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Author Topic: New GEC #72 Mini Lockback Hunters are out  (Read 3766 times)
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« on: June 17, 2011, 03:50:39 PM »

A picture is on the GEC website. Beautiful pattern IMO. Nice jigging pattern on the bone too.  
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« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2011, 03:52:57 PM »

Yep, looks very nice!!
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« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2011, 05:17:33 PM »

Any one pick one of these up yet?  Just wondered how you like it.  I know lots of folk like the 1095, but these have the 440C.  The elk scaled ones look interesting, but I have never had one with that material before.  Thanks for sharing...
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« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2011, 06:32:44 PM »

Couple fellas have 'em already,say there great in hand.  Home shot pics I've seen look super nice,REALLY like the jig'n and the color is consistent.... goes all the way to bolster which I like on the red's....jmho
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« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2011, 08:10:20 PM »

I got in my order and called the factory and told Chris to send me all she had left...

Super nice jigging and color on this particular knife!
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« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2011, 05:38:02 AM »

I hope to share pics soon, I'm getting mine in today.  Cool
They do look perfect for my use's, so I'll really get to test them out.

I'm wandering if I should let the Buck 110 relax this deer season, and just try a #72.  Huh
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« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2011, 05:59:41 AM »

Please do post a couple pics johnny

I'd be curious to know your comparison if you do indeed give the 110 a rest,that Buck is pretty hard to beat in the field,holds a good edge and gets very sharp,let us know.......
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« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2011, 06:58:56 AM »

I can't wait to see this one in hand either. I really like the color and pattern in the pic. I wish they went with the same jigging on the wharncliffe one though. Anyway, I hope to see mine soon.
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« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2011, 08:39:19 AM »

This is probably not new knowledge to most members here. Just thought I'd share some info on 440 series stainless I found. I'll be ordering one of these pretty little GEC lockback knives in the jigged bone w/clip and another most likely in the stag but maybe the elk if I see one that looks particularly good  Grin  From all the pictures I've seen of elk handles, my thought is that maybe stag is a tighter, denser and tougher material, any thoughts on that? 
Okay, here is the steel info: (article may be a little dated as there other types that are trending upwards in popularity/and cost)
 440 A - 440 B - 440C The carbon content (and hardenability) of this stainless steel goes up in order from A (.75%) to B (.9%) to C (1.2%). 440C is an excellent, high-end stainless steel, usually hardened to around 56-58 Rc. All three resist rust well, with 440A being the most rust resistant, and 440C the least. The SOG Seal 2000 is 440A, and Randall uses 440B for their stainless knives. 440C is fairly ubiquitous, and is generally considered the penultimate general-use stainless (with ATS-34 being the ultimate). If your knife is marked with just "440", it is probably the less expensive 440A; if a manufacturer had used the more expensive 440C, he'd want to advertise that. The general feeling is that 440A (and similar steels, see below) is just good enough for everyday use, especially with a good heat treat (we've heard good reports on SOG's 440A heat treat). 440-B is a very solid performer and 440-C is excellent.

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« Reply #9 on: June 24, 2011, 10:08:08 AM »

Someone on another forum with an engineering background and access to good equipment has thoroughly tested the GEC 440C steel and found it to be actually better at edge-holding than their excellent 1095.  Rockwell testing has shown it to be from 58-59; an excellent heat treatment.  In my experience, it doesn't sharpen as easily as their 1095 does, but when a good edge is achieved, it lasts.  It's definitely a top tier performer.
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« Reply #10 on: June 24, 2011, 10:33:46 AM »

Thanks for all the great info and responses.  Sure thinking about putting one of these in my collection.  Looking fwd to pics too when people can get them posted.
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« Reply #11 on: June 24, 2011, 12:03:30 PM »

 couple close ups,natural light is no good for blade shots right now



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« Reply #12 on: June 24, 2011, 12:38:23 PM »

Can I borrow those pictures?

Phenomenal photography!
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« Reply #13 on: June 24, 2011, 12:40:37 PM »

Thanks Mike

Heck yeah,use 'em as you please bro......
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« Reply #14 on: June 24, 2011, 01:05:34 PM »

Wow Earl!  Great pics and I have to say I do like the jigging on this bone.  Looks like you got a great one there.   Wink
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« Reply #15 on: June 24, 2011, 02:04:22 PM »

Fine looking knife, Earl and great pics!

I like the background too. I have been trying to figure out what it is ever since your first pic but with no success. Looks very familiar. I'll figure it out someday. Wink
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« Reply #16 on: June 24, 2011, 04:08:24 PM »

Great pics Earl!! Can't wait until the light is right  Cool
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« Reply #17 on: June 24, 2011, 06:14:03 PM »

Ah yes, 440-C! It's how they all should be!  Wink

Earl,

Gorgeous pics bud, and a sweet piece. Just ordered one myself, but the Wharnie version in Ruby Red.

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« Reply #18 on: June 25, 2011, 04:01:23 AM »

2xTap,

I some how knew you would be jumping on the 440 C.  Will look forward to some pix of the Ruby Red Wharnie.   Cool
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« Reply #19 on: June 25, 2011, 04:40:03 AM »

I have had my eye on the Red Wine Bone GEC lockback for a few days now but those awesome pics made me pull the trigger and order one. The bone color and jigging are spectacular! I wish that the wharncliffe had the same color bone and jigging as the clip blade. Don't get me wrong, it is still pretty sharp too but just not quite as handsome as the clip model. The red wine bone GEC may have to turn into my EDC! GEC hit it out of the park with this one!!!
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« Reply #20 on: June 25, 2011, 06:23:35 AM »

2xTap,

I some how knew you would be jumping on the 440 C.  Will look forward to some pix of the Ruby Red Wharnie.   Cool

GB,

Oh yeah......if I had the money I would of ordered every single one of the versions.

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« Reply #21 on: June 26, 2011, 03:30:47 AM »

Well here are the pics.




I love this knife, the jigging is wonderful, it's almost like two different jigs coming together to make a perfect feel.
I'll be using this knife quite a bit I believe, I look forward to the squirrel season, we'll see what we can do.  Cool
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« Reply #22 on: June 26, 2011, 11:06:23 AM »

Amazing pics there Johnny ..... and that jigging and color combo is really nice!
(It is a perfect complement to the raspberries too.)

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« Reply #23 on: June 27, 2011, 05:20:51 AM »

Fine looking knife, Earl and great pics!

I like the background too. I have been trying to figure out what it is ever since your first pic but with no success. Looks very familiar. I'll figure it out someday. Wink

The red wine on this one looks fantastic.  Love the deep, even color from stem to stern.  Odd that I've never really liked red wine on other patterns.  (Seems they used it on the Ben Hogan too).

Looks like a t-shirt background, and not a cheap one either.  Grin
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« Reply #24 on: June 29, 2011, 03:15:13 PM »

You'd be right biglmbass,they aren't cheap   Sad
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