Folders

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This is my most elegant barlow yet.  The 2 1/4 inch blade, the bolsters, and the backspacer are all Devin Thomas stainless Damascus.  The scales are a blue-green mammoth ivory.  The first picture was professionally shot by Caleb Royer.

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Here are two more of my signature  Barlow style linert lock. The top one has stabilized maple burl scales and satin finish stainless steel bolsters.  The bottom one has smooth copper bolsters and osage orange scales. Both have blades of 154CM stainless steel about 2 1/4 inches long and titanium liners. This is a classic style originally produced decades ago but with the modern twists of liner locking system and titanium and stainless steel construction.

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These two knives were a set ordered by a customer who wanted knives for her son and grandson that would have a connecting quality but yet would be different knives.  We settled on one Barlow and one Model 1, both classic styles that recall a simpler time when all things were made to a high quality standard.  The feature that connects them is the same scale wood.  This was a joy to do and her son and grandson were very happy with the result.

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These are friction folders, a style without any type of locking mechanism that is rapidly growing in popularity. When they are closed, the tab at the back of the blade sticks out past the frame of the knife allowing for easy one-handed opening. When open, that tab fits down into the back of the knife and pressure from your hand on it holds the blade open. The blade is held closed simply by friction on the pivot. These knives are 5 7/8 inches long open and 3 1/2 inches long closed. The 154CM stainless steel blades are 2 3/4 inches long with a full flat grind. The knives have a titanium liner on one side only to keep them as thin and light as possible. The black one has carbon fiber scales and the yellow is G10.

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Here is another Kansas toothpick, which has now become one of my standard models. With a classic look, it is 7 3/8″ long (4 1/2″ closed) and only 9/16″ tall. It is designed and built to look great and work hard. The blade is razor sharp 154CM stainless steel and the liners are titanium. The bolsters are satin finished stainless steel. The wood scales are professionally stabilized spalted buckeye burl.

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The liner-locking Barlow style folders are rapidly becoming my most popular knives.  The one with snakewood scales in the top row of pictures was a custom order and I went ahead and made two at the same time so I would have one available for sale.  The other one is handled in golden dyed and professionally stabilized curly maple.  Both have blades of 154CM stainless steel about 2 1/4 inches long and titanium liners.  The bolsters and all fixtures are also stainless steel.  These knives have an elegant, classic look and are small and light enough that they just disappear into the pocket – just don’t forget about it when you head to the airport!

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Here is another Kansas toothpick.  It is long and thin , 7 3/8″ long (4 1/2″ closed) and only 9/16″ tall. This is a pretty long pocketknife, but thin and well-balanced it just disappears into the pocket. The blade is 154CM stainless steel and razor sharp. As always, liners are titanium. The bolsters are satin finished stainless steel.  I’m not sure what the scale wood it.  I bought it several years ago in a package of mixed woods, but it looks nice and I like it so I sent it off to K&G for stabilizing and it came out great.

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This folder was commissioned by a lady as a birthday present for her husband.  She wanted something long and thin.  It is reminiscent of the Texas toothpick style but the end is more rounded.  I’m calling it my Kansas toothpick because it is going to Kansas.  She asked for long and thin and that’s what she got – it is 7 3/8″ long (4 1/2″ closed) and only 9/16″ tall.  It is a bit more challenging to make a liner lock that thin, but I pulled it off and it works great.  It snaps open and closed with a nice loud click.  The blade is 154CM stainless steel and razor sharp.  As always, liners are titanium.  The bolsters are stainless and the scales are beautiful stabilized buckeye burl with a bit of blue spalting.

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Here is another Barlow-style liner locking folder, but with a couple of twists.  First, instead of the classic clip-point blade, it sports a sheepsfoot blade of 154CM stainless steel.  Second, the bolsters are hammered copper.  As usual for my folders, the liners are titanium and screws, pivot, and stop pin are stainless.  This one has stabilized zebrawood scales.

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Here is a very elegant, yet tough and durable small liner locking folder.  The Alabama Damascus blade is 2 1/4 inches long.  It is 3 1/2 inches closed and 5 3/4 inches open.  The bolsters are also Alabama Damascus  The liners are 0.042 inch titanium and all screws and pivot are stainless steel.  The handle scales are a beautiful fossil mammoth ivory bark.

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With titanium liners and a micarta backspacer, this knife is so light is just disappears into your pocket until you need it.  Then it is tough and ready to go.  The 2 1/4 inch blade is made of 154CM stainless steel and is sharp enough to take care of business.  The laminated abalone shell scales are paired with shiny smooth black paper micarta bolsters.  It’s a beauty and yet still a workhorse.

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The interior mammoth ivory scales and stainless steel bolsters are both polished to high shine on this liner locking folder.  Coupled with a  2 3/4 inch 440C stainless steel blade hand rubbed to a fine satin finish, this knife is a thing of beauty.  The liners are 0.042 inch titanium and all fittings are stainless steel.  This knife is 3 7/8 inches long closed and 6 3/4 inches open.

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This classy liner locking folder is dressed with laminated abalone shell handle scales and 416 stainless steel bolsters.  The 440C stainless steel blade is 2 3/4 inches long and hand rubbed to a fine satin finish.  The liners are 0.042 inch titanium and all fittings are stainless steel.  This knife is 3 7/8 inches long closed and 6 3/4 inches open.

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The hunter orange G10 scales will make this one hard to lose.  With a 2 1/2 inch long 440C stainless steel blade that is a full inch tall, this one is sturdy and ready to work.  The liners are 0.042 inch thick titanium and the lock-up is rock solid.  It is 3 3/8 inches long closed and 5 7/8 inches open.

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This liner locking folder features a 2 1/2 inch long 440C stainless steel sharpened to a keen edge. The black textured G10 scales provide a slip-free grip   The liners are 0.042 inch thick titanium.  It is 3 3/8 inches long closed and 5 7/8 inches open.

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These are friction folders, a style without any type of locking mechanism that is rapidly growing in popularity. When they are closed, the tab at the back of the blade sticks out past the frame of the knife allowing for easy one-handed opening. When open, that tab fits down into the back of the knife and pressure from your hand on it holds the blade open. The blade is held closed simply by friction on the pivot. These knives are 5 7/8 inches long open and 3 1/2 inches long closed. The 440C stainless steel blades are 2 3/4 inches long with a full flat grind. The knives have a titanium liner on one side only to keep them as thin and light as possible. The scales are G10 and all screws and pivot are stainless steel.

Here is a matching set of four folders with the traditional look of the classic Barlow, but with the modern twists of 0.042″ titanium liners and a thumbstud-opening liner lock design.  The bolsters are 416 stainless steel and the scales are stabilized spalted box elder burl.  These knives are 3 5/16 inches long closed, with 2 1/4 inch blades and an overall open length of 5 9/16 inches.

This liner lock folder operates as smooth as silk and feels great in the pocket. It is 3 1/2 inches long closed. It has a 2 3/4 inch O1 blade and its overall length is 5 7/8 inches. The bolsters are black paper micarta and the scales are stabilized curly maple. The liners are 0.048 inch titanium and all screws, pivot, and thumb stud are stainless steel.

This one has beautiful stabilized box elder burl scales with black paper micarta bolsters. The O1 blade is 2 3/4 inches long and very sharp. It is 6 3/4 inches long open and 4 inches closed. The liners are 0.048 inch titanium and all screws, pivot, and thumb stud are stainless steel.

These are friction folders, a style which has become very popular in Europe due to laws which prohibit folding knives with any type of locking mechanism. When they are closed, the tab at the back of the blade sticks out past the frame of the knife allowing for easy one-handed opening. When open, that tab fits down into the back of the knife and pressure from your hand on it hold the blade open. The blade is held closed simply be friction on the pivot. These knives are 5 7/8 inches long open and 3 1/2 inches long closed. The O1 blades are 2 3/4 inches long with a full flat grind. The knives have a titanium liner on one side only to keep them as thin as possible. The scales are G10 and all screws and pivot are stainless steel.

This is another friction folder of the same design but with black and blue G10 scales. This one also included a simple pocket sheath. There is no belt loop – it is simply designed to slide into the pocket to protect the knife and keep the flip tab from snagging on your pocket when pulling the knife out.

I’m really not sure what the wood is on this one. I got it in a grab bag of assorted wood at Woodcraft. All I know is that it is spalted, a little curly, and I like it so I used it. The bolster are black paper micarta. The O1 blade is 2 5/8 inches long and the overall length is 6 1/4 inches. The liners are 0.040 inch titanium and all screws and pivot are stainless steel.

 

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I have also liked the classic Barlow-style pocket knives and I owned my first one as a young boy.  This little pocket knife was my first attempt to recreate that Barlow style, but as a liner lock instead of the traditional slip joint.  This one is a little heavier than  most of my folders due to the copper bolsters, but the smooth copper with its patina adds a beautiful touch.  The scales are osage orange.  The liners are  titanium and all the screws and pivot are stainless steel.  The O1 blade is X inches long and at Y inches long when closed, it feels great in the pocket.