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.
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.