FAQ: Why does Great Eastern Cutlery use the name "Tidioute" or "Northfield UN-X-LD" on their knives?

16th Aug 2018

Great Eastern Cutlery operates in a part of the United States that carries a rich amount of knife history, especially in the cutlery companies that used to operate there over a century ago. Two of these classic names were revived by GEC in order to carry on their traditional way of producing classic pocket knives.

Tidioute Cutlery: These knives are beautifully made, but they are designed with function and practicality above beauty. The finish and the materials are practical, intended to be a working knife. The blades are satin-finished 1095 carbon steel, and the covers are durable material like cattle bone and ebony wood.

Northfield UN-X-LD: The most premium materials and finishes are reserved for this line. The handle covers feature exotic pieces of genuine stag antler and richly figured woods. The 1095 carbon steel blades are finished to a mirror polish, and the bolsters are finished with finer details such as fluting.

You may also find some GEC models marked under the following:

Great Eastern Cutlery: This self-named line from GEC features 440C stainless steel, the acorn shield emblem, and preferred materials such as elk antler, cattle bone, and hardwoods - all sourced in the U.S.

Farm & Field Tool: These are built solely to be hard-working, chore-tackling knives. The handles are made of extremely durable delrin, micarta, or acrylic. The rest of the knife is an all-steel construction with reinforced pins and 1095 carbon steel blades and backsprings.