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The Perfect Pocket Knife.

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by jackknife, Oct 14, 2020.

  1. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    Same here, sorta.... but I have purchased enough knives that I know that certain knives aren't likely to be used regardless of liking them enough to buy. The forum knives fall into that category in most cases.

    My life experience has never included rescue experiences or any self defense with a handgun or gun in general although I have been in a few situations where I suspect the "other person" knew I had a gun on me and didn't push things to the point of self defense or aggression.
  2. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    Those (#74's) are quite nice. I am waiting for the Rattlers (#19's) to be finished and I think I'll pick one up. I suspect that one of those will be my next knife purchase prior to the forum knife being completed and distributed. I have a couple low 70's frames already. The iron wood on those I have seen pictures of is quite nice.
  3. jackknife


    Oct 2, 2004
    Thats the thing about emergencies, they happen without warning. Whatever you have on you will do. Like the guy who cut his own arm off with a cheep Chinese knock off of a small Leatherman tool. He had to sharpen it on a rock to do the job, but it did the job. Or the guy who was cutting down a tree with a chainsaw, and it fell on his leg and he had to cut off his own leg to get out of there. He used a Chinese knock off gas station folder to do it.

    Theres been soooo many instances of people in bad spots that use some little pocket knife of dubious origin to cut in an emergency. Or some little pocket pistol for the defense of themselves in a tight spot. The self inflated guru's will tell you that you need a minimum state of the art tacticool hand gun with at least three spare magazines, and a tacticool folding bowie just to make it to the store for a carton of milk.

    The truth is usually somewhat less. And the pocket knife they had on them at the time, like the guy with the Chinese Leatherman trapped by a boulder on his arm, it was the perfect knife at that time. Everything else was back home.
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2020
  4. Peregrin

    Peregrin Traditional Forum Moderator Moderator Gold Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    I've been at it for 2 decades or more. I think I found it in my Lloyd shadow trapper, but you never know. :D
  5. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    Oh, I've found it... and then the next "perfect knife" shows up. :D

    You may be one of the lucky ones. ;):thumbsup:
  6. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    BTW... I may have ordered what I think will be the "perfect pocket knife".
    If the F&F is on point then it could fill the roll of pocket hog for some time to come. I'll let you know.
    It checks the boxes for nostalgia, manufacturer, pattern, blade shape, number of blades, and handle material.
  7. Will Power

    Will Power Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 18, 2007
    @JohnDF No need to be coy about this;) Bring it on :D When's it arriving?:cool:
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  8. kamagong

    kamagong Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 13, 2001
    I found my "perfect" knife a decade ago.


    It checks all the boxes -- size, single blade preference, aesthetics, materials, and craftsmanship. Even the blade shape has turned out to be my favorite using profile.

    I still bought a bunch of knives since then. I'm still buying them. I buy knives because I like knives, not because I'm on some mystical Grail quest.
  9. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    It says Friday or Saturday. :D
    I was just complaining to Vince about not being able to just go find one, and then there it was at 33% of retail. :cool::thumbsup:
  10. CelloDan

    CelloDan Basic Member Basic Member

    Dec 2, 2017
    Friday or Saturday ? That's too long ... we want to know what you ordered NOW :)
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  11. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    I've wanted a 3-1/2" single clip blade Barlow for a while now. I like a single blade, I like a clip blade, and I really like the historical nature of a Barlow knife. Not being able to touch anything made by GEC I've turned my search elsewhere. I came close to buying a Case when they were released, but I prefer wood handles on my user knives. I'd been eyeballing the Boker Barlow knives, but I'd never owned a Boker and the price made me not want to risk buying one. But low-and-behold I found one at a great price that finally has me trying one out. Single clip blade, 440C steel, Blackwood, smooth finished pins, and from what I can tell it has really good F&F. So I'm excited to finally get to try one at a comfortable price. :cool::thumbsup:
  12. cudgee

    cudgee Gold Member Gold Member

    May 13, 2019
    Mate looking forward to seeing photos when it arrives.;)
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  13. CelloDan

    CelloDan Basic Member Basic Member

    Dec 2, 2017
    Nice John @JohnDF :thumbsup: Congrats ! :)

    I have actually been thinking for quite a while about a single blade clip barlow too.
    I am a big fan of the pattern.
    I have the GEC 77 African blackwood spear point and the logical thing to me was to get a smaller clip blade barlow to complement it and have everything covered.
    Naturally a TC barlow is out of the question these days.
    I kicked myself for not getting the cv case last year that went into the vault.

    I just looked at some pics online of the boker barlow and it certainly has piqued my interest.
    Cant' wait to see your pics and hear your impressions :thumbsup:

    edit: just checked again and the Case CV was a two blade knife actually ... so I am not kicking myself anymore about that one lol
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2020
  14. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    I know, right?
    A single blade, 3-1/2", Clip Blade Barlow with Blackwood handles sounds absolutely perfect.
    To be very hosest, I wish it didn't have a shield in the handles, but I think I can look past that.

    There will definitely be pictures and reviews. :cool::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
  15. Wild Willie

    Wild Willie Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 19, 2018
    I too am interested to hear about it. I've been eyeing their carbon steel offerings in my favorite catalog for a couple of years. Just haven't pulled the trigger
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  16. Mayonardo

    Mayonardo Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 28, 2010
    “Hey, look guys. We’ve been selling those old pattern saw cut bone XX Barlows faster than we can make them. “
    “Good to know; OK everybody stop production of those Barlows!”
  17. Prester John

    Prester John Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2018
    Looking forward to seeing it.
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  18. Pt-Luso

    Pt-Luso Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 8, 2014
    This is also one of my favorites, GEC #73!!!

  19. Old Hunter

    Old Hunter Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    Amen! Even if it is the perfect knife! OH
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  20. scrteened porch

    scrteened porch Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    I've rarely carried a two-blade Barlow, but I like the single blade; it's much less clunky.
    Some of my attempts at pocket knife perfection, omitting single-bladers and SAKs that are just one or two tools off. Also omitting stockmans and stockpuns.

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