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Northwoods (Made By GEC) Cost More Than GEC..Why?

Discussion in 'FEEDBACK: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly!' started by fairhaven, Jan 24, 2015.

  1. fairhaven


    May 22, 2013
    I'm thinking about ordering a Northwoods knife. I really like the looks of the Indian River Jack & Forest Jack. I'm curious as to why this line of knives, made by GEC, cost more than comparable GEC knives. Is there a little extra "something" added to the Northwoods knives? Different specs maybe?
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  2. Shaggy


    Jan 30, 2012
    ...premium scale materials (camel bone, mammoth ivory), cost of new tooling, etc. The IRJ isn't made by GEC but does have premium CPM-154 blade steel.
  3. RRaconteur


    Dec 7, 2013
    That's a bit like asking why a Lincoln costs more than a Ford. Materials, attention to detail, tooling, technology, and marketing have more to do with the price than the badge on the hood.

  4. rma100


    Nov 12, 2011
    Some Northwoods Knives are made by Great Eastern Cutlery. Northwoods Knives are not marketed by Great Eastern Cutlery.
  5. jc57


    Nov 28, 2012
    Northwoods is a brand name owned by KnivesShipFree. The owner of KSF has those knives made to his specifications by GEC and Queen (or any other makers he chooses, but those are the ones I know of) and is free to set his pricing level at whatever he thinks he can sell them at. You can always contact the owner for additional information about his pricing strategy and business model.
  6. Peregrin

    Peregrin Traditional Forum Moderator Moderator Gold Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    With the lack of knife discussion, I think Feedback is a better fit for this thread on pricing.
  7. draggat

    draggat Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 26, 2010
    Many of them are a bit different than standard factory offerings and production costs may be slightly higher. My personal opinion on the matter is that since KSF is the only dealer who sells Northwoods, they can charge whatever they want. People, including me, are buying them so they must not be priced too high. In fact, some of their newer knives have disappeared almost instantly. I think they've got a pretty good thing going for both sides.
  8. mr_badexample


    Mar 1, 2012
    I agree with draggat and I'd buy more if I could. I also think Derrick is really good at marketing his knives. He's keyed in to social media, the forums and sends out regular emails. The customer service is top notch. He really knows his target audience and how to access them.
  9. bonzodog

    bonzodog Basic Member Basic Member

    Dec 3, 2011
    + 1 on this .
  10. okbohn


    May 26, 2006
    Hey, thanks everyone for answering. You guys nailed it.

    We work with manufacturers to get the designs we want made
    We buy tooling for various things
    We source the best handle materials and provide them to the manufacturers
    We supply them with a premium pocket sheath
    We do all the marketing
    We provide customer service
    We risk the capital to have the knives made and the failures sit on our shelves for years

    That about covers it. :)

    I love what I do and I am glad that people enjoy the knives we produce!
  11. draggat

    draggat Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 26, 2010
    The customer service is what separates KSF from the competition. They go far above and beyond the standard. I have absolutely nothing negative to say about them and probably never will. Just the fact that Derrick replies to these threads should say something. I get the impression that he really does care about each and every customer. In this day and age, that's really worth something
  12. Crunchmeister


    Feb 17, 2013
    What you're reading here pretty much hits the nail on the head. Derrick knows knives very well. I've been in the shop and personally observed him and his staff bending over backwards for customers, and the Northwoods line appears to reflect that attention to service and detail. But Derrick, his smiling, caring demeanor aside, has a very dark side... he will put something in your hand in the shop and then BAM! You know you neeeed it and you're in trouble with the Mrs. all over again, lol! I just can't believe she thinks I have too many knives. But seriously, Derrick has never steered me wrong, even going so far as to steer me away from a purchase and towards something else which he understood better met my needs. The Northwoods products, like the Scagels, are just beautiful and very well made. They are what I would consider "heirloom quality" products that I will be proud to hand down to my children and grandchildren.
  13. amg137


    Sep 21, 2013
    It's been mentioned and seconded already, but KSF is an awesome dealer. Great customer service and communication, not to mention the great construction and materials found in Northwoods knives. The Northwoods Hawthorne Wharnies in particular get me super excited every time I see one. I haven't bought one yet, but I've handled a couple and probably will when I have the opportunity.

    In short, don't overlook them for their premium (but still very reasonable) prices.
  14. fstop107


    Nov 9, 2014
    Your business and detail to customer care is top notch and Northwoods are excellent knives!

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