|This will be the label for the canister tube the knife comes in. Some of these are being signed if I'm asked|
This idea blossomed in several steps as we communicated and Bill went to work drawing up things based on feedback from me. The saw was my idea. Bill called it genius. The lanyard sleeve was Bill's idea. Steve called it genius. The boys knife size was all Steve, the push cut saw was pushed by Bill, like minds locking horns at times as I wanted push but had only seen pull saws from them so I figured that would be the best I'd get. I was relieved when Bill said he thought push also. It went like that, agreeing, disagreeing, getting irritated, getting happy, throwing our hands up in the air ready to call it quits, I think we had it all here! I know he had to get frustrated at one point. Even at the end with the tip adjust I pushed to get more. Bill was patient and we manged just fine though and hopefully you will all agree it was worth the wait once you have one in your hands.
$90 shipped USA STR@bladeforums.com is my easiest to type and remember email for pay pal but any of my emails work. Be sure the address in the payment is the one you want it shipped to. Pay pal insists it be shipped to that address in the payment if you expect them to cover it for the buyer/seller protection thing my advantage plan apparently offers. Please know this is only applicable to USA sales only. Overseas must contact first to find out if I'll even ship to your area. Thanks again for your interest. Oh and by the way, to nip this inevitable question to come up even if not asked directly to me. From a copy and paste of my first post on this on my thread in my forum please know: Mine as stated are in the price point I need them for my cost. I cannot control what other vendors will sell their versions for. Please know my price, as in my true out of pocket cost is higher than it will be for GEC on theirs for several reasons. Mine have shipping to add to the cost of getting them to me in the way of several heavy boxes. Also my cost changed again when I had to pack and wrap up one box of a lot of knives back to have them re-tapered. I paid that not GEC, and of course my knives are laser etched with a unique and custom logo which GEC did not have to buy or use on their own blank blades and mine came with a from scratch design for the canister label and a special order bought outside and shipped in handle material not one Bill stocked or had already done for that particular line so when theirs comes out at other retailers and the price is different than my knife now you know why or most of it.
Original write up from before any pictures or drawings were posted below:
Great Eastern Cutlery, along with myself, have put our heads together to form a updated modernized more pocket friendly version of the old work horse electricians we have all known all our lives.. Its not going to be anything new entirely in the industry and many will already recognize it once they see it. Truth is I've carried something similar to this most of my life, or kept one handy and nearby modified such so it was the same look and always because they were just so handy. For years, long before the internet I also modified these for others putting a set of saw teeth on the stripper parts of the blade. I used to modify existing folders to create what I presented to them at the manufacturer and I did this design idea when I was young long before one handed opening folders were even really out yet. I mean everyone thought the Buck 110 was the cool advanced folder then you know?. Even then what I came up with was nice and a working machine in the hands but they were always too large for my pocket and bulky heavy knives for me and I knew from other brands of lesser folders but smaller size footprint in the pocket knives, some even with more than two blades proved a small knife could still work big if you just do them right. Bill Howard at GEC liked my idea and together with his professional team we worked up some drawings that really excited me.
My favorite older patterns were Remingtons and of course these were copies of older 1880s knife patterns but I grew up with the Remington and Winchester easy finds at flea markets. These were a lot easier to find back when I was young. You could go to yard sales and flea markets where there were the Remington made slip joints in various celluloid handles available for cheap. Many times I'd have to replace a handle or repair one to carry it but I liked those knives and felt Remington did some in their day worthy of high praise for the way they were manufactured. I enjoyed the way they could work hard and heavy but you didn't really even realize you had them on you until you needed them for most of their popular folders. They were perfect for the pocket! While Remington never offered the exact idea I had they came close with some models, well, to a point and I liked those a lot still having some in my collection. When GEC ran that first line of #15 size knives they were calling the 'Boys Knife' I knew I found my company to approach for this project if I could muster the know how to go about it. I will thank Charlie (WayNorth) for instigating that Boys knife pattern coming back for the rest of my life! Thanks Charlie! Big thanks from all us TL-29 fans that wanted all it brought to the table and more only in a smaller package. Now we got it!
Learning as I've done from hands on building knives myself and the projects I myself still do I have learned that the difference between a masterpiece and an everyday piece of art are the subtleties. While in our hurry to meet deadline some tolerances were not quite kept for final fit to the flat head due to that slap issue the knives are certainly spot on the money for every other aspect one considers when looking into the making of a folder. In the end we got a real little giant of a worker knife in the STREK and I'm quite proud to have helped make it happen. Thanks to all the fans of these knives for your support and encouragement in this venture. It is much appreciated!
Here is the link to the proto-type first one up over at the Great Eastern Cutlery web page.
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