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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-04-2018, 09:14 AM Thread Starter
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The Ole Barlow Knife

Remember owning one many years ago.

Anyone have one plus what do you have?

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-04-2018, 09:34 AM
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Back in the 70s, they were standard issue to mechanic/ electricians in the coal mines in worked in. I don’t know the model, but they were single blade with a rosewood handle with a small bail to attach to your belt. We used them to cut trailing cables when making splices, and you carried a small file for sharpening them. They would take an edge easily but wouldn’t stay sharp long.

By the mid 80s, someone figured out the Stanley razor knives were a better option.
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Interesting Bigbrownie!

I'm looking to add one to my knife collection and found the below on Amazon.


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Finding plenty Barlows out there but few that are American made outside of some leftover Queens($$$) and Bear & Son. Boker still makes a nice German made one.

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I have a Barlow Sabre brand #629 made in Japan still use it holds an edge and sharpens easily.


The one I have looks like this bu mine is in better shape
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Timbie...I heard of those Japanese Sabre brand knives. Decent knife for the money. Just like some of the previously Jap made older Ka-Bars.

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Found a Queen No.69 Workhorse Barlow at a decent price!! Will help to refresh some of my Ole Barlow Day memories!!

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Yep, I used to have a Barlow I don't know if I still have it or not i'll have to look around, I used to say to people "you don't mess around with a Barlow"

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I have owned a few back in the day and none of them ever kept an edge or were comfortable. Now I find that the "Sodbuster" design better fitting to my hand.

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I have a bunch, my dad was a miner and as a kid in the 70's we had a ton of Barlow's around. He had a big one with a curved/hooked blade. Must have been for cutting big cable. I pick them up at flea markets all the time, usually for less than $10.
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