What does word CHINOOK means?

Feb 22, 2000
I own already twoo Chinooks, love this knife and carry it with me some times ;)
My question is what does it name - Chinook means? I know that it's name of American Indian tribe, also that it's a name of warm wind from Rocky Mountains, also there is such helicopter :)
So what does Chinook means in connection to knife?
It is also the name of a breed of very large salmon indigenous to the our Northwest Pacific Coast and to the Pacific Coasts of Canada and Alaska. But to know why James Keating and Sal Glesser chose that name, I suppose that we'll have to wait for one of them to answer.
It is also the name of a helicopter used by the military here in the USA. It is also known as the CH-47. A friend of mine used to be a Crew chief on one when he was in the reserves.
"Chinook" is supposed to refer to a particular Native North American/ First Nations/"Indian" tribe and their language, and also to a specific type of Salmon, and a specific warm Canadian wind. But that's all beside the point. "Chinook" is an all-purpose Canadian term referring to stuff that is Canadian, be it an outdated helicopter, a cool knife [ bet Rob Simonich didn't know he was making a Canadian knife when he did the Vanguard for Les] or whatever. Hey, we ain't got much - don't take our names, dammit! :)
The work Chinook is found in many different applications throughout the Pacific NW. Two of the most notable of these are Chinook (King) salmon and the Chinook wind which is a warm southerly winter wind that can bring bare gound in the midst of winter in less then a day sometimes.

"Chinook Jargon" was the language used by Indians, French, Scottish and American trappers to communicate with each other. It was made up of various Indian, French, English words and who knows what else. You will still see these words in use in some areas. Skookum for instance means big or powerful, savy means understand (from French) cocowalla means dog meat :barf:.

There undoubtedly is much information available on this language on the net. I think I'll go check it out.