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Old 01-05-2018, 02:45 AM   #1
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Barge as scalpel.

One of the book sellers at Barnes and Nobel wanted a new folder, but she wanted a smaller size. The girls there love the Barge.

I got a few on the last order, and one of them was really dull, surprisingly, since the most are good to go right out of the box.

So I got out the Atoma 140 and started doing my job. I'm re-profiling this one at 14 degrees with a very wide bevel, just to make it pretty.

First cut has already been made. But I'm going to try that 220 black Nubatama process Ken advised. See how that works.

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Old 01-05-2018, 05:52 AM   #2
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I do like the shape of the Barge blade, at least from pic's. Not sure how big it is in the hand, but suspect, as the girls like it, it may be smaller form-factor.

Post a pic of the edge after the 220 work. I am curious how that will look/cut.

I have a pile of new 'victims' to work this weekend. A friend-of-a-friend was wanting to get rid of "a drawer full of knives" that he had no use for. A ZT0550, 3 Kershaws, a Cold Steel Mini Lawman, a Boker Tree, Zancudo D2 and a couple of Case.
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Old 01-05-2018, 07:27 AM   #3
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Yes, the girls at B&N really like the Barge. One of them actually works on the loading dock, and she pushes her little Barge at any job needed.

She told me it's nice to be able to pry things, like those huge copper staples.

Oddly, there was a Barge advertisement in one of the survival magazines, showing a back-woodsy guy stripping some kindling (from appearances).

The one I picked out locks up good (with the frame lock half on the blade--that's the way I like to see a new knife) and with a "very sharp" edge right from the factory. I'm going to stuff it in my jean vest as a spare, or for when opening a switchblade might be a faux pas.

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Ken was right. That 220 black Nubatama does leave a nice, even kirinaga finish on the bevel. I was nicely surprised.

While this Barge will be polished, I think I'll do my personal one this way when the time comes. The edge is definitely sharp.

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Duh, I forgot to post the picture!

I like these Barge knives. I even bought one for myself. The lock is in the right place, and the edge was reasonably sharp. I think this is a great back-up knife.

And for my prepper friends, it's light weight, and you could rock climb with the knife and never feel load.

With the right stones, it's incredibly sharp. The one below was no different, just have to work a little harder on a cheap knife.

Edit: I did leave some paste marks on the blade, my bad...

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Looks great Chico, you should polish up a couple and offer them up for sale on the forum.
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Iíve got one and been using for quite awhile. Not that shiny nor a scalpel... nice.


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Looks great Chico, you should polish up a couple and offer them up for sale on the forum.
Chuck, are you hinting you want me to polish up a Barge for you?

Just ask, they're a lot like Doritos. Buy one, Kershaw will make more.

BTW, for grins, I cut that one at 14.3 degrees. It's a 2.5 inch knife, so consider that when you look at the width of the bevel. I hadn't done that for a while, and I wanted to make one truly sharp for the owner.
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Chuck, are you hinting you want me to polish up a Barge for you?
No, if I wanted one I'd give you a call, I had 2 thoughts on this. One there are a lot of members here that would probably like to own a really sharp knife without dishing our a ton of money. Two, we still have a couple of months of winter weather left and you don't deal well with it if you don't have a knife to polish.
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I asked for a Barge for Christmas based on your review. As a guy who daily cuts down boxes and needs to pry things open, it's a great knife. I guess I need to start learning to keep one sharp.
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