Barlow

One of the simplest and most traditional jacks is the Barlow pocket knife. It’s so famous that Mark Twain wrote about it in “Huckleberry Finn” and “Tom Sawyer”. A Barlow has an extended head bolster, with no bolster on the other end. It traditionally has a single spear or clip point primary blade, but sometimes it includes a secondary pen blade. And, it often has the word “Barlow” embossed on the head bolster.

The knife pattern originated from the Barlow family in Sheffield, England. During the 17th and 18th centuries, members of the Barlow family made simple pocket knives. The knife pattern is inexpensive to produce, very utilitarian, and were then exported to America. Then, US manufacturers began making these knives in the 1800’s. Today, they are a throwback to a very traditional and simpler time.

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  • Rite Edge Yellow Synthetic Barlow RE5023-YW

    Rite Edge Yellow Barlow

    $11.83

    Rite Edge Yellow Synthetic 3 ¼” Barlow

    • Stainless Steel Blades
    • Clip Point & Wharncliffe Blades
    • Satin Finish Blades
    • Handcrafted
    • Brushed Stainless Steel Bolsters
    • “Barlow” Engraved Bolster
    • Classic Yellow Synthetic Handle!
    • Closed Length: 3 ¼”
    • Very Collectible & Pocket-Friendly Barlow Frame
    • Thumbnail Pulls
    • A Beautiful Traditional Knife
  • Rough Ryder Purple Swirl Acrylic Composite Barlow RR2153

    Rough Ryder Purple Swirl Barlow

    $15.90

    Rough Ryder Purple Swirl Acrylic 3″ Barlow

    • 440 Razor Sharp Stainless Steel Blade
    • Half Stop Blade
    • Brass Liners
    • Nickel Silver Pins
    • Nickel Silver Bolsters
    • Embossed “R” Head Bolster
    • Enhanced Thumbnail Pull
    • Clip Point Blade
    • Closed Length: 3″ – Very Pocket Friendly
    • Hand Made
    • Very Special & Collectible Barlow Frame
    • Amazing Purple Swirl Handle!
    • Magnetic-Lid Purple Swirl Series Collector’s Box
  • Schrade Imperial Brown Celluloid Jackmaster Barlow 278

    Schrade Imperial Brown Barlow

    $11.86

    Schrade Imperial Brown Celluloid 3 ⅜" Jackmaster Barlow

    • 3Cr13MoV Stainless Steel Blades
    • Clip Point & Pen Blades
    • Closed Length: 3 ⅜"
    • Very Durable Brown Celluloid Handle!
    • Slip Joint
    • Heat Treated Back Springs
    • Polished Stainless Steel “Barlow” Engraved Bolster
    • Very Collectible & Pocket-Friendly Barlow Frame
    • Thumbnail Pulls
    • A Beautiful Traditional Knife