Bear mgc thumbs up.

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by meako, Mar 30, 2020.

  1. meako

    meako Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 4, 2006
    I recently scored this beaut trapper. Its made by Bear and Sons for Keen Kutter c2006. We've all heard tell of Bears shortcomings but this one I have to say shines out like a shaft of gold whilst all around is dark.
    Beautiful slimy pale green bone. Great finish.
    Not a nailbreaker by any means.
    Not even stiff .
    Firm, Definitive and Precise I would say. These features combine to make a knife that is both pleasing to the eye and functional in hand.
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  2. Cutfinger

    Cutfinger Gold Member Platinum Member Gold Member

    Aug 3, 2017
    Meako, I sure like the look of that trapper. Also, very glad to hear that Bear can make a good knife.

    I am pretty accepting of a less than perfect knife, and always wanted to get a Bear Barlow knife. The pen is on the mark side, and is available in carbon steel.

    You got me really wanting to try out a Bear.


    Edited to add: you know, I enjoy bad art too. That way there's so much more to enjoy. And the small things, wait around for huge, amazing and dramatic things to enjoy, and you're cutting yourself off from a lot of joy.

    Haha, that's my take.
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  3. afishhunter

    afishhunter Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 21, 2014
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  4. meako

    meako Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 4, 2006
    Oh yeah...and it came in a cool old school tin...which I like a lot.
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  5. Campbellclanman

    Campbellclanman Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    That is a great Knife my friend! I have owned some nice earlier Stag handled Knives by Bear & Son- some knock 'em, but I have had a good run with Bear's Knives!
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  6. hornetguy

    hornetguy Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2015
    That's a nice looking trapper! Is "slimy green" the official color listed by Bear? :rolleyes:

    I've only had one Bear in recent times, and it wasn't a bad knife, but wasn't quite the quality of a well made Case knife. It was certainly attractive, and serviceable.... and carbon steel.

    You did good!
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  7. jstrange


    Mar 31, 2012
    Love the shape of that clip point!
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  8. Bartleby


    Oct 28, 2005
    I noticed that they are making a single blade pen knife, model 79 that uses screw construction in white bone that I might give a try. I have long desired to support an American company making good useful knives at user prices. Anyone tried their stuff made in the last year or so?
  9. abcdef


    Oct 28, 2005
    Good looking knife.
  10. mckgreg


    Nov 18, 2001
    Bear had some nice stag and damascus folders.
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  11. Bartleby


    Oct 28, 2005
    Although it went against my previous experience, I ordered one of the model 79 gent's pen knives in white smooth bone sight unseen. It came in today, and I must say I am impressed! No gaps or flaws, well centered blade riding between a pair of thin brass washers. The pull is about the same as an SAK. It will make a nice little EDC cutter. I tried to order a second, but the vendor was sold out. Will order a second before I commit more fully, but it seems they have finally got QC up there. Will comment more after the second comes in, I don't like to judge a maker's tendencies on one example.
  12. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Trappers aren't my thing, but I can see you definitely got a good one.

    I have yet to handle a good folder from Bear , and it's a shame because there's a couple of their offerings I want if I knew I could get a good one.
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  13. Jolipapa

    Jolipapa Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 4, 2015
    Very pleased with this one with G10 handle.
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  14. Bartleby


    Oct 28, 2005
    While I generally don't post very often at present, I just want to give a little more of a shout out to Bear & Son now that have checked out their current model 79 with a couple of more examples. I recieved two additional examples of the little 79 gent's pen knife in the mail today, each from a different source, again sight unseen. They are just as well made as the earlier knife. With their smooth action and simple clean design these will make nice gifts. While the use of screws to attach the scales may not be as traditional as some of us would like, it avoids much of the risk of damage that is inherent in pinning them in place. Likewise the absence of bolsters may not appeal to everyone's taste, but the liners are thick enough to add strength. As these are nearly flawless in execution, I would not hesitate to recommend them as a first slip joint knife or to those looking to aquire something that combines modern manufacturing with traditional design. Nice to see Bear & Son has introduced this model to their current line-up and produce it in the USA rather than outsourcing it. I gladly join meako and give them double thumbs up.
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  15. Cutfinger

    Cutfinger Gold Member Platinum Member Gold Member

    Aug 3, 2017
    I received this knife as a gift from hornetguy a few weeks back. I said earlier in the thread, how I wanted to try out a current production Bear & Son Barlow. This my 'only' pocket knife now, and I've put it to work.

    It is a really good looking red stag bone handled knife, 3 1/2" long, with halfstops. It has carbon steel blades, and nickel silver (or maybe, steel ?) liners. It has a clip main, with pen on mark (the correct;)) side, both with long pulls. The pen's kick is cut back at a 45° angle, which is a nice feature you see on some older knives.

    This is a great stout little Barlow knife. The blade grinds are good. The edge grinds were blunt, requiring some work to get the sharpening bevel even and +/- 20°, resulting in a bigger sharpening bevel than there would otherwise be.
    The finish is very good. :thumbsup: No sharp corners on the backsquares, scales to bolster transitions, and overall finish, is really nice.
    The blade fit was tight, with sluggish closing, and harder pulls. I tapped the spine of the main sideways -while resting the kick on a hard surface, to push the bolsters apart. Pulls are now a pleasant 5+, and the knife is good and snappy, with zero blade play.
    Edited to add: there is a very small flat on the tang of the pen blade, that almost feels like another stop on the way to full open. I don't know if any other examples of this knife would have this quirk.

    Not a perfect knife, but on balance, this is a great knife at a great price. Also, the other handle options are cheaper, closer to half the cost of the Case 'equivalent'.

    TLDR: it's a proper American made Barlow, that's affordable and easy to love. :thumbsup::thumbsup:

    Links instead of photos, are all I can manage today.
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  16. Bastler

    Bastler Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 9, 2020
  17. Cutfinger

    Cutfinger Gold Member Platinum Member Gold Member

    Aug 3, 2017

    Hi Bastler.
    The links I posted.... I guess they're not working for you eh.
    I'm away from home, with only my phone, I researched it, and I've tried posting photos to the forums from my phone, but no dice.
    Links are all I am able to post, for now. There is no twelve year old nearby, to help me figure it out. :confused:
  18. Bartleby


    Oct 28, 2005
    LOL! I too know the true meaning of Tech Support!
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  19. Bastler

    Bastler Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 9, 2020
    Uh yeah, click on the links. Perhaps I need a 12 year old to help me. Got it now, thanks.
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  20. JaxBaron

    JaxBaron Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 4, 2016
    Wow beautiful knife Meako. I’ve never owned a bear and son, I may have to give them a try.

    That Barlow looks great Cutfinger
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