What Makes a Good, Traditional Barlow?

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

  1. Chief

    Chief Chief Master Sergeant USAF (ret) 1975-2000 Platinum Member

    Nov 15, 1998
    Friends and memories make a good traditional barlow. Thanks to many friends, especially @waynorth who have helped me acquire these single clips. Main EDC is on top, a recover by Esynx. Stay safe!

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  2. Half/Stop

    Half/Stop Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 25, 2014
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  3. waynorth

    waynorth Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 19, 2005
    A wonderful collection, John!! Glad I helped some!!:cool:
     
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  4. Half/Stop

    Half/Stop Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 25, 2014
    Beautiful clip collection John! :thumbsup: :)
     
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  5. waynorth

    waynorth Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 19, 2005
    Nice pics of great jigging, Ron!!
     
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  6. Half/Stop

    Half/Stop Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 25, 2014
    Thanks Charlie! They’re not bad for a pair of “S” knives are they? :D
     
  7. waynorth

    waynorth Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 19, 2005
    Several of my GEC's are "S" models, Ron!! Stands for "Super"!!:D
     
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  8. Half/Stop

    Half/Stop Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 25, 2014
    I thought it stood for “Special” Charlie. Because they always seem to be! :thumbsup: :D
     
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  9. waynorth

    waynorth Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 19, 2005
    It's true!! Maybe you are right!!;)
     
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  10. Half/Stop

    Half/Stop Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 25, 2014
    :thumbsup: :D
     
  11. jlomein

    jlomein

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    Apr 27, 2009
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    Saw this on the forums a while ago but didn't save the user. I had no idea some Barlows came with rounded bolsters!

    Anyone know what model that is? (3rd down) Are there any other rounded bolster Barlows that are easy to get?
     
  12. Ironbut

    Ironbut Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 1, 2016
    That's a Great Eastern Cutlery #25. Here's one like it. I think the last run of them was about three years ago, and I don't think anybody has any in stock, but you may be able to find a used one from time to time.
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  13. r8shell

    r8shell Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    Here's a Tidioute version in acrylic:
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  14. waynorth

    waynorth Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 19, 2005
    Robeson and Utica made Barlows with rounded bolsters, in the past!!
    Robesons: Robeson Barlows 1.jpg Robeson Barlows 2.jpg
    Utica-made Barlows, some for other companies: UticaMadeBarlows.jpg
    It is sometimes easier to find an "antique" than it is to find a GEC!!
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  15. Misplaced Hillbilly

    Misplaced Hillbilly Gold Member Gold Member

    May 16, 2018
    Looks to me the Utica's are the inspiration for the #25's:):thumbsup:
     
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  16. Modoc ED

    Modoc ED Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    I've show this Queen Steel #22 Barlow with one piece aluminum bolsters and frame before but I think it's worth another look. It was manufactured between 1984 - 1989.

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  17. jlomein

    jlomein

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    Apr 27, 2009
    Another fine specimen! You all have me reading up on the ABCs of GECs: understanding where they're made, model numbers, how their unique selling/preordering cycle works.

    Really appreciate this! Gives me more to look out for on the sales and auctions.
     
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  18. r8shell

    r8shell Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    They are out there, especially if you're not looking for fancy or brand new condition.
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    And if you don't mind "made in China" there's new production.
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  19. Bartleby

    Bartleby

    Oct 28, 2005
    I really like the old black carbon Kutmaster Barlows, they are great no nonsense working knives I carry one often (and keep a few in reserve). I agree the RR version is generally better executed and more like the classic ones than the final version Utica put out. I tried several late production Uticas Barlows and was disappointed, which has not been the case with the RR version. As a user they are hard to beat!
     
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  20. r8shell

    r8shell Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    I know what you mean. I bought a Utica and had to do some modifications to make it usable. I took a dremel to the pull on the pen blade to move it out far enough from the pivot to be open-able. Also, they were mixing up their blades, so I got a carbon pen but a stainless main.
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