GEC#29 Stockyard Whittler knife 2019

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Re: GEC#29 Stockyard Whittler knife 2019

Post by kootenay joe » Fri Jul 26, 2019 4:30 pm

John, is that huge tree a Black Locust ?
I would like to see a picture of an Osage Orange tree as well. Thanks for posting some information about this tree/wood Ken.
I have not heard of it growing in Canada. I used split cedar for my fence posts and now 35 years later they have all rotted off right at ground level.
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Re: GEC#29 Stockyard Whittler knife 2019

Post by Sharpnshinyknives » Fri Jul 26, 2019 7:29 pm

Am I making a mistake in not buying one of these with the acrylic handles? I have passed twice on these. I was unable to sign up for the early reserve, we were in the middle of putting our dog down when that came out. I keep hoping I will be able to get one in snakewood, but beginning to wonder if I might miss out by passing on these. Any idea how many snakewood were made and which dealers will have them? I’m just not impressed with these acrylic handles. But having one of those would be better than missing out all together.
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Re: GEC#29 Stockyard Whittler knife 2019

Post by 1967redrider » Fri Jul 26, 2019 7:32 pm

kootenay joe wrote:John, is that huge tree a Black Locust ?
I would like to see a picture of an Osage Orange tree as well. Thanks for posting some information about this tree/wood Ken.
I have not heard of it growing in Canada. I used split cedar for my fence posts and now 35 years later they have all rotted off right at ground level.
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Those were Osage Orange pictures; tree and fruit. Every now and then while hiking around Virginia and Western MD I'll see the "fruit" on the ground, about the size of large grapefruit.
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Re: GEC#29 Stockyard Whittler knife 2019

Post by gsmith7158 » Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:48 pm

Sharpnshinyknives wrote:Am I making a mistake in not buying one of these with the acrylic handles? I have passed twice on these. I was unable to sign up for the early reserve, we were in the middle of putting our dog down when that came out. I keep hoping I will be able to get one in snakewood, but beginning to wonder if I might miss out by passing on these. Any idea how many snakewood were made and which dealers will have them? I’m just not impressed with these acrylic handles. But having one of those would be better than missing out all together.
I don't think you're missing anything by passing on the grits, butter and molasses. That's one butt ugly handle if you ask me. $125 FOR THAT . ::woot:: no,no,no! ::td::
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Re: GEC#29 Stockyard Whittler knife 2019

Post by Modern Slip Joints » Fri Jul 26, 2019 9:18 pm

kootenay joe wrote:Good picture 67rr. Shows the master blade to be quite 'stout', and secondaries are not especially thin and they all fit without a wedge center divider.
I still do not understand why some whittlers need a center wedge and others like the above CSC, don't.
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Perhaps this is the best way to look at Whittlers. Excepting three long blade whittlers that require three springs, all assemblies other than split backs are for manufacturing cost reduction. While GEC collectors begging for rationalizations to add to their collection obviously are not seeking lower cost, some of us appreciate less expensive knives. My eBay NIB three spring Case 6308 and 6347 Whittlers cost me under $35 and $40 respectively. They have the same blades that case has used to assemble those patterns as split back since at least 1990. Good luck finding Case NIB split backs for under $40.

By the way, Queen made Canoe Whittlers with normal thin blades. If my memory is any good mine is a split back.

To get this thread back on track I'll add that I do not know of any other new carbon steel knives that have a sheep's foot and punch secondaries. Getting an other wise unavailable selection of blades in the size of knife you want is good reason to pay GEC's prices. Using three springs was a way for GEC to get around the cost of assembling split backs that does not require extra thick blade stock.

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Re: GEC#29 Stockyard Whittler knife 2019

Post by Stephen » Sat Jul 27, 2019 6:53 pm

TSA Knives just listed about one dozen of the Stockyard Whittlers in its online store.
Nice looking knives and about 3 of them have been sold already.

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Re: GEC#29 Stockyard Whittler knife 2019

Post by Railsplitter » Sat Jul 27, 2019 9:12 pm

Sharpnshinyknives wrote:Am I making a mistake in not buying one of these with the acrylic handles? I have passed twice on these. I was unable to sign up for the early reserve, we were in the middle of putting our dog down when that came out. I keep hoping I will be able to get one in snakewood, but beginning to wonder if I might miss out by passing on these. Any idea how many snakewood were made and which dealers will have them? I’m just not impressed with these acrylic handles. But having one of those would be better than missing out all together.
Mark, you might like the Coffee House Acrylic better. So far this pic is all we've got but it will probably look pretty good when finished. I'm trying to imagine the flat section on that piece on the far left all polished up and I'm liking what my brain is seeing.
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Re: GEC#29 Stockyard Whittler knife 2019

Post by JET79 » Mon Aug 05, 2019 3:22 pm

Hello Gents, been a while since I’ve been on (life and what not)
Love the wealth of information you guys bring to this forum. Didn’t know that about whittlers or Osage wood. I just recently picked up one of these 29’s in Osage wood and I love the feel of it in hand. I also like the blade length on the main blade but... I do have a an issue. When I started using it I realized that there is blade play on that main blade and it’s just enough to bother me. I was wondering if anyone else who has picked up one of these has experienced the same issue and is that something that GEC would be able to tighten up or is that just generally a non fixable defect in the knife? I haven’t experienced this so far with other patterns I’ve gotten and use on a regular basis.

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Re: GEC#29 Stockyard Whittler knife 2019

Post by kootenay joe » Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:01 pm

JET79, i do not yet have one of these but i too am bothered by blade play so i hope a bunch of #29 owners reply so we can find out how common this is. With old knives i have gently squeezed the bolsters/pivot pin in a vice. Sometimes this has removed blade play but i don't recommend this for a new knife. I think you should contact GEC and see what they suggest.
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Post by Sabercat » Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:17 pm

kootenay joe wrote:JET79, i do not yet have one of these but i too am bothered by blade play so i hope a bunch of #29 owners reply so we can find out how common this is. With old knives i have gently squeezed the bolsters/pivot pin in a vice. Sometimes this has removed blade play but i don't recommend this for a new knife. I think you should contact GEC and see what they suggest.
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I have 2 29s so far, both are acrylic though. I just checked the blades on them, and neither had any play. I have not used either one yet though.

I would definitely contact GEC to ask about them fixing it. It may take a little bit longer than normal to get it done right now due to the rendezvous later this week, but I imagine they'll fix you up.

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Re: GEC#29 Stockyard Whittler knife 2019

Post by WelderBob » Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:36 pm

I've handled two 29's and nether one had any side to side play, on all blades. Now the pull on the main blade could by a bit stronger, but thats just my taste, pull on the other blades is very nice. I am impressed on the fit and finish and like the way it feels in hand although the extra width could make it feel a little bulky in pocket.

I'm not sure why they call it a whittler, wouldn't it be a cattle knife ?
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Re: GEC#29 Stockyard Whittler knife 2019

Post by kootenay joe » Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:08 pm

I agree it could be a Cattle except a Cattle knife should have a Spear Point master blade. You could say "3 spring Cattle Whittler", but a Whittler by definition has 2 springs, and master bears on both. Since this knife has neither of the defining features of a whittler knife, we really should just drop any reference to "whittler".
This pattern needs it's own name. Any good suggestions ?
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Re: GEC#29 Stockyard Whittler knife 2019

Post by Cletus Awreetus » Thu Aug 08, 2019 2:07 pm

call it what you will. I bought it because I'm now a full blown dead walkin GEC zombie. All I know is I like it a whole lot better in person. feels great and Hedgeapple wood is very attractive.
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Re: GEC#29 Stockyard Whittler knife 2019

Post by kootenay joe » Sat Aug 17, 2019 3:09 pm

Is "Hedgeapple" Osage Orange ?
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Re: GEC#29 Stockyard Whittler knife 2019

Post by Onearmbladejunkie » Sat Aug 17, 2019 3:24 pm

The #29 Burnt Sienna jigged bone knives are selling out fast. (400) pieces each
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