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First GEC Navy Knife arrives

Just a couple of quick notes on the new GEC Navy Knife.  I received the Natural Canvas Micarta this AM and just finished listing them in the store.

Brushed Bolster GEC Navy Knife Natural Canvas
Brushed Bolster GEC Navy Knife Natural Canvas

The first thing I noticed was the bolster and shield have a brushed finish rather then the traditional polished finish.

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It doesn’t show up that well in the photo, but when you have it in hand, it’s very obvious.  With the canvas micarta it’s actually kind of attractive.  This doesn’t seem to be the type of knife that needs highly polished surfaces.  And let’s be honest, it doesn’t take too many months in a pocket full of change and keys to lose a polished finish anyway!

The position of the bail pivot pin requires the blade to sit abnormally high in the frame making the blade appear a lot wider/deeper then it is.  I almost anticipated seeing a pruning style blade when I opened it.  While that high riding blade with the bail makes for a pretty blunt, tall profile, it makes for easy access with cold wet fingers or a gloved hand.

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I’m not a huge fan of a bail on any knife.  Always seems like I end up with one of my keys stuck through the bail ending up with half of my pocket contents coming out with my knife.  I realize it’s issue of ‘authenticity’ and a minor criticism.

The spring is a bit stiff for a knife this size.  It’s not bad until you hit the half stop, but from the  mid point to full deployment, its plenty stiff.  Again, not a big deal and with the ability to get a firm purchase on the top of the blade it shouldn’t be an issue.

For all the clamoring I’ve heard in the past year for more 440C from GEC, I was a bit surprised the pre-booking orders weren’t stronger then they were.  The Boy’s Knife and Beer Scouts have booked (for me, anyway) at about a 5-1 ratio over the Navy Knife.  I’m not sure if it’s the pattern or just a change of interest in the 440C.

The Jigged Bone and Chestnut are still to come.  Not sure where GEC is at with production, but I’d anticipate they should follow relatively soon.

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  1. Greg, I suspect that it’s the pattern rather than the change of opinion about steel that has led to poor pre-orders for this one. Generally I think most people who are interested in 440C reappearing would like to see more of it on the less obscure knives. Had this been a boys knife with clip or spear blade I think your pre-order page would have lasted only minutes.
    For me, I’d love to see more stainless coming from GEC but this doesn’t do it for me. I like the micarta and I love the shield but the blade does nothing for me and I don’t care for EO notches or bails at all (An aesthetic thing – I completely appreciate that they’re a necessity for some). I hope they sell well and I expect they will sell well to the collectors over time.

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