Help me find a good Barlow

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Hjalmar69, Nov 14, 2020.

  1. Hjalmar69


    Aug 3, 2019
    My son read Huckleberry Finn so I gave him my Taylor Schrade Barlow, which I found to be excellent even though I really would have wanted a carbon bladed one. He was amazed by the quality cost ratio. Now I'm looking for a new one for myself.
    Two blades and carbon steel. What do you suggest? I've been thinking about getting a Bear and son's.
  2. abcdef


    Oct 28, 2005
    My BF search does not seem to be working at the moment, but try typing barlow in and you might find some information to help.
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  3. veitsi_poika

    veitsi_poika Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Nov 25, 2016
    Mine is not working either o_O
  4. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    For the money I suggest ebay.
    You can get a nice example from Schrade Camillus or ULSTER for a good price.
    Theres also the Colonial ranger series which is great but not exactly a fancy heirloom quality piece.
    I really like the imperial Barlow's too , but they were made much more economically.
  5. SteveC

    SteveC Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 13, 2017
    ebay for a Camillus 51
  6. veitsi_poika

    veitsi_poika Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Nov 25, 2016
    I agree, the Ulster 10OT comes up quite a bit for auction and is a good working knife. Otherwise if you want to spend a little more, JA Henckels barlows will stand the test of time and takes a very sharp edge.
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  7. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    Case Barlow in CV is another option.
    I think all the options listed would be better than the Bear, which can be hit or miss on build quality.
  8. afishhunter

    afishhunter Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 21, 2014
    Rough Ryder Classic Carbon for new.

    Ulster, Imperial, Camillus, Russell, NYKC, Cattaraugus, Robeson, Hammer Brand, Utica, Old Timer, Schrade Walden, Western (I'm pretty sure Western made a Barlow, at least for a short while), Colonial, Simmons Hardware, Boker Tree Brand, or other Solgien, Germany brand, or pretty much any of the grand old Sheffield, England makers, if used.
    (I know I'm forgetting at least a gross of high quality, now long defunct pre-Depression brands ... :( )
    (the Imperial, and possibly some of the Schrade era Hammer Brand, will have shell construction, but the same high quality, properly heat treated 1095 blades as the more expensive Imperial Schrade brands.)

    Note, Please: Not all Ulster Barlow's are Old Timer, or from the Reynolds/Prince Albert tobacco promotion.

    Ulster main blades: Number 10 is clip point. Number 11 is spear point. Number 12 (very rare) has a sheepsfoot.
    I don't remember the number for the 5 inch closed single blade "Daddy"/"Grand Daddy" Ulster Barlow.
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  9. Will Power

    Will Power Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 18, 2007
    Böker Germany, carbon blades. Comes with Clip or Spear.

    Böker made Rusell

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  10. Norcaldude

    Norcaldude Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 19, 2014
    I have grown fond of this A Wright & Son barlow.
    Not sure what the steel is but it's not stainless.
    The pull was super stiff when I got it and it's still pretty stiff but it has lightened up to the point that I can pinch it open.

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  11. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Would be a good option.
    They haven't seemed too available to me, but they would be a great choice.
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  12. TheChunk91

    TheChunk91 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 15, 2013
    I would browse for a vintage barlow. Schrade, camillus, ulster, and case would be fairly easy to find brands.
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  13. Old Engineer

    Old Engineer Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 30, 2014
    I just sent you a Profile Post

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  14. cudgee

    cudgee Gold Member Gold Member

    May 13, 2019
    I have a few of those, the ones i have are good quality. According to their website, it is described as C-70 carbon steel. 54-56HRC. Hope this helps.
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  15. Fixall

    Fixall Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2018
    If that’s the one you picked up from me, then @cudgee is correct, it is C70 steel. :)
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  16. Halfneck


    Jun 30, 2005
    The new Barlows from Case have been pretty good. Only CV steel one I can currently find is the yellow delrin handle version.
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  17. Fixall

    Fixall Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2018
    They really are fantastic knives. If one can be found, a Case CV barlow would be my first choice if I HAD to have a two bladed barlow.


    Personally I prefer a single bladed barlow. Solingen made Bokers have been my first choice for a single bladed barlow. They have several offerings in both O1 and C75 carbon steel (their 440c stainless really isn’t half bad either).

  18. Norcaldude

    Norcaldude Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 19, 2014
    It is the same one.
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  19. Hjalmar69


    Aug 3, 2019
    I've been looking on Ebay and I have seen some Ulster and Imperial I like. I did really like my Taylor Brand Schrade and they are in the same style with Delrin, however no carbon blades. And I do like the worn but good condition of some of the old ones.
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  20. Hjalmar69


    Aug 3, 2019
    So the Ulster is better quality compared to Imperial? They look quite alike on pics on eBay.
    Regards Erik
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