kootenay joe wrote:Now the 'other dealers' are also getting sold out soon after posting new GEC knives. Previously CK & KSF would sell out right away and the other dealers might still have a few examples left after 24-48 hours. Now all the GEC dealers are selling rapidly.
The last couple of runs since perhaps the #44s have been short runs. The #14 run consisted of mostly SFOs of perhaps 100 pieces each, and the GEC house brand 14s were also limited numbers. So we have not seen big production numbers of a single variant for several months. This is making it hard for an average Joe to get the knife of his choice. For a while we were celebrating the bigger numbers, and then they do these short runs. What I've observed is that, 1. Mr. Howard does what he wants, and, 2. We can't predict what he's going to do next - there don't seem to be any trends. I hate to say it, but GEC seems to be creating artificial shortages again, which is something they've consistently denied doing.
I'm also frustrated at the CK remind system because the reserve drops are no-notice surprises, and I'm rarely at a computer at the right time. My phone is not-so-smart and I usually don't have it with me anyway. I believe Mike is genuinely concerned about being fair and he's doing the best he can, but the frustration is real. At least with the Northwoods drops one has a day's notice to attempt to plan for the scramble.
Getting back to the original post, it looks like the #82 Possum Skinner two-blade will be an opposite end configuration. Anyone know if it will have two backsprings or just one?