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A boy and his barlow

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by SubSpace, Aug 14, 2016.

  1. Ratbert

    Ratbert Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 1, 2016
    Thank you for sharing this with us. A very heartfelt story. Funny how something as simple as a boy's pocketknife can become a thread that runs through a man's life, then is passed on to start a new journey. You are very lucky to have been surrounded by men like your dad and Uncle Johnny while growing up. But, I think you know that.
  2. spycycle


    Dec 15, 2014
    Thanks for sharing your story, SubSpace. I lost a Vietnam Vet uncle to a strange cancer, and he too rarely spoke of his time served. Those were different days, and no matter your stance on the topic, they certainly contributed to our perhaps more carefree today. Uncle Johnny sounds like a great man, and while I'm sorry for your loss, I'm glad that his memory will live on with you and your family. We all need to remember to cherish the good things in life (and no, I'm not just talking about your Lick Creek Barlow!)

    - T
  3. Grateful

    Grateful Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 5, 2002
    Excellent post!! Thanks for sharing and posting pictures of your two special Barlows.
  4. arizonaranchman


    Jan 1, 2012
    Thanks for sharing, what a great story. That knife is very special indeed.
  5. KBA

    KBA Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2014
    I really enjoyed this. Thank you
  6. meako

    meako Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 4, 2006
    Even on the porch it would be hard to find a better barlow than Uncle Johnnys.
  7. Halfneck


    Jun 30, 2005
    Rest in Peace Brother Medic.
  8. Stropping Young Lad

    Stropping Young Lad Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 11, 2012
    That hit me. Thanks for sharing this beautiful tribute to your uncle.
  9. Macchina

    Macchina Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 7, 2006
    What a touching story! I'm sorry for your family's loss. Thank you for sharing something so personal with us.
    The picture of the knife really puts impact on the story. If possible, could you post a picture with the blade open?
  10. willard0341

    willard0341 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 18, 2013
    What a great story, thank you for sharing
  11. btmccutcheon


    Jul 10, 2013
    Wonderful share Subspace. Your uncle sounds like he was a good man, and I'm glad you got his Barlow. These old knives need good home with people who will appreciate the stories and lives they've shared.

    And, I agree. It is the memories.
  12. Cutromano


    Jul 23, 2009
    Very nice post!
  13. SubSpace


    May 26, 2011
    Thank you all for your kind words. If there's a porch on the other side of life, I hope Uncle Johnny is sitting on it. And I do hope there's barlows. Here is a blade open pic. At some point, Johnny used the tip as a screwdriver. Otherwise, there's a lot of life left.

  14. deltaboy


    Jul 6, 2014
    A wonderful story a a fine American Hero.

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