What Makes a Good, Traditional Barlow?

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

  1. Bartleby

    Bartleby

    Oct 28, 2005
    On the three examples I purchased over the years, one had a split in the bone handle that needed to be glued, the second had one nail breaker and one incredibly weak spring, the third had two very weak springs. I did give a year or two between each new purchase, so it was not just a bad day or batch. I was exceedingly glad to grab several of the Case Barlows last year, which are in EDC rotation, but if I know I will be doing dirty work I tend to use the RR or the old Kutmaster (I managed to get a few of the old black handled Kutmasters as NOS with advertisement on the blades as spares--after I went through my unsuccessful attempt to get a good example of current production).
     
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  2. Trivette100

    Trivette100 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Aug 4, 2019
    The Case barlows I have are of the 2-blade type, beautiful but rather heavy and bulky (for me). As the years relentlessly plod on, I find myself leaning more toward lightweight, less bulky knives for everyday carry. Enter the Case single blade barlow: light and slender with no compromise in quality.

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  3. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Carrying this one today, a gift from Mr Charlie himself :)

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  4. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    And elegant looking to boot. :cool::thumbsup:
     
  5. Bartleby

    Bartleby

    Oct 28, 2005
    The single blade finds its way into my pocket when I wear slacks. It echos the early versions of the pattern made by the Furness family in Stannington with its spearpoint although it is slimmed down in the handle. I had thought the slim dimensions would be less to my liking, but it is so pocket friendly and useful (the spear point makes a nice spreading blade) it has become a favorite. I think of it as my Barlow office knife.
     
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  6. Trivette100

    Trivette100 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Aug 4, 2019
    Thanks for the comments JohnDF and Bartleby.
     
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  7. waynorth

    waynorth Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 19, 2005
    Nice to see you carrying it, Jack!! Those Anniversary models are dear to my heart!!:thumbsup::)
     
  8. cigarrodog

    cigarrodog Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 18, 2014
    Amherst Cutlery
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  9. Markeologist

    Markeologist Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 21, 2018
    The loveliest of the TCs... upload_2020-5-1_15-39-23.jpeg
     
  10. waynorth

    waynorth Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 19, 2005
    There's something about them, Mark!!:cool:
     
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  11. Pt-Luso

    Pt-Luso Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 8, 2014
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  12. waynorth

    waynorth Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 19, 2005
    Good, Traditional Barlows can be Daddy sized, too!!:)
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  13. Old Engineer

    Old Engineer Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 30, 2014
  14. waynorth

    waynorth Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 19, 2005
    Thanks, Harry!! Glad you like them!!:thumbsup:
    Here's a few more for your home-based pleasure!!
    Schrade Cutlery Co. sure made some nice ones!!:)
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    The serrated ones all have liner-locks, probably for scaling fish!!
     
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  15. Pt-Luso

    Pt-Luso Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 8, 2014
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  16. Pt-Luso

    Pt-Luso Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 8, 2014
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  17. Misplaced Hillbilly

    Misplaced Hillbilly Gold Member Gold Member

    May 16, 2018
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    I've posted these before but with the above posts of all those awesome daddy barlows by @waynorth I just had to play "me to!me to!" lol
    P.S. Charlie is the second knife down in the first post a Camillus? With my phone I cant quite make out the stamp. I noticed that not only does it have the distinctive Camillus nail nick placement, but also the curious little drop near the tip as my HSB. Thanks
     
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  18. waynorth

    waynorth Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 19, 2005
    Yes, it's a Camillus!! Good eye, David!!;)
     
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  19. dragon.eyez

    dragon.eyez

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    Mar 11, 2020
    This is my first Barlow made by James Caudill. It has stainless bolsters and has a thick bladestock and really strong satisfying pull. Feels very substantial in hand.
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  20. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    Still the favourite, but a lot more used now ;)

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