GEC # 97

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GEC # 97

Post by kootenay joe » Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:13 am

The GEC website is showing a new pattern, # 97 the "Alleghany", a 4 3/4" Swell Center Hunter. The Tidioute have a full flat blade grind and the Northfield have a full saber grind.
I just put in a reserve for one knife at CK. I am limiting myself to one so i had to choose. The stag Northfields are already closed.
If you might like one of these knives the time to reserve is now.
A note to those who are new: you do not have to reserve to get one. You can ask dealers to send you an email stating date & time the #97 will go on sale and then be at that site the exact minute the knives show up, grab one and pay as fast as you can. Sometimes all are sold within 5 minutes.
What do you guys think about this knife ?
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Re: GEC # 97

Post by gsmith7158 » Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:21 am

I am very excited about it Roland! I've seen enough of these 15, 14 and 06 gumball knives. Give me a big meaty one. I've got 3 Northfields reserved. :D
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Re: GEC # 97

Post by robbobus » Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:56 am

Very nice looking, classic pattern. They are making alot of these, I predict below retail prices on the secondary.

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Re: GEC # 97

Post by Tsar Bomba » Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:59 am

I've got a reservation on the smooth yellow rose bone NF (frankly shocked that these reservations are still open regardless of production run length) and I think I'll be checking out the Tidioute jigged bone. The ebony NF is also on my radar, pending shield.

Looking forward to these big hunters.
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Re: GEC # 97

Post by Ajd3530 » Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:17 am

Aside from Stag, I don't believe anyone will have any trouble getting a #97, or even a #97 in every cover. They are planning on the run totaling 5000-5500 pieces (potential Northwoods run not withstanding.)

They made ~3550 #44s, and they are still readily available at many GEC dealers, 7 months after the fact. I have a feeling we'll be seeing #97s (especially the maroon micarta) in stock online for a long, long while.

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Re: GEC # 97

Post by Rotten » Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:17 am

Any idea as to pricing yet?
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Post by Ajd3530 » Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:19 am

Oh yeah, and I have an autumn jigged bone and Texas rose on reserve. And if they decide to do some of the Northfield ebonys with a satin blade, I'll almost certainly pick one of those up as well.

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Re: GEC # 97

Post by Sharpnshinyknives » Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:55 pm

Ajd3530 wrote:Aside from Stag, I don't believe anyone will have any trouble getting a #97, or even a #97 in every cover. They are planning on the run totaling 5000-5500 pieces (potential Northwoods run not withstanding.)

They made ~3550 #44s, and they are still readily available at many GEC dealers, 7 months after the fact. I have a feeling we'll be seeing #97s (especially the maroon micarta) in stock online for a long, long while.

I am glad to know that about how big the run is. I have been reserved for about 2 months now and couldn’t figure out how the early reserves were still open. I have 2 reserved and one notify. I didn’t get in on the stag. It was closed too quickly and they were a lot more sketchy about the details. Saying that it might not be stag if they can’t get good enough stag at a decent price.
No prices were posted w/ this that I can see.
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Re: GEC # 97

Post by DM11 » Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:30 pm

Like the looks of the Northfield. Not sure yet If I'll get one or not. Like Greg I'm really tired of the little Jack knives. I'm more excited about the 29 if it makes it into production.
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Post by kootenay joe » Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:54 pm

Quote: "They are planning on the run totaling 5000-5500 pieces"
I hope this is not the beginning of a decline in the high fit & finish standards we have seen in pretty well every knife made in the last 2-3 years.
I would much rather have difficulty getting a new release than have them plentiful but some having 'issues'.
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Re: GEC # 97

Post by DM11 » Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:02 pm

kootenay joe wrote:Quote: "They are planning on the run totaling 5000-5500 pieces"
I hope this is not the beginning of a decline in the high fit & finish standards we have seen in pretty well every knife made in the last 2-3 years.
I would much rather have difficulty getting a new release than have them plentiful but some having 'issues'.
kj
That is a concern of mine as well.
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Re: GEC # 97

Post by boykinlp » Tue Mar 05, 2019 2:24 am

Sharpnshinyknives wrote:
Ajd3530 wrote:Aside from Stag, I don't believe anyone will have any trouble getting a #97, or even a #97 in every cover. They are planning on the run totaling 5000-5500 pieces (potential Northwoods run not withstanding.)

I didn’t get in on the stag. It was closed too quickly and they were a lot more sketchy about the details. Saying that it might not be stag if they can’t get good enough stag at a decent price.
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Where did the 5000-5500 numbers come from? Also, should we worry that no stag is being shown in the pictures already? I hope they find the needed stag! Thanks.
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Re: GEC # 97

Post by Ajd3530 » Tue Mar 05, 2019 9:18 pm

boykinlp wrote:
Sharpnshinyknives wrote:
Ajd3530 wrote:Aside from Stag, I don't believe anyone will have any trouble getting a #97, or even a #97 in every cover. They are planning on the run totaling 5000-5500 pieces (potential Northwoods run not withstanding.)

I didn’t get in on the stag. It was closed too quickly and they were a lot more sketchy about the details. Saying that it might not be stag if they can’t get good enough stag at a decent price.
SSk
Where did the 5000-5500 numbers come from? Also, should we worry that no stag is being shown in the pictures already? I hope they find the needed stag! Thanks.
Larry
The number came from Bill Howard, via Mike Latham @ CK.

As for the stag, I don't know. Last I heard, which was months ago, they were worried they weren't going to be able to source a large enough batch of GOOD stag that was large enough to fit the#97s. That's why reserves for stag were standby from the get go. I don't know anything else for certain beyond that pertaining to the stag.

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Re: GEC # 97

Post by Onearmbladejunkie » Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:26 am

I pre-ordered 6 GEC #97 knives from CollectorKnives. And I sent a $160 money order to buy the O.K.C.A for the 2019 Club knife with beaver shield. (April 15th) I just paid for the GEC #97 Maroon micarta knife. ($104.15 shipped) I never bought a micarta handle knife before. This one is killer. I hope to end up with 7 GEC# 97 knives. I am real excited. I have one arm. I open my folders with my feet and a Case XX blade pick. Most GEC knives open like butter for me.

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Re: GEC # 97

Post by JohnR » Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:36 pm

kootenay joe wrote:Quote: "They are planning on the run totaling 5000-5500 pieces"
I hope this is not the beginning of a decline in the high fit & finish standards we have seen in pretty well every knife made in the last 2-3 years.
I would much rather have difficulty getting a new release than have them plentiful but some having 'issues'.
kj
I don't know if we have to worry about that, the 44's were a large run, I bought 7 and everyone of them was top notch in quality. Not positive but I think the reason for the larger runs is that dealers were requesting large enough runs so that they could have a few knives in stock. The main negative I could see from the large runs is we will have less variety of patterns each year.
I've got a reserve in for very 97 with natural handle materials, hope they find stag.

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