of these 3 makers. Are they all comparable in quality in your opinion? And the best place to buy them is?
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Re: My First GEC Knife

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Re: My First GEC Knife

Postby XX Case XX » Sat Dec 23, 2017 4:38 am

OLDE CUTLER wrote:I am almost embarrassed to admit that I do not have a single GEC, Northwoods, or Schatt & Morgan knife. Seeing all these great knives that you guys post pictures of on AAPK has made me make my 2018 New Years resolution: to get at least one of each of these 3 makers. Are they all comparable in quality in your opinion? And the best place to buy them is?

Well OC, Schatt & Morgan's are fairly common, so for that knife, I would start right here. There are a bunch for sale amongst these here stores and most are not very expensive at all. You can also find them on eBay. Shop around for the best price.

As far as GEC, well that's a different story, but again, I would start right here in the stores as well as placing a "Want-Ad" in that section and see if someone here has one they'd like to sell. You might be able to get a little better price that way. Also, for GEC, go to their website and click on the "Distributors" list. There are several dealers that carry a bunch of different patterns and some of them even have the exact knife you will get if you buy it.

For Northwoods, good luck unless you're willing to pay handsomely, read: RIDICULOUS, prices, especially on eBay. You could theoretically grab one right as they go on sale from KSF (Knives Ship Free) if you're lucky enough.

They are all quality knives. I know this because I have at least one of all 3. You could also place a "Want-to-Trade" ad here and see if anyone is willing to trade. That could also work. Remember though, just because you don't own a GEC or Northwoods doesn't make your collection any less desireable than someone elses. I've seen plenty of collections that don't contain any of those brands and I almost fell out of my chair when I saw them.

Collect what you like and never mind about what anyone else has.

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Re: My First GEC Knife

Postby tongueriver » Sat Dec 23, 2017 5:45 pm

Are Northwoods knives made by GEC?
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Re: My First GEC Knife

Postby OLDE CUTLER » Sat Dec 23, 2017 5:59 pm

XX Case XX wrote:
OLDE CUTLER wrote:I am almost embarrassed to admit that I do not have a single GEC, Northwoods, or Schatt & Morgan knife. Seeing all these great knives that you guys post pictures of on AAPK has made me make my 2018 New Years resolution: to get at least one of each of these 3 makers. Are they all comparable in quality in your opinion? And the best place to buy them is?

Well OC, Schatt & Morgan's are fairly common, so for that knife, I would start right here. There are a bunch for sale amongst these here stores and most are not very expensive at all. You can also find them on eBay. Shop around for the best price.

As far as GEC, well that's a different story, but again, I would start right here in the stores as well as placing a "Want-Ad" in that section and see if someone here has one they'd like to sell. You might be able to get a little better price that way. Also, for GEC, go to their website and click on the "Distributors" list. There are several dealers that carry a bunch of different patterns and some of them even have the exact knife you will get if you buy it.

For Northwoods, good luck unless you're willing to pay handsomely, read: RIDICULOUS, prices, especially on eBay. You could theoretically grab one right as they go on sale from KSF (Knives Ship Free) if you're lucky enough.

They are all quality knives. I know this because I have at least one of all 3. You could also place a "Want-to-Trade" ad here and see if anyone is willing to trade. That could also work. Remember though, just because you don't own a GEC or Northwoods doesn't make your collection any less desireable than someone elses. I've seen plenty of collections that don't contain any of those brands and I almost fell out of my chair when I saw them.

Collect what you like and never mind about what anyone else has.

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Thanks for the advice. I have mostly old stuff now, a lot that I have rebuilt or worked on, a few newer Case knives, but I want to see what the modern made US brands are like. Like I said, my 2018 New Years resolution. That's exactly what I wanted was an opinion from someone who owns all 3 brands.
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Re: My First GEC Knife

Postby XX Case XX » Sat Dec 23, 2017 6:30 pm

tongueriver wrote:Are Northwoods knives made by GEC?

I believe that most Northwoods are made by GEC since Derrick Bohn (KSF) acquired the rights. That's my understanding at least.

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Re: My First GEC Knife

Postby Tsar Bomba » Sun Dec 24, 2017 2:50 am

XX Case XX wrote:
tongueriver wrote:Are Northwoods knives made by GEC?

I believe that most Northwoods are made by GEC since Derrick Bohn (KSF) acquired the rights. That's my understanding at least.

Derrick may have had Queen build one or two since then. For the most part, recently, they've been on GEC frames. However, due to (I believe) steel selections the Northwoods Everyday Barlows were built on Queen #69 frames by Queen because GEC didn't offer the kind of stainless desired...

I was really late to the GEC party, but here's my first -- I still like this picture because of the disembodied hands... :lol:

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Re: My First GEC Knife

Postby gsmith7158 » Sun Dec 24, 2017 3:00 am

Tony you think you were late to the party, here are my first GEC'S. :D
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