2020 GEC #23 Trapper Thread

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by bax229, Feb 28, 2020.

  1. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    I think if GEC hired you to do their photos, their sales would go up (if that's possible). :cool::thumbsup:

    I like him already. :cool::thumbsup:
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  2. cigarrodog

    cigarrodog Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 18, 2014
    Thank you for the nice words, my friend.:)
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  3. Rockon75

    Rockon75 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 8, 2008
    I'm not one of the haters, believe me. It looks to be my favorite of the run. Just trying to figure out the name, which can be like solving the NYT's weekend crossword puzzle. Definitely a challenge ;)
  4. JustinR

    JustinR Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2008
    Does anyone know if the red tail bone with the bullet shield will also be done as a single blade liner lock?
  5. nyrico

    nyrico Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2012
    I was wondering the same thing. If my eyes serve me, the 2 blade was called out in the same way as the single liner lock on the production schedule " Brown Jigged Bone" with shield to be determined. The 2 blade does additionally state 'brownish" in quotes. Fingers crossed it is, I like the 2 blade red tail and would like the single even more. It could be worse, remember the "Hemlock green jigged bone" 66's , that was a surprise.
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  6. blademan 13

    blademan 13 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 25, 2000
    Bill usually seems firmly rooted in tradition, I say usually. Seeing as though there was never a “bullet” linerlock, my dollars are on a different shield on this version.
  7. JTB_5

    JTB_5 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 6, 2017
    Sheath looks good!
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  8. Elgatodeacero


    Jan 5, 2014
    It seems like the same shield is used on 1 and 2 blade versions of the same pattern usually?
  9. P.R.


    Mar 25, 2019
    My Beavertail linerlock arrived!

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  10. P.R.


    Mar 25, 2019
    Here it is next to a Case Bose Back pocket and a full size Case trapper

  11. P.R.


    Mar 25, 2019
    It's the perfect size. The pull is a bit lighter than my micarta two blade. Left to right: Case Back pocket, Case trapper, GEC #23 linerlock, GEC #23 two blade

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  12. Chief

    Chief Chief Master Sergeant USAF (ret) 1975-2000 Platinum Member

    Nov 15, 1998
    Beavertail LL. Pics show closeup of extra steel liner used for lock. The lock is surprisingly solid, moving to center when snapped open, good job. Surprised the pull is a solid 7 plus, LL doesn't need a spring this strong. The rounded LL tab doesn't seem to create a hot spot. Almost a flush joint (see end view). No doubt, even though it's a single blade, still a big knife, last pic is next to an 83. Can't imagine carrying a two blade version. Beaver shield and cherry wood are a nice combo.





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  13. Kiro

    Kiro Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 17, 2017
    Got my first 23 today, which is also my first GEC LL. To be honest... I don't get it. Having a pull that almost rips my nail off and a LL is pointless. The knife is beautiful. The liner feels fine in hand. It's a great size. But that spring tension is more of a hazard than a benefit. Will not be kept.
    Some of you love the big strong spring, and that's cool. I'm not trying to yuck your yum. Just not for me.
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  14. Onearmbladenut

    Onearmbladenut Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jul 19, 2018
  15. btb01

    btb01 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 26, 2008
    Beautiful photos of a fine-looking knife, John! :thumbsup:

    I’m surprised these went so fast. They’re beautiful, but I guess I just didn’t expect these huge knives to be quite that popular.

    I’m still hoping for a long shot on a LL Beaver Tail, or I might try for the Northfield jigged bone (hoping it’s the Bullet shield like the two-blade). I wish the Micarta excited me more.
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  16. tmd_87

    tmd_87 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 29, 2016
    I'm really hoping the single blade is also a bullet shield as well!
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  17. oldmanwilly

    oldmanwilly Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 7, 2014
    I missed my chance to reserve a Northfield LL but was lucky to snag one of the cherry LL's which should arrive on Monday. I am now debating whether it is worth the time and effort to snag a Northfield LL or just be satisfied with what I already have (which I know is kind of a moot point in the life of a collector...).

    My question is this: as a user, how durable will the cherry scales be when compared to jigged bone? Will the wood swell/contract with moisture, will it crack and splinter due to friction with keys and other items in a pocket? Can anyone with a used model in jigged cherry weigh in?
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  18. P.R.


    Mar 25, 2019
    I don't have an older knife with cherry scales, but after doing some brief research it looks like "Brazilian cherry" is actually Jatoba. It is a very durable hardwood that is used for floors, as well as indoor/outdoor applications.
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  19. GaiusJulius


    Jan 9, 2016
    Any wood will be pretty resilient. May get a small and slight compression mark if you sit directly on it with your keys, but probably won’t chip or crack like bone might. If the knife takes a swim the wood might swell and may or may not change shape slightly, but in actual normal use this is not an issue. I have a wood handled buck knife from the 70s that looks fine and has probably dressed many a deer and spent many a day in a humid garage.

    In the grand scheme of things they’re not that expensive. Why not buy 2 and try to wear one out?
  20. rdave

    rdave Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 13, 2013

    ditto... love it. jigging is beautiful and unique... pull is strong. 9+...the pull is whatever CKMike grades the pull at plus 2....strong.
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