Let's talk Northwoods

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by SadSappySucker, Feb 20, 2017.

  1. Wharn

    Wharn Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2011
    Those are some great photos. My sawcut is coming tomorrow and now I am even more excited.
  2. Kiro

    Kiro Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 17, 2017
    Thanks! I think it's awesome. But also, I'm generally impressed by this and other recent Northwoods runs. Really fantastic cover options, and the unique mammoth and giraffe ones seem to all have well matched covers. They're making good choices and GEC is delivering for them.
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  3. SnackPack


    Nov 21, 2019
    I agree. It’s interesting how different the covers are. Mine are a deep gold caramel color, others look very stag like, some look like oily creek bone, and others are unmistakably mammoth bark. Great diversity for a run of just 70 odd pieces
  4. TOM K.

    TOM K. Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 22, 2016
    Beautiful photos! I was lucky enough to pick up one of the same and I like everything about it. I flushed it out last night with Rem Oil and I think it was the cleanest GEC I've seen. Almost none of the normal black came out.
  5. Rayski

    Rayski Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2009
    I failed to get a knife on the last two KSF Northwoods drops because I tried for a mammoth both times and was sniped and sold out before I could get another cover. It was really hard not to try again on this release, but that red sawcut was a first choice. It showed up today and is AWESOME!


    Maybe one day I'll score a mammoth....
  6. Kiro

    Kiro Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 17, 2017
    If I had to guess (which I do because I don't know any better), that diversity per run is on purpose. Some mammoth handles on this run look a lot like certain mammoth handles from other runs. Giraffe bone as well. I assume they are providing bits of many larger pieces for each run rather than pulling from a single large piece per run. So we get diversity within the run rather than having a bunch of the signal jacks be caramel and a bunch of the heritage jacks being blue-ish, or whatever. Pure speculation. But if that is what they are doing, I appreciate it. This would also imply they sit on a rather large inventory.
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  7. FreeState42


    Jan 6, 2020
    Finally got to look over the haul from last week. I really like the color variation of the giraffe.

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  8. tmd_87

    tmd_87 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 29, 2016
    Great pair!!!
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  9. Wharn

    Wharn Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2011

    Mine showed up last night (perfect timing to tell my wife it’s a birthday present to myself). I thought I wasn’t going to like the color but I absolutely love the knife and scales. The walk and talk is the best out of any Northwoods I have ever handled. It snaps open and closed. I think the 86 is the perfect size for pocket carry. Well done GEC & Northwoods, I am sure Derrick would be proud.
  10. SnackPack


    Nov 21, 2019
    For all the NW minds on here, is it fairly standard practice for a release to contain such a small number of mammoth ivory? This was only 81 pieces compared to 131 of giraffe bone. Has that happened on past releases too?

    Also, i've noticed the difference in blade on mine vs. other GEC knives. The blade almost looks milled, with vertical lines all along - quite different than others from GEC. Do all NW have different blades out of the GEC factory like this, and why is that?

  11. pmek5

    pmek5 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 27, 2007
    Picture Break :)

  12. Norcaldude

    Norcaldude Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 19, 2014
  13. Jarhead Greasemonkey

    Jarhead Greasemonkey Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2015
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  14. Jiki

    Jiki Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 12, 2018
  15. Matt_WY

    Matt_WY Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 30, 2018
    since we’re posting pics
  16. tmd_87

    tmd_87 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 29, 2016
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  17. Travman

    Travman Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2016
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  18. L.H.S

    L.H.S Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 1, 2013
    It turns out there's a lot of history behind the Northwoods Heritage Jack. This is what I like about traditionals! Thanks to Jay for cluing me in to this back story.


    GEC has had and used a CNC for a year or so now. I suspect the lines, which I also noticed, are due to a difference in finishing on these than the highly polished Northfields etc.

    My #93 Waynorth Lambfoot has the same lines, and I think some other recent knives.
  19. tmd_87

    tmd_87 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 29, 2016
    Love this one. Very underappreciated knife in my collection!
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  20. SnackPack


    Nov 21, 2019
    First time Northwoods owner here. Snagged a mammoth Heritage and it’s incredible. I’m scared to actually use it, but it’s such an amazing knife I’d love it to be a user and for my kids to have it one day as an heirloom. On the flip side it’s gorgeous but I’m not a collector, so I’d feel bad with it just gathering dust or being looked at! Anyone else struggle with putting a great NW into use?

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