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GEC 21 Bull Buster

Posted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:17 pm
by Sharpnshinyknives
Anyone buying the Bull Busters? KSF and Traditionalpocketknives both have them.
I am resisting buying one.
SSk

Re: GEC 21 Bull Buster

Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 1:46 am
by DM11
I have a black linen micrata one underway. Should be here Tuesday. Going to order a OD green one when they hit the dealer shelves. I been waiting on these for a while.

Re: GEC 21 Bull Buster

Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:20 pm
by Sharpnshinyknives
DM11 wrote:I have a black linen micrata one underway. Should be here Tuesday. Going to order a OD green one when they hit the dealer shelves. I been waiting on these for a while.
I didn’t realize they were coming out w/ a green one. That might make me change my mind about getting one. Thanks
SSk

Re: GEC 21 Bull Buster

Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 4:34 pm
by DM11
From the GEC web site.

Re: GEC 21 Bull Buster

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:41 am
by DM11
This black 21 came in today. Ordered a OD green one today also.

Re: GEC 21 Bull Buster

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:50 am
by Sharpnshinyknives
DM11 wrote:This black 21 came in today. Ordered a OD green one today also.
How do you like it?
SSk

Re: GEC 21 Bull Buster

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:40 pm
by DM11
I'm liking it very much. Has a good pull but not a nail breaker. Its a bit lighter than my 71. The blade is pinch able with a strong pinch for those who like such. F&F is typical GEC Farm and Field. Which is quite good. The spring is almost flush with the frame at the half stop which I dont see on the more expensive GEC's that I have.

Re: GEC 21 Bull Buster

Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 11:48 pm
by MDB
I did not get a Bull Buster, but I did get one of the Smith and Sons Mudbug, which is the same style with a back lock. Made by GEC for Smith and Sons.
the knife is thinner but the same length. For a large knife is pockets very well. Anyone out there have a Mudbug?

Re: GEC 21 Bull Buster

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 1:54 am
by Sharpnshinyknives
MDB wrote:I did not get a Bull Buster, but I did get one of the Smith and Sons Mudbug, which is the same style with a back lock. Made by GEC for Smith and Sons.
the knife is thinner but the same length. For a large knife is pockets very well. Anyone out there have a Mudbug?

Welcome MDB, glad you are here. Could you post a picture of the knife? Curious about the difference in these knives.
SSk

Re: GEC 21 Bull Buster

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:34 am
by DM11
MDB wrote:I did not get a Bull Buster, but I did get one of the Smith and Sons Mudbug, which is the same style with a back lock. Made by GEC for Smith and Sons.
the knife is thinner but the same length. For a large knife is pockets very well. Anyone out there have a Mudbug?

I got two of them OD Green from the 18 run and a Maroon from the 19 run. I'll try to post some comparison pics tomorrow.

Re: GEC 21 Bull Buster

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 1:14 pm
by m0nk
MDB wrote:I did not get a Bull Buster, but I did get one of the Smith and Sons Mudbug, which is the same style with a back lock. Made by GEC for Smith and Sons.
the knife is thinner but the same length. For a large knife is pockets very well. Anyone out there have a Mudbug?
Yes, welcome! I have a maroon Mudbug from 2018 and I like it a lot. It is why I'm not getting a Bull Buster this year, can't justify it. I can't carry it to work (blade's too long) so I wouldn't get enough use out of it to justify two of a kind and while I like it, I don't like it THAT much. I also find that it feels much smaller in the pocket, no doubt because of it's thinness. Another difference is the price. The Mudbug is what, $35 more? My only regret is that I didn't get the Smith & Sons belt sheath at the time, and now I don't want to spend the $5 extra that I could have saved on the knife and sheath package deal when I bought it.

- Lee
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Re: GEC 21 Bull Buster

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 2:19 pm
by kennedy knives
This is a photo of 3 Bull Busters 2019. There's not a lot of color difference from the Black to the Green ::tu::

Re: GEC 21 Bull Buster

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 4:50 pm
by DM11
Top pic is two Mudbugs. Rest of the pics are OD Green 21 & Mudbug comparison. 21 right side and Mudbug left side.

Re: GEC 21 Bull Buster

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 3:09 am
by m0nk
David, thanks for those good comparison pics. Handle thickness makes a big difference, especially if you carry it in your pocket. Even if you carry it in a belt sheath and lean up against it while riding in a vehicle. Even a 71 Bull Nose feels bigger in my pocket than the Mudbug. But the real factor is that these are (supposed to be) work knives, and a thicker handle would presumably be more comfortable in the hand during hard use. Has anyone used either the Bull Buster or the Mudbug for extended cutting chores and can comment on hand feel? Does the thinner Mudbug handle cause discomfort after a full day's work?

I'm the guy who complains about the lack of black linen micarta GEC knives, yet when they make a Bull Buster and a 15 Boys knife in black linen micarta, I don't buy either of them. Hmm, maybe I should put my money where my mouth is and grab one of the black 21's. Now that I think about it, for a while I carried a yeller full size Case Sodbuster as a work knife, and I'd catch myself smiling every time I opened it. Maybe a black linen micarta Bull Buster is just what I need. Hmmm.

Re: GEC 21 Bull Buster

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 3:14 am
by Tsar Bomba
No GEC sodbusters her, but I can attest that the fat-handled synthetic soddy jr. handles are far more comfortable in hand under extensive use than the slim bone-handled models. That Mudbug might be the happy medium, however, especially given the back lock.