What Makes a Good, Traditional Barlow?

Pàdruig

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A couple more from 2012:
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Very nice. I have a handful of TC Barlows - I would like them better if they were 2-blade configurations like yours above. Since I've been in the game, I don't think one in that configuration has been produced.


Congratulations, Charlie ( waynorth waynorth )! This is very exciting to see and hopefully is a portent of great things to come from GEC in 2021.
 

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These pictures show the NYK Barlows we used to model the original TCs,
and a LaBelle Barlow and a TC for comparison! The New York tang stamp (top) predates the Hammer Brand, FYI. The TC wears Macassar Ebony! Bolsters for Randy 1.jpg Bolsters for Randy 2.jpg Bolsters for Randy 3.jpg
 
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waynorth waynorth Old boily is great, I love the patina and bone color!

Here’s my oldest and favorite GEC:

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As some have heard, it’s been through a lot. It started as smooth ivory bone. I tried a tea bath and did not like how it looked at all, so I dyed it black. Then red. Then black again o_O It’s been in my pocket through lots of good times and bad times, and it shows it. Gaps, rustless pits (not even sure what to call it), shrunken covers, etc. but it still is solid and has great action (incredibly).
 

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waynorth waynorth Old boily is great, I love the patina and bone color!

Here’s my oldest and favorite GEC:

G6qyickl.jpg


As some have heard, it’s been through a lot. It started as smooth ivory bone. I tried a tea bath and did not like how it looked at all, so I dyed it black. Then red. Then black again o_O It’s been in my pocket through lots of good times and bad times, and it shows it. Gaps, rustless pits (not even sure what to call it), shrunken covers, etc. but it still is solid and has great action (incredibly).

Very cool. I wonder how that smooth ivory bone might have aged and looked with all of the use and experiences you've gotten out of it. One of the things that I like about that sort of bone, it kind of "patinas" along with everything else.
 
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So happy to see this Charlie, and glad that Bill is looking out for you. Your designs have certainly played a significant role in the popularity of GEC.

My first GEC, and really the knife that started me on the path I’m on as a knife enthusiast, was a 2013 TC Barlow. I bought it off a dealer’s site with no rush. It’s a heavy user now with lots of wear and tear.

EDIT: I do have one other TC from the 2014 Rendezvous, and a good one at that. I misspoke in my excitement o_O

Could it be any more classic with the spear point and sawed bone? It’ll be one for the ages.
Thank You Logan for the heads up. I never could score a GEC Barlow before.
 
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Very cool. I wonder how that smooth ivory bone might have aged and looked with all of the use and experiences you've gotten out of it. One of the things that I like about that sort of bone, it kind of "patinas" along with everything else.

I wonder too, and wish I knew! Haha but it has its story and that’s what makes it special.

very cool bolster stamp on the NY barlow
 

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Most of you reading this, if you've been around for a few years, will remember when these came out in December 2012! It was a great day for me - imagine a dream coming true!!;) View attachment 1485960 View attachment 1485961
It's been a long painful year for a lot of us, and GEC's business model has had to adjust! No more SFOs or the associated Joy, seemed to be forthcoming! I did feel like I was hit by a speeding train:eek:, and my so-called career as a knife dabbler had come to an end.:mad:
But lo and behold, Bill felt he owed me one more run of TCs!!
Seems that this is the right time, because look what's coming!!:cool: View attachment 1485964
I don't know if this will be the last one:rolleyes:, so contact your favorite dealer, because they will be shipping from GEC soon!! I will post the labels as soon as I finish them!!:D
Thanks Bill!!:thumbsup:

That certainly made miles of smiles!!!! We all hope there are more to come. Be well and stay safe. God Bless.
 

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waynorth waynorth Old boily is great, I love the patina and bone color!

Here’s my oldest and favorite GEC:

G6qyickl.jpg


As some have heard, it’s been through a lot. It started as smooth ivory bone. I tried a tea bath and did not like how it looked at all, so I dyed it black. Then red. Then black again o_O It’s been in my pocket through lots of good times and bad times, and it shows it. Gaps, rustless pits (not even sure what to call it), shrunken covers, etc. but it still is solid and has great action (incredibly).
Thanks, Logan!! Nice to see a high-miler!!:D
 
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