As soon as the 25’s came through with the drop point blade, I knew I had to try one out. It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a new release and this looked like the perfect choice. There are times when it’s nice replace the 4 blade congress with something a little trimmer and 255111 Jack fits the bill.
First, let me say that the new edge they put on these is incredible. It’s the first Great Eastern I’ve had that I didn’t feel any need to ‘touch up’ prior to using it. Out of the tube it was razor sharp. I’m really hoping they continue to use this grind on all of their future releases as I think it’s a major improvement. The upside is that after a week of cutting cardboard and envelopes, it’s as sharp as it was on day one.
This new jack is going into rotation replacing a Buck Gent I’ve had for quite a few years.
While the 25J appears quite a bit bulkier than the Gent the weight difference is roughly .7 oz. That’s the equivalent of a quarter, a nickel and 3 pennies. Small sacrifice in my book.
That slight increase in bulk makes for a knife that’s just a bit more comfortable to use.
Another point that was apparent was the polish on the blade. I’ve had a couple of customers that suggested the Northfields weren’t polished as highly as they could be. One or two actually felt they some of the Northfields have an almost ‘satin’ appearance. This jack is polished like a mirror. I wish this photo was a bit more clear, but my camera kept focusing on the GEC trademark. What you’re seeing is the reflection of one of my business cards in the blade. That’s about as fine a polish job as you’re gonna find anywhere! The fit and finish is superb and the Burnt Orange is a great color.
The spring on my sample is more than enough for a knife this size. The half stop is very positive. At first, I thought it should have had a little softer spring, but after using this for just a week, I’m finding that I tend to push it into chores that are probably better served by a slightly bigger knife. In addition, I’d gotten used to the Buck Gent’s lockback mechanism so I actually have found the stout spring to be an asset. The springs on the Barlow’s and the EZ Open are also fairly stiff. In fact, someone had noted on the blog that they noticed the EZ Opens had a nail notch. I have no doubt it’s due to the spring.
When it’s all said and done, I really like it. In the winter, when I’m spending most of my time inside, it’s the perfect size for most of the household tasks that arise. If I were inclined to put on a pair of dress pants or a suit (we’ll probably see ice forming somewhere besides Minnesota first) it would be a great knife to carry. Compact, light weight and great looking!!!
Anyone else had a chance to use one yet??