Dave Shirley Northwoods

The Northwoods Knife brand name originated in Gladstone, Michigan when a man named Dave Shirley adopted it as his knife company's name in 2004. Dave was well known for collaborating with popular knife companies to have knives made to his specifications for resale well before 2004 & beyond. KnivesShipFree bought Northwoods from Dave & has continued to team up with respected makers to produce knives marked with the Northwoods brand name.
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Re: Dave Shirley Northwoods

Postby kootenay joe » Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:16 am

Yes this is a properly moderated forum, meaning it does not seem to be moderated. The mods only show when something truly rude or insulting is posted. They never interfere or stifle conversation and in turn, members are usually quite respectful of each other.
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Re: Dave Shirley Northwoods

Postby robbobus » Mon Jun 25, 2018 3:39 am

Here's a fairly recent addition. Northwoods Scagel Third Series Folder. Lost the light but grabbed a few pics next to a Fremont. To say the Scagel is chunky would be somewhat accurate, about an inch thick and the stag flairs perfectly at the butt. Cam tangs, smooth 6ish pull with nice mellow stag. Mr. Shirley was known for his stag and this one is no exception. I honestly wasn't that impressed when I bought it but in person these handles are exceptional. Queen did very well.
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The Fremont is pretty swell too.

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Re: Dave Shirley Northwoods

Postby gsmith7158 » Sat Aug 18, 2018 11:50 pm

Here are a few new arrivals for me.
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Re: Dave Shirley Northwoods

Postby kootenay joe » Sun Aug 19, 2018 1:06 am

"A few" ! Wow, 4 Northwoods, you have been busy shopping. Looks like the Stag ones might have come from the same source ? I think this might be the ebay Scagel i watch about 2 weeks ago ?
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Re: Dave Shirley Northwoods

Postby gsmith7158 » Sun Aug 19, 2018 1:35 am

kootenay joe wrote:"A few" ! Wow, 4 Northwoods, you have been busy shopping. Looks like the Stag ones might have come from the same source ? I think this might be the ebay Scagel i watch about 2 weeks ago ?
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The muskrat, trapper and stockman came from the same guy Roland. The Scagel was the last of five sold by another guy.
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Re: Dave Shirley Northwoods

Postby RalphAlsip » Sun Aug 19, 2018 2:26 am

gsmith7158 wrote:Here are a few new arrivals for me.

Greg, nice variety of early Northwoods. ::tu:: ::tu::

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Re: Dave Shirley Northwoods

Postby gsmith7158 » Sun Aug 19, 2018 2:43 am

RalphAlsip wrote:
gsmith7158 wrote:Here are a few new arrivals for me.

Greg, nice variety of early Northwoods. ::tu:: ::tu::

Thanks Jerry! ::handshake::
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Re: Dave Shirley Northwoods

Postby kootenay joe » Sun Aug 19, 2018 7:30 am

"The muskrat, trapper and stockman came from the same guy"
And, all made by Queen in early 2000's ? Or were some Northwoods made before 2000 ?
If you have the same pattern but branded "Queen" it would be interesting to compare with a Northwoods to see if any differences exist with fit & finish.
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Re: Dave Shirley Northwoods

Postby stagman » Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:49 pm

KJ...here is one 7- 10 years before Northwoods came about....
its when Dave started getting serious about making knives.....
Its his Bowie Corp. of Okemos Michigan, before Dave moved up too the
UP and started Northwoods app. 2003-4
This one was made app. early 1990's...if I remember correct, (ain't easy sometime)
Dave had the fixed blades Blanked at Queen, then they finished em up in Okemos
I actually spoke in person with him a couple times yrs ago..he was quite the knife guy !!!

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Re: Dave Shirley Northwoods

Postby kootenay joe » Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:15 pm

Good looking knife !
"Bowie Corp. of Okemos Michigan" is a new one to me. I will be on the look out for one of these knives.
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Re: Dave Shirley Northwoods

Postby kennedy knives » Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:58 pm

Here's a Dave Shirley Mammoth Coke Bottle Pattern Made in 2002 Marbles. I know it's not Northwoods but a Shirley
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Re: Dave Shirley Northwoods

Postby kennedy knives » Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:46 pm

Look thru some old Knife World Publications and this is what Dave Shirley's I found . Some are duplicates but you can see some of the Different Patterns that was available . The Scagel line was Northwood also
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Re: Dave Shirley Northwoods

Postby kennedy knives » Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:52 pm

A few more ::tu::
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Re: Dave Shirley Northwoods

Postby kennedy knives » Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:54 pm

One more Looks like the Stag's were 1 of 200 & Mammoth was 1 of 50 just what one ad stated .
This one is 1 of 100
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Re: Dave Shirley Northwoods

Postby kootenay joe » Fri Jan 18, 2019 12:07 am

Wow, Gary, thanks for posting so much Dave Shirley & Northwoods information. Flyers are how to ID for sure and to date the knives.
Are all of his Fixed Blades 'semi custom', i.e. made in a small shop with a few knife makers, grinding blades & building knives ?
Or, were some factory made by Queen ? or even offshore blades made into completed knives ?
Did Queen make the mammoth Swell Center Folding Hunter ?
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