At Great Eastern Cutlery we pride ourselves on making classically designed and traditionally inspired pocket knives. In order to better recreate traditional pocket knives we use 1095 carbon steel on all our Tidioute Cutlery and Northfield UN-X-LD knives. 1095 has many great qualities such as its edge retention, its willingness to take a keen edge, and its ability to take a very high polish. However, if carbon steel is not properly cared for it will rust.
While a growing number of knife enthusiasts enjoy the labor of love that is taking care of carbon steel, we realize there is a demand for a high quality stainless steel alternative. Our GEC branded knives are fitted with 440c stainless steel blades while still being designed and built with the same craftsmanship and quality as our other brands. Like 1095, our 440c is a very traditional blade steel which more than lives up to our highest level of standards.
Furthermore, GEC knives are kept as All-American as possible by using handle materials such as American Cattle Bone, American Elk Antlers, and American Hardwoods.
The informed knife consumer may recognize a GEC by its trademark acorn shield and Cyclops Steel Works tang stamp.