What Makes a Good, Traditional Barlow?

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by waynorth, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. waynorth

    waynorth Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 19, 2005
    Thanks, Tim!!;)
     
  2. cudgee

    cudgee Gold Member Gold Member

    May 13, 2019
    :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::)
     
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  3. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    I love the Walnut, wish they'd use it more often. :cool::thumbsup:
     
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  4. GuestWho101

    GuestWho101 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 5, 2013
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  5. solphilos

    solphilos Basic Member Basic Member

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    Oct 17, 2009
    This is easily my favorite thread on the porch, Im always so jealous looking at those GEC Barlows :D
    This Case will keep my content until I can get my hands on one.

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    When I was a young guy I remember Barlows being the knife most people carried, and this pattern is still what I think of when I think “pocket knife”.
    I enjoy this one. It doesn’t have the nicely radiused bolsters and covers that seems more common on other Barlows but otherwise it feels like the ones I remember from childhood.


    This old red bone is the only other I have, it’s retired but I love pulling it out to fondle those beautiful covers.

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  6. Pt-Luso

    Pt-Luso Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 8, 2014
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  7. Augie

    Augie Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 23, 2014
    Little soupy out this morning.


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  8. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
  9. solphilos

    solphilos Basic Member Basic Member

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    Oct 17, 2009
    What’s the story behind the “flipper bait”?
     
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  10. waynorth

    waynorth Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 19, 2005
    I think that is a "preventative measure"!!:D
     
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  11. solphilos

    solphilos Basic Member Basic Member

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    Oct 17, 2009
    Ah, so a measure against unscrupulous buyers/recipients? My next guess was something to do with dolphins :rolleyes:
     
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  12. waynorth

    waynorth Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 19, 2005
    Ha Ha!!!:D:D
     
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  13. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    That's what happens when you let somebody else name your knife for you. ;)
    But seriously... I won the knife in a GAW and the owner wanted to make sure the winner wasn't going to turn around and try to make a big profit off his generosity. I think that just makes it more special and unique, I could probably sell it for five times as much now. :D
    Just kidding @meako :p
     
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  14. solphilos

    solphilos Basic Member Basic Member

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    Oct 17, 2009
    Ha, that’s pretty clever. With a gift that generous I’d be a bit irate if some greedy miscreant used it as a way to make a quick buck. It does make it unique, and at the etching looks well done. Does nothing to hurt that already great looking Barlow :thumbsup:
     
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  15. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    Makes it one-of-a-kind and very unique.
     
  16. sitflyer

    sitflyer Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 10, 2011
    I chuckle every time I see you post a pic of "Flipper" :thumbsup::cool:
     
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  17. meako

    meako Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 4, 2006
    I did it on porpoise...nyuk nyuk.
    I know John DF aint no flipper but I felt compelled to ? Put a ? Seal on it? guffaw guffaw.
     
  18. sitflyer

    sitflyer Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 10, 2011
    Priceless!!!
     
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  19. hsherzfeld

    hsherzfeld Basic Member Basic Member

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    Mar 10, 2016
    "Mary gave him a brand-new 'Barlow' knife, worth twelve and a half cents; and the convulsion of delight that swept his system shook him to his foundations. True, the knife would not cut anything, but it was a 'sure-enough' Barlow, and there was an inconceivable grandeur in that..."

    I wanted my own 'sure-enough' Barlow knife ever since I read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer when I was little. But I must admit that once I got around to acquiring Barlows, I went a little crazy:
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    I acquired all five of these over the span of a month or so. It's strangely difficult to find a modern-production Barlow with sawcut bone handles (in my opinion the proper type for a Barlow), so I had to do it myself on natural bone scales. I used the $13 Rough Rider in the center as the testbed for my technique.
     
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  20. waynorth

    waynorth Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 19, 2005
    $$$$$$$$$$$$
    Ha Ha Ha !!!:D:D:D
     
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