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Mystery #97 Northfield

Posted: Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:24 pm
by HighPlains
A few new photos on the 98 portion of the “Our Cover” of GEC’s site show 97’s with jig bone covers in something like antique yellow or autumn gold. Houndstooth shield. Blade is in Northfield configuration: saber grind, double pulls. (Sorry I’m too dumb to patch in a hyperlink).

The current production schedule suggests no such knife. OKC bone and beaver is visible on another tray so it’s not that. Any guesses? Rumors?

I remember CK’s early reserve saying that if stag couldn’t be fulfilled that Northfield lot would then become jig bone. I hope this doesn’t mean we’ll be missing out on stag 97’s.

Re: Mystery #97 Northfield

Posted: Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:28 pm
by FarSide
Your right. Not sure who that one will belong to ???

Re: Mystery #97 Northfield

Posted: Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:35 pm
by RalphAlsip
The production schedule (see picture below) through May 2019 still shows stag 97. It certainly is possible it is incorrect.
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Re: Mystery #97 Northfield

Posted: Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:45 pm
by gsmith7158
Yes that's the Oregon Knife Collectors SFO. I believe one is shown in the other 97 thread.

Re: Mystery #97 Northfield

Posted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:40 pm
by HighPlains
Strangely, I no longer see the Houndstooth shielded Northfields ::shrug::

Re: Mystery #97 Northfield

Posted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:24 am
by Onearmbladejunkie
MY THEORY ON THE MYSTERY #97 NORTHFIELD KNIFE. GEC POSTED THIS KNIFE FOR ABOUT 3 HOURS, THEN THEY REMOVED THE POSTING. THIS MYSTERY KNIFE HAD AUTUMN GOLD JIGGED BONE SCALES WITH THE LARGE HOUNDS TOOTH SHIELD. GEC POSTED A PICTURE WITH YELLOW SMOOTH BONE SCALES , WITH A NOTE. "TIDIOUTE AUTUMN GOLD BONE 1602 PEICES" THATS 801 KNIVES" MY THEORY IS ,GEC DOES NOT WANT THEIR DEALERS TO GET STUCK WITH THOSE KNIVES. I BELIEVE GEC SENT OF THOSE AUTUMN GOLD JIGGED BONE SCALES TO THE NORTHFIELD FACTORY TO MAKE A BETTER KNIFE. THIS IS MY THEORY ! THESE COULD BE RENDEZVOUS KNIVES ALSO. GEC LOVES TO AGRIVATE THEIR CUSTOMERS !
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Re: Mystery #97 Northfield

Posted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:34 am
by Onearmbladejunkie
SMOOTH YELLOW BONE SCALES 1602 SCALES --801 KNIVES , THESE ARE FOR THE TIDIOUTE AUTUMN GOLD JIGGED BONE KNIVES ---- I BELEIVE SOME OF THESE WERE SENT TO THE NORTHFIELD FACTORY AND USED ON THE GEC #97 MYSTERY KNIVES.
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Re: Mystery #97 Northfield

Posted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:04 am
by HighPlains
Nice job getting screen grabs, onearm. Thank you.

Re: Mystery #97 Northfield

Posted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 3:22 am
by RalphAlsip
That shield has been used for Smoky Mountain Knifeworks SFO in the recent past.

Re: Mystery #97 Northfield

Posted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 3:57 am
by Tsar Bomba
Onearmbladejunkie has me wondering if GEC had issues with a full run of stag knives and bumped that autumn gold jigged bone to the NF run. :?

A knife this size might pose a challenge procuring proper slabs of Sambar horn to accommodate the planned production numbers. ::shrug::

I'm just hoping my smooth yellow rose bone reservation holds up. ::paranoid:: I'll fight the internal war over getting a Tidioute later.

Re: Mystery #97 Northfield

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2019 12:59 am
by Ajd3530
1. There is no Northfield factory. Tidioutes, Northfields, GECs, F&F are all produced in the same building, by the same folks. None are "better knives," they just have different trim and features.

2. The box 1602 of blank bovine bone slabs marked autumn gold are exactly that: 1602 pieces of bovine bone slab to be processed into autumn gold covers. Not smooth yellow.

3. I think the answer is simply they have had an over run of parts, and are making small offshoot runs with the extra bits and pieces they have; or they weren't able to procure enough stag to make the original numbers they intended on.. Or possibly both.

Re: Mystery #97 Northfield

Posted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 4:07 pm
by HighPlains
Wishes granted! End of the hall photo shows stag coke bottles headed to assembly. I’m not sure what to make of the man pushing the piano though ......

Re: Mystery #97 Northfield

Posted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 5:26 pm
by gsmith7158
HighPlains wrote:Wishes granted! End of the hall photo shows stag coke bottles headed to assembly. I’m not sure what to make of the man pushing the piano though ......
Ebony and Ivory keys perhaps for the Ebony Northfield and who knows perhaps an Ivory Northwoods. ::woot::

Re: Mystery #97 Northfield

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 2:45 pm
by FarSide
I think the mystery is solved. Received an email from Roy Humenick of American Whittler for the SFO release of a #97 with antique yellow jig bone covers and a spear shield (or dog tooth?). Only 50 made.

Re: Mystery #97 Northfield

Posted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:18 pm
by Onearmbladejunkie
My theory was wrong , but I sure had fun guessing. Antique yellow bone with hounds tooth #97
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