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

With its thick bolster and steady teardrop 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, and when 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. Owned and operated by Wally Gardiner and Joe Hufnagel, Canal Street Cutlery's staff of about 10 have a cumulative 300 years of knife making experience. With its two flat-ground blades and elegant linen micarta "bone" handle, few pocket knives match the fit and finish of this Barlow.


  • Unique serial number on bolster
  • HRC: 58-59
  • Slipjoint construction
  • Closed: 3.25”
  • Open: 5.5”
  • Clip-point blade: 2.25”
  • Pen-knife blade: 1.75”
  • Ships with Best Made’s Knife Handbook


  • Polished 440c steel clip point and pen knife blades
  • Polished 1810 steel bolster
  • Linen Micarta handle scales


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).


  • Made in the USA