Barry Wood passed away.

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by skull, Mar 18, 2014.

  1. skull


    Nov 19, 2001
    It is with great sadness that I relay the announcement that Barry Wood has passed. Barry passed at around 9:20 PM last night (March 17, 2014) in Colorado Springs, CO. Barry is survived by his daughter Sicily Irie and his son James Wood. Sincere sympathies and condolences go out to them at this time.

    Barry B. Wood's interest in knives came about, in part, because of his love of the sea and sailing. Barry wanted to make a knife that was strong and could be opened with one hand. He was an engineer and his engineering experience contributed to both his pattern designs and the designs and refinements of the interesting opening/closing mechanism that contributed to his notoriety and popularity. Because of his unique opening/closing mechanism, Barry's knives have been referred to by various names, such as "swinglock", "swivel knife", "rotating folder", "Wood lock" and others. Barry began making knives in his garage/workshop in Venice, CA, and he began selling knives in 1967. Barry's second shop was also in Venice and his last shop was in Colorado Springs. Barry's interesting folding knives attracted the attention of the folks at Colt Firearms, who commissioned him to produce the Colt Tuckaway Folder. Patterned after Barry's Mk.1, the "Tuckaway" remains the most unusual of Colt's knives. The "Tuckaway" was introduced in 1969 and production continued through 1978.

    Barry was an innovator in the field of knifemaking. He experimented not only with pattern designs, but also with various handle and blade materials. I'm pretty sure that Barry Wood and Herman Schneider were the first knifemakers to use 154CM for blades. Barry used various blade materials, including VascoWear, and he also used various materials for handle plates, such as stainless steel, aluminum, Beryllium Copper, Silicon Bronze and Titanium. There exist several examples of some very cool knives that resulted form collaborations between Barry Wood and Bob Loveless and also between Barry and A.G. Russell. If imitation is a form of flattery, it should be noted that several production and limited production manufacturers have imitated Barry's knife designs ... several nearly to the point of outright counterfeiting. Barry was fortunate to find a great business partner in his son-in-law Mike Irie. Thanks to Mike, the availability and popularity of the unique knives increased.

    I think that nearly every person who has had a Barry Wood knife will be able to relate one or more stories about them handing their knife to another person and asking them to "open" it. Besides the strength, integrity and beauty of a Barry Wood folder, that singular aspect ... how it opens ... is quite impressive. Rest in Peace Mr. Wood.
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  2. Kai Corp.

    Kai Corp. Banned BANNED

    May 21, 2013
    Condolences from the Kai family.

    Was always a fan from way back.

    Sad day.
  3. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    I keep looking for one of his Colt's. Condolences to the family and friends.
  4. Steven65

    Steven65 Traditional Hog Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2008
    My deepest condolences to his family.

    I never met Barry in person but I own several of his knives and I love them.

    Barry was a real pioneer in knife making in the US. Bob Loveless listed Barry's folders in his catalogue.

    He will be missed.

    From the Loveless catalogue…………

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  5. DavidZ

    DavidZ Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 30, 2004
    My condolences to his family as well. His knives were always my favorite, and were the ones who got me "into" knives. I met him one time at the blade show - in 1994 I think it was. I still have a picture of him and I at the show. He was handing me the knife that I bought from him. This is truly a sad day for the knife community.
  6. treeshaker


    Dec 11, 2013
    very nice knives, even better person, My father in law, Dr. Bob Foster was a fan and a collector. I own 4 of his knives, via my father in law. I am honored, sad I never got a chance to meet, but soon we will be talking knives again.
  7. red mag

    red mag

    Apr 12, 1999
    Sorry to hear.
    Prayers sent.
    red mag
  8. Bob W

    Bob W

    Dec 31, 2000
    I am very sorry to hear that. My condolences to his friends and family.

    From my collection:
  9. Bufford

    Bufford Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2006
    Sending my condolences, sorry to hear about this.
  10. fod

    fod a la sombra

    Dec 6, 2006
    My condolences to his family.

    I have always been intrigued by Mr Woods' designs.
  11. elkcub


    Oct 11, 2007
    It is with deep regret that I learned of Barry's passing. Even though we met only once at a knife show, that meeting personalized all my later acquisitions of Barry Wood and Wood-Irie folders. His letters and photographs will be retained with my collection, which includes two prototypes, a first shipment Colt, and several early production knives.

    I would like to extend my deepest condolences to his family, and to his son-in-law, Mike Irie. Barry was truly an outstanding person in the knife world. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten.

    Edward M. Huff, Ph.D.
    Sunnyvale, CA
  12. saberian


    Dec 16, 2009
    He was a pioneer of his craft by far.

    Daniel Huff

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