Lets talk GEC!

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by rockgolfer, Jun 23, 2013.

  1. EngrSorenson

    EngrSorenson Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jul 3, 2019
    Well I’m terrible at photography, but here’s mine.
    The #35 Churchill is the knife I put in my pocket the most- it’s my trusty go-to.

    My cocobolo #93 is perhaps what you might call a “beauty queen”, but she’s starting to show signs of handling/admiring. It’s probably the only one I really worked hard to get.

    edit: typos were bothering me.
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2020
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  2. kamagong

    kamagong Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 13, 2001
    That's a #74. This one is a #73.

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  3. EngrSorenson

    EngrSorenson Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jul 3, 2019
    @kamagong i guess I now have a knife for the wish list. That 74 is particularly well executed.

    @Old Engineer i did happen to notice you have a @33 Whittler, which I’m very jealous of, and a... white smooth bone lambsfoot? Re-cover job?

    @CelloDan speaking of users and cocobolo #93 Ramsfoot knives... hows yours holding up?
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  4. Old Engineer

    Old Engineer Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 30, 2014
    Thanks for noticing and the kind words .
    The Red Jigged Bone 33 is made of Unobtainium and I like it very much and it is actually my Wife's .
    The Smooth White Bone Lambfoot is one of 23 that was presented to @waynorth at the 2019 Rendezvous and I was Lucky enough to obtain one of them .

  5. Prester John

    Prester John Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2018
    Lots of beautiful knives in this thread, Dylan, but those are really special. And you have a gift for photography. :thumbsup::thumbsup:
    Nice collection, David. :thumbsup::thumbsup:
  6. dantzk8


    Nov 1, 2005

    My only safe queen: 77 Washington jack.
    My most used: 35 Farm & Field. A work horse.

    I carry this one every day since 6 years:


    This one will be used a lot:

    Last edited: Jul 10, 2020
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  7. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    Whole lot of interesting knives have appeared here recently, really makes you understand why/how GEC has had such an impact across the board.

    There's also quite a few 'Notable Pairs' here ;):thumbsup:

    Thanks, Will
  8. EngrSorenson

    EngrSorenson Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jul 3, 2019
    beautiful Washington Jack! I can see why you’d keep that one tucked away for safe keeping. Is your #35 calf pen modified? I can’t spot the “one arm open” feature on the secondary. It looks very well used.

    finally carrying one knife every day for six years? Remarkable. Is that one of those #99 farm hand lock backs?
  9. Quiet

    Quiet "That guy" Platinum Member

    Oct 11, 2013
    As someone who owns much less "used" versions of every one of these exact knives in these covers, except the Bull-Buster (oh, and my #44s are the green micarta and brass bullet version respectively), this is an AWESOME picture. Wow.
  10. dantzk8


    Nov 1, 2005
    Thanks EngrSorenson,

    The Washington jack is indeed a gem, i got it from a collector who offered to sell me it at a very fair price (thanks Andrew). It's a strange and unexpected experience for me, it's the first time i don't use a knife i like.
    The 35 has been modified with a file, i've removed the blade hawk and the screwdriver, they made the knife uncomfortable to use and to carry, it doesn't make it less ugly but i don't care, it's a great tool.


    The third knife is a 99 Farmer Lock. The first GEC i've purchased just because it reminded me a French Pradel i've used and carried for years when i was young. Same pattern and size minus the lock back. It's a very well made knife, without the blade play lockbacks are supposed to have by their design. It's a basic pattern, best at nothing, good at everything.

    I've followed with interest all the talk about the SFOs and a supposed new orientation of the GEC production. I don't know what to think about that. Owning the Washington jack makes me understand the collector's feelings but the user i am wants more Farm & Fields. The 62 will probably be the knife of the year for me.


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  11. Rookie82

    Rookie82 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 25, 2014
    all of my Tuna's are safe queens. These 5 lockbacks are GEC made in 2012. tuna-2012-lockback-group-01lo-bf.jpg
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  12. Markeologist


    Jul 21, 2018
    Bringing us back to GEC wish lists...especially in absence of SFOs. I would really like to see a stainless crown lifter...clip point would be great...in bone of course. Here are a couple of 2013 Radio Knives and a 2016 stainless clip...of all my GECs, these three 15s with clips have the strongest back springs. GEC could sell these like hot cakes, carbon and/or stainless. The last few crown lifter clip blades have gone for large sums on the bay...there is one there now (no not my knife) and it is climbing up there rapidly. upload_2020-7-10_11-16-49.jpeg
  13. EngrSorenson

    EngrSorenson Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jul 3, 2019
    I LOVE that modification. I think it makes the knife more beautiful. That blade combo minus the liner lock would have made that knife a must-have!
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  14. Jiki

    Jiki Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 12, 2018
    The calf pen IS a must have, those who have them know. :cool: Underrated for sure and unfortunately due to the cool reception they will probably never be made again. The 35 frame is so nice though the Churchill and Harness Jack are also great knives. It will be interesting to see what they will do with and when they will use that frame again.
  15. Camillus

    Camillus Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 3, 2015
    Every time I see a calf pen I think to myself it’s kinda like an Opinel or a SAK but somehow just misses out on being the Next Big Thing in an outdoor knife.

    I see so much potential and with a few tweaks that knife could be really amazing.
  16. Quiet

    Quiet "That guy" Platinum Member

    Oct 11, 2013
    Agree here! I was able to find one (the one I wanted!!) in orange Delrin still available on a dealer site. That's bonkers. Great knives, especially after they break in a bit!
  17. Jiki

    Jiki Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 12, 2018
    What tweaks would you like to see?
  18. LastRodeo

    LastRodeo Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Nov 2, 2013
    I my opinion, it needs a spear main, plus bottle opener, can opener and awl.
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  19. Jiki

    Jiki Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 12, 2018
    Well that's a scout knife, different totally than the calf pen not just tweaks. I too would like to see that on a 35 frame unfortunately it got pushed to the side by the 98 camp knife, and now we may never see it.
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  20. blademan 13

    blademan 13 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 25, 2000
    My most used, has to be this pair. They get the same pocket time, just the #72 has been getting it a few years longer 6911039E-1232-4AD3-B03B-4CA4CDA7A621.jpeg

    Safe Queens? These 4 seem inseparable. 0A5EDB36-E629-4284-9941-3B18A28C3FC2.jpeg
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