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What Makes a Good, Traditional Barlow?

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

  1. Ripcord 82

    Ripcord 82

    420
    Feb 15, 2019
    I bought one just exactly like that but sorry to say that it got stolen on the same day that it arrived in the mail. I have been broken hearted ever since. Dam, I wish they would throw my wife in jail.
     
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  2. Augie

    Augie Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 23, 2014
    Picked up this nice Colonial made Old Cutler Barlow, pretty high quality for a Colonial. I knew they had done some in red bone but it has taken quite awhile to find one.

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  3. Laurelbb

    Laurelbb Gold Member Gold Member

    350
    May 6, 2017
    quick pic, just received this beauty from @dispatch184 ; thx!
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  4. Augie

    Augie Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 23, 2014
    150 year old Enos Furness Barlow with nice scratting, amazes me that after 150 years of hard use still has great snap and no play, simple yet strong.


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  5. L.H.S

    L.H.S Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 1, 2013
    Many already said it, but wow @waynorth that Schrade is an absolute treasure!

    Really love the look of these. They just look classic, and that Q crown stamp is great.
     
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  6. waynorth

    waynorth Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 19, 2005
    Ma che bella Sicilia!!
    Hope you had a nice visit!!
     
  7. Âchillepattada

    Âchillepattada Basic Member Basic Member

    611
    May 17, 2012
    A Barlow is the ultimate weapon :D

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  8. dcpritch

    dcpritch Gold Member Gold Member

    337
    Feb 28, 2018
    That is quite the amazing ram. Wow!!! And a very nice Barlow, too.

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    I was thinking about the title of this thread, pondering “what makes a good Barlow,” and decided a comparison of three very old knives and a relatively old one next to a new “ancient” Barlow would help me. So here are five Barlows for comparison, top to bottom:

    Remington UMC RB 45 (1933-1935)
    Remington UMC RB 44 (1933-1935)
    Remington UMC RB 43 (1924-1933)
    Kabar 1013 (1966-1982)
    GEC TC 15 118

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    Some are a little worse for wear but all have nice snap, sharp blades, good handles and no wobble. They all are surprisingly consistent in size with the GEC being about 1/8” longer than the Remingtons, which measure on digital calipers within 1/100th of an inch between them.

    I am easily outdistanced by the many amazing collections held by BF members, but much can be learned even with just a few knives to compare. Plus it’s just fun to pull out old and new knives and look at them closely.
     
  9. waynorth

    waynorth Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 19, 2005
    Nice comparative study, David!!:)

    Amazing head of Horn, Â!!!:eek::cool:
     
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  10. dcpritch

    dcpritch Gold Member Gold Member

    337
    Feb 28, 2018
    Thank you Charlie, I can’t imagine how many Barlows you held and studied in the process of designing your knives, but I know it was many multiples of the ones I just showed. Also, I’m taking your advice literally and making good use of my Barlow!:thumbsup:
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  11. mrknife

    mrknife Gold Member Gold Member

    May 9, 2010
    trying Charlie, trying

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  12. waynorth

    waynorth Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 19, 2005
    Good choice to use, David! Please give us a report some day in the future!!
     
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  13. GE Jr

    GE Jr Gold Member Gold Member

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    Dec 29, 2015
    Every day - about 4 months now - getting the RFP tumble polish. Coins, flashlight, keys...:eek::)

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  14. Augie

    Augie Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 23, 2014

    Nice comparison shots David, I like comparing old to new, I posted this shot awhile back, one of my favorites.


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  15. Âchillepattada

    Âchillepattada Basic Member Basic Member

    611
    May 17, 2012
    The Barlow is in Sardinia :

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  16. Cutfinger

    Cutfinger Gold Member Gold Member

    479
    Aug 3, 2017
    Fantastic looking fig! oh how I love fresh figs.

    And I really like how the blade in the picture looks so long that it won't fit in the handle.:thumbsup:
     
  17. Âchillepattada

    Âchillepattada Basic Member Basic Member

    611
    May 17, 2012
    My friend has 4 trees in his garden . They produce so much that he has not enough friends to give the figs.

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  18. waynorth

    waynorth Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 19, 2005
    It has been a good year for figs here in western Canada also!!:thumbsup:
    The ones you have look beautiful, Â!! Especially accompanied by a Barlow!!:D
     
  19. Travman

    Travman Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2016
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  20. Ron Sabbagh

    Ron Sabbagh Gold Member Gold Member

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    Sep 15, 1999
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    Looking forward to one of Charlie's Barlows one day.
     

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