Category Archives: New Great Eastern Knives

GEC Early Order Links Active

I just finished putting up the early order link for the upcoming GEC Whaler, Boys Knife and the new Gunstock.   PLEASE don’t call or email asking to be put on the ‘reserve’ list.  It’s pretty simple to place an early order online and it makes life simpler for all of us.

All of the early orders will require a deposit.   It worked quite well in the past and reduced the number of  orders that were placed and cancelled.   Gotta have a little skin in the game as they say.  When the knives come in you’ll be invoiced for the balance due.  Domestic shipping is included in the price.  Overseas shipping will be billed at the normal rates.

The deposits are non-refundable UNLESS… GEC changes the handle material or they don’t deliver the quantities they promised me.  If by any remote chance they don’t deliver the promised quantity, the orders will be filled in the order received.

The prices are yet ‘to be determined‘ by GEC.  I’m hesitant to say this but the 2011 Cocobolo’s were in the $150 range, soo…. I would guess the Whalers are going to be somewhere in the $170-$190 range.  I know I’m sticking my neck out and I’m not making any promises, but everyone’s gonna ask and that’s my best guess.

I don’t have pix of the 15’s coming through with the Bail & Chain, but hopefully everyone has an idea what they’re talking about.  As soon as a picture or drawing comes up I’ll get it posted.

The 46 Whaler’s will be identical to the original with a large and small 1095 Pen Blade.  Fair warning, this is going to be a hot product.

The new 44 Gunflint looks nice and I do like the brass bolsters and the UN-X-LD stamp on them.  I think this will be another winner.

GEC Whaler is Back!

I just talked to Chris this morning and placed an order for the upcoming re-release of the Tidioute #46 Whaler.  If you’ve been around for a while, you’re probably familiar with this monster of a knife.  You’re probably also aware of the monstrous prices they now command on Ebay.  $400-500 isn’t uncommon.  If you’ve been wanting to own one but can’t justify these stratospheric prices take comfort and have patience, your chance is coming to be able to afford one.

Later today or tomorrow I’ll be putting up a link to pre-order one of the Whaler’s as well as the new Gunstocks and Boys’ knives.  Here’s a breakdown of what’s coming.

#462218 Whaler Tidioute Only, Spear and Pen blades, due to ship in June
Muscle Bone
Desert Ironwood

#152118 Tidioute Single Blade, All Steel
With Traditional Bail and Chain
Antique Yellow Jig Bone
OD Green Linen Micarta
Gabon Ebony Wood

Without Bail and Chain
Antique Yellow Jig Bone
OD Green Linen Micarta
Gabon Ebony Wood

#441218 Gunstock Clip and Pen blades – 3.5″ long closed – ready to ship
approx. end July
Tidioute – Smooth bolster and end cap
Goldenrod Jig Bone – Tidioute Shield
Gabon Ebony – Hotdog Shield
OD Green Linen Micarta – Hotdog Shield

Autumn Gold Jig Bone – Brass Bullet Shield, Brass Pins, Brass Rat Tail
Bolster, Brass stamped UN-X-LD end cap

Cocobolo Rosewood – Brass Bullet Shield, Brass Pins, Brass Rat Tail
Bolster, Brass stamped UN-X-LD end cap

Sambar Stag – Nickel/Silver bolster and end cap, no shield

I’m surprised to see GEC put Brass bolsters and shields on the Northfield Gunstocks but I like the concept.  I’ve been using brass on the Trestle Pine Knives, (including the Gunflint & Topper gunstocks) and like the look as well as the way brass ‘ages’.

For now, hang tight and I’ll put up pre-order pages for the new releases.   As in the past, you’ll be required to put down a deposit with your order that will be non-refundable unless GEC changes the handle material or can’t deliver the requested quantities.

Great Eastern #43 Oregon Trapper Arrived Today

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!

Tidiuote #431118 Oregon Trapper Frontier Bone Proto

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.

#73 (Left) and #43 (Right)

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.

#43 L and #73 R

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.


Worm Groove Tear Drop and 72 Rosewood

As promised, the Schatt & Morgan Worm Groove Tear Drops arrived this AM.

S&M Tear Drop Worm Groove
S&M Tear Drop Worm Groove

These are an exclusive run of 25 with Worm Groove handles.  Just an incredibly well done, great looking knife.

The GEC 72 Mini Lockback with East Indian Rosewood also came in.

72 Mini Lockback East Indian Rosewood
72 Mini Lockback East Indian Rosewood

I had seen the picture on the GEC Facebook page of the Rosewood and was surprised the knives I got didn’t have the reddish hue of the knife pictured on their site.  I have a feeling it was lighting, but the knives I’ve seen run more to a brown color somewhat similar to Ebony Wood.  The picture above is representative of the color on the knives I received.

On a side note, just a heads up that I’ll be heading out on a ‘field trip’ this weekend.  I’ll post shipping schedules, etc, later this week, but be advised I will be out of the office for a couple days.  Some day I really plan on getting away for more then a couple of days, but for now, I’ll make the  best of what I’ve got!  There are so many knives, tools and doodads I’d like to try out that a couple days just doesn’t cut it.

Grizzly Cut Bone 72 GEC’s Arrived

The Grizzly Cut Bone 72 GEC’s arrived this morning.  Nice looking knives.

GEC 721116LB Grizzly Cut Bone Lock Back
GEC 721116LB Grizzly Cut Bone Lock Back

I believe the Rosewood are in transit and should arrive Monday.  In the storefront I’ve just listed one of the knives with a stock photo as the knives are virtually identical in appearance.  As of this posting there should be a good supply available so if you wish to purchase more then one, there should be plenty available.

14 Boy’s Knives are Dribbling In

I got my first shipment of the 14 Boy’s Knives today.  I have no idea how they are running them, but I don’t think I got a full shipment on any of them.  My understanding is the rest are either in process or in transit.

This afternoon I started shipping/billing for part of them and finally gave up due to the fact some folks have multiple knives ordered in different handle materials,  Rather then try to bill for one knife and have more show up in a day or two, I decided to wait until my orders are closer to being filled.

I will say it’s a cute little knife and will no doubt appeal to anyone preferring a small pocket knife.

All I can say is your patience is appreciated and I’ll move forward as soon as I can.  Chris is off for a while due to a death in the family so I understand things aren’t going as smooth as normal.

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.


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.


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.

More Beagles & Cattle Knives

Another bunch of the Beagles and Cattle Knives landed on the doorstep today.  The Beagles are the Tidioute  Red Linen Micarta and Cola Jigged Bone.  Not being a small knife guy, I have to admit they do grow on you!  And a quick reminder, I have more of the Red/White Acrylics coming in later this week.

#18 Beagle Red Linen Micarta
#18 Beagle Red Linen Micarta

I also received some more of the 98 Texas Cattle knives in Kingwood.  Just like the Beagles, the 98 series appeals to a certain group of buyers and the folks buying them really like ’em.

98 Texas Cattle Knife Kingwood
98 Texas Cattle Knife Kingwood

I also had an update on the anticipated ship date for the Trestle Pine Knives ‘Grand Portage’.  Right now it looks like early June which is perfect timing.  It will give us something new to slide into summer with.