#82 Dixie Stockmans

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Re: #82 Dixie Stockmans

Postby Sharpnshinyknives » Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:40 pm

m0nk wrote:Guys, I got a little carried away with my post last night. I was going to edit it and tone it down this morning but I couldn't edit it. Hopefully nobody takes offense, my apologies.

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Lee, don’t apologize. One thing that is lacking in this day and age is passion. We can tell you are passionate about this. I like this kind of enthusiasm.
I do disagree about the muskrat clip, I do like the muskrat clip on just about any knife. California clips are right up there too. It might not have been the best choice for this pattern, I will let you know when I get my bone 82, should be here any day now.
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Re: #82 Dixie Stockmans

Postby m0nk » Thu Dec 13, 2018 2:30 am

Thanks for the kind words. I want to keep this light and not put a damper on anyone's enjoyment of their knives.

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Re: #82 Dixie Stockmans

Postby kootenay joe » Thu Dec 13, 2018 1:33 pm

m0nk, it is a GREAT post. Don't change it even if you could. You said things that helped me, like how nice the maroon Micarta is on the #35, and other things too.
Good information, well said, keep on truckin' man and post more.
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Re: #82 Dixie Stockmans

Postby Railsplitter » Thu Dec 13, 2018 2:01 pm

m0nk wrote:Guys, I got a little carried away with my post last night. I was going to edit it and tone it down this morning but I couldn't edit it. Hopefully nobody takes offense, my apologies.

- Lee


I also enjoyed your post, Lee and I really like your idea about some G10.
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Re: #82 Dixie Stockmans

Postby MichaelScott » Sat Dec 15, 2018 3:09 am

It’s all a matter of preference. I like micarta because I think it’s a great durable natural looking handle material. I ordered a Dixie stockman it natural canvas micarta. I think it looks absolutely great. I would suggest to great eastern that they continue putting out pattens and various flavors of micarta. I also have an OD green Buffalo Jack that I also think is exceptionally nice.

I also have GECs In bone and wood, but I’m not interested in stag.

But, each to his or her own.

(I’m really tempted by a red micarta Bull Moose.)

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Re: #82 Dixie Stockmans

Postby kootenay joe » Sat Dec 15, 2018 4:10 am

Hi MichaelScott, Welcome to AAPK. Good first post. I look forward to reading more posts from you.
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Re: #82 Dixie Stockmans

Postby gsmith7158 » Sat Dec 15, 2018 5:24 am

There are still micarta and copper head jigged bone 82's available at many dealers. I see that the GEC website shows the Northfield stag 82 as just finished on their website. I would say these will ship and start showing up at dealers this weekend or early next week. I suspect it will be a hot ticket.
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Re: #82 Dixie Stockmans

Postby Sharpnshinyknives » Sun Dec 16, 2018 2:11 am

Got my Dixie stockman today. I love this. It’s much bigger than I realized. The color on the jigged bone is perfect.
The only thing that is a slight negative is the snap, it’s not as strong as other GEC knives that I have. The wharncliffe blade has a weaker snap than the other blades. Seems a little odd that this would be the case. WIll be anxious to see if others notice this or not.
And I do like the clip blade for the main blade, wasn’t sure at first, but I think it’s the right choice.
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Re: #82 Dixie Stockmans

Postby kootenay joe » Sun Dec 16, 2018 6:20 pm

Three blade stock knives do have a softer snap than a 1 or 2 blade jack. Check a few vintage stockman or cattle knives and see how they compare with your Dixie.
A blade spring serves 2 functions: keep the blade in the closed position so that blade cannot fall open on it's own; and to hold the blade in the fully open position with enough tension that a minor bump on the spine will not move the blade off fully open position.
Any spring strength beyond what is needed for these 2 functions is a matter of personal preference.
I used to prefer stiffer springs thinking they were 'better', but now i enjoy the ease of opening that comes with slightly softer springs.
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Re: #82 Dixie Stockmans

Postby Sharpnshinyknives » Sun Dec 16, 2018 7:26 pm

kootenay joe wrote:Three blade stock knives do have a softer snap than a 1 or 2 blade jack. Check a few vintage stockman or cattle knives and see how they compare with your Dixie.
A blade spring serves 2 functions: keep the blade in the closed position so that blade cannot fall open on it's own; and to hold the blade in the fully open position with enough tension that a minor bump on the spine will not move the blade off fully open position.
Any spring strength beyond what is needed for these 2 functions is a matter of personal preference.
I used to prefer stiffer springs thinking they were 'better', but now i enjoy the ease of opening that comes with slightly softer springs.
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Good to know. I prefer a softer open and close, but so much emphasis on snap from so many makes you think that there is might be something wrong.
It doesn’t bother me, just thinking down the road when someone else gets this knife. I am curious if others say the same thing about this knife when they get theirs.
Thanks Roland.
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Re: #82 Dixie Stockmans

Postby kootenay joe » Sun Dec 16, 2018 11:17 pm

The Schrade 861 or 61OT is a similar knife to the Dixie. If you have one of these i would be interested to know how snaps compare, assuming the vintage knives have good snap.
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Re: #82 Dixie Stockmans

Postby FarSide » Mon Dec 17, 2018 12:16 am

Very pleased with the fit & finish on this one. Pulls are good. A larger knive than what I would normally carry, but feels fine in the pocket. The inside of the blade well is finished very nice, and beyond what I’m used to from GEC. This one is going to get a lot of pocket time.

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Re: #82 Dixie Stockmans

Postby Rotten » Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:11 am

I've been trolling the usual suspect websites for The Dixie stag that GEC posted they were shipping out. Cutlery Classics just posted a half dozen of them and personally I was not impressed. The time it's taken for them to drop has allowed me to evaluate if I wanted the Dixie size and try though I might to convince myself that I did I just couldn't do it, I have carried a 6375 quite a bit but find myself reaching for one of my 6318 most of the time. I know that the rounded bolsters would have helped but I just think it would be to long for comfortable EDC as I spend a lot of time sitting at work. I did order one of the Calf Roper stag and intend to make it an EDC.
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Re: #82 Dixie Stockmans

Postby kootenay joe » Mon Dec 17, 2018 4:58 pm

I too looked at the stag Dixie Stockman available now at Cutlery Classics. They still have quite a few despite having been posted for about 24 hrs. This is not usual for a GEC stag offering other than the #81 Moose.
Is it the pattern or is the 'GEC Frenzy' cooling off a little ?
I agree with Rotten that the stag is nothing special, too much underlying white is exposed at both ends of every handle piece. Perhaps this is slowing sales ? Same seller has a few stag #66 'Calf Roper' stock knives and the stag on these is better than the 82's but still not the quality that has you buying it right away.
I see 'good' stag as having exterior surface bolster to bolster and being fairly thin so knife is not bulky. Is good stag hard to obtain ?
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Re: #82 Dixie Stockmans

Postby gsmith7158 » Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:57 pm

Several other dealers have some and I haven't seen what I would call outstanding yet. ::suspense::
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