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A.G. Russell Medium Barlow Lockback

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For many people the only knife for everyday carry is a Barlow.  Our new Medium Barlow Lockback with Pocket Clip is the perfect knife for that purpose. The handle is standard Barlow - that is a Swell End Jack with a long bolster. This is where we diverge from the old fashioned Barlow. The blade is A.G.'s Zulu Spear with a long pull and a cut swedge. Instead of the typical slipjoint, this is a lockback with a pocketclip. We offered our very popular Barlow Lockback from early 2012 through mid-2016 when we let it fade. In renewing the model, A.G. added the pocketclip. The liners and bolsters are stainless steel and the 3" blade is 8Cr13MoV high carbon stainless at 57-59 Rc. Measures 3-1⁄2" closed. Weighs about 2.9 oz., depending on the handle material. Made in China.

 

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A.G. Russell Medium Barlow Lockback ebony delrin

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A.G. Russell Medium Barlow Lockback jigged brown bone

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A.G. Russell Medium Barlow Lockback ebony delrin

  • Type
    Folder
  • Blade
    Spear Point
  • Blade Length
    3"
  • Blade Steel
    8Cr13MoV
  • Rockwell
    57-59
  • Lock
    Lockback
  • Bolsters
    Stainless
  • Liners
    Stainless
  • Handle
    Ebony Delrin
  • Closed Length
    3-1/2"
  • Clip
    Reversible
  • Weight
    2.7 oz.
  • Origin
    China

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A.G. Russell Medium Barlow Lockback jigged brown bone

  • Handle
    Jigged Brown Bone

A.G. Russell Knives

From the age of nine I made homemade knives until I was about twenty-four when I began to make handmade knives, crude but no longer made at home. A few years later, I had met and learned from makers like R.W. Loveless and R. L. Dozier. I made knives until the mid 1970s. I don’t make handmade knives anymore, as my hands aren’t what they used to be. However, I do have very talented makers in the United States and Japan who make knives that I am proud to put my name on. I design pocketknives, one hand knives, lockbacks, and fixed blade knives and have them made to our standards. ~A.G. Russell III

A.G. Russell has been in the knives and whetstones business for over 50 years. A.G. Russell knives are well known for their quality. A.G. Russell knives tend to be more traditional in style and look, with modern advances in material and design to create excellent knives.

The A.G. Russell Medium Barlow Lockback is yet another example of A.G. Russell taking a classic knife design and improving upon it. This is my first Barlow knife because Barlows are traditionally slipjoints, and I have brittle fingernails with which slipjoints do not generally agree. Because it is a lockback that does not require a stiff spring to keep the knife open, this knife opens easily with no broken fingernails. The mechanism is extremely smooth and locks up very solidly. The Zulu Spearpoint blade is a very useful shape suited to a wide range of tasks, and is visually more interesting than traditional blade shapes on Barlow knives. When open it flows into the traditional Barlow handle complimenting it. When closed, the elongated nail pull and downward swooping swedge of the forward part of the blade give the impression of the head of a bird of prey peering over the knife handle. The addition of the deep pocket clip which Russell has perfectly integrated into the traditional Barlow design further increases the utility of this knife. There is no gainsaying the usefulness of a good pocket clip, so long as it does not detract from the appearance and handling of the knife, which this one does not. If fact, the clip actually compliments the appearance of the knife when viewed from the Reverise side when closed because the clip is visually balanced by the long bolster at the opposite end of the handle. This clip presents a further benefit to me in that I like to carry my clip pocket knives clipped between the buttons on my shirt over the breastbone. I do this for several reasons: I have lost a least a couple of clip knives that popped out of my pants pocket while climbing in and out of my truck; the knife is readily accessible while sitting; it avoids having the knives marred by car keys or detritus in the pockets; and, the knife is much less obtrusive when carried this way, as most people know that a clip showing on a pants pocket means a knife inside the pocket. This is not so with this knife when carried clipped to a shirt, as the deep pocket clip is designed such that the knife itself is not visible when inserted into clothing, and the clip is so stylish and well finished that it can pass for the clip on a pen. Further the clip has a lip open enough to slide over thick chamois shirts and yet it holds firmly to the thinnest dress shirt. Perhaps I should explain that one of the purposes of my knives is to partially fulfill the need for art in my life. For this reason, I am a believer in “the knife du jour.” I have many different knives that I like to carry so that they each get the opportunity to be admired and the virtues of their designs, choice of materials and Craftsmanship pondered over a cup of coffee with buddies at Starbucks (back in the pre-Covid era). Knives are a quintessential tool and, as such, a good knife should be a Work of Art that Works. That certainly describes this knife and A.G. Russell designs, generally. It is simultaneously utilitarian and elegant: utilitarian in its functionality yet elegant in its design. It is a remarkable value at this price and I believe it is destined to become one of my most often carried knives. Rating: 10/10 Robert D. Milford, CT
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