Northwoods Fayette Jack

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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Northwoods Fayette Jack

Postby Cletus Awreetus » Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:36 pm

I'm not a big Micarta fan but I do like the way it works here..
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Re: Northwoods Fayette Jack

Postby kootenay joe » Thu May 24, 2018 10:30 am

Cletus what is the closed length of the Fayette Jack ? Did they come with a clip blade as well as the Bohncliffe on yours ?
We need more examples posted here. I do not have one to post but wish i did should anyone have one they can part with.
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Re: Northwoods Fayette Jack

Postby doglegg » Thu May 24, 2018 2:06 pm

That Wharncliffe is a fantastic looking knife. And you have a good looking one there.

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Re: Northwoods Fayette Jack

Postby kootenay joe » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:02 pm

Why is this Northwoods pattern so under represented here ? Only one example of the Fayette Jack. If you have one please post a picture. I'd love to see one with mammoth handles. Also how about a comment on blade action: spring too strong ? or too wimpy ? or about right ? And sharpness ? good for butter or better than butter ?
Come on, let's see a few and hear your opinion of this Northwoods.
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Re: Northwoods Fayette Jack

Postby Sharpnshinyknives » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:25 pm

Cletus Awreetus wrote:I'm not a big Micarta fan but I do like the way it works here..



Steve, I like that one too. That black Micarta is very sharp. Haven’t seen too many black Micarta’s that I would reject, it’s up there w/ stag in my opinion.
Very nice.
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Re: Northwoods Fayette Jack

Postby robbobus » Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:09 am

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Happy to oblige kj. As memory serves, 4 micartas and giraffe were the handle materials. Pictured is a giraffe and burlap, accompanied by the Fayette's sibling the Burnside Jack in puoneer bone. The Burnside had a nice palm swell at the end of its bareheaded handle as well as a larger arrowhead shield. The walk and talk on the burlap was perfect, the giraffe needed a flush and lube and its come right along. The grind on this Bohncliffe is very good, markedly better than earlier versions. They are now carrying the grind higher towards the spine resulting in a less steep of an angle if that makes sense. Sharper now. Here's a pic with a Michigan Jack to illustrate.
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Re: Northwoods Fayette Jack

Postby robbobus » Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:14 am

Unrelated, giraffe has proven to be a most excellent handle material.
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Even more unrelated, I checked out some red stag today. ::woot::
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Re: Northwoods Fayette Jack

Postby kootenay joe » Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:58 pm

Rob, you sure re-vitalized this thread ! Thanks for responding to my request.
Your Giraffe Fayette looks even better than the one i have inbound from ebay for $305.(picture below)
Now i need a Burnside even more after your enthusiastic description. I have only ever seen 1 Burnside for sale. Of the D.B. Northwoods i think the Burnside is the most rare.
Is that container load of Red Stag for a North American knife manufacturer ?
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Re: Northwoods Fayette Jack

Postby boykinlp » Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:27 am

I am really liking the Giraffe Bone knives. They have many different colors. I hope to get one at drop one day! :D
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Re: Northwoods Fayette Jack

Postby kootenay joe » Wed Dec 12, 2018 4:00 pm

There is a lot of variation in the color with giraffe bone. Some is primarily grey and others are mostly orange color. The best giraffe handles are every bit as attractive as the best mammoth. This is why it now is just as difficult to score a giraffe as it is a mammoth. You need to be on the website the second they become available, grab the first one you see and then have a truly high speed internet service.
It is tempting to 'shop', i.e. see a nice giraffe and think "very nice, but maybe there is an even nicer one", "i'll just scroll through a few more". This will almost ensure a strike out.
I live in a land of slow high speed so my chance of getting a giraffe or mammoth from a dealer is extremely low.
All of the above is why for me $305 is an acceptable deal for the Fayette Jack with lovely warm orange glow giraffe bone. I don't have it yet but if it looks as good as the pictures i think i got a good deal.
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Re: Northwoods Fayette Jack

Postby kootenay joe » Sun Dec 16, 2018 4:47 am

I just picked up the giraffe bone Fayette that i posted above using the seller's picture. I was a bit concerned having recently received a GEC knife whose actual color differed from the pictures. It has a warm orange hue in the picture, reminds me of a desert sunset.
Well the knife is every bit as fantastic as the picture posted above. Superb handles, as fine as the best mammoth. I don't know how the seller was able to give it up. I will take pics in the morning weather permitting.
It is similar to one of Rob's giraffes, also pictured above.
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Re: Northwoods Fayette Jack

Postby robbobus » Sun Dec 16, 2018 4:09 pm

Can't wait to see your pics kj, mountainous backdrop please. :mrgreen: The giraffe does make quite spectacular handle material. I have read it is sourced from the found remains of giraffe killed by lions.

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Re: Northwoods Fayette Jack

Postby kootenay joe » Sun Dec 16, 2018 4:45 pm

Snowing hard. Likely no pics today.
The shin bones of a giraffe are the most dense of any mammalian bone due the extreme weight then must support. For reasons unknown giraffe bone takes up dye well and gives a range of different colors.
Camel bone is also dyed and used for knife handles but it does not absorb the dye very well so some of the results are a rather dull brown or grey.
It would be interesting to read a brief tutorial on bone dying and then perhaps understand why the very dense giraffe bone can become so colorful.
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Re: Northwoods Fayette Jack

Postby kootenay joe » Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:36 pm

Here are my pictures of this Fayette Jack with giraffe bone handles. i am also showing it with my Presidential and Esky Zulu knives which have the best mammoth handles in my collection. I think this giraffe is every bit as pleasing.
It is still very 'dull' outside with the sun very low on the horizon even though it is noon. The handles look 'brighter' when the light is brighter. All this to say, knives exceed these pictures.
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Re: Northwoods Fayette Jack

Postby RalphAlsip » Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:06 pm

Roland, beautiful knives and a very nice comparison of Giraffe and Mammoth Ivory. The both provide the appearance of texture while feeling smooth. The Giraffe bone on your Fayette Jack is especially nice. ::tu::


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