Post your Favorite Northwoods Knife

The Northwoods Knife brand name originated in Gladstone, Michigan when a man named Dave Shirley adopted it as his knife company's name in 2004. Dave was well known for collaborating with popular knife companies to have knives made to his specifications for resale well before 2004 & beyond. KnivesShipFree bought Northwoods from Dave & has continued to team up with respected makers to produce knives marked with the Northwoods brand name.
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Re: Post your Favorite Northwoods Knife

Postby QTCut5 » Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:37 pm

Yes, KJ, that is correct.

From Left to Right: Broadway Jack, Fremont Jack, Hawthorne Jack, Willamette Whittler, Indian River Jack

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Re: Post your Favorite Northwoods Knife

Postby MITCH RAPP » Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:53 pm

kootenay joe wrote:Mitch, your knives are Awesome ! Especially the 3 with ivory, superb knives !!
Is there a name for the ivory lockback ? i want one of these !
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Re: Post your Favorite Northwoods Knife

Postby kootenay joe » Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:15 pm

Thanks QT & Mitch.
The Broadway Jack & Michigan Jack are both sleeveboard EO Jacks only 1/8" difference at 3 1/2" & 3 5/8" respectively.
I thought i had a Michigan Jack but i can't find it.
I am now officially on the lookout for the Northwoods Mountain Man with ivy handles.
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Re: Post your Favorite Northwoods Knife

Postby kootenay joe » Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:24 pm

Here are my Northwoods. I will show them individually maybe in dedicated pattern threads.
pics are grouped: ivory/mammoth/other
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Re: Post your Favorite Northwoods Knife

Postby QTCut5 » Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:29 pm

kootenay joe wrote:The Broadway Jack & Michigan Jack are both sleeveboard EO Jacks only 1/8" difference at 3 1/2" & 3 5/8" respectively.
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That is interesting to know...I had always wondered if there was a difference between the two. I just figured they were different names for the same knife, but the Broadway was made when KSF was still in OR and they changed the name when they moved their HQ to MI.

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Re: Post your Favorite Northwoods Knife

Postby kootenay joe » Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:37 pm

The info at KSF does not give a length for the Broadway, even in Derrick's video, but i measure my 2 at exactly 3 1/2".
The Michigan Jack is stated as 3 5/8" at KSF, but i do not have one to double check this as correct. Likely it is.
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Re: Post your Favorite Northwoods Knife

Postby gsmith7158 » Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:11 pm

Bravo! Quite a show Roland. ::tu::
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Re: Post your Favorite Northwoods Knife

Postby QTCut5 » Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:48 am

You really hit the motherlode with your beautiful Northwoods knives, KJ...especially those two Norfolk Whittlers...very nice.

Interestingly, when compared side-by-side, the Queen-made IRJ is a noticeably lower quality build than the GEC-made Northwoods. Don't get me wrong, it's still better than most of my other Queen/S&M knives in overall quality (could just be the feel of the mammoth ivory that makes it seem slightly better), but the GEC-made knives are simply better made knives. All, that is, except for the Willamette Whittler, which seems more like a Queen built knife to me. I don't know who made the WW, but after extensive comparison of all of mine, I would guess it was a Queen build, not GEC. Does anyone know who made the Willamette Whittler?

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Re: Post your Favorite Northwoods Knife

Postby Railsplitter » Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:54 am

QTCut5 wrote: Does anyone know who made the Willamette Whittler?
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I can't say for sure but it looks like the GEC #38 frame.
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Re: Post your Favorite Northwoods Knife

Postby XX Case XX » Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:23 am

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Re: Post your Favorite Northwoods Knife

Postby XX Case XX » Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:39 am

wazu013 wrote:This is my one and only Northwoods. It's called Broadway Jack No EO with pre-ban Ivory scales. This one's a little unique because it doesn't have the Easy Open feature that was added to later batches.
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I wonder if that fact would make it a bit more desirable? Maybe a Northwoods fanatic would want both versions, and the later ones would be fairly easy to find while yours, being an earlier version without the cutout, could be scarce and more difficult to locate? Interesting...

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Re: Post your Favorite Northwoods Knife

Postby MITCH RAPP » Mon Dec 11, 2017 3:47 am

kootenay joe wrote:Here are my Northwoods. I will show them individually maybe in dedicated pattern threads.
pics are grouped: ivory/mammoth/other
kj


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Re: Post your Favorite Northwoods Knife

Postby kootenay joe » Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:12 am

The Broadway Jacks with & without EO cutout were made very close to the same time. They are more like 2 versions of the same knife than 2 separate runs.
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Re: Post your Favorite Northwoods Knife

Postby QTCut5 » Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:46 am

Railsplitter wrote:
QTCut5 wrote: Does anyone know who made the Willamette Whittler?
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I can't say for sure but it looks like the GEC #38 frame.


Yes, I think that's what it is; and, as another member pointed out to me, it came out right about the same time as the Grinling Whittler. Between that and the fact that it has 1095 steel, I now believe it is most likely a GEC built knife. Strange how different it feels from the other Northwoods, though...no half-stop and the walk & talk just feels more Queen-like than GEC-like.

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Re: Post your Favorite Northwoods Knife

Postby Schradenut » Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:01 am

You boys certainly have some wonderful examples of Northwoods knives.
I just realised that i do have a few knives, but i don't have any Northwoods. They seem to be always too expensive for me.
Keep them coming, as i just love looking at a beautiful knife.
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