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A barlow knife has one or two blade, a huge metal bolster, and a comfortable tear-drop shaped handle. the blade or blades are attached at the small end of the handle. The first barlow being made in Sheffield England in the 1600's. It was made by several American shops soon after, and has become as American  as "apple pie". George Washington was known to have a barlow knife, Mark twain referred to a "real barlow" in his tom sawyer and huckleberry finn in 1876. Barlow's have long been gifts treasured by young American boys through the ages. at least on song was written about a barlow knife.

"I been livin' here all my life, All I got is a Barlow Knife; Buck horn handle and a barlow blade, Best dang knife that ever was made."

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Reply by Ken Spielvogel on August 25, 2013 at 19:05Delete

Reply by Tobias Gibson on August 25, 2013 at 19:39

Ken, I've got that raccoon one only in worse shape.   Here is the first Barlow I ever bought.   It is a Bear & Son Official Boy Scouts of America  Barlow. I'm very much a late comer when it comes to Barlows. I bought this one new.  As you can see it has been lightly used and carried since then.   I thought they were going to be around for a while but  they are getting pretty scarce!

Reply by Robert Burris on August 25, 2013 at 20:10

Alright guys, thanks for the post. I'll post some shorties, this week. Miss Jan, has a bunch of Barlow's, maybe we can talk her in to, posting some pictures. How did, ya'll like that song.

Reply by Ken Spielvogel on August 26, 2013 at 1:19

Tobias, that Scout Barlow is really unique. I have never seen one before.

Reply by Ken Spielvogel on August 26, 2013 at 1:21

Robert, that was a great way to open the discussion.

Reply by Tobias Gibson on August 26, 2013 at 9:58

I see your Barlow Knife and raise you the Earl's Chair.

Reply by Robert Burris on August 27, 2013 at 8:28

Great Tobias!

Reply by Ken Spielvogel on August 28, 2013 at 7:32

A Sheffield, England Barlow

Reply by Robert Burris on August 28, 2013 at 8:49

I like that old timer.

Reply by Robert Burris on August 30, 2013 at 9:28

I'm sorry, I really need to get some photos on here. There coming.

Reply by Ken Spielvogel on August 30, 2013 at 10:49

Robert, we are looking forward to it.

Reply by Robert Burris on August 30, 2013 at 20:09

We just ran out of time. Thank ya'll for waiting. I started this, little group, just slow going. They are nothing special....just to me   Ha..Ha.

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