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I have two #23s in my possession . I have three more #23s in the mail to me now. I have an Allegheny Mountain Club Knife, that should be shipped next week. I have all four #23LLs on pre-order. Maybe I will receive the two SFO #23LL liner -locks. I believe those will be the last SFO knives produced for dealers.
Mr Frank is sending me the darkest , thickest ,most Winterbottom looking #23 in the bunch . My knife is half way to me now. I also bought a #23 two blade natural bone and it will be sent to Darren Orrell. Darren will remove the main blade and easy up that bear trap snap. I have one arm. I hold my #23s with my feet and open them up left handed with a CASE XX blade pick. Go buy yourself a CASE XX blade pick for the #23 knives. They are nail breakers. Most dealers hate to cherry pick knives for me. It is not about looks , thicker scales work better for one arm me.
The CKs SFO #23LL Mesquite wood pre-orders sold out in 10 minutes. You can buy one from an Evil-bay flipper for $200 to $300 if you like being a sucker. Why do that when you can buy 2 to almost 3 knives for the same money. The GEC#23LL single blade liner locks in Beaver gnawed jigged cherry-wood , Antique Autumn natural bone , and the #23LL red-tail (sierra red-brown)jigged bone Bullet Trapper are so superb. Don't get hooked on what you can't have. I am on GEC FaceBook about ten times a day listing available knives and what dealers have them in stock.. I can help you find new released GEC knives. GEC releases a first batch and it is crazy to obtain a knife. 2nd batch and sometimes a third batch is released. Things do slow down a bit. Single blades always sell out faster than multiple blades. "GEC knife collecting is war !" I do try to buy from dealers that support iKC.
Hello 2 AllI considered myself lucky to start collecting knives a few years after Great Eastern got rolling. The history of pocket knives and all the great American manufactures of days past, holding one of your knives ya knew you where holding a quality knife. I had difficult time choosing a paticular pattern. But the whittler is a knife I like, the handle material ebony wood & Ivory cherished. I've stopped collecting it's been years since I've bought a knife but here are a couple that I think are fine examples of Great Eastern's work. Thanks to the men and women responsible for producing two knives that to me are a art form to create.
UPDATE! At approx. 5:30pm CST, Frank's sent me a purchase invoice for the GEC 235220 Exotic India Jigged Bone Trapper SFO, which I immediately paid for. (ALLLL RIGGHHHTTT!!!!!!!) Since my post 1 hour ago, I had given up on this knife.
Yes, Richard, they are double bladed. You bring up some great points. It does seem to be difficult right now to get these great knives. I think limits of production is most of the cause for availability. (However, in pre-Covid times I have had trouble securing a particular GEC pattern just because they were so popular.) It is hard to preorder a knife under the conditions you mentioned, but most of us are familiar enough with the pattern and the past quality to not hesitate. I too am eager for the single, liner lock 23's to arrive, hopefully the scales on some will be of different materials.
Here's my 23's so far. I was on the list at Frank's, but didn't make the cut.
Makes total sense to me. I mean the SFO's are certainly a cool collector aspect but that stuff has to be a logistics nightmare from a production standpoint and if it's watering down/ hindering the GEC brand itself by consuming material priorities then that's definitely a potential marketing issue in the long run.
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