The typical teardrop shape of the Barlow goes back to 17th-century English pocketknives, which certainly makes it one of the world's oldest knife models. The knife probably got its name from the business-savvy knife producer in Sheffield who began exporting the sturdy knife to North America around 1800. It became very popular from the start there. By the end of the 19th century, the first Barlow models appeared in the history of the Boker Manufactory.
The Boker Barlow Prime is a new interpretation with shorter bolsters and a blade of nitrogen-alloyedN690. It has a modern elongated ricasso and aslipjoint made more secure with a 90-degree lock-in when opening or closing. The bolsters and tang are made fromstainlesssteel, while the handle scales consist of stabilized wood of the domestic hornbeam.