The Western Barlow

In 1911, H. N. Platts, was able to draw on his extensive friendships and family connections in the cutlery world to start Western States Cutlery and Manufacturing of Boulder Colorado. At first only a jobbing business, by 1920 construction and machinery purchases were underway to begin manufacture of knives. Through name changes--to Western States Cutlery Co. in 1953, then Western Cutlery Co. in 1956--and moves first across town and later to Longmont Colorado, the company stayed under the leadership of the Platt family until 1984. In that year, the company was sold to Coleman, becoming Coleman-Western. Eventually purchased by Camillus in 1991, Western continued until Camillus expired in 2007.
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Re: The Western Barlow

Postby Colonel26 » Thu Apr 27, 2017 12:20 pm

::rotflol:: ::rotflol:: ::rotflol:: ::rotflol:: ::rotflol:: ::rotflol:: ::tu::

djknife13 wrote:When you say the word "buff" you make a lot of us old collectors shutter. I love to see those old knives, maybe cleaned up a little with metal polish and a number 2 pencil and the joint cleaned out with a little oil, but the beautiful, well earned marks on the old knife left. An old workhorse just don't look right if you weave his mane in pony tails and ribbons.___Dave
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Re: The Western Barlow

Postby royal0014 » Thu Apr 27, 2017 12:33 pm

::clapping:: ::clapping::

Can't argue with that logic!
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Re: The Western Barlow

Postby Berryb » Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:15 pm

I usually don't do much more than blow the dust off old knives. I prefer the honest wear to a shiny new knife, but this knife is barely used and never sharpened so I was wondering about the grey surface, and how it got there.
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Re: The Western Barlow

Postby FRJ » Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:33 pm

Bruce, You've got a great old knife there.
The grey is undoubtedly from age and will evolve in appearance with use.
Buffing would be too dramatic.
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Re: The Western Barlow

Postby treefarmer » Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:02 pm

Just catchin' up on my readin' and noticed Bruce's "new" Western Barlow. Looks like she has full blades and has been hidin' in a corner waitin' for him to find her. She looks great just like she is! Sprucing up an old knife reminds me of folks my age and older, that try to look younger by changing their hair color, both men and women, it just ain't natural, long live patina and gray hair. ::nod::
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Re: The Western Barlow

Postby montemojo » Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:38 pm

I agree with you tree farmer. Iam not as old as others here. I do have some gray hair and I earned every one. As for knives I have some that have been buffed and I wish that they hadn't. It is a fact that shine sells and sells for high dollar. I didn't mind a few years ago if a knife was buffed but I frown on it now.

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Re: The Western Barlow

Postby Berryb » Fri Apr 28, 2017 12:55 pm

I can see that "buff" was a poor choice of words. I learned the hard way, a long time ago, not to over-clean stuff (old fishing reels). I just wondered about this one because the patina is so uniform that it almost looks like it was applied. I suppose if I ever get the urge to buff a knife I could start with this one, but it would be kinda' like puttin' lipstick on a pig.
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Re: The Western Barlow

Postby Colonel26 » Fri Apr 28, 2017 12:59 pm

Berryb wrote:I can see that "buff" was a poor choice of words. I learned the hard way, a long time ago, not to over-clean stuff (old fishing reels). I just wondered about this one because the patina is so uniform that it almost looks like it was applied. I suppose if I ever get the urge to buff a knife I could start with this one, but it would be kinda' like puttin' lipstick on a pig.
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Shoot, that one's just now broke in good.
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Re: The Western Barlow

Postby FRJ » Fri Apr 28, 2017 2:46 pm

Them Old Timers can take just about anything.
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Re: The Western Barlow

Postby treefarmer » Tue May 02, 2017 1:26 am

Bruce,
Clean that old gal up and make that broken clip into a Wharncliffe lookin' blade and put her to work! ::tu::
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Re: The Western Barlow

Postby Berryb » Wed May 03, 2017 12:49 am

I think it might be a bit of a project, one spring is half gone, the other is so soft you can hardly tell it's there. I kinda thought a picture of a rusty Old Timer would be an appropriate avatar for me though.
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Re: The Western Barlow

Postby deltaboy » Sun Jul 09, 2017 1:33 am

I love my Western Barlow
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