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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.
kootenay joe wrote:I used to be in favor of half stops but with increasing knife experience i came to not care if a pattern has half stops or not. A finger cut can occur with the blade going from half stop position to closed. It does not happen from open to half stop position. If you 'bump' an open blade without half stops it does not go all the way to closed position. Hence half stops don't really give much protection from a cut.
Tsar Bomba wrote: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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