First of the GEC 99 Wall Street knives arrived this morning.
A word of caution is don’t ask for a 99 Lockback without designating if you’re looking for the Farm & Field or the Wall Street version. While there both similar in their origin and size, they aren’t the same knife by any stretch of the imagination.
For starters, the GEC 99 Wall Street has finished bolster and end caps. Organic handle materials, 1095 blade, no lanyard tube, brass liners and a higher price tag. If you need a utility knife, the Farm & Field is perfect. For a little more class, the Wall Street should fit the bill.
Here’s the specs and then I’ll get to some observations. Overall length is 3.5″ with a 3″ blade from 1095 Carbon Steel. Height is just shy of 3/4″ and just under 1/2″ thick. Weight is around 2.5 ounces. Overall, a slim, trim lockback.
The very first thing I noticed was that slim feel in the hand.
The second thing I felt was the square butt biting into my hand.
While I like the knife overall, I can’t say as I’d want to use it for any extended cutting. The Farm & Field version with the Delrin handles has the option of being easily modified to round those sharp corners with your Dremel tool of belt sander.
Here you can see the 99 Wall Street sandwiched between a Stag #72 and an OD Green #42. As you can see the rounded butts on the #72 and the #99 make for a much more comfortable working ‘tool’. The GEC 99 Wall Street takes the award for having the most ‘class’. As far as price goes, all three knives are within a few dollars of each for similar handle materials.
While it’s not a big issue for most folks, I found that about half of the knives I received had the blades pinched pretty tight to eliminate any side play. As a result, it wasn’t unusual to find the blades need a little help to fully close. There’s always a few ‘experts’ that consider this an issue, but if you use the knife for a while, you’ll find the problem resolves itself and the blade fit is as good as ever.
I have a feeling the Wharncliffe and the Northfield versions will be incredibly popular. If you want a slimmer knife that’s classy looking, there’s a lot to like in the GEC 99 Wall Street. It’s a great ‘in between’ knife for the folks that liked the 42 and 72.