GEC #43 vs. GEC #74

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GEC #43 vs. GEC #74

Postby XX Case XX » Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:20 pm

So I'm looking at the new GEC #43 and it looks very similar to the GEC #74. The GEC website doesn't give a lot of specific information on their knives so I'm wondering what the difference is except for the lanyard hole. They basically look like the same knife. Do you guys see something I'm missing? (Photos from GEC Website)

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Re: GEC #43 vs. GEC #74

Postby jerryd6818 » Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:45 pm

Closed length for one thing. The #74 is 3-7/8" closed, the new #43 is 4¼" closed. Placement of the nail nick is slightly different.
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Re: GEC #43 vs. GEC #74

Postby big monk » Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:04 am

also check your knife pattern ID number ( third number in tang stamp) --- lots of GEC patterns derive from another** :) ... ber-chart/

GEC #431118 Oregon -- regular clip blade
GEC #745117 Mustang -- drop point/skinner blade
GEC #748117 Stallion -- muskrat clip blade

43 ,pattern,1 regular clip,1 knife has 1 blade,18 tear made

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Re: GEC #43 vs. GEC #74

Postby kootenay joe » Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:03 pm

The difference as has been pointed out is in the size. Although only 3/8" difference which seems minor but in a folding knife it makes for a big difference in the in hand feel as well as length of blade. The 43:74 comparison is similar to the 73:23 in which the size difference is a big 3/4".

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