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H-X0 Fixed Blades

Posted: Sat Jun 08, 2019 12:49 am
by m0nk
We need a dedicated thread devoted to all the H-10s, H-30s, and H-40s, and other H-X0 models out there. Can anyone post pics of their H-model GECs? Or any other numbered GEC fixed blades? I like the new oak leaf pattern sheath more than I thought I would, and the new blade swedge is nice. Does anyone have a comparison pic of the old plain leather sheath and no swedge with the new run?

Re: H-X0 Fixed Blades

Posted: Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:37 am
by kootenay joe
I agree, a Fixed Blade' thread is needed in this GEC forum. However i do not have any to show.
kj

Re: H-X0 Fixed Blades

Posted: Sat Jun 22, 2019 11:22 pm
by joeradza
My one and only.

Re: H-X0 Fixed Blades

Posted: Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:57 pm
by m0nk
joeradza wrote:My one and only.
Joe, that's a good looking knife. Is it an H60, and is the handle cocobolo? Or perhaps rosewood?

Here's my new H10, just got it in the mail yesterday and managed to snap pics today. I've been wanting an H10 for nearly a year; I had a line on one last fall but the deal fell through. I originally got the cherry wood handle but exchanged it for a bone handle as soon as they became available (great customer service from the good folks at TKC). This definitely meets my need for a nice, dressy, small fixed blade. And it is small, about the size of a paring knife, but I'm not going to cut up any dead animals or baton firewood with this one. I was pleasantly surprised that the bone H10 was about $11 less than the cherry wood version. I'm speculating that the bone scales were leftovers, and Mr. Howard was good enough to pass on the savings to us. If anyone has any information on this, please chime in. I really like the bone, but in case you're wondering, the concave marrow hollow does form sharp points where it meets the roundovers at the end of the handle, negatively impacting the ergonomics. The bone is very thin at the bottom of the hollow, but I'm just glad to have a bone handle at a great price. Comparison with a Kabar Mark 1 is below.

- Lee

Re: H-X0 Fixed Blades

Posted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:07 am
by kootenay joe
It is a good looking knife but i prefer to have no guard or just a short finger guard so that i can shank up on it for any fine work.
Also Bark River has made so many great fixed blade patterns that i actually have all that i want.
kj

Re: H-X0 Fixed Blades

Posted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:24 am
by joeradza
Joe, that's a good looking knife. Is it an H60, and is the handle cocobolo? Or perhaps rosewood?

I have to check Lee. It was an impulse purchase at a good price. I bought it and put it away. It is cocobolo. I'll get some more photos.

Re: H-X0 Fixed Blades

Posted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:31 am
by m0nk
kootenay joe wrote:It is a good looking knife but i prefer to have no guard or just a short finger guard so that i can shank up on it for any fine work.
Also Bark River has made so many great fixed blade patterns that i actually have all that i want.
kj
The Bark Rivers are very nice, I can't tell you how many times I've found myself looking at them online, comparing various ones. But they're so expensive I haven't been able to rationalize getting one. Here's another comparison pic: Gerber Strongarm, Ontario Pilot Survival knife, GEC H10, and Buck 679. The Buck 679 is my outdoor fixed blade work knife, notice the lack of a finger guard. It's big enough to be useful, doesn't get in the way, and stainless enough to use with impunity. But the H10 is more of a dress knife, a perfectly proportioned scaled down Bowie knife. I love the shape of a Bowie blade, just like a folding clip blade. I had to have the metal finger guard to complete the Bowie aesthetic. As simple and obvious as the H10 is, nobody else that I can find seems to be making anything exactly like it. Vintage Bowies come up for sale but they're all full size. I wanted something smaller that doesn't look tactical or military issue at all, completely different from most of my other fixed blades. This H10 rounds out my fixed blade collection; it would have to be something really special for me to get another fixed blade in the foreseeable future.

- Lee

Re: H-X0 Fixed Blades

Posted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 3:43 am
by kootenay joe
Lee, you forgot to post the comparison picture.
kj

Re: H-X0 Fixed Blades

Posted: Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:13 am
by m0nk
m0nk wrote:The Bark Rivers are very nice, I can't tell you how many times I've found myself looking at them online, comparing various ones. But they're so expensive I haven't been able to rationalize getting one. Here's another comparison pic: Gerber Strongarm, Ontario Pilot Survival knife, GEC H10, and Buck 679. The Buck 679 is my outdoor fixed blade work knife, notice the lack of a finger guard. It's big enough to be useful, doesn't get in the way, and stainless enough to use with impunity. But the H10 is more of a dress knife, a perfectly proportioned scaled down Bowie knife. I love the shape of a Bowie blade, just like a folding clip blade. I had to have the metal finger guard to complete the Bowie aesthetic. As simple and obvious as the H10 is, nobody else that I can find seems to be making anything exactly like it. Vintage Bowies come up for sale but they're all full size. I wanted something smaller that doesn't look tactical or military issue at all, completely different from most of my other fixed blades. This H10 rounds out my fixed blade collection; it would have to be something really special for me to get another fixed blade in the foreseeable future.

- Lee
Oops, here's the missing pic:

Re: H-X0 Fixed Blades

Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 12:12 pm
by Rotten
m0nk wrote:
kootenay joe wrote:It is a good looking knife but i prefer to have no guard or just a short finger guard so that i can shank up on it for any fine work.
Also Bark River has made so many great fixed blade patterns that i actually have all that i want.
kj
The Bark Rivers are very nice, I can't tell you how many times I've found myself looking at them online, comparing various ones. But they're so expensive I haven't been able to rationalize getting one. Here's another comparison pic: Gerber Strongarm, Ontario Pilot Survival knife, GEC H10, and Buck 679. The Buck 679 is my outdoor fixed blade work knife, notice the lack of a finger guard. It's big enough to be useful, doesn't get in the way, and stainless enough to use with impunity. But the H10 is more of a dress knife, a perfectly proportioned scaled down Bowie knife. I love the shape of a Bowie blade, just like a folding clip blade. I had to have the metal finger guard to complete the Bowie aesthetic. As simple and obvious as the H10 is, nobody else that I can find seems to be making anything exactly like it. Vintage Bowies come up for sale but they're all full size. I wanted something smaller that doesn't look tactical or military issue at all, completely different from most of my other fixed blades. This H10 rounds out my fixed blade collection; it would have to be something really special for me to get another fixed blade in the foreseeable future.

- Lee
I wanted a smaller traditional bowie as well and had been watching for any of the older GEC H knives to come up for sale. When I saw that GEC was making some this year I got a little excited until I saw the dimensions of the H10, it was just a little smaller than I wanted. But on monday I put my order in for a muslin handled H30 with the 4" blade and tracking says it will be here today. I'll try to get some good pics to post.

Re: H-X0 Fixed Blades

Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 1:31 pm
by kennedy knives
Here is one of my H series Great Eastern Fixed Blade

Re: H-X0 Fixed Blades

Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 3:06 pm
by kootenay joe
Very fine looking knife ! The handle resembles a #23 pattern folding knife.
kj

Re: H-X0 Fixed Blades

Posted: Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:23 am
by m0nk
Rotten wrote: I wanted a smaller traditional bowie as well and had been watching for any of the older GEC H knives to come up for sale. When I saw that GEC was making some this year I got a little excited until I saw the dimensions of the H10, it was just a little smaller than I wanted. But on monday I put my order in for a muslin handled H30 with the 4" blade and tracking says it will be here today. I'll try to get some good pics to post.
Trace,
I believe the H30 is about 3/4" bigger than the H10 so while still being small for a Bowie, hopefully it hits that sweet spot. I bet I would like the H30 better for its size as well, but I wanted the bone handle, and I did really want a "baby Bowie". Looking forward to seeing those pics when you can post them.

- Lee

Re: H-X0 Fixed Blades

Posted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:29 am
by Eye Brand Man
Got these. The yellow ones from 2007.

Re: H-X0 Fixed Blades

Posted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 2:28 am
by m0nk
Eye Brand Man wrote:Got these. The yellow ones from 2007.
Nice collection! Is the yellow one bone or synthetic? I like how the shield is on the "pile" side so it shows while in the sheath. Nice touch. My eye is drawn to the bone handle in the middle, probably my favorite of the three. Are they all H10's?

- Lee