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.
I just got off the phone with Chris and she confirmed the first of the 44 Gunstocks I ordered will be heading this way tomorrow. First ones will be the Ebony Wood. With the 4th of July falling in the middle of the week, I’m anticipating they’ll arrive late in the week or early next week.
My understanding is there are close to 4000 of the 44’s being built so it’s going to be a while before GEC starts working on the upcoming #14. Very likely it’ll run into August before we see the 44’s finished and the 14’s started.
On the subject of the 14’s, it sounds like there will be a ‘regular’ run of the 14’s built in addition to the SFO’s. Again it’s likely the total number of 14’s with all of the SFO’s will be in the 4000 piece range. At this point the handle options haven’t been determined but with luck we may hear by the first of next week.
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.