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Old January 2, 2015, 07:41 PM   #1
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Barlow Knife

Anyone here recall the old fasioned Barlow knife? I have been causually looking for one and I havent seen any out there. Do they still make them ? I dont need another knife,but its one of those nostalga things I suppose . If I cant find a new one I guess I will have to look around for a used one (or two)
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Old January 2, 2015, 08:04 PM   #2
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Old January 2, 2015, 08:43 PM   #3
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KaBar makes a fine looking Barlow in their Coppersmith line.
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Old January 3, 2015, 03:43 AM   #4
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Yup I have a cheap promo Barllow in my pocket, I saw some today on the web when I was looking at getting a knock around stockman
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Old January 3, 2015, 06:23 AM   #5
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I bought and carried a Russell barlow for a long time and really liked the knife, but it was sure prone to rust. Every time I turned around I was having to polish off some more on a blade. It is a pretty nice little pocket knife with bone scales and all, but I gave up and moved on to some others that were less maintenance. Lots of other brands out there....
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Old January 3, 2015, 10:19 AM   #6
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Google Knife Center.
I like the Barlows also and I carry an ancient Shrade Barlow in my Sunday
'go to meetin' " pants.
Case makes some great looking Barlows.
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Old January 3, 2015, 11:37 AM   #7
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I've bought several Barlows off of Ebay. They usually have a good selection in all price ranges.
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Old January 3, 2015, 12:11 PM   #8
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Here's a fine selection of Barlows at the A.G. Russell website:


And here's the Ka-Bar Coppersmith Barlow mentioned above, I'd like one of these myself:

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Old January 3, 2015, 02:14 PM   #9
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Utica is making them again, quality is serviceable, alittle lazy on the walk and talk but nice looking knives made in the US too

or a fancy one by case (kinda hard to find Case barlows i believe the pattern is in the vault)

ive got an old utica circa 1940's that was my grandads and a kabar barlow, also a camillus barlow from the early 70's all three are great knives and a little better on the fit and finish scale than say Imperial or Colonial brands of Old
Good Luck with your Quest
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Old January 3, 2015, 10:01 PM   #10
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+++ on AG Russell
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Old January 4, 2015, 01:08 PM   #11
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Kabar is selling a nice barlow now (made by Canal Street Cutlery). Great Eastern Cutlery (GEC) has been making some really high quality barlows on special order. They have been collectively called "Charlows". They sell out pretty fast and only a few dealers sell them. Good stuff.

Knives Ship Free sells one they call the Northwoods Madison Barlow which is a large 4.25" closed length single blade barlow pattern knife. I believe a new order will be received in the coming months from GEC. I have a couple of these.

Case may still make a barlow. I haven't looked at their selection in a good while.
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Old January 4, 2015, 02:42 PM   #12
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Think I had one of those $1.99 Imperial (?) brand versions when I was a kid. I think I wanted one after reading Tom Sawyer and probably bought it at the Western Auto hardware store back in the 60's.
They sure have gone up in price judging from the links you folks have posted...
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Old January 4, 2015, 04:47 PM   #13
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When I was a kid a folding Barlow was required dress.
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Old January 4, 2015, 06:56 PM   #14
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I got a real nice Case and I got I Imperial' s,Sabers that I find in pawn shops for a dollar to a buck n a half.
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Old January 4, 2015, 07:48 PM   #15
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A Case Barlow was my very first "good knife" when I was a kid. Used it for years for everything from whittling to skinning a deer. Before that, I owned a couple Imperials of varying sizes which cost about $1-$2 each at the time.
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Old January 25, 2015, 10:55 PM   #16
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Barlow' s are a great knife pattern and every one should own at least One.
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Old January 25, 2015, 11:19 PM   #17
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This one put an end to the bullying.

This Case is just for looks.

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Old January 27, 2015, 10:45 PM   #18
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KSF mentioned above just got in some two blade Northwoods Madison barlows. Got one. Really nice. They are a hand full.
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Old January 28, 2015, 11:51 AM   #19
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I have a Case Brothers Barlow with a spear point main blade. I really like it. No idea what happened to the Barlow I had as a kid. Classic design.
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Old January 28, 2015, 11:55 AM   #20
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We sell a number of Barlow knives. If you're not looking to break the bank, here's one we offer made by Schrade: http://www.opticsplanet.com/schrade-...low-knife.html.

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Old January 29, 2015, 08:20 PM   #21
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I can attest to the quality of the GEC 25 Barlows. Here is my buffalo horn prototype.

070 by barlow.bum, on Flickr

Also of not are the Queen made Robeson repops.

074 by barlow.bum, on Flickr

Also, you can find new in package examples from the 80's on ebay.
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Old January 30, 2015, 07:23 AM   #22
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GEC makes a really nice knife for sure, no matter the pattern you choose. Queen has several lovely samples of the barlow pattern in their 2015 catalog.

I have been carrying a Craftsman brand Barlow I picked up in a flea market store for under 12 bucks. It was a little rusty add needed some tlc but it cleaned up really well for a work knife with at least 40 years on it already.
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Old January 30, 2015, 08:53 AM   #23
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One of my favorite knives years ago was a Kabar Barlow, that is until I lost it. Tried replacing it with quite a few different knives but none were as sharp and handy to use as that Kabar.
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Old January 30, 2015, 09:22 AM   #24
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I read an artical once by Pat Mcmannus he recomened if you find something you like, buy a lifetime supply right away. Because by the time you decide you need to replace it, they will have been discontinued,and impossible to replace!
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Old January 30, 2015, 11:50 AM   #25
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I dig 'em.

Unfortunately, I keep giving the best ones away.

It never ceases to amaze me how many folk who previously carried a "must have" semi tactical folder are now carrying one of my old "Barlows".

These are the core of my never-give-ups. My absolute favorite is the single blade Rodgers of Sheffield.

Beautifully crisp open and close, exceptionally well made and sweetly rounded with a wonderful blade shape.

After my Barlow fascination, my appreciations move on to "electrician's knives and TL-29s... Kind of a natural evolution of Barlows.

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