GEC #81 Bull Moose/Un-popular Design?

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GEC #81 Bull Moose/Un-popular Design?

Postby XX Case XX » Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:08 pm

I'm surprised that a large number of GEC #81 Bull Moose knives still haven't sold.

As for a few minutes ago, KSF has almost 40 Northfield Stag 81's in stock, and they also have 39 Tidioute Bull Moose in Red Micarta. That's not counting the other 81's in other handle categories. There are also several other GEC Distributors that have numerous 81's still available.

I wonder why that pattern does not seem very popular. Anyone have any ideas? ::shrug::

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Re: GEC #81 Bull Moose/Un-popular Design?

Postby RalphAlsip » Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:35 pm

It could be a variety of factors including how many were made. The GEC 81 stockman with 3 blades is called the Abilene. If you are lucky to find one of these the price is very high. If GEC would re-introduce the Abilene I believe these would sell out very fast. So I don't think it is the 81 pattern, I think it is the blade configuration with 2 large blades on each end of the knife that limits the interest.

The 78's seem to have sold very well. They were sold as a single blade and 2 blade jack with the large spear and a smaller pen opening from the same end. The single blade 78 appears to be in higher demand than the 2 blade jack.

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Re: GEC #81 Bull Moose/Un-popular Design?

Postby FarSide » Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:19 pm

RalphAlsip wrote:It could be a variety of factors including how many were made. The GEC 81 stockman with 3 blades is called the Abilene. If you are lucky to find one of these the price is very high. If GEC would re-introduce the Abilene I believe these would sell out very fast. So I don't think it is the 81 pattern, I think it is the blade configuration with 2 large blades on each end of the knife that limits the interest.

The 78's seem to have sold very well. They were sold as a single blade and 2 blade jack with the large spear and a smaller pen opening from the same end. The single blade 78 appears to be in higher demand than the 2 blade jack.


I agree. The stockman would have sold much better.

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Re: GEC #81 Bull Moose/Un-popular Design?

Postby kootenay joe » Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:55 am

I am surprised that the #81 Moose has not sold out. In the past there have been Queen Moose SFO's that have been very popular plus Charlie C. had a Moose SFO that sold out.
I think it simply missed out on getting 'hyped', meaning someone starts a thread, usually on BF while the knife is still in production. Think of the #15 Barlow hype that has some of these knives selling for $400 on secondary market.
The other factor might be quality of the Stag which shows too much underlying white antler. i would like a Stag 81 but cannot find one with 'acceptable' Stag.
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Re: GEC #81 Bull Moose/Un-popular Design?

Postby biglmbass » Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:18 pm

As for me it's the soft pulls that are more than a bit of a turn-off. I much prefer the #81 3-blade stockman and coon skinners.

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Re: GEC #81 Bull Moose/Un-popular Design?

Postby JET79 » Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:34 pm

I haven’t gotten one but I think they look great. My favorite is in Appaloosa bone of which I’ve almost pulled the trigger on but with so many knives that I really want coming out lately I’ve pumped the brakes on the 81, I figure they’ll still be there later.

Side note: I thought I had heard that as of right now this is the only run to have the CKC stamped on them. Is that true? If it is and they never stamp another run with that, would that uniqueness add value or just be a neet talking point in the future to you guys?

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Re: GEC #81 Bull Moose/Un-popular Design?

Postby kootenay joe » Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:57 pm

I doubt whether how a GEC is marked will affect value. The pattern, blade configuration, and handle type all influence desirability. I don't care how they are marked other than some of the early ones that have a huge blade etch that might say "One of Fifty", which i don't like. But a tang marking doesn't matter.
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Re: GEC #81 Bull Moose/Un-popular Design?

Postby Tsar Bomba » Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:08 am

Unpopular or not, the Appaloose bone 81 has become part of my core EDC rotation. I bought one to toss in the safe "just in case" but I took the prettier one and put it to work right away. It gets regular carry to this day. I took this pic leaving work on Thursday:
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Re: GEC #81 Bull Moose/Un-popular Design?

Postby JET79 » Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:05 pm

Super cool Tsar, thanks for sharing. I must resist till later ... I must!


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