Great Eastern Cutlery hosted by Ken Mundhenk


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Comment by Tim on June 9, 2021 at 15:31

Have a stag reserved, but just happened to be a right place at the right moment. That's unfortunately how it works now I guess.

Comment by Fred Kemp on June 9, 2021 at 15:26

Yes on the 83s, but will there be enough for everyone to get a chance to buy one. I've had no luck getting one on early reserves for quite a while now.

Comment by Ralph Nelson on May 29, 2021 at 12:01

A 72 run is long over due... can’t wait to see the 83s. 

Comment by Jan Carter on May 29, 2021 at 10:20

Well the 83 is in Production.  The last time I saw this one come out was 2015?  Maybe the 72 has a chance of coming out again

Comment by Alexander Noot on March 29, 2021 at 6:45

If that's the case then I'll probably keep it as a user or something. I happen to like this size in a knife. The green pith isn't too much of a hassle. I can just clean it and then seal it with CA. No more problems with green ever again after that.

But if the value is that low then it's worth more to me as a user. Thanks for your honest evaluation though.

Comment by Caleb Conley on March 29, 2021 at 3:50

Not sure if you're asking if someone here would like to buy the knife or simply looking for feedback on the value.  Personally I love the 23 pattern but many people don't prefer it, they feel it's too large for daily carry.  This tends to keep demand and prices down a bit, the 23 is nowhere near as popular as some of the other hot patterns and consequently it's nowhere near as inflated on the secondary market.  For me, an older/rare sample like this would be a $200-250 knife if mint.  That green pith is a real turn-off though, enough that I'd likely still pass at $150.  That's just my (dis)taste, others may not care as much.  I'd recommend flushing the pith with mineral oil, see if you can scrub some of that green out, then use it!

Comment by Alexander Noot on March 29, 2021 at 2:15

No one I guess?

Comment by Alexander Noot on March 25, 2021 at 8:17

The corrosion on the spring:

The green on the stag:

Some bonus pics of the rest of the knife. If the value isn't too great I'll fix it up a little and just use it I guess. But if it's actually worth it to some collector then I'll be willing to part with it. It's a really nice knife apart from the green stag and the slight corrosion.

Comment by Alexander Noot on March 24, 2021 at 12:48

Some of the pith of the stag near the butt of the knife is turning green. Pith is known for this, which is why high end knife makers usually get rid of it all. 

The pull is very heavy. I had someone over the other day who couldn't even open it.  I wouldn't know what to rate it as but it probably is a nail breaker. 

I'll take some more pics later. 

The corrosion on the spring is only tiny spots. And I could easily polish them away without anyone being the wiser. But I know that in some cases responding old knives only brings down the value. So I haven't yet. It's nothing a few seconds of metal polish of the buffer wouldn't sort out. 

Comment by Richard Schuchman on March 24, 2021 at 11:43
Well, I'd take some pics explaining what you mean by "scales turning green" and showing the corrosion on the backspring, as that will obviously decrease the value. Also consider estimating ru he pull on it. I know these older GEC 23s can be nail breakers....even the current ones are.

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