kewald wrote:I have a Barlow knife that might have been made by Kutmaster. My wife found it some years ago and gave it to me. There are no markings on the tangs, but the bolsters are both marked with BARLOW. Should I assume it was made by Kutmaster?
As Greg says, you'll see the generic "BARLOW" stamp on clamshell knives by Colonial, Imperial, Novelty, and others, and you'll also see it pop up on solid-bolster knives like Uticas, and newer Camillus. The stamp itself doesn't help identify the knife but comparing yours to the typical Kutmaster/Utica Barlow build shows some fairly striking differences.
As you can see, one of the telltale signs of a Kutmaster or Utica Barlow is the "rounded shoulder" bolster which is fairly distinctive among other Barlows. Imperials, Colonials, and other clamshell or hollow-bolster Barlows do not have bolsters as rounded as the Uticas, which you can see from this group shot of Providence, Imperial and Colonial Barlows:
Judging by the photos of your Barlow, it's probably a hollow-bolster or "clamshell", Asian-made, perhaps Pakistani, judging by the grind, the way the nicks are cut and the use of the brass pivot pins. The tang may have been left unstamped. Just some signs of a south Asian knife that I've noticed. Of course, I'm just speculating, I could be way off. But that'd be my best guess.
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