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Russell or Camillus Barlow?

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Markesharp, Jan 9, 2015.

  1. Pipeman

    Pipeman

    Dec 2, 2004
    Left unfinished osage orange darkens pretty quickly with exposure to sunlight and oxygen. Even with three coats of UV blocking urethane in indirect sunlight it will darken to a deep nut brown in 8 years. Much less time in more direct light and no finish.

    Regards

    Robin
     
  2. Markesharp

    Markesharp

    Mar 8, 2014
    Thanks Robin. I read on a woodworking website the same thing. A couple members swear by using "Son-Of-A-Gun" automotive interior spray because it does a great job of blocking the UV rays and can be applied very easily on a regular basis. The results from their pictures that they showed has me sold on the Idea.

    BTW I did use a good wood oil finish on the handles......four coats :)
     
  3. Pipeman

    Pipeman

    Dec 2, 2004
    A friend of mine made an osage bamboo laminated long bow about 25 years ago without any finish, it's a deep milk chocolate brown now, just beautifil patina.
    I haven't forgotten the Walrus ivory I promised. I'm cutting some in the next few days for the leuku so I'll get you a pair of scales.
    Haven't had good luck cutting this piece, it has it's own internal tension and it snapped in three as I cut it :( which meant a Total rethink of the leuku sheath.

    The barlow looks fantastic Mark

    Best regards

    Robin
     
  4. Gevonovich

    Gevonovich

    Jan 17, 2011
    Fantastic work, Mark! This one is going to age wonderfully!! I need a shop and to learn to do this.
     
  5. Markesharp

    Markesharp

    Mar 8, 2014
    Thank you Robin, I appreciate it. Sorry to hear about the Ivory snapping :( I know you will come up with something awesome :thumbup:

    Thanks Gevo. Set up shop and I will help you. :)
     
  6. Gevonovich

    Gevonovich

    Jan 17, 2011
    I really appreciate that, Mark. After I get settled I will set something up and your on, my friend!
     
  7. Old Engineer

    Old Engineer Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 30, 2014
    Just bumping this thread for @Duckdog Stuart to find easily .

    Harry
     
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  8. Duckdog

    Duckdog Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 26, 2012
    Thanks for the help in identifying the maker of my "Russell" barlow, Harry. On the chance that @waynorth , @Markesharp or others on this original thread see the bump, I'm posting pics of my "Russell" so the stamps can be seen (unfortunately, the early images in this thread seem not to be available anymore).

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    If you click on a picture, it should expand so the tang and bolster marks are easier to see.

    Thanks for any information on this knife's possible origins'
    - Stuart
     
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  9. Old Engineer

    Old Engineer Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 30, 2014
    Thought that this thread may be a good place to show this Russell Re-production which was made in 1998 by maybe Camillus . As you can see Stuart , there is a lot of differences between yours and mine .
    Edited : There are those who also believe that mine were made by Colonial and not Camillus .
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    This is the only picture that I have to show of the Box that confirms the year they were made , but nowhere on the box or the box that the box came in show who made the Russells . Mine are both Serial Number #0915
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    Harry
     
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  10. MerryMadMonk

    MerryMadMonk Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 22, 2011
    Harry, yours were made by Colonial.

    Stuart, I haven't seen one like yours before.
     
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  11. Old Engineer

    Old Engineer Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 30, 2014
    Thanks for confirming that Al . Just 2 minutes ago I was reading an article by Jon Slider that also said that it was made by Colonial and he claimed that he got the info from Dexter-Russell.

    Harry
     
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  12. Duckdog

    Duckdog Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 26, 2012
    Thanks, again, Harry, for your help and for showing that nice group.

    Thanks, Al. I hadn't found anything that looked like my knife (though a lot of old threads on Russells have images that are no longer viewable), either, hence my posting it on BF. I am getting a great education as I follow the trail, though. BTW, Al, a little background: I inherited most of my traditional knives from my stepfather and am slowly going through the boxes, identifying and cataloging as I go. I don't have any information of where he obtained them (I know that it was all done without help from the internet) or what he knew about them. I do know that he liked Case and Queen, but there is a broad representation of makers in the piles that I am going through.

    - Stuart
     
  13. MerryMadMonk

    MerryMadMonk Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 22, 2011
    That sounds like fun, Stuart! ... at least to me! Good Luck and please continue to show us what you got!
     
  14. Markesharp

    Markesharp

    Mar 8, 2014
    Hi Stuart,

    I never did get a definitive answer on what company made my Russell barlow.
    Mine had the same bolster stamp as the straight line Russell's did.
    The tang stamp although curved was different than yours. My photos went bye bye went Photo Bucket changed and I didn't save any back up pic's......lesson learned.

    If I was to guess I would say it was made by Camillus in the early to mid 40's.
     

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