Category Archives: New Great Eastern Knives

GEC 85 In Stock

I am in the process of uploading the recently received GEC 85 knives.  The color variation on the Smooth Rotten Banana is such that I’m photographing all of them and posting them individually rather then putting up a ‘stock’ photo.

The second GEC 85 I’ll be listing is the Jigged Brazilian Cherry wood.  These are much more consistent with very little if any color variation.  I’ll be listing  these with a single ‘stock’ photo so the color could vary slightly from picture.

I’m still working on photos so it will be a little while before they show up in the store but I promised I’d give everyone a heads up when they came in.

GEC 44 Gunstock and Upcoming 14 Boys Knife

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.  

GEC 44 Gunstock Top Trestle Pine Topper Bottom

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.

44 Gunstock (Left) Trestle Pine Topper (Right)

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.

 

 

Whaler Shipment Update

I received the last of my Muscle Bone Whaler order yesterday and should finish invoicing the balances due for early orders today.  If you haven’t been invoiced yet, hang tight.  It appears I’ll be able to get knives to everyone that ordered one.  You may not get your entire order, but everyone should get something.

As I said earlier, I only got around 2/3 of what I ordered.  Even though I tried to build in a cushion to prevent over booking, I hadn’t anticipated getting shorted anywhere near that quantity.  Several people had placed orders ( in some cases several orders) for up to 10 knives.  So I made the decision to spread them out.

Most folks understood where I was coming from.  A few, not so much.  I’d rather have a few people mad at me and a lot more happy they got a knife.  In the future, if I continue taking early orders, I’m going to limit the quantity an individual can order and scale WAY back on the quantity of early orders I’ll accept.  This time around I had reserved 25% of my order to cover any shortages and still came up short.

Thanks for understanding.

Whaler Shipping Update 5.9.18

I’m getting emails and calls asking when I’m going to ship the Whalers.  Actually, I started shipping the Iron Wood Saturday.

The Whalers are coming through piecemeal. The first box of Iron Wood arrived late last week, another box yesterday and the balance of Iron Wood are still on the way.  My guess is I’ll see the Muscle Bone coming through in a similar manner.  I assume GEC is trying to get knives in everyone’s hands as soon as possible and this means unless a dealer only ordered a few, they’re coming through in partial quantities.

IF you only ordered an Iron Wood, you should have received an invoice.  If you paid the invoice,  your knife is either in your hands or on its way.  IF you ordered a Muscle Bone  and an Iron Wood (or just a Muscle Bone), you probably haven’t been invoiced yet.  As soon as the Muscle Bone arrives, invoices will start going out for the balance of the orders.

Lots of requests are coming through for specific handle coloration preferences.  Sorry, but it’s just not possible to take care of everyone’s requests.  I haven’t seen any of the Iron Wood that doesn’t look good.  If you don’t like the looks of your knife, put it on Ebay.  I just saw the first one sold on Ebay this AM for $250.  Another is at auction with a current bid of $169.00 and another buy it now for $215.

I said earlier I was allowing 72 hours for payment of your invoices before your deposit was lost and your order cancelled.  Several of you emailed and told me you were sending a money order which would run beyond the 72 hour window to get here.  That’s fine.  As long as I know what’s going on.  IF I don’t hear from you or receive payment in the 72 hour window, I’m operating on the assumption you’re not going to complete the purchase and your order is cancelled.

I’m trying to fill orders in the sequence the orders were received.  Believe me, the sooner I can ship the orders the happier we’ll all be!

First Whalers Arrived!

I just received the first Whalers this afternoon.  They look great with satin finished blades, bolsters and shields.  Just a classy looking knife.

462218 GEC Iron Wood Whalers

As you can see there’s a lot of variation in the colors.  The handful I’ve looked at all have nice grain.  A few of you asked for hand picked knives with light wood, dark wood, straight grain, lots of figure, etc, etc.  It’s just not possible.

The Iron Wood and Muscle Bone are shipping in ‘partial’ shipments from GEC as they finish them.  I have at least two more boxes of Iron Wood coming and the Muscle Bone will be broken up as well.  By the way, I got the pricing on the Muscle Bone this afternoon.  $149.95.   The Iron Wood is $139.95  So hears what’s going to happen.

I’ll start sending out new store invoices & PayPal invoices to customers for balance due on their early orders.  Its going to take a few days to get all of the invoices out.  You’ll have 72 hours to pay the balance due or your early order gets cancelled and your deposit forfeited.  If you’re going to send a money order, don’t I assume I know that.  TELL ME!!!!

So many of you placed orders for one of each handle material, I won’t start shipping until I have both knives on hand.  Once I have a decent quantity of both handle materials on hand, I will start shipping the early orders.  They’ll ship in the order that the early orders were placed.

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

Northfield
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.