USA BULLDOG/GEC

Charlie Dorton brought the Bulldog Brand to life in 1978. He began importing them from the Olbertz factory in Germany until 1987. The brand went extinct for a few years until Jim Parker bought it in 1991 and resurected the brand under the Parker Knife Co. umbrella where the brand is still going strong.
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USA BULLDOG/GEC

Post by Quick Steel » Sun Aug 18, 2019 7:50 pm

In the final 2 or 3 years of Bulldog's wonderful run of German made knives, manufacturing included USA made knives buy GEC. It is my understanding, subject to most welcome correction, that about 17 models were made during this time and were serial numbered.

This particular knife is "007. The certificate which came with it identifies it as a special shop run of 42 knives. Further: #25 Liner Lock-4 1/2" closed. 1095 Carbon Steel-Frontier Bone, Bulldog USA. This was made in 2009. I suspect the Bulldog knives ceased production in 2010. I do not know who the current owner of the China made Bulldogs which are a far lesser product than the original Solingen/USA knives.

F&F are superb. It has half stops. If anyone has information concerning the USA Bulldogs kindly share it or direct me to it.
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Re: USA BULLDOG/GEC

Post by doglegg » Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:01 pm

QS the handles are very knice. And a great pick up. I'm not familiar with the GEC made ones at all but that one sure looks great. A very substantial knife. ::nod:: ::nod:: ::tu:: ::handshake::

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Re: USA BULLDOG/GEC

Post by XX Case XX » Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:04 pm

You can add this one to that cool display case you just bought!!! ::nod::

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Re: USA BULLDOG/GEC

Post by Quick Steel » Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:09 pm

Mike it is too big for that case.

doglegg, I knew that they existed but that is all. This one is the first I've seen. It impresses me in every way.
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Re: USA BULLDOG/GEC

Post by Quick Steel » Mon Aug 19, 2019 12:11 am

Does anyone know if during the final years when BDs were made in the U.S. were BDs simultaneously continuing at Olbertz in Solingen. Any info will be appreciated.

Also, I forgot to mention that besides the USA BDs being made by GEC some were made by Queen.
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Re: USA BULLDOG/GEC

Post by Modern Slip Joints » Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:36 pm

Shaken not stirred? You need a matching .32 PPK that hits like a brick through a plate glass window. :wink: Seriously, I have two black bone Schatt & Morgan 4 1/2" English Jack Knives with serial number 007. One has a clip master, the other a spear. Another knife or two with that s/n would be cool.

Is your Bulldog's handle bone or stag? The roughness makes it look like stag but the symmetry looks like bone. It looks great what ever it is. The only thing I know about GEC Bulldogs is that I've always been out bid on them.

I have a question for Bulldog collectors. Before production went to China did all Bulldogs have carbon steel blades? I've not seen one from either Germany or the USA advertised as stainless.

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Re: USA BULLDOG/GEC

Post by Quick Steel » Mon Aug 19, 2019 4:15 pm

MSJ, You have a good memory for dialog.

MY knife covers are made with what GEC/Bulldog calls Frontier Bone. At first glance I thought of stag. But I do like the look of the bone.

Bulldog did make stainless blades. They would usually be marked on one of the tangs as Rostfrei (rust free=stainless). I believe most if not all of BD fixed blades were stainless in addition to a variety of pocket knives.
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Re: USA BULLDOG/GEC

Post by sunknife » Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:29 am

Very attractive knife QS, pretty solidly built too I imagine. I like the liner lock feature for that one although I'm sure it would preform fine without it.
The frontier bone looks fantastic on that knife as well. I'd be proud to own that one myself, a gem. ::tu::
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Re: USA BULLDOG/GEC

Post by Quick Steel » Tue Aug 20, 2019 2:31 pm

Thank you Greg. For carry I think it definitely needs a good leather scabbard.
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