Northwoods Gladiator

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 Gladiator

Postby RalphAlsip » Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:20 pm

Equal end pocket knife patterns are one of my favorites to collect. The Northwoods Gladiator was made by GEC in 2010 and is based on (I believe) the GEC 54 frame that is 4" long. It has stag handles and S60v blade steel which is an unusual steel for GEC to use. It has the traditional Northwoods arrowhead shield and Scagel style blade pull that is a full cut out through each blade. The blades are stamped NORTHWOODS KNIVES GLADSTONE, MICH. USA.

It would be great to see other Gladiator examples, especially if they were made with other scale materials like mammoth.
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Re: Northwoods Gladiator

Postby gsmith7158 » Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:36 pm

Jerry that is certainly a unique one. I've never seen one of those. ::tu::
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Re: Northwoods Gladiator

Postby kootenay joe » Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:49 pm

I have been wanting a Gladiator. There seem to be not many around. Derrick B. said that GEC would only use 1095 or 440C steels and if he wanted a special steel he had to go elsewhere. I thought the Gladiator was made by Queen but i could be wrong. I bat about 500 on this forum which would be excellent were this baseball.
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Re: Northwoods Gladiator

Postby doglegg » Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:07 pm

Great knife Jerry, those Scagel pulls really set it off.

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Re: Northwoods Gladiator

Postby KleenCut61 » Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:27 pm

I Like That one Jerry , ::tu:: Just Amazing ! :mrgreen: _____ K.C.

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Re: Northwoods Gladiator

Postby robbobus » Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:27 am

GEC made 98 54s (the Gladiator) for Northwoods in 2010, all in burnt stag.

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Re: Northwoods Gladiator

Postby Cletus Awreetus » Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:59 pm

mine
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Re: Northwoods Gladiator

Postby kootenay joe » Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:00 pm

Thanks Rob. You know GEC's.
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Re: Northwoods Gladiator

Postby gsmith7158 » Sat Sep 22, 2018 1:23 am

Well I got an offer from a good friend and illustrious AAPK member that I just could not refuse. So this one landed in Georgia tonight. ::super_happy::
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Re: Northwoods Gladiator

Postby RalphAlsip » Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:39 pm

These don't come available all that often and I can't seem to ignore them when they do. ::paranoid:: ::facepalm::
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Re: Northwoods Gladiator

Postby gsmith7158 » Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:53 pm

Jerry you now own 4.08% of all the Gladiators. One more and I'm pretty sure you'll have to file some sort of affidavit with the Securities Exchange Commission. :D
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Re: Northwoods Gladiator

Postby RalphAlsip » Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:38 pm

gsmith7158 wrote:Jerry you now own 4.08% of all the Gladiators. One more and I'm pretty sure you'll have to file some sort of affidavit with the Securities Exchange Commission. :D

Greg, I'm more worried about the paperwork my wife might file over at the nervous hospital. :) I've started looking into a Lego Roman Colosseum kit as a place to display these Gladiators.
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Re: Northwoods Gladiator

Postby gsmith7158 » Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:23 am

RalphAlsip wrote:
gsmith7158 wrote:Jerry you now own 4.08% of all the Gladiators. One more and I'm pretty sure you'll have to file some sort of affidavit with the Securities Exchange Commission. :D

Greg, I'm more worried about the paperwork my wife might file over at the nervous hospital. :) I've started looking into a Lego Roman Colosseum kit as a place to display these Gladiators.

Oh Jerry! What a sight! ::tu::
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Re: Northwoods Gladiator

Postby Steve Warden » Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:28 pm

Beautiful knives, to be sure, but I'm on the fence about the Scagel pull ::hmm::
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Re: Northwoods Gladiator

Postby RalphAlsip » Fri Jul 19, 2019 5:00 pm

Steve Warden wrote:Beautiful knives, to be sure, but I'm on the fence about the Scagel pull ::hmm::

I agree the look of the Scagel pull is an acquired taste for most folks (including me) because it is unconventional. However, from a functional perspective for opening the blades it is a fantastic solution. These knives have a robust blade pull that would be hard open with a traditional nail nick. Half-stop is also very robust. I am super careful anytime mess around with one of these due to the strength of the springs and the sharpness of the blades.


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