J. RUSSELL GRANDDADDY BARLOW KNIFE
SAWCUT BROWN BOVINE BONE
* 9 inches overall
* 5 inches closed
* 4 inch carbon steel spear point blade with nail notch
* Blade etch: RUSSELL ( TRADEMARK ARROW THROUGH " R " ) GREEN RIVER WORKS
* Sawcut brown bovine bone handles. Three nickel silver pins
* Brushed steel bolsters. Both bolsters have trademark stamp. Steel liners.
* Blade stamp front: RUSSELL LOGO - Obverse: SOLINGEN - GERMANY
- Original box.
- Small crack at main pin
Obadiah Barlow first produced the Barlow knife in England in the 1600's. The knife gained a very high reputation as a working knife. The reputation spread to America where they became very popular.
John Russell made his fortune in Southern cotton but also saw an opportunity in northern manufacturing. It paid off. J. Russell & Co. are credited to be the first American maker of the Barlow pattern knife.
Russell Knives originated in Greenfield Massachusetts in 1834. After moving to Turner Falls, Mass. the now famous "J.Russell & Co. Green River Works" trademark was adopted thus, the legend of the Green River Knife was born. The knives were known for such a high level of quality, that other American, German, and even manufacturers in Sheffield, which were the benchmark for quality during that period, tried to copy the Green River Knife. They even went as far as to tang stamp their own knives with the Green River name. The Green River Knife became a favorite of emigrants, buffalo hunters, Indians, miners and settlers.
Today, they are manufactured in Solingen, Germany, retaining the tradition for the highest quality at reasonable prices.