They were made for the Oregon Knife Club, and they were the first ones off the production line - to make sure they made the deadline. I believe they made 100 (plus). 50 were serialized, the rest had no number.
I have personally checked 6 of them, and talked to 3 or 4 other people who bought one. I bought 5 myself, to make sure I could sell some to friends who missed out. They didn't last long!!
I swear they (GEC) did extra QC on them!! Every one was superior!!! Fit, W&T, centering, flush spring (except at half-stop), nice jigging. Oregon is a big show - I'd want to impress everyone there also!!
Utopia!! A chicken in every pot!! And a Barlow in every pocket!!!
Johnnie Fain would have approved!
1949 - 2009