78 American Jack

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78 American Jack

Postby XX Case XX » Wed Dec 27, 2017 12:18 am

So I'm looking at the new 78 American Jack. Nice knife. I start to wonder why they would put the small pen blade in front of the large blade. Since the larger, main blade would probably get more use, wouldn't it make more sense to put the small blade on the other side?

Anyone have any thoughts on this? Click on image to enlarge. (Photo from GEC Website)

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Re: 78 American Jack

Postby espn77 » Wed Dec 27, 2017 12:27 am

Must be trying to copy Remington. Most Remington jack knives have the pen blade in the front. Which is opposite of case.

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Re: 78 American Jack

Postby kootenay joe » Wed Dec 27, 2017 2:17 am

If you place the master blade in front then you would need to put the nail nick of the secondary blade on the other side.
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Re: 78 American Jack

Postby jerryd6818 » Wed Dec 27, 2017 2:22 am

Easier to get the Pen open if it's in front of the main. Besides, it don't get in the way of opening of the main. I prefer the pen be in front. JMO
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Re: 78 American Jack

Postby QTCut5 » Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:40 pm

The single blade version solves the pen blade placement issue entirely.

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Re: 78 American Jack

Postby XX Case XX » Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:31 pm

QTCut5 wrote:The single blade version solves the pen blade placement issue entirely.

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Yes, I like those!! The single blade looks really clean. Very nice. ::nod:: Man those are good looking knives. ::tu::

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Re: 78 American Jack

Postby big monk » Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:05 pm

GEC has done this ever so often through the years -- why?? -- who knows?? In 2011 the pattern#85 had the secondary blade behind the main -- then 2012 the secondary blade in front ?? also found an older Robeson like so* browsing the AAPK gallery -- seems to be used a lot on the "EZ-Open" jacks more so than others ?? I think this has been done at random, by different mfg's over the years ( see link)

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Re: 78 American Jack

Postby TwoFlowersLuggage » Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:30 pm

If my job was to put little sharp blades on a pivot all day, I think I would want to change up the order every once in a while too...
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Re: 78 American Jack

Postby jerryd6818 » Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:37 am

Never noticed that Monk. Thanks for pointing it out.
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Re: 78 American Jack

Postby philco » Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:27 am

Jerry please sell me that teardrop jack so we can still be friends. (I'm consumed by lust.)

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Re: 78 American Jack

Postby jerryd6818 » Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:16 am

Phil, the cold must have froze up your brain. That's just crazy talk right there.

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Re: 78 American Jack

Postby kootenay joe » Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:35 am

To me it makes no difference which side the secondary blade is on. Both designs work equally well. Plus a little variety is nice.
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Re: 78 American Jack

Postby singin46 » Sat Jul 07, 2018 12:25 am

Late but I was able to score these two thanks to Ken and Roger at Maher&Grosh. Should be arriving on Monday, in the mail!
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Re: 78 American Jack

Postby biglmbass » Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:23 pm

Variety is indeed nice, but I tend to prefer the pen & main blades to open from the same side. That neon blue GEC 85 is a peach, by the way. ::tu::

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Re: 78 American Jack

Postby singin46 » Tue Jul 17, 2018 4:15 am

I've been pretty busy buying since returning to my first love,,,,pocketknives!
Just got these two in the last couple weeks and have a few more coming in soon as well.
Really liking the #78 pattern! ::tu::
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