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What Makes a Good, Traditional Barlow?

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by waynorth, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. Knife freaky

    Knife freaky

    Dec 1, 2016
    Wow! That just brought a tear to the eye.[emoji22]( In a good way!) so many beautiful Barlows! [emoji1303][emoji1303][emoji1303]


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  2. harronek


    Nov 29, 2013
    Paul ,

    I knew you had a few Barlows and have been an advocate for a long time , but " wow ".

  3. Campbellclanman

    Campbellclanman Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Yes folks.
    Now you are seeing the other side of Mr. Paul Hilborn- Mr. Nice guy - but there's another side to this lad - where he insanely collects up all the precious ones - Crowning over them like a Bird of Prey - and Lord help anyone who happens to stumble across his hoard.
    It's sad and it's scary all at the same time.

    But- ....... there's good news because I will reach out to Paul and help him- free him from his prison that he lives in - in his own lonely World and take from him the burden he sees as treasure so he can be free.
  4. MJ71

    MJ71 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 18, 2016
    Paul, that is a superb collection. Beautifully photographed. Thank you so much for sharing. Those yellow covers really "pop". I hadn't really paid attention to those before. Congratulations on amassing all these TCs. MJ.

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  5. paulhilborn

    paulhilborn Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 22, 2006
    Thank you EVERYONE, I appreciate your very kind comments:thumbup:

    Lloyd a BEAUTIFUL and RARE TC right there my friend:cool:

    Cscholl, that's a great picture of a great knife:cool:

    Duncan, I laughed out loud my friend, not sure if anyone can eloquently convey their thoughts quite like you:p for some reason the hunchback of Notre Dame popped into my head, looming over my collection.

    Quasimodo guarding my hoard:D

  6. paulhilborn

    paulhilborn Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 22, 2006
    Thank you MJ, much appreciated. I love the yellows:thumbup:
  7. Augie

    Augie Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 23, 2014
    Paul, amazing collection, just beautiful.

    The TC's are Barlows that have eluded me for the most part. I do have a few with the best being this one from the first run that Charlie generously traded to me.

  8. Cscholl17


    Jul 8, 2015
    Thanks for the kind words Paul and for that visual treat! The organization you did made it even better to gaze upon :thumbup::thumbup:

  9. Old Engineer

    Old Engineer Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 30, 2014
    Very fine collection Paul . I am afraid that I don't appreciate the significance of the special ones that you have collected as much as many of you do , but I do fully appreciate a collection of some very fine looking Barlows. I do appreciate the Gunstock Checking one that Evan did . That one is verrrrry special .
    You pictures of your collection was worth the price of admission my friend .. Thank you for the show .

  10. RDaneel

    RDaneel Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 23, 2000
    Gorgeous collection; your year by year photos really enhances their beauty. :thumbup::thumbup: And ending with the crème de la crème checkered TC is icing on the cake!
  11. BigBiscuit


    Dec 11, 2014
    Very impressive Paul.
  12. Nature Boy

    Nature Boy Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 15, 2016
    Oh my...
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  13. Half/Stop

    Half/Stop Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 25, 2014
    Paul - Just a beautiful collection my friend! :thumbup: I am curious! The far left in the Yellow group shot has me puzzled. It is not a Single Blade Days Work because it has 2 nail nicks and one is in the wrong place. The 2 blade Days Work beside it proves that. I just wonder........ it sure does look like a.......... no it couldn't be! Ok I am going to stick my foot in my mouth, is that a Cap Lifter blade and a modded Spey/Spear?
  14. Cscholl17


    Jul 8, 2015
    I didn't even notice that Ron until you mentioned it. Now I'm intrigued.
  15. AlwaysTomboy


    Jan 31, 2016
    I don't know if this is a good traditional barlow, but I'm having fun cleaning the rust off and trying to get it sharp. :) Is it weird I kinda like the texture of sawcut delrin?

  16. Blinkknives


    May 28, 2012
    Looks great!!

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  17. Old Engineer

    Old Engineer Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 30, 2014
    That is a fine Traditional Barlow . That is a Camillus , I think a 51 , and I think Carbon Blades. And it was never ever carried much . Probably the vintage right after they stopped using bone handles.

  18. AlwaysTomboy


    Jan 31, 2016
    Thank you! 'Course I didn't think to take before shots, but it had big splotchy rust spots on both blades. Not as much pitting under the rust as I expected, but blurry photos make it look better than it is.


    Oo, awesome. Yes, it says 51 on the other side of the tang. Very good to know. Thanks much for the info!
  19. r8shell

    r8shell Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    It's not weird at all to like the Sawcut Delrin. :thumbup: I believe the covers on these Camilluses were molded, and if you look you can see where our knives have the same sawcut pattern, including the missed line near the bottom pin. :D
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  20. paulhilborn

    paulhilborn Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 22, 2006
    No, No Ron, you are fine to say it my friend and totally CORRECT:thumbup: a modification by Evan. I wondered who would notice and you did not let me down, good eye Ron:thumbup:

    ATB, that is a great Barlow, a well built worker. As Rachel mentioned a molded saw cut cover. I had the exact knife, it resides in New Zealand now with Mister Duncan Morgan;):)

    Rachel's has Barlow stamped on her Barlow bolster. I've noticed some had and some did not:cool:

    Again, thank you everyone for your very kind compliments:thumbup:

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