I just listed the first of the #43 Oregon Trappers this afternoon and thought I’d share a quick first impression. In brief, I like it!
The #73 was one of the very first knives GEC introduced back in 2006 and the #43 Oregon Trapper is a grown up version of it.
It feels great in my hand giving me just a bit more handle to hang onto without the bulk of the big brother #23. Holding both the #73 and #43 in your hand really makes you realize these two knives are very similar.
I’ve been a fan of the 73’s since the beginning but the #43 would be an easy replacement. The weight of the Frontier Bone is approximately 3.7 ounces making it a very comfortable EDC pocket knife. Running just a 1/4″ longer then the #73 doesn’t sound like much but the slight increase in size feels good in hand.
The #43 Oregon Trapper caught my interest when GEC first announced it’s upcoming release and I’m not disappointed. I predicted this was going to be a winner and am even more confident now that I’ve handled one.