2019 GEC 29 Humpback/Stockyard Whittler Thread

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by waverave, Jun 21, 2019.

  1. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    It may be a long wait for that one.
     
  2. 4thpoint

    4thpoint

    241
    Sep 28, 2015
    I like that acrylic pattern a lot. It reminds me of a Dirty Skunk instead of grits.
     
  3. lambertiana

    lambertiana Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 7, 2000
    I really like the pattern and blade selection, but I wasn't quite sure about the scale choices. Way back when they used the lava lamp acrylic I wanted to get one but was too late to the party. When I saw how the GBM acrylic on this one turned out, the decision was made. I got a good one.
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  4. Mayonardo

    Mayonardo Gold Member Gold Member

    765
    Oct 28, 2010
    No, use the punch like this:

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  5. jlhoffman74

    jlhoffman74

    712
    Nov 30, 2014
    Mail call on Thursday, and its bittersweet. This is the first GEC I received that the main blade spring was completely limp. I mean NO snap on the opening, it snapped shut closing alright not great, but alright. I have read some other posts about this so I was expecting it, but compared to my other GEC's this was an extreme. I absolutely LOVE the Osage Orange covers. After a spa treatment of dish soap, and mineral oil bath, it has improved some to the point where I have changed my mind about returning it. There was a little grit and gunk in the main blade pivot. Its about a lazy 3 now, and both secondary blades are spot on with the walk and talk (5-6). I do love this knife and three blade GEC's are my favorite because the #79 Montana Whittler is still the finest knife that GEC has ever made IMO, I covet the few that I have and always looking for others.
    I started out using this to make some apple crisp, peeling and cutting about two dozen apples and it started to patina the blade and covers. I love when Osage Orange starts to age from the oils in your hands and the the elements. It turns a golden honey color and has a soft velvety touch. I was going to purchase a Maher and Grosh or Northfield but for the price I will be holding off to see if the lazy blade spring improves at all with the newer ones released.
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  6. Mayonardo

    Mayonardo Gold Member Gold Member

    765
    Oct 28, 2010
    I suggest you keep that knife for a long while. It appears that the action on the main blade is due to some foreign matter in the pivot and maybe the spring which you are addressing. I would say mine a GMB is about a 4. I’m terrible at pull/snap ratings so I will just say it snaps and is firm enough for me. Compared to my 44 is is not as “snappy”, but I don’t care for strong snaps and pulls.

    Yours is such a fine example (it’s made me change my mind about Osage Orange) and the 29 such an excellent design I would send it back to GEC for a fix before I’d sell it.

    Good luck with your decision.
     
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  7. jlhoffman74

    jlhoffman74

    712
    Nov 30, 2014
    This knife isn't going anywhere, and thanks for the kind words. I love GEC three bladed knives, but I have handled alot of GEC's, and I like a solid walk and talk and pull. My 44 was perfect, both blades were a 5-6 with a "click, clap, snappity clack" talk. I will be following this thread closely to see how others are. Please keep posting pics!
     
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  8. Augie

    Augie Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 23, 2014
    I like this pattern a lot, it's not perfect, the main blade could have better walk and talk but tends to improve with oiling and use. I'm going to end up with quite a few of these after the M&G's and Northfields.


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  9. black mamba

    black mamba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    I do like the pattern, and normally I'm a big fan of the acrylics. But being a dyed in the wool butter & molasses fan, I can't get used to all the clear/white in this GB&M version. I'm waiting for the coffeehouse.
     
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  10. Ian80

    Ian80 Gold Member Gold Member

    515
    Sep 12, 2013
    I really like my new 29 in Osage. It’s my first GEC and it has a great overall quality to it. I’ve used it just for some light duty stuff and it works great!
     
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  11. neal70

    neal70

    Jun 3, 2015
    I wonder if anyone has a 57 they could compare these in size with?
    Thanks, Neal
     
  12. L.H.S

    L.H.S

    Jan 1, 2013
    It's got more than one etch. I forget what the main etch is exactly, something to do with it being a Maher and Grosh. The spey has a "flesh only" etch. The factory actually forgot that etch and they had to take them back during the Rendezvous to add it.
     
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  13. SnailOffTheTrail

    SnailOffTheTrail

    326
    Aug 25, 2018
    I am starting to feel very grateful that I live in Europe and importing GEC's beauties is so difficult and expensive. I did not like #29s at all on the mockup. Even less when I learned they'd be 3-springed. But now, seeing all those pictures...man, am I tempted!

    How do you guys in USA stay afloat with that availability of sweet knives? Noodles? I would be homeless in no time. Happy camper with plastic bags full of tubes.
     
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  14. Boxer .45

    Boxer .45

    Jan 11, 2015
    Theres a company in Germany about to get an SFO in burlap. Something and Gents.

    Edit: I think thats a 92 nevermind. But it is a GEC. Call and see if they're taking reservations.
     
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  15. SnailOffTheTrail

    SnailOffTheTrail

    326
    Aug 25, 2018
    Nah, #92 leaves me cold (unless it is tidioute wharncliffe talon)...just like any GEC knife when it is announced.

    Later I keep banging my head for not pulling the trigger. I remember pondering whether or not to buy beer scout ... idiot.
     
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  16. willard0341

    willard0341 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 18, 2013
    How accessible is the nail nick? I keep my finger nails short. Is it one of those you got to hold your tongue a certain way and really dig for it? I get home on the 28th and will find out then.... just wanted a heads up.
     
  17. Ian80

    Ian80 Gold Member Gold Member

    515
    Sep 12, 2013
    No problem at all for me, I just trimmed my nails as well.
     
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  18. r8shell

    r8shell Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    Autumn Gold. Burnt Sienna. Whatever. Shut up and take my money.
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  19. pmek5

    pmek5 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 27, 2007
    #29 & Winchester #3409 whittler thickness comparison. #29 is thinner than his relative.

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  20. Mayonardo

    Mayonardo Gold Member Gold Member

    765
    Oct 28, 2010
    It is fine. Chemotherapy has trashed most of my fingernails but I have no trouble with any of the three blades even though the awl/punch and sheepfoot nicks are very low.
     
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