I just put the 92 Smooth Ivory Bone and Antique Green in the store this afternoon. The colors are great but the Smooth Ivory Bone is a standout. Not sure how to explain it, but I think it’s got a bit more character than some of the earlier oiled and smooth bone we’ve seen.
And the jigging on the Antique Green is a nice change as well.
I have a feeling there’s a pretty good indication of how everyone feels about the survey so here’s a preliminary report. Frankly, as the trend goes, I don’t see it changing much.
1. Do you collect or ‘use’ your Great Eastern knives? That comes down to pretty much a dead even heat between collectors and users. This is a change from a year or two ago as more people were considering themselves collectors.
2.Does the blade etch matter? Just over 70% say no.
3. Does the shield add collectibility? This one came as no surprise with a resounding 100% saying YES the shield adds collectibility. It’s pretty clear that the shield on a knife is the one solid method of branding and when it’s not there, it makes a difference to the collector and the user alike.
4. Does a serial number add value? Over half said no, it doesn’t add value with 39% saying yes it does, but 6% saying they honestly…didn’t have a clue.
5. If you could choose just one embellishment, what would it be? After the response to question #2, no suprise that 94% said if they could only have one it would be the shield. More notable is the fact that no one said the blade etch would be their first choice.
6. Would you prefer to pay a premium for the embellishments or keep the price lower without them. 77% said they’ll pay a higher price and keep them.
7. Choose the embellishments you don’t mind paying for. 2 out of 3 said they don’t mind paying extra to have the shield, and roughly 1 out of 6 said they don’t mind paying for the blade etch, 1 in 8 said they’ll pay for the serial numbers and 1 in 20 said leave them all off!
The long and the short of it seems to be it’s a mistake to skip the shield and I’m not surprised. There’s some things in life you just don’t tinker with and that’s definitely one of them. It’s also not terribly surprising folks are as ambivalent as they are about the blade etches either. GEC has had some pretty neat etches in the past and I think on certain releases like the protos, factory test runs, open house knives, etc it’s a good idea. As far as a ‘general’ production knife……not sure many of us really care. Particularly if it’s gonna get EDC’d anyway.
Most surprising to me are the number of people that aren’t overly concerned about the serialized knives. But, I have to admit, the customers I dealt with 2 or 3 years ago seemed much more interested then, than they are today. There are definitely a group that have specialized in serialized knives since day one and I can understand why they want to continue with the numbered knives.
Anyway, I’ll keep the survey up a bit longer and if the trends make any major shifts I’ll let you know. For now, thanks!!! It’s always interesting to hear what you think and share that info with GEC.
Haven’t done this in a while and I’m curious as to what you all think.
In the last couple of months, GEC has been running knives without shields, blade etches and serial numbers in an effort to keep the prices down for the consumers/collectors. I’ve heard some grumbling and I’ve had a few folks say they really didn’t care. So what do think??? Would you like to see GEC bring the embellishments back or do you care?
Fill out the survey and we’ll see what he consensus is:
It also follows the recent GEC trend of no shield, blade etches or serial numbers.
It’s nice size and the coping blade is a nice secondary blade to include. It fits my hand well and should be a great ‘mid’ size pocket knife.
An interesting point that is apparent is how the spring for the shorter coping blade is allowed to fill part of the space on the end.
Maybe the only disappointment is the lack of options in handle color/material. As long as you like Ebony Wood, Smooth Oiled Bone or green jigged bone….you’re good to go. Sure would have been nice to see a Cocobolo, Snakewood or maybe a Yellow Rose.
A couple of you were distressed that the first Single Blade Ebony Boy’s knives sold out virtually the minute they hit the store. Not to worry, more have come in. Also if you missed it, the double blade version came in late last week.
Dave at Knife Leather Traditions has created another masterpiece in his Chris Reeve Large Sebenza “Tortilla Sheath”.
The idea is to offer a ‘high ride’ style sheath that offers maximum protection and security for your knife without a strap of deep pouch that’s difficult to reach into. Mission accomplished. The design was made specifically for the Large Chris Reeve Sebenza and the quality of Dave’s work does justice to the knife, let me tell ya!
I’ve sold a lot of Dave’s Knife Leather Traditions sheaths for the GEC knives and have had nothing but positive comments and more multiple purchases than I can recount. If you have one of his sheaths, you know what I’m talking about. And if you think the picture looks great, you should see the real thing! It’s one of those pieces of craftsmanship you hate to use and risk scuffing up, but I promise you, 25 years from now you’ll look at it like an old friend that’s weathered the years a whole lot better than you have!
Now, if I could just get him to build a modest little high ride holster for a Kimber Ultra CDP…….
The 2013 Boy’s knives started coming in last week and I finally took the time to really look it over. Nice knife.
It’s a nice size and the rounded butt makes it comfortable to hold, particularly if you were going to use it for any length of time.
The blade is long enough to handle about anything you’d call on a knife this size to do.
When they came out in December I didn’t pay a lot of attention to the Boy’s Knives. While I’ll admit I’ve never really warmed up to the Hay & Field knives, this series of what I’ll refer to as GEC’s basic entry level pocket knife, is a little different. The Hay & Field series left me cold with the acrylic handles, 01 blade, no shield, no blade etch, etc. It just left me feeling like it was a run of the mill, inexpensive pocket knife. After watching GEC run out some really high end EDC knives that crossed over into the collector market for the last 6 years or so, the Hay & Field just didn’t make the cut for me I guess and I had thrown the #15 into that same class as a basic no frills knife.
I’ll reconsider the Boy’s Knife. The single blade version is a slim, trim, pocket friendly knife that’s plenty big for every day use. They look nice, fit and finish is top shelf and in some respects, nicer than a few knives I’ve seen in the last 6 months in that regard. GEC stuck with the 1095 steel for the blades which is a major thumbs up for me over the 01 steel. It’s still a carbon steel, but in my experience, much more rust resistant than 01. While it’s a no frills knife meaning no shield, blade etch, serial number and so on, this knife wasn’t built to be the center piece of your stag collection. But it wouldn’t look out of place in a case full of wood or bone knives.
It’s clear Great Eastern is making a move into the lower priced pocket knife market. While the Boy’s knife falls into the upper end of that price category, I think they’ve got a nice functional pattern to offer at a fair price. Let’s just hope they don’t abandon that higher end market that got them where they are in the process.
Sorry, I meant to add this note regarding stag. I’m not sure how many of you might have noticed that the Pemberton came through with one of the handle materials listed as “Stag”. I finally asked what just plain “Stag” was and thought I’d pass it along.
As explained to me and as I understand it…. since the pieces of stag on the Pemberton were quite small and the shield area as well, it was too difficult to ‘burn’ the stag. So it’s not Burnt Stag. In addition, the quality wasn’t at the level of a Genuine Stag nor a Natural Stag. So…..it’s just plain Stag. I’ll think we’ll only see this on the smaller knives and possibly…may not see it again! Who knows!