Monthly Archives: September 2008

How in the world do we keep up with all the new GEC’s???

Just finished posting a listing of all the new Great Easterns coming out in the next month or so and found my hands getting sweaty wondering how in the world do you stay ahead of all of these variations!!  I’ll repeat myself by starting off and saying I know that more and more collectors are starting to focus on specific models, handle materials, trademarks, etc.  The biggest problem now is figuring out which variation to collect.

What’s even tougher is when there are 3 or 4 new options show up within a day or two of each other.  Not everyone can afford to drop $300 or $400 in one shot trying to keep up! 

So whadayado?  You want a collection that has some sort of ‘pattern’ to it, not just an assortment of various knives.  Well, consider some of the following options.

  • Pick a trademark and stay with just Northfields, Tidioutes or Great Eastern ‘brands’

  • Consider choosing a specific pattern such as the Linerlocks, Barlows, 73’s etc.

  • Specialize in just the Barlows with Bone or just Acrylic handles

  • Maybe just Linerlock Great Eastern trademarked knives!  (sorry, there aren’t any yet!!)

  • Unique Blade etches: “Final Production Run”, “Patriot”, “Factory Test Run”, etc

  • Specialize in Buffalo, Stag, Acrylics, etc

  • Specific Jigging Patterns or try grabbing all of the various jigging patterns GEC has offered at different times

  • Oddities such as the Left Hand models

  • Just pick up the really low production knives

  • Focus on a specific serial number (just don’t set your heart on #1) or serial number range (maybe knives between serial number 15 and 20

  • And if you just insist on having one of each…..that’s fine too!

I don’t offer up these suggestions in an attempt to discourage knife sales, but more then one of you have expressed frustration in not being able to “have ’em all” and I feel your pain.

To try and help things out a bit, if you’re looking for a knife or want to find someone to trade knives with, post a comment in the “For Sale or Trade” category.  I’d really like to offer up a viable option other then Ebay.  You’re all more then welcome to use the blog to connect with other collectors.

good luck!!!


Another new knife(s)!!! and Mother of Pearl!!!!!!

Here’s hoping I can come somewhere close to getting all of the info conveyed accurately.  If not, it’s because Chris was talking too fast….

Folks, there’s lots of good stuff happening in Titusville, PA.  This is the production schedule that’ll cover at least the next 45-60 days.  AND in all probability we’ll see a few more items thrown in that aren’t listed here.

Here ya go..

25 Tidioute  Clip / Pen  Bocote
25 Northfield Red Smooth Buffalo Horn Clip (long Pull) Pen (reg Pull)
25 Northfield “Jack” Granite “Hand Mixed Epoxy”Clip (long Pull) Pen (reg Pull)
25 Northfield “Jack” New Peach Seed Jigging Clip (long Pull) Pen (reg Pull)
25 Northfield “Jack” Burnt Stag NEW “Heraldic” style Shield NO NAME on the shield
25 Northfield Primitive Bone Clip (long Pull) Pen (reg Pull)
25 Northfield Burnt Stag
25 Northfield Mother of Pearl  Very Limited Production Price will be up there…$200+???
23 Northfield Double Blade Long Pull in Burnt Stag and Bone
73 Northfield Jack Long Pulls w/end caps Burnt Stag Spey/Pen
73 Tidioute Jack Regular Pull Burnt Grizzly Spey/Pen
25 Tidioute Jack Sheepsfoot w/Pen or Punch End Capped different acrylic colors (to be determined)  New “Heraldic” style shield
25 Barlows Burnt Grizzly
25 Barlows “Tractor” color (to be determined) Jigged Bone

There’s going to be some variation in the bolsters on the Jacks as well as the new long pull, and most exciting to me personally is the Sheepsfoot.    My greatest hope is the Sheepsfoot would be offered with the Pen blade rather then the Punch, but, we’ll take whatever we get.  IF the punch were to be offered first, I would fully anticipate seeing the Sheepsfoot/Pen combo offered soon after.  It’s also great to see the Clip / Pen combo available.



This may explain why I am the way I am…

The first man had  married a woman from Texas and had told her that she
was going to have to do  the dishes and house  cleaning.  It took a
couple of days, but on  the third day he came home to see a clean house
and dishes washed and put  away.

The second man had married a woman from California. He had given his  wife
orders that she was to do all the cleaning, dishes and the  cooking.  The
first day he didn’t see any results, but the next day he  saw it was
By the third day, he saw his house was clean, the  dishes were done and
there was a huge dinner on the table.

The third  man had married a girl from Minnesota   He told her that her
duties were  to keep the house cleaned, dishes washed, lawn mowed,
laundry washed and hot  meals on the table for every meal.  He said the
first day he didn’t see  anything, the second day he didn’t see anything
but by the third day, some of  the swelling had gone down and  he could
see a little out of his left  eye, and his arm was healed enough he
could fix himself a sandwich and load  the dishwasher.

TSA Knives is a distributor for the Swedish FireSteels!!

I’m happy to let everyone know that I’ve become a distributorship for the Swedish FireSteels. 

Not only have I been selling the FireSteels for quite some time, but those of you that have plodded through a couple of my ventures testing and trying out various knives, know that I’ve used them in the field.  It’s a bit like the Great Eastern Cutlery line, I’ve gotta believe in a product before I’m willing to put my money on the line and from personal experience, I think the FireSteels are a fantastic product.

So, get ready, in the near future I’ll be putting together a review on the FireSteels!


Coming very soon….

In the next week or so we can look forward to getting…..

  • 23L Red Spiral Buffalo Horn

  • 73L Black Buffalo Horn

  • 23 73L Black Smooth Buffalo Horn

  • 23 73L Red Smooth Buffalo Horn

  • 73 Double Bladed Burnt Stag Long Pull

  • 25 Barlow Tractor Red

  • 25 Barlow Tractor ??????? (a new color… orange maybe??)

It appears the gang at Great Eastern hasn’t even come close to running out of ideas yet.