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Post by kootenay joe » Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:10 pm

I like the # 09 Esquire, a 2 7/8" Pen knife but it is not that popular, so i doubt GEC will make another run. I would like to see a short run of these with the absolute best handle materials 'out there'. These would be expensive knives, maybe with a gold shield, fluted bolsters, all in perfect 'flow'. This would be harking back to 100+ years ago (1870's - 1920) when a fancy pen knife was the most expensive pattern the manufacturer made. It was often given as a special gift or something the successful man might buy for himself.
So, an 09 with the best blue-green mammoth handles.
What knife would you like to see GEC make ?
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Post by markpreston » Fri Dec 07, 2018 4:22 pm

A finely tuned equal end pen knife with sunken joints and a single backspring. And please make it THIN like older Case pen knives. The closest thing GEC had I think was the presidents knife and it still seemed a tad thick to me.

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Post by Modern Slip Joints » Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:37 pm

I would like them to go in the opposite direction. There are plenty of gentleman's knives available in other brands but but very few three or more bladed full size belt pouch knives. I would like to see more 98 pattern 4 7/8" three or more bladed knives, preferably with 440C blades. I'd eagerly buy both a stainless 98 pattern stockman and whittler.

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Post by RalphAlsip » Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:25 pm

I would like for Northwoods to offer a 2 blade Fremont based on the GEC 79 Montana Workhorse. The reason for wanting it branded Northwoods is to see this pattern dressed in a deluxe handle such as Mammoth, Giraffe, etc. I took the liberty to photoshop an example rendition of my wished for item. You will notice the master blade is the large Northfield spear instead of Northwoods Bohncliffe that has been used on the Fremont in the past. I would want a Northwoods branded spear - not the Northfield as shown in my frankenknife picture.

I hope it is clear that my picture is a "mock-up" and not a real knife.
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Post by kootenay joe » Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:49 pm

I would never have known that was not an actual knife.
Very useful as you can create a picture to see what a knife imagined would actually look like.
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Post by Sharpnshinyknives » Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:55 pm

kootenay joe wrote:I like the # 09 Esquire, a 2 7/8" Pen knife but it is not that popular, so i doubt GEC will make another run. I would like to see a short run of these with the absolute best handle materials 'out there'. These would be expensive knives, maybe with a gold shield, fluted bolsters, all in perfect 'flow'. This would be harking back to 100+ years ago (1870's - 1920) when a fancy pen knife was the most expensive pattern the manufacturer made. It was often given as a special gift or something the successful man might buy for himself.
So, an 09 with the best blue-green mammoth handles.
What knife would you like to see GEC make ?
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That’s easy, a Cuttin Horse pattern. Either Snakewood handles or stag.
Or a knife like the Kershaw Double Cross, two locking blades and both w/ thumbstuds. Handles could be anything if it had those two features, so long as it isn’t synthetic in anyway.
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Post by kootenay joe » Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:26 pm

Can you describe the Cuttin Horse pattern ? This name was used by Bulldog for one of the Sowbelly Stock knives but i don't think it is an actual pattern name. Size, shape, # of blades & which blades ?
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Post by gsmith7158 » Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:49 pm

RalphAlsip wrote:I would like for Northwoods to offer a 2 blade Fremont based on the GEC 79 Montana Workhorse. The reason for wanting it branded Northwoods is to see this pattern dressed in a deluxe handle such as Mammoth, Giraffe, etc. I took the liberty to photoshop an example rendition of my wished for item. You will notice the master blade is the large Northfield spear instead of Northwoods Bohncliffe that has been used on the Fremont in the past. I would want a Northwoods branded spear - not the Northfield as shown in my frankenknife picture.

I hope it is clear that my picture is a "mock-up" and not a real knife.
Jerry that is a beautiful creation and I would add should a whittler in that configuration be created as well I would certainly be a buyer. ::tu::
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Post by Sharpnshinyknives » Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:50 pm

kootenay joe wrote:Can you describe the Cuttin Horse pattern ? This name was used by Bulldog for one of the Sowbelly Stock knives but i don't think it is an actual pattern name. Size, shape, # of blades & which blades ?
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It’s a Sowbelly stockman. Has a large clip blade on one end and a smaller clip blade on the other. Here is a picture off the internet. You are correct about Bulldog having this. Cuttin Horse is all I have ever seen this pattern called. I just love the curves and blades on these.
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Post by kootenay joe » Thu Dec 13, 2018 1:51 pm

That pattern was made for Bulldog in Germany (Olbertz) in 1980's and again in 1990's. Jim Parker had this pattern made in Japan about the same time. I don't know if there has been a USA version ? But there would be if GEC made some. Have you thought of emailing them this suggestion ?
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Post by Tsar Bomba » Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:10 pm

I only have one wish left that GEC hasn't fulfilled - the granddaddy Barlow. :mrgreen:
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Post by kootenay joe » Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:46 pm

The Daddy Barlow is a rather dull pattern. I can't see the attraction. Maybe you is jokin' ? There are still nice unused Imperial Daddy Barlows from 1960's to fulfill your desire for Daddy B.
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Post by edge213 » Fri Dec 14, 2018 12:06 am

kootenay joe wrote:The Daddy Barlow is a rather dull pattern. I can't see the attraction. Maybe you is jokin' ? There are still nice unused Imperial Daddy Barlows from 1960's to fulfill your desire for Daddy B.
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I totally disagree with you Joe.
Grandaddy Barlow is a great pattern.
Would love to see GEC make them.
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Post by Tsar Bomba » Fri Dec 14, 2018 12:21 am

I respectfully disagree - t'ain't nothin' dull about 'em IMO.
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Post by kootenay joe » Fri Dec 14, 2018 12:22 am

Well they have the #98 frame at 4 7/8" so easy to put in a clip blade & long bolster and there you have a Daddy Barlow for those who like big knives with straight 'lines'.
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Post by edge213 » Fri Dec 14, 2018 12:38 am

Tsar Bomba wrote:I respectfully disagree - t'ain't nothin' dull about 'em IMO.
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Post by m0nk » Fri Dec 14, 2018 12:14 pm

Tsar Bomba wrote:I only have one wish left that GEC hasn't fulfilled - the granddaddy Barlow. :mrgreen:
I've been thinking more and more about a Barlow, and I couldn't get ahold of a new GEC Barlow. Looking at old ones, regretting not getting a S&M barlow while I could, even considered an Italian Lion steel... So Colonial recently put up some of their new/old stock knives that they closed out back in the '80s, and I bought myself a Colonial Barlow 392 for Christmas. I just checked the other day and the 392s are all gone, but they still have the Old Cutler bone handled Barlows, and they're probably very nice. Anyway, that 392 Barlow is absolutely the worst fit and finish of any knife I've seen. Almost garbage. But I wanted it to be a user, and it was only $30 with shipping so I'm keeping it. I can see why the old Colonial company went out of business, and I'm happy to report that the new US-made knives from Colonial are much much nicer.

I'm going to unwrap that 392 on Christmas and carry it often. I hope that every time I take it out and cringe at it's poor quality, Mr. Howard gets a vibe to make a big run of GEC Barlows. Not an SFO that you have to be a member of a secret society to get, but a real big run for us Average Joes, like the 78 run a year ago. You can still get 78s today, which is how it should be IMO.

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Post by biglmbass » Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:27 pm

I want this, in coal black ebony with the same shield as shown. Put a bolster on their 47 frame & they'd have it. Wouldn't hurt my feelings if the blade stock was heavier than usual. Would probably take the same knife in jigged bone too. Ebony to start though.
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Post by kootenay joe » Mon Dec 17, 2018 8:04 pm

Good idea ! The swayback frame feels good in hand and it would have 2 full sized blades and is not a Trapper. Maybe send this picture to GEC ? As you say they already have the 47 frame so it would not take an all new set up.
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Post by rangerbluedog » Mon Dec 17, 2018 8:09 pm

More 85 patterns and 33 conductor's whittlers ::nod::
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Post by robbobus » Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:19 pm

That is a nice knife, but I prefer a full size blade and a pen size blade. 47 frame, plus another in 3/4 size.

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Post by tongueriver » Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:12 pm

I would like to see a full-length (4 1/2 inches?) classic English jack in all sorts of variations. It would break my bank. Meanwhile I have been enjoying my little group of 65s. I do carry one of them in ebony in case I run into a sandwich to be dressed. I need to learn to use a camera; this scan makes the knives look horrible; they are all lovely and mint except my pb&j knife.
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Post by RalphAlsip » Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:45 pm

gsmith7158 wrote:should a whittler in that configuration be created as well I would certainly be a buyer. ::tu::
Greg, is this what you are talking about? :) Please note this is a mock up based on the blades in the GEC 79 workhorse whittler combined with a 79 Northwoods Fremont giraffe frame. The whittler blades are taken from an internet picture.
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Post by gsmith7158 » Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:31 pm

Jerry I'm going to nominate you as consultant extraordinaire to GEC! I would buy that. ::tu::
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Post by kootenay joe » Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:34 pm

Jerry, you could do design work for GEC. Send them some of your mock-ups. Even if you don't get on the payroll maybe you will get a first choice gift knife in return.
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Post by RalphAlsip » Tue Dec 18, 2018 1:35 am

Greg and Roland, thank you for the encouragement. I'm sure GEC has actual knife designers who have creative talent and knife construction knowledge and experience. There is not much creativity or inspiration involved in the photo editing that I'm doing which is cropping the blades of off one 79 pattern and pasting them on another.

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Post by Lansky1 » Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:36 pm

remake of the acrylic 2 blade congress #61 - super little knife
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Post by kootenay joe » Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:37 pm

I agree. The 61 is very fine pattern, especially in the 2 blade Half Congress.
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Post by m0nk » Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:58 am

KJ, please consider my earlier post in this thread regarding barlows to be barlow musing only. What I really want GEC to make would have to be broken into three categories: work knife, EDC, and collectible. My wishes are as follows:

For a work knife, I would like to see a #35 F&F Calf Pen variant, but with a straight clip and large sheepsfoot, and no liner lock. The middle separator flat head screwdriver can stay. Without the liner lock this would be a little thinner than the original Calf Pen, and the substitution of the straight clip for one-arm blade would increase pocketability and marketability. For covers I'd like to see black, maroon, and red linen micarta options.

For EDC, I really need two knives: a #77 single straight clip, and a #09 Esquire with a sheepsfoot main and pen secondary. Why not just carry a stockman? Well, because to get the size clip blade I'm looking for I would need a larger stockman, which would not be as thin as I would like. Thinness has become more important to me lately, and a #77 clip single would be the sweet spot for blade size and overall thinness. A #09 with a sheepsfoot main would give the perfect size utility knife and the ideal size pen blade, IMO. Of course I'd want matching cover materials, and GEC has done lots of nice candidates in the past: sawcut caramel bone, or perhaps blue giraffe bone would be awesome. Antique ivory paper micarta would also be a very classy option for these two matching knives.

For the collectible category, my one wish would be a duplicate of the famous Northwoods Fremont Jack in blue mammoth ivory. (KSF pic, not mine)
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Post by kootenay joe » Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:29 pm

Good post Lee. Well thought out. Thanks.
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Post by JohnR » Sun Jan 06, 2019 7:41 pm

I've been wanting them to build a Jumbo Jack, I'm hoping the 86 coming out this year will have the girth of a Jumbo, it's got the length at 3 7/8".

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Post by kootenay joe » Sun Jan 06, 2019 7:58 pm

JohnR, that's a good idea. A 3 7/8" frame could be another slender Trapper or Jack and be not that different from previous knives of this size.
But if they make a stout jack, well rounded handles and a master blade of thicker stock, a "Jumbo" jack, it would be distinct from any pattern they have offered so far.
What about emailing your suggestion re: Jumbo jack please to GEC ?
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Post by edge213 » Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:36 pm

This is a Rough Rider. I love the pattern. The main blade locks open. You press the secondary to release the main.
I would love to see GEC make one like this.
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Post by JohnR » Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:50 pm

kootenay joe wrote:JohnR, that's a good idea. A 3 7/8" frame could be another slender Trapper or Jack and be not that different from previous knives of this size.
But if they make a stout jack, well rounded handles and a master blade of thicker stock, a "Jumbo" jack, it would be distinct from any pattern they have offered so far.
What about emailing your suggestion re: Jumbo jack please to GEC ?
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Roland, I have talked to Bill at the Rendezvous about doing Jumbo's and last year he spent some time looking at my vintage ones, liked the knives but did not think they would sell. Thats why I was kind of surprised to see the new 86 frame, a Jumbo could be easily built on that. I think Jumbo's would sell quite well.

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Post by kootenay joe » Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:20 pm

When you look at knife catalogs from before WW II you see many patterns, a wide range of sizes and handle materials. I would like to see GEC make a wider range of distinct patterns. Many of the GEC patterns resemble each other closely, e.g. compare the various #77's with the #78's, slight difference in front bolster shape is the difference.
So i agree with JohnR: let's go for 'more different', be brave, do a run of Jumbo Jacks. People will buy them. They are GEC. We love GEC.
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Post by Drukai » Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:45 am

A slimline trapper single blade with a spey no shield jigged white bone!
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Post by m0nk » Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:47 am

Oh, and I'd like to see more H10 small Bowie fixed blades. And more bottle openers, with bone handles, please. Skip the acrylics, please. I guess I went way over a "knife" wish, and probably exceeded my allotment of "knives" wishes!

Speaking of fixed blades, did anyone see the steak knives that they ran in 2018 up for sale anywhere? I never saw or heard anything about them after the production pics and "GEC Illustrated" cover.

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Post by Ajd3530 » Sat Feb 16, 2019 8:13 am

kootenay joe wrote:I agree. The 61 is very fine pattern, especially in the 2 blade Half Congress.
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I have a #61 and I enjoy it, but my #13 Clerk is twice the knife the #61 half congress is. And at only 1/4" longer.

That said, I sure would like to see some more #62s produced.

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Post by Ajd3530 » Sat Feb 16, 2019 8:16 am

I personally would love to see the #35 pattern in a stockman configuration, preferably in stainless.

Also think a #14 flipped around version (like the #79 is of the #78) in a single spring, opposite end pen knife would be really neat.

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Post by royal0014 » Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:09 pm

How about something affordable,
and in enough numbers that anybody can actually get one .....

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Post by kootenay joe » Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:05 pm

The GEC knives start at around $80. I think this is "affordable" by most.And with the last few runs GEC has staggered the releases and this has led to the knives being available for up to a week or longer for some. The availability now is much improved from a year ago and longer.
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Post by Ajd3530 » Sun Feb 17, 2019 5:55 am

Agreed. If somebody wants endless supply of slipjoints at $40-60, that's what Case is for. With that comes average fit and finish and sometimes questionable QC.

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Post by kootenay joe » Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:11 pm

Ajd, can you post a pic of a 61 & a 13 together so we can see the size comparison ? I have a 61 but no #13.
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Post by Ajd3530 » Sun Feb 17, 2019 6:43 pm

I stand corrected. The #13 and #61 are pretty much identical in length, (#61 might actually be a fraction of a MM longer) but the #13 brings half an inch more main blade to the table (#13 2 7/8" #61 2 3/8".) In terms of actual cutting edge, according to the 'ol calipers, the #61 has 2.15" and the #13 has 2.6".

I also think the #13 feels better in hand. But that's all personal preference.
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Post by m0nk » Wed Feb 20, 2019 3:29 am

Ajd3530 wrote:I personally would love to see the #35 pattern in a stockman configuration, preferably in stainless.

Also think a #14 flipped around version (like the #79 is of the #78) in a single spring, opposite end pen knife would be really neat.
::tu:: Your suggestion of the "flipped" #14 is what I had in mind with the #09 Esquire. At 2-7/8" the 09 is very close to the 3" size of the 14. I'm also a fan of the #35. I think GEC could produce endless variations on the 35 frame. Every time I carry my Vic Alox Soldier or Electrician I think of the possibilities GEC could realize on the #35.

Regarding your opinion of the #13: I don't own a congress knife nor have I handled one, but I know it's a traditional pattern. Can you comment on what you like about the congress shape? You mentioned it feels good in hand, but I don't see the utility in the shape. GEC made a #13 in a sheepsfoot main with a pen secondary, which is the blade configuration I'm looking for in a smallish knife to pair with a medium clip single. But I'm on the fence about the congress pattern. I recently got a Case stockman with square bolsters that actually dig into my palm during use. Do you find the congress square bolsters to be ergonomic?

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Post by KnifeSlinger#81 » Wed Feb 20, 2019 3:35 am

m0nk wrote:I'm also a fan of the #35. I think GEC could produce endless variations on the 35 frame. Every time I carry my Vic Alox Soldier or Electrician I think of the possibilities GEC could realize on the #35.

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I would LOVE to see a 35 cattle knife.
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Post by RalphAlsip » Wed Feb 20, 2019 4:10 am

KnifeSlinger#81 wrote:I would LOVE to see a 35 cattle knife.
Paul, are you thinking something like this? :) This is a photoshop mock up. The nail nick on the sheepsfoot would probably be facing toward the back on a real knife.
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Post by KnifeSlinger#81 » Wed Feb 20, 2019 4:17 am

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KnifeSlinger#81 wrote:I would LOVE to see a 35 cattle knife.
Paul, are you thinking something like this? :) This is a photoshop mock up. The nail nick on the sheepsfoot would probably be facing toward the back on a real knife.
That would be great. Nice photoshop. I prefer a 3rd blade but I'd buy one with a punch too.
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Post by Ajd3530 » Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:06 pm

m0nk wrote:
Ajd3530 wrote:I personally would love to see the #35 pattern in a stockman configuration, preferably in stainless.

Also think a #14 flipped around version (like the #79 is of the #78) in a single spring, opposite end pen knife would be really neat.
::tu:: Your suggestion of the "flipped" #14 is what I had in mind with the #09 Esquire. At 2-7/8" the 09 is very close to the 3" size of the 14. I'm also a fan of the #35. I think GEC could produce endless variations on the 35 frame. Every time I carry my Vic Alox Soldier or Electrician I think of the possibilities GEC could realize on the #35.

Regarding your opinion of the #13: I don't own a congress knife nor have I handled one, but I know it's a traditional pattern. Can you comment on what you like about the congress shape? You mentioned it feels good in hand, but I don't see the utility in the shape. GEC made a #13 in a sheepsfoot main with a pen secondary, which is the blade configuration I'm looking for in a smallish knife to pair with a medium clip single. But I'm on the fence about the congress pattern. I recently got a Case stockman with square bolsters that actually dig into my palm during use. Do you find the congress square bolsters to be ergonomic?

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Lee,

I hadn't realized the #09 Esquire was that size, I had always thought it was in the 2 5/8 range like the Pembertons .

To me, granted I do not have especially large hands, the #13 presents no problems in hand. I find its gentle curve fits in quite well along the base of my fingers. Its bolsters are slightly pinched, and I've never had any problems in the pocket with it. It is far more pocket friendly than the Northfiled #61s.
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Post by Sharpnshinyknives » Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:36 am

m0nk wrote:
Ajd3530 wrote:I personally would love to see the #35 pattern in a stockman configuration, preferably in stainless.

Also think a #14 flipped around version (like the #79 is of the #78) in a single spring, opposite end pen knife would be really neat.
::tu:: Your suggestion of the "flipped" #14 is what I had in mind with the #09 Esquire. At 2-7/8" the 09 is very close to the 3" size of the 14. I'm also a fan of the #35. I think GEC could produce endless variations on the 35 frame. Every time I carry my Vic Alox Soldier or Electrician I think of the possibilities GEC could realize on the #35.

Regarding your opinion of the #13: I don't own a congress knife nor have I handled one, but I know it's a traditional pattern. Can you comment on what you like about the congress shape? You mentioned it feels good in hand, but I don't see the utility in the shape. GEC made a #13 in a sheepsfoot main with a pen secondary, which is the blade configuration I'm looking for in a smallish knife to pair with a medium clip single. But I'm on the fence about the congress pattern. I recently got a Case stockman with square bolsters that actually dig into my palm during use. Do you find the congress square bolsters to be ergonomic?

-Lee
Lee, I have several Congresses and I do find them awkward to use and some blades nearly impossible to open. I don’t have a GEC Congress to compare. I have several Case, Boker, Green River, S&M, H&R and others I can’t remember. The Schatt and Morgan is the easiest to open and the easiest on the hands to use. The bolsters are a bit smoother on the ends too.
I found that with Congresses it’s a good idea to try and handle them first before you buy.
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Post by m0nk » Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:11 pm

Good pics and good info guys, thanks. I wonder if GEC is going to do another run of 15s this year? The last run of Beer Scouts was in 2016. We could only be so lucky to get a run of Beer Scouts, or Soda Scouts, or even Crown Lifters in 2019. Any of those with a classic GEC straight clip blade would be amazing.

This thread has sure brought out a lot of wishes for 2019!

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Post by Ajd3530 » Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:58 pm

Ajd3530 wrote:I personally would love to see the #35 pattern in a stockman configuration, preferably in stainless.

Also think a #14 flipped around version (like the #79 is of the #78) in a single spring, opposite end pen knife would be really neat.
Ok. Go ahead and give me a Moose on the #35 frame as well. And a single bladed jack with a spear while your at it. Both in Northfield trim. Please and thank you.

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Post by Rotten » Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:18 pm

An 81 Abilene, ebony scales with the Templar trim set into the wood. I mean they inset the shields why not at least partially inset the Templar bolsters. Stainless steel blades would really top it off.

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Post by boykinlp » Tue Mar 05, 2019 2:14 am

Have they ever done a Camp or Scout knife? I think that would br fantastic. I have been wanting one of these, so a GEC could be my first.
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boykinlp wrote:Have they ever done a Camp or Scout knife? I think that would br fantastic. I have been wanting one of these, so a GEC could be my first.
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Post by RalphAlsip » Tue Mar 05, 2019 2:40 am

Rotten wrote:
boykinlp wrote:Have they ever done a Camp or Scout knife? I think that would br fantastic. I have been wanting one of these, so a GEC could be my first.
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You will need good luck to find one that's available and then several dollars to acquire it :) These are hard to come by and who knows if and when they will be produced again.

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Post by boykinlp » Tue Mar 05, 2019 2:41 am

Rotten wrote:
boykinlp wrote:Have they ever done a Camp or Scout knife? I think that would br fantastic. I have been wanting one of these, so a GEC could be my first.
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Thanks, I'll take one in stag or Ebony. :) How much did they cost in 2016?
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Post by Rotten » Tue Mar 05, 2019 2:49 am

boykinlp wrote:
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boykinlp wrote:Have they ever done a Camp or Scout knife? I think that would br fantastic. I have been wanting one of these, so a GEC could be my first.
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Thanks, I'll take one in stag or Ebony. :) How much did they cost in 2016?
Don't know 2016 price, but there were no stag or ebony. There was a king wood, smooth bone and several jigged bone variants. Best of luck finding one.
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Post by RalphAlsip » Tue Mar 05, 2019 2:59 am

boykinlp wrote:[ How much did they cost in 2016?
My recollection is fuzzy because the 98 was also introduced in a Cattle and Whittler variation in addition to the Camp knife. I can't recall if the Camp knife was made in Micarta or not, but assuming it was then the lowest price would have been around $150 and the highest price around $200. The original KSF price for the white bone camp knife pictured below was approximately $170 if I recall correctly. Asking prices are typically $300 or more on the secondary market whenever they show up. The Charlie Campagna SFO versions are even higher.
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Post by m0nk » Tue Mar 05, 2019 12:19 pm

boykinlp wrote:Have they ever done a Camp or Scout knife? I think that would br fantastic. I have been wanting one of these, so a GEC could be my first.
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Larry, a #35 Camp Knife would be perfect. Just too obvious to ignore forever so I think GEC should do one eventually. It would probably be more affordable and pocketable than the 98 as well. I say that not having one, meanwhile Roland has posted pics of his 98 camp knife and has reported carrying and using his often. But yes, a camp/scout knife is very useful. If you don't have an example of a camp/scout knife, I highly recommend you go online immediately and get yourself either a Vic Pioneer or Electrician, or a Colonial military/scout knife. Those are abundant, nicely made, affordable at around $42, and rugged. Because we could be waiting a long time for another GEC camp knife, and you shouldn't miss out on another day without the utility of a camp knife. ::tu::

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