The Sheffield Barlow pocket knife is intended as a functional hard working tool. The knife is backed up by Taylors Eye Witness lifetime manufacturing guarantee when the knives are used under normal conditions.
An original 300 year old Sheffield knife pattern, the Barlow pocket knife features an elongated metal handle bolster for added strength. The bolster is the part of the handle which encases the blade pivot and is the point of greatest strain in a folding knife.
The easy open blade has a general purpose clip-point shape and is ideal as a utility knife or for wood carving or whittling. The flat grind blade is 2.5 inches long and 2 mm thick with a halfway closing safety stop.
The Sheffield made pocket knife is built like a tank and will probably last a lifetime. It is definitely a knife made for using rather than collecting. The blade is not mirror polished and is fairly stiff to open at first.
Importantly, the blade is razor sharp from new and the back spring is reassuringly strong. The hardwood handle is totally solid and thick enough to get a good grip on. The bolsters and liners are matching steel instead of more expensive brass or nickel silver.
Overall these knives are intended as working tools with emphasis on functionality rather than cosmetic appearance. This is backed up by Taylors Eye Witness lifetime manufacturing guarantee when the knives are used under normal conditions.
Demand in 2013 for a good quality, British made pocket knife remained high and the Eye Witness single blade Barlow knife is our top selling folding knife. The timeless popularity of the 300 year old Sheffield knife design with natural hardwood handle is down to its practicality and beauty.
Otter Messer knives occupied the second and third best selling positions. The combination of German made quality and affordability is unbeatble. New models are due to be released by Otter Messer in the coming months.
With a very smooth opening and closing action, which requires a minimum amount of force, a feature only found in high quality knives such as this.
All the metal surfaces, blade sides, bolsters, blade back and springs have a mirror polish finish. The rams horn scales have an interesting, unique, matching shade and pattern. Even under magnified examination, it is satisfying to note not a single flaw in the handle scales, especially around the securing pins.