Let's talk Northwoods

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

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  1. Txjohn

    Txjohn Basic Member Basic Member

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    Apr 24, 2013
    The scagel style northwoods are my favorite . I feel like the arrowhead shield is better suited in a rustic form. Premium handle GEC's with heat scale doesnt quite match the shield in my opinion . I would of bought some of the recent runs if the shields were different or absent. The Gec made fruitport is my favorite Bonn made northwood . Did gec cut the hole nick or was that out sourced like the blade grind?
    Also want to mention that I'm just pointing out my preferences. Im not trying criticizing Derrick's business . His customer service has been very good and I look forward to future purchases .
     
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  2. Pointshoot777

    Pointshoot777

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    Feb 16, 2001
    IMO customer feedback on their preferences is like gold to good companies & all my past experiences with KSF point to them being that.
    The Customer Is King baby ! These items aren't necessities, just potential wants. I sure as heck don't 'need' another knife. But I just might want another one if it strikes my fancy. :)


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  3. Ryouchijtx

    Ryouchijtx

    Oct 26, 2011
    IIRC they sold off those Scagel rights quite a while back Jake. Shame.

    They made a run of Scagel knives with GEC, the Fruitport and the Barehead Jack which both looked far better/individualistic with consistent ties to a truly rustic look than any of the current offerings in my opinion with that 'rustic' scale.
     
  4. Blinkknives

    Blinkknives

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    May 28, 2012
    I like the Scagel discussion in here, I haven't had the good fortune of owning one , but they sure are stunning.

    That being said, I think Derricks creations so far are what pulled me towards traditional knives, I'm sure I'm not alone. I missed out on many that I would be happy to see another run of. The upcoming Hawthorne is one of them, Indian river jack, Burnside jack, bullet jack, Broadway jack, Forest Jack, heck even the Presidential was one I missed and looks like an outstanding knife.


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  5. Pointshoot777

    Pointshoot777

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    Feb 16, 2001
    I saw a Scagel fixed blade listed somewhere recently. (I don't recall where). -- It was listed at $20,000.00

    Yep, all those zeros are Not a typo.
     
  6. supratentorial

    supratentorial

    Dec 19, 2006
    Thank you for the info, Tim. I had wondered if they were both still owned by KSF.

    In that case this topic of Northwoods knives is now quite separate from Scagel knives. The high quality knives that Dave produced through American manufacturers is a continuing tradition through KSF.
     
  7. Blinkknives

    Blinkknives

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    May 28, 2012
    Nice! Yeah that doesn't surprise me, I'm sure it was a beauty!


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  8. Ironbut

    Ironbut Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 1, 2016
    My only Northwoods is this stockman.
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  9. videorecipes

    videorecipes Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jan 12, 2017
    as a newcomer to traditional knives, this has me very excited!
     
  10. Bugdoc

    Bugdoc Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 29, 2016
    Derrick, you read my mind- I was just saying to myself as I read the posts 'it's the handle materials that really sets the Northwoods knives apart'. Simply stunning!
     
  11. Pointshoot777

    Pointshoot777

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    Feb 16, 2001
    I guess it is what it is.

    Recently I was looking at photos of 'Ford Mustangs' through the years - from their introduction in 1964 to today. Though all those vehicles carried the same 'Mustang' name, they were drastically different from one another. Entirely different cars.

    Similarly, there are the knives made by William Scagel. There are the knives by custom makers that are done with elements of the Scagel knife designs. There were the Scagel inspired knives from Dave Shirley under the Northwoods name. And there are the Northwoods knives made by GEC and marketed by KSF today. All of these knives are quite different and its up to the buyer to decide if he likes them & wants to buy them or not.


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  12. videorecipes

    videorecipes Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jan 12, 2017
    well said. it's fascinating to me how modern northwoods knives represent that evolution which is inherent to all things, even the consciously conservative world of traditional slipjoints.
     
  13. Railsplitter

    Railsplitter Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2010
    This reminds me of an incident about 9 or 10 years ago. A lady bought an old fixed blade knife at a garage sale for $5. She decided to list it on Ebay a short while later. The "Questions and Comments" section was visible for all to see during the auction and there were several pages of comments. I remember her commenting that she would have been surprised to get $15 for it. Turns out it was an original Scagel and ended up selling for something like $11,000.

    Someone on another forum posted a link to the auction while it was still live and I remember watching those bids increase. Probably the most interesting Ebay auction I've ever followed.
     
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  14. SadSappySucker

    SadSappySucker

    Jul 20, 2014
    This has already been a really informing thread. I for one never really knew the history of Northwoods pre KSF. I knew they had something to do with Scagel, but then again I never really knew much about Scagel either.
     
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  15. Pointshoot777

    Pointshoot777

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    Well, this was my point in this open ended invitation to discuss Northwoods knives. IMO, today's Northwoods are not an evolution coming from the Scagel designs and Dave Shirley's Northwoods interpretations of that. I see nothing common to the three except that they are knives and have an arrowhead shield. Someone stated earlier that KSF sold the Scagel brandmark. (Dave Shirley had obtained it as part of his vision for his Northwoods.) There are likely also manufacturing and legal issues involved which are not known by the public. That includes what GEC is able & willing to do, and at what price. Also, what elements of the Scagel designs could be used without causing legal problems. Perhaps using the arrowhead shield was the practical limit to what KSF could do with their Northwoods. I dunno.
    Of course, from reading some of the comments, it can be seen that much of this history wasn't known by some of those reading this thread. If they like what they see in the current Northwoods, more power to 'em. Buy them & enjoy them. GEC makes a nice traditional knife. - - Those who have something else in mind can always commission a custom. It will cost more than the GEC, but will be far cheaper than an original Scagel.

    Bottom line, we all enjoy knives and are fellow 'knife knuts'.


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  16. Pointshoot777

    Pointshoot777

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    Since were talking Northwoods, here's something else I'll bring up. As mentioned, 'Northwoods' was the brand created by Dave Shirley who wanted to (and did) come out with Scagel design influenced production knives. After Dave passed away, several of Dave's knives were offered for sale by KSF. I really kick myself today for not picking up more of these when available. I remember that there were fixed blade knives and they remained on KSF for quite some while. (- sound of me kickin' myself again ). These definitely had that Scagel look - - hunting knives with lots of horn and leather. Just websearch Scagel knives and you'll see what I mean. At the time, I didn't buy one because I thought 'I can always grab one later' and they were too pretty for me to want to use hard in the field. I do a lot of hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, etc and bought knives that I used, scratched, and banged up at that time. Bill Scagel was a huge influence on modern knife design; that's why Dave Shirley wanted to honor him. But, those fixed blades had a look quite different from today's taste for the 'tacti-cool'. - - A small number of us may want a traditional looking product from a decades old design, but if a manufacturer/retailer can't sell enough of them to justify the costs, it makes no sense for them put it out. Undoubtedly, all this comes into play in the knife biz. Thankfully, we live in a time with good production knife manufacturers and talented custom makers. We can just about buy whatever we want - - as long as we're willing to pay for it.


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  17. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    The Scagel fixed blades offered at KSF appear to be made by Bark River. Was wondering if KSF owns the entire trademark or are these a separate company?
     
  18. Txjohn

    Txjohn Basic Member Basic Member

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    Apr 24, 2013
    Not owning the scagel trademark explains the change in direction . Bummer!
     
  19. Pointshoot777

    Pointshoot777

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    Feb 16, 2001
    If that's true, I think you might have hit the nail on the head.


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  20. SonnyJim

    SonnyJim Gold Member Gold Member

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    Mar 6, 2012
    I may be wrong (usually am...) but I thought KSF now owns the Scagel name. I've got a two KSF/Scagel folders and they're full of character. I keep thinking the chances are better that they'll be back now that Bark River is getting into folders. My two Scagels went through a few hands to reach final production, starting with build by Queen, then sent over to BRKT for a nice convex sharpening, then over to Derek for final sales. Now I think about it, my Scagel Fruitport may actually be a GEC 48 (still with the great BRKT convex grind).

    ~Jim
     

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