Schrade 278 Barlow 3 3/4" Closed 2- Blade Pocket Knife

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Schrade's Barlow is a faithful descendent of the pocket knives that so entranced the young, rambunctious boys of old America. The knife's stainless steel clip and pen blades are housed in a classic, teardrop-shaped handle that evokes the world that raised Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, making it practically indistinguishable from the pocket knives you grew up loving. Schrade's team of knife experts have crafted a knife that truly relays the values and beauty of the past. Pass this knife down to your children, and they will treasure it with fondness.


• Barlow 2 blade

Brand: Schrade
Model Number: 278
Catalog Number: 295161
Closed Length 3.3 inches
Blade Length 2.4 inches
Blade Material Stainless Steel
Blade Edge Plain
Point Clip, pen
Lock Type Slip Joint
Assisted Open No
Handle Material 3Cr13MoV
Total Length 5.70 inches
Blade Color Silver/Gray
Sheath Included No
Pocket Clip Included No
Knife Type Folding
Knife Weight 0.13 ounces
Handle Color Brown/tan, silver/gray
Number of Knives/Tools 2
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The Schrade Cutlery Company was founded in 1904 in Walden, New York. The quality of the cutlery produced was unique to the industry at that time. Imperial Knife Company, established in Providence, Rhode Island in 1916, grew to manufacture a full range of value-priced folding pocket knives.

In 2003, the strength of Schrade's design concepts and engineering continues to move forward with exciting, cutting edge product introductions and a respect for tradition. Representing the newest of the new is Q3 Technology for Quick, Quiet and Quality offering a series of multi-functional folders designed for maximum performance. And in recognition of its heritage, Schrade's Custom Collaboration series celebrates the uniqueness of handcrafted design in their partnerships with the nations finest custom knife makers. Blending technology and tradition, the company continues its leadership position in the global cutlery and tool marketplace.

Key to Schrade's strength as a knife maker is the workforce of talented and committed craftsmen, including third and fourth generation employees. Learning the trade from parents and grandparents, they pass along the valuable knowledge, skills and pride necessary for the consistent production of quality knives and tools. That dedication and spirit lives at the 93 acre site in Ellenville, blending the decades of experienced hand craftsmanship with some of the most modern technology available. Schrade continues to grow in leaps and bounds due to our well earned reputation for quality and value, responsiveness to an ever changing market place, innovative new products, diversification into new markets, and customer service second-to-none in the industry.

Imperial Schrade Corp., holds an ongoing commitment to the outdoors and to the future generations of Americans with whom it will be entrusted. Imperial Schrade continues to lend private sector support to programs that include Ducks Unlimited, the Federal Duck Stamp program, the NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. These programs will assist in the protection and preservation of the environment, along with educating America's youth in their heritage of participation in and care of the outdoors into the 21st century.

Note: As of 2004 Schrade Knives are made in China with the same quality and care that goes into making world's finest pocket knives, lock backs, fixed blades, cutlery for the outdoor and hunting markets and multi-tools.

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Customer Reviews

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By Jeff M. from Green Bay, WI
March 8, 2014

Pretty nice item, no problems with it.

By Dennis L . B. from Wingina, VA
November 4, 2013

I was very surprised to receive a blade that was this sharp and over the past few weeks it has remained sharp even with my repeated usage, to say I am impressed is and understatement. The tightness of the blades within its frame work is very sturdy.

By Bryan W. from Pinson , AL
January 1, 2013

Great price and good looking knife. Can't beat it. I will buy again from Knife Depot. I enjoy the Schrade brand but I'm still a KA BAR man.

By Ben A. from Cincinnati, OH
December 6, 2012

This is a fantastic knife! I work on a Christmas tree farm so a tough knife is a necessity. I've dropped this in mud puddles, coated the blade in sap, and of course cut a ton of rope and string. If you are thinking of purchasing this, do it!! It hasn't let me down and hopefully it won't let you down either! Great knife!

By Justin W. from Lauderdale, MS
September 12, 2012

This is a great product with a very reasonable price tag. The shipping was very quick. Knife Depot is a great place to shop. Beats the heck out of overpriced sporting good stores.

By Clarence F. from Arcadia.FL
June 15, 2012

I have carried a two bladed barlow since I was a kid. I am 71 years old. I carried one for 20 years in the us navy. They keep an edge, you can use them for anything from scraping paint to cutting rope to cleaning your nails. Unlike expensive knives if you lose it and someone fines it they always give it back. I used it on the farm for everything you can imagine, now that I am retired, I still have one in my pocket everyday. The one I bought from you was a gift for a friend, you can't hardly fine them any more. It is the only knife I ever carried.

By Cody W. from Kelso, WA
February 3, 2012

Just what my dad was looking for the old style. Perfect Christmas gift.

By Henry B. from Florida
November 4, 2011

I have owned one of these pocket knives for 40 years, it is the best pocket knife there is. I purchased this one to replace one I had for 25 years.

By Bill M. from Webster Township, MI
December 12, 2010

My first pocketknife, 50+ years ago, was a Barlow. I still have it and it's still quite usable. This new Barlow, which I also own, isn't made to last 50 years, but it's a darn good knife for the money and respectable ancestor to my ancient one. Buy a few, have them everywhere.

By Melton M. from Tampa, Fl
January 15, 2010

This knife is exactly what I was searching for. It is good quality and holds a sharp edge very well.

By Danny D. from Davenport, IA
November 22, 2009

I really like this knife. I use it for everything.

By Harold J. from Spartanburg, SC
November 2, 2009

Just like the one I lost.

By David M. from Rockwell, NC
May 18, 2009

I love my Barlow! It's just like the one my grampa used to have. It brings back a lot of memories. Thanks!

By Chris L. from Bloomington, IN
April 18, 2009

Great classic knife and got a great deal and good service.

By James D. from Concord, NH
March 26, 2009

I have no complaints! I placed the order without difficulty, received all my expected updates and received my product on time and in good order. Thanks for great service

By Norva L. from Belle Vernon, PA
March 25, 2009

I ordered the knives for my brother in law. He had one years ago and lost it. He had tried in vain to find another one. Finally my sister asked me to try the internet. I found this site and ordered him two of them. They were just what he wanted. He is very happy with them!

By Ted F. from Agoura, CA
March 7, 2009

The product was exactly as advertised and delivered promptly. Great pocket knife!

By Helen C. from Fort Wayne, IN
October 23, 2008

My Sons were very pleased with their Birthday presents. They said a guy always needs a new knife. Thank you for supplying us with such good quality.

By David W. from Columbus, OH
October 22, 2008

This is an excellent product as advertised! I am very satisfied and a good price too.

By James S. from Savoy, MA
September 14, 2008

I love it!! I have had a Schrade knife for 40 something years and was glad to find I could still order them. They are hard to find in our area.

By William L. from Colorado Springs, CO
September 4, 2008

I think that the knife is very good!

By Chris L. from Sarasota, FL
August 25, 2008

This is a very good pocket knife! It cuts very well and is a good 1st knife for a young person to carry. I would recommend this knife to anyone!

By Charles S. from Gainesville, GA
July 14, 2008

I had never heard of a Barlow knife, but my 90 year old father asked that I locate one for him. I was surprised to learn of many brands claiming to handle a Barlow knife with a wide range of prices. I bought this one because of a very reasonable price and the fact it had "Barlow" engraved on it. My Dad is happy!

By Karl P. from Sidney,OH
March 23, 2008

I have been looking for this knife for a while and have been unable to find it in many stores Most say that they don't make the knife anymore. I really am glad that I was able to find it at your site. Thanks again Karl

By Patty Lou L. from Cardington, OH
March 18, 2008

It was just what I wanted and got it in good time.

By Mike C. from Fort Worth, TX
March 10, 2008

It is a very nice knife especially for the price!

By David Y. from Pacific, MO
February 26, 2008

I have used this knife for 30 years. I like the style with two blades. When my last one broke I couldn't find one in the stores so I went on the computer to find one. I would not be without one!

By Theo G. from York , PA
February 23, 2008

This is an excellent pocket knife! The last one lasted 14 years.

By Rodney W. from Macungie, PA
February 20, 2008

The purchase went without a problem. Timely,and follow up was a nice customer service feature.

By Jose P. from Fresno, CA
February 6, 2008

Its very low priced, good looking, amazingly strong and sharpens to an almost razor-edge.

By Charles L. from York, PA
January 26, 2008

This is an excellent knife at a good price.

By Ed D. from Beaufort, SC
October 3, 2007

It is excellent quality and value!

By Paul B. from Boston.MA
September 26, 2007

This is a nice old fashion pocket knife!

By Doreen S. from Somerset, MA
August 22, 2007

My 88 year old dad was very happy with this find. It matched his older knife with the exception of the color casing. The blade is a bit stiff when pulling it out and has a sharp snap back when closing. Dad uses it for everything, removing splinters, cutting garden line, skinning electrical wire, etc. His old knives always sharpened nicely. I'm assuming these will also.

By Allen S. from Cecilia, KY
January 27, 2007

The knife was a gift for my brother he had one a long time ago and wanted another. He is real pleased with it. Also my son is wanting to order one!

By Alester H. from Charlotte, NC
January 21, 2007

The knives were exactly what I wanted. I couldn't buy them in our local stores and they arrived very quickly.

By Ken K. from Pine Valley, NY
September 25, 2006

I have carried a Barlow Schrade Jackmaster for over 30 years. Being in the farming business, this is a standard tool in my pocket. I use it to cut practically everything and even as a screw driver when needed. When the edge get dull I just touch it up with a file and it is practically good as new. My long time supplier stopped carrying pocket knives so I had to order from the internet. I ordered 4 so I would not be without my Barlow.

By Ron B. from Columbus, OH
September 19, 2006

It is an excellent product, good price, and superior service. I could not be more pleased with the product!

By Lawrence M. from Grand Junction, CO
April 5, 2013

Nice size for a pocket knife used for every day carry. It was not very sharp and I had to spend some time getting it where I wanted.

By Joe T. from Cranston, RI
March 22, 2013

Nice pocket knife, had to tune up the sharpness after I got it. It's a good, sturdy, rugged, little knife, very good as an Every Day Carry knife. It would be a 5 out of 5 if it had been sharper out of the box.

By Keith P. from Duncan, OK
December 23, 2012

Very good value.

By Carl G. from Melrose, MA
November 29, 2012

I wanted a somewhat healthy bladed knife to carry. This pocket knife is just that. It has a good edge and thus far has been keeping it well.

By Clarence B. from Iowa City, IA
July 16, 2012

This is a good knife for the price of 11.47. The blades are very sharp, much sharper than my old Barlow knife by Case that I bought some 46 years ago. I am satisfied with it but outer chrome parts are not as finished my old knife.

By Richard B. from Vancouver, WA
March 10, 2011

I owned a Schrade Barlow when I was a kid 43 years ago and wanted to buy my son one. I instead bought two, one for each of us. It is a well made pocket knife, sturdy for it's price. The blades operate well enough and the blade takes an edge well if it doesn't hold it a lengthy time. It sharpens up easily with a ceramic steel. Its comfortable in the hand and would work well for casual whittling or light carving. It does not have the most positive blade lock so is better off with older kids or adults. All in all, a good knife for the price!

By Mary June G. from Quinlan, TX
December 3, 2008

It was what I expected!

By Edward D. from Beaufort, SC
August 10, 2008

It is good quality and durable with everyday use. The blades are easy to sharpen.

By David C. from Townville, SC
June 25, 2008

It seems to be well made. I didn't buy it to use it. I bought it as a memento of my youth. I had a Barlow knife as a kid growing up in the 60s and 70s and wanted one as a collectible. This "Barlow" was about as close a replica as I could find to the ones I had as a kid.

By Dave M. from Harlan, KY
January 26, 2008

This is a great value on a great name knife. I am very pleased with the products and pricing from this site.

By J. C. W. from Muskogee, OK
January 11, 2007

I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of this knife for the price. Time will tell how it holds up. It seemed very solid and well made and with nothing I could fault out of the box. The classic Barlow still can't be beat for an all-around pocket knife. Big enough to be useful, but compact enough you can forget about it when not needed. No showy features or trendy design for the sake of being different. Its a "working" knife with a look that never goes out of style. The only reason I am giving this knife four stars rather than five is that it is foreign made. I would have preferred a US made knife, even if it cost a little more, but couldn't find one. That reservation aside, this knife appears to be an excellent value.

By Farida S. from Bowling Green, OH
January 5, 2007

This knife was the first pocket knife I had as a kid over 20 years ago, and I loved it then. I love this knife. It's a great little knife.

By Michael J. from Madison, WI
July 8, 2006

Knife is exactly what I was looking for not too expensive but sturdy enough for the game I want it for!

By Ernie R. from Chicago IL
August 18, 2014

Good pocket knife. Small a workhorse.

By Richard C. from Hickory, NC
March 8, 2012

Not brass lined as I expected but still worth the price I paid

By Bob S. from Maquoketa, IO
November 14, 2008

The Barlow knives have never been a top of the line metal or product to me. But man they fit my needs perfectly! It is relatively cheap and can be used for everything from scraping my boots to peeling insulation off wire, old paint off the tractor and after cleaning the blade. Then I can peel my apple, run it threw the knife sharpener and its good for another month. It small enough for my pocket comfort but big enough to do any job!

By John K. from Vandalia,OH
July 1, 2008

This does not seem to be as good as my original Barlow but it will have to do. My original was MADE IN THE USA.

By Charles H. from Panama City, FL
January 16, 2008

This is a good work knife. My grandfather had a similar knife and I liked it.

By Robert W. from Kempner, TX
October 25, 2007

Affordable quality pocket knife that has a respectable measure of toughness. The blades can be honed to the sharp edge needed at either the home, work, or camp site.

By David T. from Lynden, WA
August 9, 2016

I had a Barlow for 23 years loved it always sharp easy to use; lost it at TSA check in. OK they must still make them. So I went on line and found yours. This is not close to my original. It may look the same, It was sharp, but that is it. It was so stiff I had to use a pair of pliers to get a blade out. Carried it in my pocket for a week and one side of the handle came off. The rivet was not set. I do not know where my original was made but if they sill make them there that is where I want my next one to come from. I thought Schrade had better quality control than what I received. I debated on 2 stars or one but it is shiny.

By Earl B. from Palm Harbor FL
March 13, 2013

My old one (Barlow knife) lasted over 20 years that's why I got this one, today I was using it and it fell apart, I'm VERY disappointed with this product, this one only lasted 2 weeks.

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