Any GEC But Only 1, Forever

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Any GEC But Only 1, Forever

Postby kootenay joe » Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:57 pm

If you could only carry & use one knife for the rest of your life and the knife has to be a GEC, which knife would you pick ?
This thread asks you to consider all GEC knives, those with one blade, 2, 3 or 4 blades. I don't think they have yet made a 5 blade. If you like to hunt you will need a blade suitable to field dress, if you whittle you will need to choose a knife with the blade profiles you use the most, etc. There is no overall right answer but there is a right answer specific to each of us.
I have mine picked out and pictures taken but i will hold off on posting to see if someone else makes the same choice. To me it is obvious. There is one GEC that stands out head & shoulders above the crowd as "OVERALL BEST". I will post it in a few days.
O.K., let's see your one and only forever GEC.
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Re: Any GEC But Only 1, Forever

Postby robbobus » Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:52 am

I look forward to seeing your choice KJ, and everyone else's. I must pick a traditional 2 blade jack knife, my favourite pattern. I could happily live with a 15 Barlow forever, likely a 2012 spear or the 2014 red soup. I have a many 56s and would want for nothing. The 92 is a superb knife to use and carry. A 73 it goes without saying would absolutely work, my 734208 in burnt stag would be wonderful. I just noticed it is turning color a bit due to verdigris, might move into a pocket. Nice 5 pulls and outstanding (even for GEC) fit and finish. 78 would work, so would the 48. The 2 blade Diamond Jack of 13 in blood red would make for a happy pocket for life. A 38 farmers jack would be excellent, I long for one in stag with rattail bolsters.

Should anyone have read this rambling post featuring numbers, and understood, you must also be afflicted with GECitis and noticed 2models pointedly missed. My runner up is the 85. Specifically 852211 Real Harness Jack in Antique Walnut Jig Bone. The handles, fit, finish, beauty, elegance and pocketable type are perfect. But my lifetime knife would have to be another CC sfo, the 772214EC Washington Jack. Ideal in any of the 5 handles, I am conflicted between blood red and smooth polished stag. Having them in hand does not make the choice easier. The red is the best red I have ever seen on a knife. The polished stag has colour and figure from stamped endcap to grooved bolster. Out of dozens I am down to 2, if I could have but one I was decided stag but the red is so good. Red 77 Washington Jack for me. Class of its own. A sheepsfoot version I patiently wait for. ::pray::
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Re: Any GEC But Only 1, Forever

Postby Railsplitter » Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:58 am

I've carried some version of the Stockman pattern for most of my life. I prefer rounded bolsters, I'm a real sucker for Equal End frames, and I feel naked if I don't have a Sheepsfoot blade in my pocket. I never had much use for a Spey blade or a Punch blade but a Stockman was the most practical option because it had the Sheepsfoot blade that I needed.

It's a no-brainer for me. The #35 Churchill has everything I need and nothing that I don't need. With the exception of maybe 20 accumulated days, I've had a #35 in my pocket since the day I received my first one almost a year ago. I know better than to make such a claim but it's entirely possible that I will have one in my pocket when I reach my final day. Perfect pattern for me.
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Re: Any GEC But Only 1, Forever

Postby kootenay joe » Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:49 pm

Thank you Rob & Rs. What great posts ! Posting your thoughts that lead to your choice gives us a 'reminder' of each pattern that you considered and then set aside. The knives mentioned are ones many of us will likely also consider.
That Schrade-Walden 2OT (oops i mean #77 Washington Jack) with the red bone is definitely a WINNER. If you do not own one and you ever get a chance, grab it right away.
And i LOVE my Churchills, both the Stag version and an Ebony with wicked pointy awl secondary.
And Rob, does the picture show all of your GEC tubes ? Plus i bet you have a pile of Northwoods Baggies.
You guys have made this a good thread already interesting & revealing.
For all of us, the knives chosen tell more about the person than the knife.
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Re: Any GEC But Only 1, Forever

Postby XX Case XX » Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:09 pm

Roland:

You really like asking these kinds of questions don't you? Okay, I'll play. Mine would have to be the #77 Yankee Jack.

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Re: Any GEC But Only 1, Forever

Postby kootenay joe » Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:18 pm

I just looked at my choice again. There is no doubt. It is THE BEST pattern & knife ever made by GEC and perhaps you could drop "by GEC" and insert "in U.S.A."
I prefer empty pockets with pants so i often have a belt sheath to carry a knife bigger than a 3 1/2" pen knife. I usually wear a multi pocket work vest and load those pockets up with knives.
So, here is a picture of my One Forever GEC in it's belt sheath. :D
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Re: Any GEC But Only 1, Forever

Postby FarSide » Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:04 pm

That's easy for me. This Grinling is the perfect size, and has all the types of blades needed. The split back construction exemplifies GEC's craftsmanship at its best. The Blood Red has started to take on a dark red like the old Case Red Bones. The only GEC that could knock this one out of its standing is not made yet. That would be a small serpentine stockman similar to #18 Case.

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Re: Any GEC But Only 1, Forever

Postby kootenay joe » Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:32 pm

What is the full pattern # on your Grinling ?
I have a 2 blade 78. What an old time classic, a "Regular Jack". It is an exact replica of how a Regular Jack would have looked when new 100+ years ago. Great Classic USA knife !
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Re: Any GEC But Only 1, Forever

Postby FarSide » Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:56 pm

kootenay joe wrote:What is the full pattern # on your Grinling ?
I have a 2 blade 78. What an old time classic, a "Regular Jack". It is an exact replica of how a Regular Jack would have looked when new 100+ years ago. Great Classic USA knife !
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Pattern No. is 381315.
The 78's look like a nice size. Never picked one up though.

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Re: Any GEC But Only 1, Forever

Postby tongueriver » Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:00 pm

Well, Roland, if you mean that it would be the only POCKET knife I could carry and use, I would reluctantly pick one, and it would be this big cattle knife. Otherwise, I need my FIXED blades for hunting/fishing/camping and for the kitchen.
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Re: Any GEC But Only 1, Forever

Postby FarSide » Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:42 pm

tongueriver wrote:Well, Roland, if you mean that it would be the only POCKET knife I could carry and use, I would reluctantly pick one, and it would be this big cattle knife. Otherwise, I need my FIXED blades for hunting/fishing/camping and for the kitchen.
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Wow, that's a really nice Tuna Valley made by GEC (Cyclops Steel) I believe. Don't see those very often.

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Re: Any GEC But Only 1, Forever

Postby RalphAlsip » Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:41 am

My taste is similar to Rick Railsplitter's in that I like the equal end patterns and have several Churchill examples as well. This picture is a 2 blade #79 Montana Workhorse. The 79 is beefier than the 35. I like the combination of the big spear blade and the small sheepsfoot. It is a sleeve board frame so the bolsters are round but not equal. I believe the #79 frame is used on the Northwoods Fremont Jack. I would like to see Northwoods make batch of Fremonts with this blade configuration. The stag on this particular GEC example is plain to me which is why I would like to see it with Northwoods upscaled covers.
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Re: Any GEC But Only 1, Forever

Postby robbobus » Thu Aug 02, 2018 4:24 am

The 79 Workhorse is outstanding, particularly in stag. Needs to be made again. And again.

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Re: Any GEC But Only 1, Forever

Postby kootenay joe » Thu Aug 02, 2018 2:33 pm

This thread is showing some great knives and some are ones that i am not familiar with. I am enjoying this GEC education and trust it will continue.
Calvin your T.V. Cattle knife at 4" gives you 4 blades. You need at least 1 more lifetime to even begin to wear these down; lotta edge there !
The 2 blade #79 sleeveboard is a new one to me and now i need one ! 3 3/4" sweet size but not small. I'm on #79 look-out.
So far the preference is mostly for the larger GEC's but no mention yet of the 4" #81 Moose/Muskrat or the 4 1/8" #82 Stock knife. Someone must like these ? but maybe not enough to be #1 ?
I really like small knives the best. The #9 Esquire is a beauty as is the #33 Conductor, but for the outside part of my life, these wouldn't cut it.
Still no mention of my #1 Forever choice, which is coming soon.
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Re: Any GEC But Only 1, Forever

Postby Doug51 » Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:02 am

With so many I have never seen or had the pleasure to own mine would be a 78 American jack. But a close second would be my 43. I picked the 78 over the 43 for two blades and being slightly smaller but still large enough to handle most cutting jobs.
Looking forward to seeing what you choose Kootenay Joe ::tu::
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