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Re: Unpopular Patterns

Postby FarSide » Fri Dec 14, 2018 6:29 pm

Lots of good discussion here. I have a #98 Whittler only because I like GEC's split backs, and want to have an example of each. Probably won't ever carry it. It is definitely a belt sheath kind of knife.
As far as the #81 Moose - I have been itching to try one in the green. It seems it would be be the perfect knife with both a large clip & spear. There are a couple of well respected dealers that have said that GEC did a superb job on these. But, with a #82 Dixie stockman coming, I may not ever pull the lever.
I'm surprised the #82 Dixie Stockman's are not selling faster also. I don't think GEC made a very large batch of each of these.

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Re: Unpopular Patterns

Postby m0nk » Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:27 am

FarSide wrote:Lots of good discussion here. I have a #98 Whittler only because I like GEC's split backs, and want to have an example of each. Probably won't ever carry it. It is definitely a belt sheath kind of knife.
As far as the #81 Moose - I have been itching to try one in the green. It seems it would be be the perfect knife with both a large clip & spear. There are a couple of well respected dealers that have said that GEC did a superb job on these. But, with a #82 Dixie stockman coming, I may not ever pull the lever.
I'm surprised the #82 Dixie Stockman's are not selling faster also. I don't think GEC made a very large batch of each of these.

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Ha! That pic was so weird, and funny. Totally appropriate for your screen name and avatar. Well done. What are the two secondary blades on that 98 Whittler. I'll never pass up a chance to lament the fact that I didn't buy the lone remaining 98 Cattle Knife from GSJ early this year while I had the chance. :cry:

As for the large clip/spear combo, I have a 54 Big Jack that has the large clip/spear, and I really like it. I just wish that the spear was a sheepsfoot... which is why I'm so excited about the new #86 with the large clip and large sheepsfoot. If you like the serpentine pattern and squarish corner bolsters, then you should give the 81 a shot. I don't have one, but I've looked at the red micarta examples many times and thought, "hmmm..."

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Re: Unpopular Patterns

Postby FarSide » Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:37 am

Lee - the #98 Whittler has a large pen & coping blade that could be called a wharncliffe too I guess. GEC did an amazing job on the split-backs as usual.

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Re: Unpopular Patterns

Postby XX Case XX » Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:47 pm

Steve Warden wrote:Maybe some day.
I've always admired the looks of most of the GEC offerings.

It's a new year Steve. Perhaps your luck is about to change...

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Re: Unpopular Patterns

Postby Steve Warden » Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:47 pm

::suspense::
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Re: Unpopular Patterns

Postby Ajd3530 » Sat Feb 16, 2019 8:02 am

Concerning the #81 Bull Moose, I was for a while among the folks who wouldn't have one. I finally came across an osage orange Tidioute at a really good price, figured I'd try it out. Turns out I'm quite fond of it. Yes the pulls are light (too light) but the action is just so incredibly silky smooth. After working the blades enough, they've developed a fairly satisfying snap upon opening as well. I especially find it handy around the kitchen..

Then a few weeks ago, I came across a NIT ebony Northfiled at like 65% retail. Snatched it without a second thought. This one has the same smooth action, but the clip has so little snap that I almost push it to full stop. No amount of working It has helped either. Very disappointed.

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Re: Unpopular Patterns

Postby KnifeSlinger#81 » Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:34 am

Ajd3530 wrote:Concerning the #81 Bull Moose, I was for a while among the folks who wouldn't have one. I finally came across an osage orange Tidioute at a really good price, figured I'd try it out. Turns out I'm quite fond of it. Yes the pulls are light (too light) but the action is just so incredibly silky smooth. After working the blades enough, they've developed a fairly satisfying snap upon opening as well. I especially find it handy around the kitchen..

Then a few weeks ago, I came across a NIT ebony Northfiled at like 65% retail. Snatched it without a second thought. This one has the same smooth action, but the clip has so little snap that I almost push it to full stop. No amount of working It has helped either. Very disappointed.


Sorry to hear you got a bad one.

I will join in the confusion as to why the 81 moose is not popular. I like the pattern and have two, it's historic, looks good and is well made. I did really want another run of 81 stockmans but the moose is a nice knife.
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Re: Unpopular Patterns

Postby Tsar Bomba » Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:32 am

Am I the only one who thinks that the 06 pattern was remarkably popular considering the relative flop of the 18 pattern from a couple years ago? Considering how similar the stag 06 is to the natural stag 18 (same length, identical blade, etc ) I am really surprised that the 06s sold out as fast as they did. Meanwhile, you can still find 18s from first-run dealers all over the internet.

Is the coke bottle frame really that much more popular than the dogleg?
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Re: Unpopular Patterns

Postby kootenay joe » Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:50 am

T.B. i too am surprised that the Pemberton at 2 3/4" is selling well. I have one, very nice but at this size i prefer a pen knife set up.
The #18 is the same size and came out in 2016. I think there now are more people on the 'GEC Bandwagon' and there is a fear of 'loosing out'. You need to snap one up right away in case it turns out to be popular and quickly gets sold out. Even if a GEC collector does not really like it, i think there is a feeling of competition to get one of every new pattern.
I think this degree of GEC collector compulsiveness was not as strong in 2016 as it is now.
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Re: Unpopular Patterns

Postby robbobus » Fri Feb 22, 2019 1:50 am

Tsar Bomba wrote:Am I the only one who thinks that the 06 pattern was remarkably popular considering the relative flop of the 18 pattern from a couple years ago? Considering how similar the stag 06 is to the natural stag 18 (same length, identical blade, etc ) I am really surprised that the 06s sold out as fast as they did. Meanwhile, you can still find 18s from first-run dealers all over the internet.

Is the coke bottle frame really that much more popular than the dogleg?


Both are great little knives. Where are you seeing these 18s all over the internet?

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Re: Unpopular Patterns

Postby m0nk » Fri Feb 22, 2019 2:39 am

robbobus wrote:
Tsar Bomba wrote:Am I the only one who thinks that the 06 pattern was remarkably popular considering the relative flop of the 18 pattern from a couple years ago? Considering how similar the stag 06 is to the natural stag 18 (same length, identical blade, etc ) I am really surprised that the 06s sold out as fast as they did. Meanwhile, you can still find 18s from first-run dealers all over the internet.

Is the coke bottle frame really that much more popular than the dogleg?


Both are great little knives. Where are you seeing these 18s all over the internet?


Makes me wonder if he's talking about 56 doglegs, identical shape but larger than the 18, and can still be found at distributors?

What I really want to know is, what's GEC going to make next, after the 97s?

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Re: Unpopular Patterns

Postby KnifeSlinger#81 » Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:22 pm

kootenay joe wrote:T.B. i too am surprised that the Pemberton at 2 3/4" is selling well. I have one, very nice but at this size i prefer a pen knife set up.
The #18 is the same size and came out in 2016. I think there now are more people on the 'GEC Bandwagon' and there is a fear of 'loosing out'. You need to snap one up right away in case it turns out to be popular and quickly gets sold out. Even if a GEC collector does not really like it, i think there is a feeling of competition to get one of every new pattern.
I think this degree of GEC collector compulsiveness was not as strong in 2016 as it is now.
kj


Roland I think you are correct about the competition to get every new gec for fear of losing out, many people seem to do it. I used to be the same way but have since started only seeking out gec's that I really wanted to have and knew it was unlikely for me to trade or sell it later.
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Re: Unpopular Patterns

Postby Ajd3530 » Sat Feb 23, 2019 12:28 am

robbobus wrote:
Tsar Bomba wrote:Am I the only one who thinks that the 06 pattern was remarkably popular considering the relative flop of the 18 pattern from a couple years ago? Considering how similar the stag 06 is to the natural stag 18 (same length, identical blade, etc ) I am really surprised that the 06s sold out as fast as they did. Meanwhile, you can still find 18s from first-run dealers all over the internet.

Is the coke bottle frame really that much more popular than the dogleg?


Both are great little knives. Where are you seeing these 18s all over the internet?


I can attest that there have been a lot more #18s going on eBay since this run of Pembertons has been released.

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Re: Unpopular Patterns

Postby Ajd3530 » Sat Feb 23, 2019 12:30 am

m0nk wrote:
What I really want to know is, what's GEC going to make next, after the 97s?


Scuttlebutt is a run of #12 Powderhorns, possibly with some new acrylic.

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Re: Unpopular Patterns

Postby Tsar Bomba » Sat Feb 23, 2019 12:30 am

robbobus wrote:Both are great little knives. Where are you seeing these 18s all over the internet?

Agreed, both are great little knives. I wish I could have gotten more varieties of the 06. I am loaded with 18s and enamored in particular with the two camel bone variants.

Just an example from one of the stores I generally use to try and acquire the popular new patterns. I have one of these already: https://www.knivesshipfree.com/amp/grea ... n-micarta/

About this time last year collectorknives, which I believe gets smaller orders than KSF, had no fewer than 4 variants of the 18 (including the unserialized stag Coyote) available. Looking at some other dealers it appears that they've finally emptied their stock for the most part...after nearly 3 years.

I suspect we won't be seeing any new 06s available at first-run dealers come 2022. :lol:


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