Dave Shirley Northwoods

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: Dave Shirley Northwoods

Post by kennedy knives » Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:12 am

KJ all the info I posted came from 2005 to 2009 . I read (can't remember where at this minute ) that Queen furnished the blanks and that in his shop in Mich. Northwoods were made . He was big friends with Mike Stewart who heads Bark River after selling Bowie Corp in 2004 Stewart is the one that came up with the name Northwoods . Dave started making copies of Scagel Knives for Northwoods . All American Made . If you look at the Northwoods Fixed Blade and the Bark River they have a lot in common, which would make me think Bark River may have furnished the Fixed Blades . Hopeful someone with more knowledge with clear this up . I will keep looking to see if I can find out more info but for now we may be able to start a list of patterns, that can be added to from time to time when more pattern appear . P.S. Queen May have made them all ?????
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Re: Dave Shirley Northwoods

Post by kootenay joe » Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:44 am

Mike Stewart worked for Dave Shirley from about 1998 to 2002 making fixed blade knives. After leaving Northwoods (Dave Shirley) operation, Mike started Bark River Knife & Tool Co. Hence the knives look very similar because they were designed by the same person, Mike Stewart.
I had one of the Northwoods fixed blades made by Mike and it looks and feels exactly like a Bark River knife.
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Re: Dave Shirley Northwoods

Post by kennedy knives » Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:56 pm

A New Dave Shirley Gunstock Pick up from the Dalton Knife Show
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Re: Dave Shirley Northwoods

Post by gsmith7158 » Tue Mar 26, 2019 2:44 am

Here's a new one for me. :D I picked this one up on Sunday.
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Re: Dave Shirley Northwoods

Post by RalphAlsip » Tue Mar 26, 2019 3:06 am

Greg, your Shirlbey Northwoods lockback trapper is a beauty. ::tu:: ::tu:: If I am not mistaken it is based on a Queen Mountain Man pattern.

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Re: Dave Shirley Northwoods

Post by gsmith7158 » Tue Mar 26, 2019 3:14 am

RalphAlsip wrote:Greg, your Shirlbey Northwoods lockback trapper is a beauty. ::tu:: ::tu:: If I am not mistaken it is based on a Queen Mountain Man pattern.
Thanks Jerry! I believe you are correct on the Queen Mountain Man pattern. ::nod::
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Re: Dave Shirley Northwoods

Post by kootenay joe » Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:55 pm

My Queen Mountain Man has play when locked open which was reasonably common for this pattern. How is this Northwoods for blade play ?
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Re: Dave Shirley Northwoods

Post by gsmith7158 » Tue Mar 26, 2019 4:01 pm

kootenay joe wrote:My Queen Mountain Man has play when locked open which was reasonably common for this pattern. How is this Northwoods for blade play ?
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Roland I'll let you know when it arrives.
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Re: Dave Shirley Northwoods

Post by Cletus Awreetus » Mon Apr 01, 2019 4:53 pm

that's a beauty Greg!! I had that bad boy in my watch list but somehow managed to miss bidding...ah the life of an ebay sniper ::shrug::
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Re: Dave Shirley Northwoods

Post by kootenay joe » Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:21 pm

A Dave Shirley Northwoods Stockman with stag just sold for $432. To me it is a high price for this knife which is from before GEC was making them.
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Re: Dave Shirley Northwoods

Post by kennedy knives » Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:18 pm

kootenay joe wrote:A Dave Shirley Northwoods Stockman with stag just sold for $432. To me it is a high price for this knife which is from before GEC was making them.
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I agree KJ but ain't she pretty . the ebay seller is happy ::ds::
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Re: Dave Shirley Northwoods

Post by gsmith7158 » Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:31 am

I have that same knife Roland I watched that auction with great interest. I keep thinking that the Northwoods bubble is about to burst but these bidders keep proving me wrong.
Oh I got my mountain man Northwoods and it is solid as a rock, unusual for most lockbacks.
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Re: Dave Shirley Northwoods

Post by kennedy knives » Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:49 pm

Picked up a new Northwoods mini Trapper
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Re: Dave Shirley Northwoods

Post by kootenay joe » Tue Jun 11, 2019 12:53 am

Very nice. I think D.S. called the handles "Italian jigged bone" ?
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Re: Dave Shirley Northwoods

Post by Cletus Awreetus » Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:06 pm

kootenay joe wrote:My Queen Mountain Man has play when locked open which was reasonably common for this pattern. How is this Northwoods for blade play ?
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I have about a dozen Queen made/3L trappers. a few have some mild blade play and a couple Moore Maker branded editions had locking mechanisms they should have been embarrassed to ship. On the other hand, all my Alcas/Cutco MM Trappers are Enzo Ferrari-like.
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