Barrel Knife Multi-blade

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Barrel Knife Multi-blade

Post by kootenay joe » Wed Jan 22, 2020 1:16 am

Here is a 3 1/4" eight blade Barrel knife, not a Swedish Barrel knife. Exquisitely made, smooth blade action, crisp snaps and no play, for all 8 blades. Handles look to be Snakewood.
This design goes back to vintage Sheffield days, likely made to show off a cutler's skill and shown in a cutlery merchant's display cabinet. Or made for a well to do gentleman.
This one does not appear to be vintage. I bought it over 10 years ago from Bill Claussen, author of "Sheffield Exhibition Knives". Bill had forgotten how he acquired i, but thought it might have been made by a knife maker in Japan. As with all Barrel knives i have seen, there are no markings. This seems to be a tradition for these knives. Although the blades are tiny, a skilled knife maker could put his mark on if he wanted to.
Have you seen one similar ? Any insightful thoughts as to maker or country of origin ?
If you have any Barrel knives please post pictures. The more we see, the more we might learn about them.
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Re: Barrel Knife Multi-blade

Post by 1967redrider » Wed Jan 22, 2020 1:26 am

I don't have anything like that, it's pretty cool! ::tu:: ::tu::
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Re: Barrel Knife Multi-blade

Post by doglegg » Wed Jan 22, 2020 1:32 am

Roland, it seems that someone posted something similar a while back but certainly not the quality of yours. Very interesting and very beautiful. ::nod:: ::nod::

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Re: Barrel Knife Multi-blade

Post by kootenay joe » Wed Jan 22, 2020 1:39 am

I posted a very old 16 blade ivory Barrel knife. Some of the blades are broken and condition is rough. I think it is a thread with "Ivory" in title.
I searched to see if i had posted this one previously but found nothing. I might have posted this years ago in BladeForums, not sure.
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Re: Barrel Knife Multi-blade

Post by doglegg » Wed Jan 22, 2020 1:42 am

The one I'm thinking about only had blades on one end If I remember right. It was one of those 'what have I got?' or 'what is it?' post. ::shrug::

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Re: Barrel Knife Multi-blade

Post by Doc B » Wed Jan 22, 2020 1:48 am

Very cool KJ !!! ::tu:: ::tu:: ::tu::
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Post by Bfeldman » Wed Jan 22, 2020 1:55 am

That’s an amazing knife!

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Re: Barrel Knife Multi-blade

Post by btrwtr » Wed Jan 22, 2020 4:43 am

Beautiful knife KJ. I had posted an eight blade pearl knife with the same design. Unmarked as yours is KJ. These are referred to as being in the quill knife family.
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Re: Barrel Knife Multi-blade

Post by kootenay joe » Wed Jan 22, 2020 7:26 am

Grouping with Quill knives makes sense as these delicate blades should not be used to cut anything harder than a quill.
Wayne yours is a beauty, ivory & antique and almost certainly of Sheffield origin. Marvelous knife ! Likely made in 1800's but do you know if early or late 1800's ? I think this pattern goes back to 1830's or earlier ?
What is closed length ? Maybe 3 1/8" same as mine ? The knife maker who made mine possibly had a vintage example and took measurements.
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Re: Barrel Knife Multi-blade

Post by Meridian_Mike » Wed Jan 22, 2020 1:16 pm

MAN..... those are some really interesting knives! I've never seen such!
Now, I am sitting here trying to figure out how they are put together....LOL.
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Post by jmh58 » Wed Jan 22, 2020 1:53 pm

Very NICE Gents!!!
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Re: Barrel Knife Multi-blade

Post by RevolverGuy » Wed Jan 22, 2020 7:08 pm

I've never seen one of these before. That is one pattern that should really make a comeback.

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Re: Barrel Knife Multi-blade

Post by petesknives » Wed Jan 22, 2020 7:35 pm

Those were definitely owned by someone with wealth, definitely not for the average person.
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Re: Barrel Knife Multi-blade

Post by knife7knut » Wed Jan 22, 2020 7:55 pm

A beautiful little knife Roland! I think it may have been made in Sheffield as the manicure blade looks to be of the Curley's Patent style. What is snakewood? I don't recall ever hearing of that material.
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Re: Barrel Knife Multi-blade

Post by Breeze » Wed Jan 22, 2020 9:06 pm

Here are a couple of barrel knives that Bob Cargill made. I don't know much about them. Photos taken from a thread on bladeforum.
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