The first of the 44’s arrived last week and started going out the door. It’s going to be a while before they’re finished up and then GEC moves onto the 14 Boys Knife. First the 44 Gunstock.
All the specs are already out there and it’s a great looking knife. I’ve long been a fan of the gunstock pattern and this one follows those that have come before. My first impression was to compare it to the Trestle Pine Gunflint & Topper.
Size and weight are comparable. The clip blades follow slightly different profiles. The primary difference is the 1095 blade steel in the GEC and the S30V used in the Trestle Pine Topper.
A couple of points I’m critical of on the GEC version are the nail nicks and sharp corners on the end cap/blosters.
The nail nick on the primary clip blade lays really tight against the top of the secondary pen blade. I know these are most likely going to end up in a display case but in practical use, in the north-land cold fingers are going to struggle to find that primary blade nick. If it was the secondary blade tucked behind the primary blade it would be a little easier to understand.
The second point are the relatively sharp corners.
While it’s not a huge issue, you can definitely feel those corners when held tightly in your hand. Overall, it’s a nice knife.
Several of you have emailed and called asking if I would be putting up an early order page for the upcoming #14 Boys Knives. In short, no. I just spoke with Chris this AM and the 14’s that GEC will run as a ‘normal run’, will be allocated. The quantities are evidently going to be very small so I think it’s fair to assume you’d better get a reservation in with one of the larger distributors ASAP as I don’t anticipate getting more then a few of them. By my count, there will be 25 different SFO’s offered and 3 regular run GEC’s with the total runs approaching or topping 4000 pieces.