Where can I pre-order a #46 Whaler?

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Where can I pre-order a #46 Whaler?

Postby LSS152 » Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:55 pm

I am pretty new to GEC, I have a #43 on the way and it will be my first GEC knife. Does anyone know where I can pre-order the #46 Whaler in Bone Stag? Thanks for the help!

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Re: Where can I pre-order a #46 Whaler?

Postby gsmith7158 » Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:08 pm

I'm sure that Collector knives has already closed reservations on the 46 Whaler. If anyone else takes reservations I don't know about them. You may just have to watch for the release date and hope you get lucky. :D
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Re: Where can I pre-order a #46 Whaler?

Postby Tsar Bomba » Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:11 pm

I can confirm CollectorKnives closed reservations for the Whaler a while (months) ago. I managed to secure a bone-handled Whaler, my only concern is the possible sticker shock when the knives hit the market. Judging by recent prices, I am thinking this one will go for $175 or more at dealers.

Hopefully I am overestimating the recent price trends here.
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Re: Where can I pre-order a #46 Whaler?

Postby gsmith7158 » Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:17 pm

Tsar Bomba wrote:I can confirm CollectorKnives closed reservations for the Whaler a while (months) ago. I managed to secure a bone-handled Whaler, my only concern is the possible sticker shock when the knives hit the market. Judging by recent prices, I am thinking this one will go for $175 or more at dealers.

Hopefully I am overestimating the recent price trends here.

Tony you came out big in the 77 lottery. What was the retail on those?
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Re: Where can I pre-order a #46 Whaler?

Postby LSS152 » Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:18 pm

Wow thanks for the info! I think I read that the projected release date is sometime in June. Does that sound right?

How do you find out when and how many the dealer have to sell do they notify you by email somehow?

Sorry for all the new guy questions.

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Re: Where can I pre-order a #46 Whaler?

Postby Tsar Bomba » Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:24 pm

gsmith7158 wrote:Tony you came out big in the 77 lottery. What was the retail on those?

$132 for the camel bone, $139 for the ironwood.

LSS152 wrote:Wow thanks for the info! I think I read that the projected release date is sometime in June. Does that sound right?
How do you find out when and how many the dealer have to sell do they notify you by email somehow?

The reservations page still shows "Expected: June" but that hasn't been updated in a while. Could mean they're on-schedule, could mean Mike L. already moved on to bigger and better things. ::shrug::

The dealer will email when reserved knives are en route or otherwise confirmed, I believe the standby/"maybe' reservations get second pick after that. I don't expect many people to leave the Whaler on the shelf, however, regardless of price. Sometimes they mention the run total in the email (usually as an excuse for why some reservations can't be fulfilled, or alternately that they have extras for the maybe reservations) but normally you end up waiting for the production totals from GEC directly.

Don't be concerned about having questions. I'm sure there are others are wondering something similar but just don't or can't post about it.

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Re: Where can I pre-order a #46 Whaler?

Postby gsmith7158 » Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:26 pm

LSS152 wrote:Wow thanks for the info! I think I read that the projected release date is sometime in June. Does that sound right?

How do you find out when and how many the dealer have to sell do they notify you by email somehow?

Sorry for all the new guy questions.

Usually if you buy from a particular dealer and are signed up for their email newsletter they will let you know. Places like Knives Ship Free and GPKnives, DLTRadiding, Knife Connection. The 46 Whaler is in production as we speak so it could be any day now.
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Re: Where can I pre-order a #46 Whaler?

Postby kootenay joe » Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:37 am

Why do any of us want this pattern ?
Not pocket friendly, not a comfortable in hand grip, blades hard to open, dangerous closing snap.
I cannot think of anything i encounter for which this very 'deep' blade is good for.
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Re: Where can I pre-order a #46 Whaler?

Postby gsmith7158 » Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:45 am

kootenay joe wrote:Why do any of us want this pattern ?
Not pocket friendly, not a comfortable in hand grip, blades hard to open, dangerous closing snap.
I cannot think of anything i encounter for which this very 'deep' blade is good for.
kj

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Re: Where can I pre-order a #46 Whaler?

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kootenay joe wrote:Why do any of us want this pattern ?
Not pocket friendly, not a comfortable in hand grip, blades hard to open, dangerous closing snap.
I cannot think of anything i encounter for which this very 'deep' blade is good for.
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Because it brings a big grin to my face every time I handle one.

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Re: Where can I pre-order a #46 Whaler?

Postby kootenay joe » Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:01 pm

"Because it brings a big grin to my face every time I handle one."
Me too. But why ? I know it is not practical as an edc. All the other folding knives i buy are ones that i would like to carry and use. I do not actually carry & use most of them but the potential of being an edc is there.
So why does the Toenail pattern appeal to us ? Is it 'ART' ? meaning a sense of beauty that attracts us independent of it's usefulness or lack thereof.
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Re: Where can I pre-order a #46 Whaler?

Postby Rusty1 » Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:57 pm

I think it is because nobody else makes this pattern which makes it a bit of a rarity right there, practical use probably not much, but awesome in hand.

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Re: Where can I pre-order a #46 Whaler?

Postby kootenay joe » Fri Apr 20, 2018 2:44 pm

Rusty, are your hands on the big side ?
My hands are towards the small size and i do not find a good in hand feel. Looks 'awesome' in hand, but feel ? Maybe it just takes big hands ?
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Re: Where can I pre-order a #46 Whaler?

Postby doglegg » Fri Apr 20, 2018 2:48 pm

Roland I am glad they make some patterns like that so there are at least a couple of knives I am not tempted to buy.

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Re: Where can I pre-order a #46 Whaler?

Postby Rusty1 » Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:39 pm

kootenay joe wrote:Rusty, are your hands on the big side ?
My hands are towards the small size and i do not find a good in hand feel. Looks 'awesome' in hand, but feel ? Maybe it just takes big hands ?
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