The Barlow Knife

Vendor: Canal Street Cutlery


Category: BLADE

Price: $138


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History's Best

Made in New York's Catskill Mountains exclusively for Best Made by legendary knife makers Canal Street Cutlery. 

With its thick bolster and steady tear drop handle the Barlow knife has, for centuries, been the elegant workhorse of the American farm, camp, and workshop. The Barlow was first deployed in 17th Century Sheffield, England but by the time it hit shores stateside it quickly grew to be the tried and true staple of the American knife maker's catalog.  

The Catskill Mountains are just 150 miles from New York City, they boast 700,000 acres of wilderness, some of the best fly fishing in the world and— since the 1800s—some of the finest knives. And owned and operated by Wally Gardiner and Joe Hufnagel, Canal Street Cutlery's combined staff of about 10 boast 300 years of knife making experience. With its two flat-ground blades and elegant linen micarta "bone" handle, few pocket knives boast the fit and finish of this Barlow.

  •  Unique serial number on bolster
  • Polished 440c steel clip point and pen knife blades
  • HRC: 58-59
  • Slipjoint construction
  • Polished 1810 steel bolster
  • Linen Micarta handle scales
  • Closed: 3.325”
  • Open: 5.875” 
  • Clip point blade: 2.5”
  • Pen knife blade: 1.75”
  • Ships with Best Made’s Knife Handbook
  • Made in the USA


      The Barlow was venerated in traditional folk songs, lore, and even the writings of the great Mark Twain: "Mary gave him a brand-new Barlow knife worth twelve and a half cents; and the convulsion of delight that swept his system shook him to his foundations." (from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer).
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