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Zorro Rides Into Town

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Jack Black, Nov 9, 2018 at 6:25 AM.

  1. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    When I was a kid, my first knife was what was then, certainly here in the UK, a typical kid’s first pocket knife – a Richard’s Little Chief (I had previously been given a Nepalese Kukri, but that’s another story! :eek:). On the shell handle it had a picture of a Native American war-chief on a white horse, lance in hand, with the knife’s name in script below. I must have gazed at that picture a thousand times, and the knife was a good pattern, with a somewhat worn Clip blade, and an accessory blade with a screwdriver and bottle-opener. It was a trusty boyhood companion.

    I can’t remember what happened to the Chief. I was probably given a bigger, better, less boyish knife, or bought one for myself, and only having a need for one pocket knife, gave it away to another kid, or swapped it for a cap gun or a fishing lure or something. As kids we rarely treasure things which may mean something to us later in life. I own a few dozen Richards knives, and have seen thousands more, but strangely, I’ve never seen another Little Chief.

    Despite their cheap construction, like the shell-handled Imperial knives, Richards knives, with their garish colours and bold emblems, always had a sense of fun, something we rarely see or look for in a pocket knife I think.

    Some years ago, I posted a thread about a fun little knife I’d picked up on my travels: https://www.bladeforums.com/threads/let’s-see-your-pictorials.1223592/ Unfortunately, many of the pics are gone from that thread now, but the Novelty Knife Co Barlows posted by @flatblackcapo are still there :) Here’s one of Kevin’s pics :thumbsup:

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    I had to check these out! :D

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    But having found them on the big river site, they were listed as 'Currently Unavailable' :( I've checked back numerous times over the past five years, and they are STILL 'Currently Unavailable' :rolleyes:

    The thread snoozed, but a couple of years later @5K Qs , who was a new poster then I think, but already displaying the great sense of fun we all love about him, posted pics of his Zorro Barlow.

    It's a little different to Kevin's knives, and certainly to the Novelty Cutlery Co knives of old, but it looked great to me, and I set off to find one again, only to be unable to find one available in the UK - 'Currently' :rolleyes: Now the kind folks here are always asking me if they can send me anything, but I never thought to ask, and the Zorro Barlow would pass from my thoughts until GT periodically posted his in the EDC thread, which would cause me to make another brief search, then forget again.

    GT must have posted a pic around the time Tom @Whetstone39 posted his generous giveaway thread: https://www.bladeforums.com/threads/5-years-3000-posts-gaw.1614563/
    Tom was offering to spend $100 on a knife of the winner's choosing :) I don't often enter giveaway threads, but I figured this might be a great opportunity to finally secure a Zorro Barlow without depleting the fund (which would then buy another winner a knife) too much. It was a really nice idea for a giveaway I thought, and typical of The Porch, plenty of folks chose to designate an inexpensive knife if they won - so there were a lot of winners in Tom's giveaway, and luckily for me, I was one of them :) :thumbsup:

    Now the last thing I wanted to do was cause Tom any extra trouble or expense, so I offered to pay the postage, but Tom wasn't having any of that. He struggled to find a knife too, since they were initially out of stock, but he did so, and let me know that Zorro was finally galloping my way :) Unfortunately Tom and Zorro had run into some bad guys in the form of the UPS - who, on this side of the pond at least, are a bunch of no good outlaws, best avoided - and they stung Tom for some taxes and customs duties, which weren't owing in the first place :mad: I'm hoping that this chicanery can be avenged, and that the thieving scoundrels get the justice coming to them :thumbsup:

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    Tom sure went to a lot of trouble to get Zorro to me, and unfortunately it cost him more than the price of the knife :( Zorro rode into town in the end however, and when I opened the box, I was surprised to find not just The Fox himself, but a whole posse of good guys in the form of Tom Mix, Red Ryder, and Lash LaRue! :eek: It seems that Zorro didn't come alone, and Tom had to purchase the set, so thanks to his generosity, I now have a growing collection of Heroes of the Silver Screen Barlows :)

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    But those weren't the only Barlows in Tom's package, he also included this lovely old Case model, which is definitely a very grown-up knife :)

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    So thanks Tom, for all your kindness my friend. I'm sorry you had so many travails and misadventures along the way, and hope that I can make it up to you one day - and that the bad guys get their just desserts. Me and Zorro, and his amigos, are going to be kicking back and having some fun together (while I admire that beautiful Case on the sly), and if any of you folks have a fun knife or two you'd like to share here, it'd be great to see 'em :) :thumbsup:

    Thanks again Tom, like Zorro and his pals, you're a legend :) :thumbsup:

    Jack

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  2. Jolipapa

    Jolipapa Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 4, 2015
    Great story of generosity! Who's next? Davy Crockett? :D
     
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  3. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    Jack and Tom, two great gentlemen.
    Those knives are a lot f fun to look at.
    GT, @5K Qs , has been responsible many of my knife yearnings.
     
  4. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    " Curly said there ain't nothing like bringing in the herd." Good deal Jack and Tom.
     
  5. kamagong

    kamagong Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 13, 2001
    What an incredible gesture. :thumbsup:
     
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  6. Babalu32

    Babalu32 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jan 4, 2018
    Nice gesture:thumbsup:.
    My uncle gave me a lot of those barlow's when I was a kid. There's got to be 20 or so. They came in a black "suitcase", all under their own elastic band. Roy Roger's, Popeye, Betty Boop to name a few.
    I still have 'em, although they are three hundred miles away.
     
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  7. paulhilborn

    paulhilborn Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 22, 2006
    Fond memories of days gone by right there. Jack, no finer a person to receive such neat knives as your generosity is legendary:thumbsup: and to Tom, you embodied the silver screen greats in coming to the rescue with your very kind and generous gifts:thumbsup::cool:
     
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  8. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    There's Davy Crockett?! :eek: ;) :D :thumbsup:

    Thanks John, I forget who it was, but someone once said about GT that there doesn't seem to be a single knife he doesn't appreciate :) :thumbsup:

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    My uncle gave me my Little Chief too (and the Kukri!) :) They sound like a great gift, particularly the ones you mentioned. Hope we can see them one day :) :thumbsup:

    Thank you my friend, you are very kind :) :thumbsup:
     
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  9. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    I'll play. This one brings a smile to my face...
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  10. WhittlinAway

    WhittlinAway Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    A great story of generosity, well executed by Tom and well told, and deserved, by Jack. Thanks for sharing!
     
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  11. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Mine too John, great-looking little knife :)

    Thanks Greg :thumbsup:
     
  12. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Here's a few more knives I think, for various reasons, have some fun in them :)

    This one has got to be worth a fortune hasn't it?! And I paid £1 for it! :D

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    Sent this one to Philll a while back ;)

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    These Japanese-made knives were all over the place in the 70's. It's only recently that I realised that the 'Dishonest' side has centimetres (which I refer to as 'cheating inches') :D

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    I always had one of these in my fishing vest as a kid. Now carry one in my wallet courtesy of @r8shell :thumbsup:

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    My 'standing home and travel appliance' knife :D

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  13. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Few more :)

    Old Skool Richards :)

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    It Beats As It Sweeps As It Cleans! ;)

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    One for the kids! :eek: :D

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    My tiniest ;)

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  14. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Humbug Knives by Imperial and Joseph Allen, gifted to me by @r8shell and @ADEE respectively :thumbsup:

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  15. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
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  16. WhittlinAway

    WhittlinAway Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    LOL! I thought that was a 3D blade “etch” for a moment. :D
     
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  17. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
  18. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    :D :thumbsup:
     
  19. RDaneel

    RDaneel Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 23, 2000
    Great story, Jack! And a very nice gift, Tom! :thumbsup:
     
  20. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Thanks Dean :) :thumbsup:
     

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