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November 07, 2019, 04:46 PM
I've really avoided getting into traditional pocket knives for a long time. I would prefer more modern knives that I am more likely to use. Also, I just don't see myself using a traditional knife as much, and I don't like the idea of holding on to safe queens.
However, I've long looked at and admired the patterns and options offered by GEC, and especially those by Northwood's Knives (knivesshipfree).
Well, yesterday I was fortunate enough to get a couple; one for me and one for a close friend.

The Northwoods Ocoee Jack:

Is anyone else into collecting or using traditionals?

November 08, 2019, 08:34 AM
Good looking knife, that's a very usable blade shape. I carry a Wharncliffe Trapper on occasion and have a couple of fancy customs. Nothing wrong with a slipjoint or everyday chores, open a box, an envelope, clean nails etc.


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November 08, 2019, 10:44 AM
Thank you, UTsig! I will probably carry both a modern and this traditional. Maybe for formal gatherings, this will be my tux-knife. I’m super excited about it!! And this will be my first experience with desert ironwood as well. I had a bunch of points accrued with ksf, so I was actually able to get this for a very good price. Well, the first one, at least.

(Ps: I was raised just down the road from you, in Bloomington Hills area of St. George)
November 08, 2019, 08:11 PM
That's just purdy Esskay. You may want to consider a knife slip to keep it in place in your pocket. I carry either a Case or Queen stockman in one. will keep your pocket in one piece too.

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November 08, 2019, 09:36 PM
Very nice. I love Wharncliffes.

Yes, I like traditional slipjoints; I grew up with them and am perfectly comfortable opening and closing a pocket knife with two hands. Also tend to like slimmer blades which are frequently found on older styles. I don't expect a pocket knife to do the work of a fixed blade, so they don't have to be as big, heavy, broad-bladed, or sturdy as many modern folders.
November 09, 2019, 12:17 PM
Thank you! I don’t have it in my possession yet, but supposedly later today. Northwoods do come with a leather slip, but they have been a little bulky in the past. I’m hoping their new slip design is a little smaller and form fitting.
These don’t tend to come very sharp from the factory so I am going to have to give them some stone work soon. I have a wicked edge and a sharpmaker. Not sure which one will work best on this.

Thanks fellas.

November 09, 2019, 05:36 PM
I got the knives, three days ahead of expected delivery. Here are some of my unprofessional pictures:

They aren't terribly dull, but they aren't lightsaber sharp either. The pull is smooth and easy. Half-stop. I like the new leather pocket-slip design. It is smaller and uses thinner leather and will break in easier and carry better. I can't wait to hear which one is mine so I can start carrying it.

November 09, 2019, 06:17 PM
And even though I said I haven't gotten into collecting traditionals and don't like safe queens, here are the Ocoee Jacks set next to a couple Madison Barlows (GEC pattern 74) that I picked up several years ago. Both are still uncarried and unused. (One mammoth, one denim micarta)

It is noticeably smaller, though true width is about the same, and will be easier to carry in pocket. Old slip design vs. new slip design displayed as well.

December 02, 2019, 09:32 PM
I have a few 'trads' in the collection, and EDC-them on a semi-regular basis:


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January 14, 2020, 03:23 PM
Northwoods is about to have another drop of pocket knives this coming Wednesday. They are calling it the Heritage Jack and it is based on the GEC 86 frame. 4 cover materials: mammoth, two bone, and two micarta. You can find photos on their social media page.

Just wanted to throw an FYI out there if this is your sort of thing. They usually sell out quickly.
January 14, 2020, 03:26 PM
Originally posted by eTripper:
[b]I have a few 'trads' in the collection, and EDC-them on a semi-regular basis:

Sory I didn’t see this sooner; those have some incredible covers! Very very nice! I really like that multi-tool.
January 14, 2020, 06:36 PM
This is probably the closest thing to traditional that I have in my collection.

Friction folder made by Michael Morris. Made from an old file. Black Micarta scales.

January 14, 2020, 09:00 PM
Originally posted by Nismo:
This is probably the closest thing to traditional that I have in my collection.

Friction folder made by Michael Morris. Made from an old file. Black Micarta scales.

January 17, 2020, 01:25 PM
Hillbilly Dan
After collecting Case knives for over 20 years and getting very upset over the quality, I was lucky to find GEC about 3 months ago.
Happy to say I know own 4 GEC knives and just ordered my 5th. Quality like Case has never done and such good feeling knives from Walk and talk to just the over all feel of the individual knife. I am happy to say that I will now be collecting GEC Knives. I will still do Case from time to time and I collect Hen and Rooster knives as well. So, I have the sickness in a bad way. I also have 6 fixed blade knives from Bowie to skinning knives. Just a hobby.
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January 18, 2020, 12:48 PM
I ordered a GEC in late December, after I received it seven more followed, wow what quality. Sure would like one of those Northwoods if anyone wants to sell or trade!