Great Eastern Cutlery Unearths #86 Oil Field Jack

Great Eastern Cutlery‘s newest traditional knife release is the #86 Oil Field Jack. The two-bladed slipjoint is a restrained and rugged design that fits into the larger end of the traditional folding knife spectrum.

Like GEC’s latest big release, the #29 Stockyard Whittler/Eureka Jack, the Oil Field Jack is a multi-bladed knife; its two blades both fold out from the top end. The ‘main’ blade is a clip point in the traditional GEC style, which is to say a canted edge angle and a sweeping spine running out to the tip. The secondary blade is a sheepsfoot, which is slightly shorter than the clip point; both non-locking blades are made from 1095 steel and opened in the standard two-handed manner.

GEC’s handle design on the Oil Field Jack is as simple as they come: a straight line that tapers as it nears the pivot, with bolsters on both top and bottom ends. Cover materials are as usual drawn from the expansive GEC stable: among the planned releases are 86s in natural canvas Micarta, aptly named sucker rod wood, and tortoise shell acrylic.

Expect to see the 86 rolling out under both the Tidioute and Northfield UN-X-LD labels; Tidioute 86s will be slightly more subdued and workmanlike, while the Northfield models will come with a large swedge on the clip blade, coined bolsters, and polished blade finishes.

Interestingly, the 86 is also the choice for GEC’s 2019 forum knife for BladeForums. That particular iteration is going to be made in African Blackwood and will only have a single, sabre sheepsfoot blade.

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