GEC IS MAKING TRAPPER KNIVES IN 2020.

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Onearmbladenut, Nov 20, 2019.

  1. AnW

    AnW Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jun 15, 2019
    You and me both. I did reserve one of the62s, but it looks like I may actually save some money first quarter of next year. I'm ok sitting on the sidelines for a while.
     
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  2. gaj999

    gaj999 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 25, 2004
    Yeah, I wonder if these will sit around for a while due to limited appeal. 4.5" is huge and they've got to be coming in north of 6oz, maybe as much as a half pound. That starts to be a lot, even in jeans, but it didn't stop people from buying up every Whaler in sight. Maybe this is also going to be a short run and the collectors who want one of each cover ever made will buy them all up to squirrel away. It will be interesting to see. I'll buy one unless there's a lolly scramble. If people want them that badly, they can have mine. :)
     
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  3. Norcaldude

    Norcaldude Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 19, 2014
    I like the stamped blade too.
     
  4. lamco3

    lamco3 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 2, 2013
    My first impression of the two bladed 23 was: that thing is way to big for me..... After getting to handle it and play with it a bit, it felt really good in the hand... I ordered my club knife....
     
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  5. waynorth

    waynorth Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 19, 2005
    Do you know what covers and blades are planned for the Club knife, Ron??o_O
     
  6. Sidehill Gouger

    Sidehill Gouger

    Dec 29, 2007
    I'll bet the Oregon Knife Collectors sell every one they have without any problem. A knife to match the state's many wilderness areas.
     
  7. lamco3

    lamco3 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 2, 2013
    Charlie, they talked like the covers would be similar to the last two years... Jigged bone with the beaver.. Not sure about blades... This isn't official.. Just hearsay...
     
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  8. waynorth

    waynorth Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 19, 2005
    Thanks, Ron!! I won't hold you to it!!:)
     
  9. bax229

    bax229 Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

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    May 7, 2016
    Don't have a 23 yet. I've acquired 6 smaller GECs with coping, sheepfoot, or ramfoot patterns this year.

    Ready for something different...For me, the 4-4.5" size is ideal, but I agree it's heavy for the pocket. Sounds like I will be able to take my time and pick out a really nice, thick, stag for my belt.
     
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  10. Jiki

    Jiki Basic Member Basic Member

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    Jun 12, 2018
    Aside from the 93 pattern, there are knives from every production run that was made in 2019 still available. (Correct me if I am wrong) I think that is a good thing for the consumer.
     
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  11. gaj999

    gaj999 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 25, 2004
    That's true if you don't care about the covers. The initial buying frenzy and related angst with every new release does give the opposite impression, but once that dies down, there's usually some to be found in micarta or acrylic. Micarta works for me. I picked the Whaler for my comparison because it's also so big and heavy that it will only appeal to a very few as an EDC. Not many were made and they were hard to get. The only GEC I've wanted since the 82 came out was the Lambsfoot ... not many made, hard to get. I could see this also being a short run that gets snapped up by collectors. Or not. Like I said, it will be interesting to watch. Getting one would be great. Not getting one would be OK. I'm planning to enjoy the show either way.
     
  12. Jiki

    Jiki Basic Member Basic Member

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    Jun 12, 2018
    Plenty of bone and wood options out there. SFOs are obviously not what I was referring to.
     
  13. waynorth

    waynorth Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 19, 2005
    As I was comparing these two knives, I was thinking of the reverence Bill at GEC had for the founder of Bulldog Knives, Charlie Dorton. Bill has said he learned an enormous amount about traditional pocket knives and knifemaking from him over the years!
    The name "Bulldog" now belongs to someone else, and since these 2009 knives, I don't know if it still exists. But this horn example (compared to a GEC #73) is an apt tribute to Bill's once-mentor!!!
    Bulldog GEC comp 1.jpg Bulldog GEC comp 2.jpg Bulldog GEC comp 3.jpg Bulldog Horn 1.jpg Bulldog Horn 2.jpg Bulldog Horn 3.jpg Bulldog Horn 4.jpg
     
  14. gaj999

    gaj999 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 25, 2004
    Was the Whaler an SFO?

    Edit to add: I'm not trying to be a dick, just to narrow the focus. I don't go shopping for knives that I don't want to buy, so I really don't know what's out there from this year. I'm wondering if this will be a short run. That's all.
     
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  15. Jiki

    Jiki Basic Member Basic Member

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    Jun 12, 2018
    No a 2018 short run. I was referring to this year, the lambsfoot was an SFO.
     
  16. gaj999

    gaj999 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 25, 2004
    Yes, it was. The relevant thing about SFOs is the limited numbers, which leads to artificial scarcity. GEC can do the same thing themselves. I edited my post above, which you may or may not have seen if we were simul-typing. I don't expect that it changes your reply, but it might. You should know about it either way. Sorry I did that. Was trying for more clarity after the fact.
     
  17. Jiki

    Jiki Basic Member Basic Member

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    Jun 12, 2018
    All I was trying to say that there are knives available, there has been some concern about knive scarcity and pining for the good old days when you could shop at your leasure. Not specifically from you but others in different forum threads. @knifeswapper recently posted in another thread that from a dealers perspective having inventory isn't the worst thing for it means the customer has something to buy. Or something to that affect, he could clarify. You mentioned that there will be some 23s left on the shelves. From my perspective this will mean that other consumers like you, only looking for knives they want, will have an opportunity to buy one. Which is the whole point of my first post, it is good for the customer.
     
  18. gaj999

    gaj999 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 25, 2004
    I see where we're going into the ditch. I also speculated that there might not be any available without scrambling, depending on the number made. And I do agree that having knives on the shelves is better for the customer and the dealer. Maybe for GEC as well, but I could be convinced the other way. If I was in charge, I'd think it a good thing. But I'm not in charge. Thankfully.
     
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  19. knifeswapper

    knifeswapper Knife Peddler Dealer / Materials Provider

    Sep 3, 2004
    I have seen people mis-interpret inventory in a multitude of ways. Unless you are a dealer with GEC; it would be very hard to actually decipher general demand by inventory numbers. There are obvious exceptions that never even make it to our general store pages. But here lately I find that inventory is more affected by folks that back out of reservations than anything. Many times things don't work out as planned anyway - so a concocted speculation is nearly as good as an extremely fluid plan.
     
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  20. waynorth

    waynorth Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 19, 2005
    #720113LB a traditional Trapper in the Modern Era!!! You probably would be hard pressed to find a trapper with a Wharncliffe blade from the Case XX time period or the like!!:rolleyes::)
    720113LB a.jpg 720113LB.jpg
     

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