Northwoods Signal 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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Re: Northwoods Signal Jack

Postby tughillbrookie » Fri Jul 26, 2019 2:28 am

I'm brand new to this forum and Northwoods knives, having only gotten into them last Fall (2018). I love them. Bought my first (harrison bay) through eBay and then signed up for the newsletter. Got a Madison Barlow and then a Coolidge Jack (giraffe bone, yay). I was really bummed about not being able to score one of the mammoth ones this week, even with preparation. It's a pattern and material I am still interested in acquiring.

Without trying offending anyone here, I'm genuinely interested in purchasing one of these in the mammoth.

You guys are fun to read and observe. I hope I can get myself integrated into your community.

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Re: Northwoods Signal Jack

Postby cudgee » Fri Jul 26, 2019 2:38 am

Welcome. ::handshake:: You will fit in very well here, how much anyone fits in, is very much dependent on how much they wish to participate. ::tu:: Have a good weekend and hope you have success in your wish. :)

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Re: Northwoods Signal Jack

Postby kootenay joe » Fri Jul 26, 2019 4:26 am

Welcome thb. If you keep a close watch on ebay, a mammoth Signal Hill jack will eventually show up. Price is usually high, maybe double KSF price.
This kind of demand that far exceeds supply is unusual for knives. Most knife buying is not like the GEC 'rumble'.
I hope you participate regularly with posts and pictures. There is a lot that can be learned by each of us sharing what little we do know.
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Re: Northwoods Signal Jack

Postby cudgee » Fri Jul 26, 2019 7:36 am

Beavertail wrote:I'll just wait for my email from Rough Ryder telling about their newest release.
At least I know I'll be able to get one. :mrgreen:

Very Funny. :mrgreen: ::tu::

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Re: Northwoods Signal Jack

Postby Sharpnshinyknives » Fri Jul 26, 2019 11:39 am

tughillbrookie wrote:I'm brand new to this forum and Northwoods knives, having only gotten into them last Fall (2018). I love them. Bought my first (harrison bay) through eBay and then signed up for the newsletter. Got a Madison Barlow and then a Coolidge Jack (giraffe bone, yay). I was really bummed about not being able to score one of the mammoth ones this week, even with preparation. It's a pattern and material I am still interested in acquiring.

Without trying offending anyone here, I'm genuinely interested in purchasing one of these in the mammoth.

You guys are fun to read and observe. I hope I can get myself integrated into your community.


THB, welcome also to the forum. I started collecting GEC knives just last year about this time. Here and on EBay are good places to find them. I recently acquired 4 knives that are pretty rare from a fellow member. Just keep your eyes open and be prepared to move quickly when you see what you want, because it won’t last long.
I hope you find the mammoth Jack you are looking for. I have nothing against these knives, and I have owned a few with mammoth ivory over the years, but trying to sell them someday by either yourself or your family will be almost impossible some day soon. I was threatened by EBay to be banned over a mammoth knife I was trying to sell. Every time I put it up, they took it down, no matter how I changed the wording. And then a phone call that if I put it up again I would be kicked off of EBay.
Plus there are now about 9 states that have banned the sale of mammoth ivory now and more being added. I’m surprised that GEC is willing to make any knives with this handle material since it’s illegal to ship these to these 9 states. I guess the fines and penalties haven’t caught up to the sellers yet. With the way EBay collects sales tax now for all states that require it, I’m surprised they don’t have an algorithm that picks out the buyers state of residence and blocks you out of buying if your state is on that list. My guess is that day is coming soon when this happens. Can you imagine what will happen if an attorney general in a state like IL, which banned this last year by the way, goes after KSF or CK or even AAPK? It will put them out of business. If I were advising these companies, I would be sounding the alarm bell about this potential risk.
With that said, I know that any mammoth ivory knife I buy I won’t use and it will go into the collection. Someday either I or my wife or kids will have to sell it. So I’m just assessing the risks to my investments. In my former job, if I saw a risk like this to an investment I put a client’s money into, we would be having a conversation about getting out of that investment. Regulations can kill entire industries, just look at what happened to the coal industry under Obama. It was brutal.
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Re: Northwoods Signal Jack

Postby tughillbrookie » Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:08 pm

Thanks guys. I know the mammoth is a niche and pipe dream material. I'm really bummed I missed this one and probably won't pay double... just not worth it since I'd use it. I use my Harrison Bay daily (promise to post pics of a used Northwoods). I use my Madison Barlow, too. Haven't used my Coolidge Jack yet....mostly because I may try to sell it. Looking forward to being part of this community.
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Re: Northwoods Signal Jack

Postby kootenay joe » Sat Jul 27, 2019 1:37 am

I and a few others here have sent GEC knives to "Muskrat Man" for re-handling in mammoth. His work is as good as it gets and charges are very reasonable. If you want to carry & use a GEC with mammoth handles this is a good option.
I have 3 GEC re-handled with mammoth by Muskrat Man. I could sell one. If you are interested send me a P.M.
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Re: Northwoods Signal Jack

Postby tughillbrookie » Sat Jul 27, 2019 6:18 pm

Appreciate the offer, KJ. I checked out Muskrat Man's web site. Very cool stuff.

Just checked eBay as well, for a Signal in Mammoth ... $599!!!! Seems nutty to me. I guess I could post a bid (low ball) and see if it goes through.

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Re: Northwoods Signal Jack

Postby FarSide » Sat Jul 27, 2019 11:02 pm

These covers are more than I could have hoped for given the short amount of time you have.

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Re: Northwoods Signal Jack

Postby Sharpnshinyknives » Sun Jul 28, 2019 2:08 am

FarSide wrote:These covers are more than I could have hoped for given the short amount of time you have.

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I’d say that was as near perfect as possible. Wow that is a nice knife.
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Re: Northwoods Signal Jack

Postby QTCut5 » Sun Jul 28, 2019 2:29 am

FarSide wrote:These covers are more than I could have hoped for given the short amount of time you have.

WOWZA!!! I'd say you hit the lottery jackpot, Farside. That's some SWEET Mammoth, for sure. Clearly the Knife Gods were smiling on you. Congrats. Well done. ::tu::
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Re: Northwoods Signal Jack

Postby FarSide » Sun Jul 28, 2019 4:57 am

QTCut5 wrote:
FarSide wrote:These covers are more than I could have hoped for given the short amount of time you have.

WOWZA!!! I'd say you hit the lottery jackpot, Farside. That's some SWEET Mammoth, for sure. Clearly the Knife Gods were smiling on you. Congrats. Well done. ::tu::
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FarSide wrote:These covers are more than I could have hoped for given the short amount of time you have.

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I’d say that was as near perfect as possible. Wow that is a nice knife.

Thank you

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Re: Northwoods Signal Jack

Postby cudgee » Sun Jul 28, 2019 7:09 am

FarSide, you have hit the jackpot there, well done, that is a " Bobby Dazzler ". With my limited experience about these drops and buying methods, i do think it is pot luck, as there are so many handle variables, but you just take what you can. You have really done well, that is one beautiful knife, enjoy. ::ds::

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Re: Northwoods Signal Jack

Postby kootenay joe » Sun Jul 28, 2019 11:33 am

Does anyone know how many mammoth Signal Jacks were made ?
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Re: Northwoods Signal Jack

Postby JohnR » Sun Jul 28, 2019 12:59 pm

kootenay joe wrote:Does anyone know how many mammoth Signal Jacks were made ?
kj


I heard 98 Roland.

Very nice example Farside!

Mine showed up yesterday, nicely matched handles, may have a pin crack in mark side handle, hard to be sure with Mammoth, since its been stabilized I'm not going to worry about it. Sown with 2 other Northwoods Mammoth I have.
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