#25 Barlow in green sawcut bone arrived today, and it is a sweet little knife. The pulls are ~5 or so, the pen blade spring is noticeably thinner than the clip. Since it has SS liners I assume it's a later model, 2011 according to the dealer site. Sharp out of the tube too
Now to take some pics...
Your knife's year will be stamped directly onto the back of the main blade; if it ends in '11, it's a 2011 model. In fact, I'm going to guess the tang stamp reads 251211, same as my barlow (same model with different scales, but scales aren't reflected on tang stamps): 25= frame, 1= clip main, 2= 2 blades, 11= year.
The spring on the secondary blade of my 09 Jack, in this case a clip (as I got l'arned about) also has a "noticeably thinner" spring than the main blade:
... That doesn't prevent it from being a mondo stiff little bugger, while the pen secondary on my barlow (harder to see steel-on-steel, but also narrower than the main) is the easiest to open of the four blades on the two knives.
(The bone on the Jack isn't gapped at either liner, but some coloration where the two materials meet sometimes lends the impression of a gap when photographed.)
Some more comparison shots:
My barlow after its first taste of steak earlier today:
Quoted because it is one of the finer descriptions I have come across recently.That doesn't prevent it from being a mondo stiff little bugger
I don't care for stiff blade actions, and have avoided these cute little fellas for that reason.
In other news, Grape Grape Joy:
How well does the sheepsfoot blade sit in the handle of these 25s when the knife is closed (it suddenly occurs that almost all pictures show the knives open)? Have any of you had to file kicks, etc.?
I haven't had to file the kicks down on any of mine.
No filing here either but the sheepsfoot sits very proud when closed. Photobucket won't work on my computer here at work but I'll post a pic later of the knife closed unless somebody beats me to it.
Being a single blade knife, I find the proud blade an advantage. Even if the Ez-Open notch was not there there would still be enough blade to grab onto and pinch it open. I've never used the nail nick on any of the #25 sheepfoots that I've owned. If I remember correctly, the Tidioutes, or at least some of them, don't even have a nail nick.
I have my Grape #25 and a ruler with me now. At its highest point, the blade rises 3/8" above the handle. Measured from the straight part of the handle, not the EO notch.
Here you go, P.
It isn't visible in my pic but the tip of the blade sits far enough into the well that I can run my finger over that area and not feel a thing.
I'm a little curious as to why the sheepsfoot blade rides quite that high, however, given how well the spearpoints sink into the handle. The sheepsfoot doesn't look that much wider...? I s'pose if I ever handle the actual knives, it will make sense.
My Bulldog sheepsfoot doesn't have a nail nick and it pinches open nicely
Here's the Barlow (if you haven't already seen it )
Still hard to see the green, it's very dark even in natural sunlight when the photo was taken. And it is a 2011 too. It's a sweet little knife!
I haven't been interested in knives with purple handles but those look pretty nice. The first pic looks like a deep purple...kinda growing on me!
"How lucky could one guy be..."
I took my Appaloosa Jack (which I affectionately refer to as my "Apple Jack") with me to GEC yesterday, at which Chris Tucker directed me to "Give it to Bill, he'll take care of it." "Bill" went off with my knife for a short while, then returned it to me with the clip secondary blade a pleasure to open. "Bill" being Mr. Bill Howard, the owner at GEC.
Here's my Apple Jack with its secondary clip blade (easily!) open, plus my Barlow with its secondary pen, plus,-- whoa, how did that happen?
In other news of the 25, I was transfixed by the displays of the 25s from earlier years, and took really bad pictures of them (they were behind glass x 2, under bright lights), just so I could remember having seen them:
Better yet, I was told that there would likely be more 25s coming out this year(!). Oh, I hope.
Good to hear your knife was taken care of, the bone on that one is a fine sight indeed.
Hey guys, haven't been around here in a while. Too much of a good thing can be bad, especially for my wallet. Anyhow, here are my 25's.....
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