GEC #53 (The President Meets Babar)

GEC specializes in highly collectable and premium quality usable pocket knives. The company's USA manufactured knives have quickly proven to be a big hit with both collectors and users who seek quality American craftsmanship.
kootenay joe
Gold Tier
Gold Tier
Posts: 12254
Joined: Mon Jan 11, 2016 5:36 pm
Location: West Kootenays, B.C.

GEC #53 (The President Meets Babar)

Post by kootenay joe » Sun May 16, 2021 10:33 pm

The GEC #53 is a 4 1/8" Equal End pattern.
Here are 2 excellent examples of the #53 pattern. Both have a blade at either end and a single spring which makes for a large, strong yet relatively slender knife.
One is a Northwoods branded knife called "The Presidential" and with the fine rich mammoth handles and flat bolsters it has the elegance and presence of a President. It has a spear point master blade and Wharncliffe seconday.
The other is a GEC Northfield #531213 with top grade elephant ivory handles. I call this knife "Babar" who is King of the Elephants in a children's story book. This knife is fit for a King. It has a clip point master blade and a pen blade secondary.
These 2 are among my best GEC made knives.
Please feel free to show your examples of the #53 pattern.
kj
Attachments
IMGP1165.JPG
IMGP1167.JPG
IMGP1166.JPG
IMGP1168.JPG
IMGP1153.JPG
IMGP1151.JPG
IMGP1173.JPG
IMGP1175.JPG

User avatar
Steve Warden
Bronze Tier
Bronze Tier
Posts: 5487
Joined: Wed May 27, 2015 4:18 pm
Location: Cherry Hill, NJ

Re: GEC #53 (The President Meets Babar)

Post by Steve Warden » Sun May 16, 2021 10:48 pm

Some really beautiful knives!
I will own them and show them off vicariously through you, as I have none of my own 😁
Take care and God bless,

Steve
TSgt USAF, Retired
1980-2000

But any knife is better than no knife! ~ Mumbleypeg (aka Ken)

User avatar
edge213
Gold Tier
Gold Tier
Posts: 4936
Joined: Sat Jan 25, 2014 12:48 am
Location: The Crossroads of America

Re: GEC #53 (The President Meets Babar)

Post by edge213 » Sun May 16, 2021 10:54 pm

kootenay joe wrote:
Sun May 16, 2021 10:33 pm
The GEC #53 is a 4 1/8" Equal End pattern.
Here are 2 excellent examples of the #53 pattern. Both have a blade at either end and a single spring which makes for a large, strong yet relatively slender knife.
One is a Northwoods branded knife called "The Presidential" and with the fine rich mammoth handles and flat bolsters it has the elegance and presence of a President. It has a spear point master blade and Wharncliffe seconday.
The other is a GEC Northfield #531213 with top grade elephant ivory handles. I call this knife "Babar" who is King of the Elephants in a children's story book. This knife is fit for a King. It has a clip point master blade and a pen blade secondary.
These 2 are among my best GEC made knives.
Please feel free to show your examples of the #53 pattern.
kj

Two stunning knives Roland ::tu:: ::tu::
David
"Glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife" Meat Loaf

User avatar
RalphAlsip
Gold Tier
Gold Tier
Posts: 2266
Joined: Sun Feb 02, 2014 9:01 pm
Location: Southern Illinois

Re: GEC #53 (The President Meets Babar)

Post by RalphAlsip » Mon May 17, 2021 12:23 am

kootenay joe wrote:
Sun May 16, 2021 10:33 pm
The GEC #53 is a 4 1/8" Equal End pattern. Here are 2 excellent examples of the #53 pattern.
Gorgeous knives!! With the 53 pattern and these 2 knives in particular the term "modern classic" comes to mind for me.

kootenay joe
Gold Tier
Gold Tier
Posts: 12254
Joined: Mon Jan 11, 2016 5:36 pm
Location: West Kootenays, B.C.

Re: GEC #53 (The President Meets Babar)

Post by kootenay joe » Mon May 17, 2021 12:57 am

RalphAlsip wrote:
Mon May 17, 2021 12:23 am
kootenay joe wrote:
Sun May 16, 2021 10:33 pm
The GEC #53 is a 4 1/8" Equal End pattern. Here are 2 excellent examples of the #53 pattern.
Gorgeous knives!! With the 53 pattern and these 2 knives in particular the term "modern classic" comes to mind for me.
Thank you. I do agree. I think they will be as much admired 100 years from now as they are today. The single spring with a blade at either end is a big part of why this design is "classic". Excellence in design never goes out of date.
kj

User avatar
FarSide
Bronze Tier
Bronze Tier
Posts: 353
Joined: Thu Jun 02, 2016 8:13 pm
Location: Central Valley of CA

Re: GEC #53 (The President Meets Babar)

Post by FarSide » Mon May 17, 2021 4:53 pm

Those both are amazing. Thanks for sharing.
-Tim

Open Range-19
Bronze Tier
Bronze Tier
Posts: 115
Joined: Wed May 30, 2018 3:24 pm
Location: Idaho

Re: GEC #53 (The President Meets Babar)

Post by Open Range-19 » Tue May 18, 2021 10:38 pm

Roland,
Those two are beauties sure. Thank you for starting this thread. The 53’s are indeed a fine knife. Here are two I’ve been fortunate to be the caretaker of. The ebony I waved goodbye to awhile back.
Attachments
5A887DC3-6DFC-4DB1-ADEF-5D46A6813901.jpeg
9CC35F22-9E8B-4CD8-8823-5BBE2C8451D6.jpeg
5D78AF6A-E06D-4E69-B960-B558456D70C6.jpeg
598A3850-20B4-49E3-B3E2-EEB6295DB7B4.jpeg
8585E13D-9FFD-42DA-9C76-EA0CCB26EE79.jpeg

Open Range-19
Bronze Tier
Bronze Tier
Posts: 115
Joined: Wed May 30, 2018 3:24 pm
Location: Idaho

Re: GEC #53 (The President Meets Babar)

Post by Open Range-19 » Wed May 19, 2021 4:39 am

I too would prefer the design of the blade on each end with a single spring.

User avatar
Sharpnshinyknives
Gold Tier
Gold Tier
Posts: 3549
Joined: Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:32 am
Location: Indiana
Contact:

Re: GEC #53 (The President Meets Babar)

Post by Sharpnshinyknives » Wed May 19, 2021 11:10 am

Gorgeous knives Roland and Open Range.
I have one in this collection I just purchased. I’ve never been that crazy about a muskrat but this one is an exception. The stag on this one is one that I could look at all day long.
Attachments
A7292994-8E2F-4B43-AF9E-761B56E385B4.jpeg
32F43752-3991-4B4B-8530-C0BEFC7A442F.jpeg
C7ADF3C8-3A8C-4062-8C5F-41038C724547.jpeg
SSk Mark “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” Ronald Reagan

User avatar
Quick Steel
Bronze Tier
Bronze Tier
Posts: 11617
Joined: Thu Dec 16, 2010 5:39 pm
Location: Lebanon, KY

Re: GEC #53 (The President Meets Babar)

Post by Quick Steel » Wed May 19, 2021 12:10 pm

KJ, Sometimes, not often, but sometimes everything melds together producing a masterpiece: design, execution, materials. You have two such masterworks. Congratulations.


Mark, While I also am not a Muskrat fan, yours is an exception. Too beautiful to pass up.
"Life is good if you don't weaken." AG Russell

Open Range-19
Bronze Tier
Bronze Tier
Posts: 115
Joined: Wed May 30, 2018 3:24 pm
Location: Idaho

Re: GEC #53 (The President Meets Babar)

Post by Open Range-19 » Wed May 19, 2021 2:15 pm

SSK,
Swell looking stag on that one and nice photos. Every once in a while a nicely matched one comes along and they are indeed stunning. I agree that the muskrat patterns seem kinda boring to many collectors, myself included. Just not much utility for the pocket in two Turkish clips most of the time. However as a young man running a trap line I came to appreciate that purpose driven design.

kootenay joe
Gold Tier
Gold Tier
Posts: 12254
Joined: Mon Jan 11, 2016 5:36 pm
Location: West Kootenays, B.C.

Re: GEC #53 (The President Meets Babar)

Post by kootenay joe » Wed May 19, 2021 11:08 pm

Thank you Quick Steel and Open Range.
Mark, is your stag Muskrat a single spring ? I think it might be a 2 spring Muskrat ?
Schrade made the Muskrat both ways, as a single spring and with 2 springs. I much prefer the single spring version.
kj

User avatar
Buckibbq
Bronze Tier
Bronze Tier
Posts: 98
Joined: Mon Dec 30, 2013 3:32 pm
Location: Northeast Ohio Snowbelt
Contact:

Re: GEC #53 (The President Meets Babar)

Post by Buckibbq » Sun May 30, 2021 4:58 am

Roland, that NW Presidential is the best mammoth Pres that I’ve seen. Simply outstanding! The Barky Babar is absolutely gorgeous as well. I don’t have many 53s in my collection, but this four blade Cuban Castro version is one of my favorites.
B20336B5-94F7-4B87-968A-396A833048D1.jpeg
Collector looking to acquire GEC, Northwoods and vintage Case knives.

kootenay joe
Gold Tier
Gold Tier
Posts: 12254
Joined: Mon Jan 11, 2016 5:36 pm
Location: West Kootenays, B.C.

Re: GEC #53 (The President Meets Babar)

Post by kootenay joe » Sun May 30, 2021 7:52 pm

WOW ! Your 4 blade Ivory Cuban is Outstanding !
The 3 & 4 blade GEC's are not as popular with collectors as are the single blade knives but to an old collector the 'multi' bladed knives are highly prized. I think your "Cuban" is one of the top GEC's. It will be admired and desired just as much in 100 years time.
kj

Open Range-19
Bronze Tier
Bronze Tier
Posts: 115
Joined: Wed May 30, 2018 3:24 pm
Location: Idaho

Re: GEC #53 (The President Meets Babar)

Post by Open Range-19 » Sun May 30, 2021 10:46 pm

A beauty of a 4-blade.

Post Reply

Return to “Great Eastern Cutlery (GEC) Collector's Forum”