The Kershaw Barge is also popular with my local clients. I always keep a few for immediate delivery since the girls at Barnes & Noble use this knife for their shifts on the loading dock.
I opened a box, and took the knives out to check for defects. As you know, I found a perfect one last week and re-profiled it for myself.
As I go through the inventory, I could not believe my eyes! I got a second perfect knife!
Yes, there are some marks on it, but those come out fairly easy. This knife had a gentle re-curve that I like, and the lock was a little off to the left--guaranteeing years of service.
(When you view the picture of the lock, look at the left side. You will see the entire left side appears black, but the lock is perfectly installed).
I'm not going to tell my wife I found another. To take any knife "to the edge" requires four to seven stones, three strips of glass, three Alumina and PDP polishes, and two slurries.
Just that is 390 bucks, so it's just our secret...
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