What's Happening

GEC specializes in highly collectable and premium quality usable pocket knives. The company's USA manufactured knives have quickly proven to be a big hit with both collectors and users who seek quality American craftsmanship.
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What's Happening

Postby m0nk » Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:25 am

I haven't seen a place to comment or ask questions about the What's Happening on the GEC blog, so I'm starting a new thread. Did anyone else check it out today? They updated their production pics, and wow, our friends at GEC must be busier than the beavers they're putting on the 43 Oregons. They have no fewer than four patterns in production as of today: 43 Oregons, 77 Barlows (CK SFO), 46 Whalers, and 71 Bullnoses. :o

It seems like normally they have maybe two patterns going on at once, but four seems unusually busy. Has anyone ever seen four patterns in production simultaneously? Does anyone have any insight into what's going on at GEC? Are they surging, or did they ramp up their steady state production capacity? I wish I could stop in and ask questions, but I'm halfway across the country. One's imagination can run wild... Did they bring in some experienced cutlers laid off from Queen? Did they acquire Queen equipment or even factory space? ::handshake::


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Re: What's Happening

Postby 313 Mike » Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:45 am

Yes, I checked it out today, and they do indeed seem to have A lot going on. I don't have answers to any of your questions, but I am looking forward to the 77 and hoping to score an Ironwood version. Also looking forward to the gunstock, but that one's not on the schedule yet.
Very surprised to see there is a Whaler in production, that's not even listed on the production schedule. Wonder if that's a small run SFO for someone?

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Re: What's Happening

Postby XX Case XX » Thu Mar 08, 2018 3:13 am


It's ironic that you posted this because I was thinking the exact same thing about an hour ago. I too, was looking at the pictures of all the new knives coming out and I noticed one photo of the tubes for the new 43 Trapper. They had them all lined up so I tried counting them.

When I came up with a number, I added all the same knives I've seen for sale at KSF, Blue Creek, Gunstock Jacks, etc, and I figure they are making way more than their usual low numbers.

They used to make as little as 88 sometimes but now they're making much more. Either sales are that good or like you said they've stepped up production just because they could. Very interesting to say the least. :shock:

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Re: What's Happening

Postby kootenay joe » Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:13 am

Up to this point GEC has been making great knives with a low incidence of 'issues'. We all know how deep the disappointment is when a new knife arrives and it has some blade play or springs so strong your nails break, etc. But with GEC there is almost always delight and very rarely a disappointment. This is why we love them.
By increasing run numbers, maybe as much as doubling the numbers, will GEC be able to spend the same amount of time on every knife ? My concern is that the near 100% reliability of GEC knives might become a thing of the past.
So far it seems that the GEC 'mission' is to get very knife just right, quality being number 1 in importance. If 'growth' replaces quality as number 1 in importance, quality will suffer.
Nothing lasts forever but still "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".

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