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Custom Electric brand Barlow

Sept. 1st, 2015

Drum roll please,…

The team at JBF Champlin & Sons Cutlery are very excited to announce the next release in our
ongoing series of Champlin knives. This will be a short run of 25, all hand crafted and produced
in collaboration with the talented custom knife maker, Evan Nicolaides from Sarasota Florida.

Evan has designed these “Stepped Barlows” with a single clip blade made of CPM 154 Stainless steel
and marked with the “Electric Cutlery” trade mark. And yes, the chamfered handles will be
crafted from the historic rosewood that was harvested from the old Cattaraugus factory
building in Little Valley, NY. They will be 3.5 inches long when closed.

These beautiful hand crafted knives will be available for $350 on a “first come, first served basis”.

Please email Michael Lossico directly to place your order, galvanic1882@yahoo.com. And yes, deposits are always welcome and appreciated.

As pictured below, a reproduction of one of JBF Champlin’s historical trade cards will be included with the knife along with a signed certificate of authenticity.

 

Evan's Stepped Barlow prototype. The leather sheath is not included.

Evan’s Stepped Barlow prototype. The leather sheath is not included.

 

evan 2

 

evan 3

 

Evan has been a full time knife maker since April of this year and his new shop is only 10 minutes from
his home where he lives with his wife and two children. Evan is a self taught maker who has enjoyed
a deep appreciation for art his entire life. That appreciation certainly shows up in his work.

If by chance you are not familiar with his work, please take a minute to visit his web site, http://esnyx.com .

 

Knife box and Electric label.

Knife box and Electric label.

 

Front and back of trade card.

Front and back of trade card.

 

If you are unfamiliar with the story of our salvaged rosewood, you can see it here:

The Salvaged Rosewood Story

 


Work in progress,…

Here is a shot from Evan’s work bench showing the wood handled scales in progress!

Rosewood scales in progress.

Rosewood scales in progress.

 

Here’s another shot from Evan’s bench. Looking good!

Blade in progress with Electric tang stamp.

Blade in progress with Electric tang stamp.

 

Nov. 1st, 2015

Blade in progress with deep laser etch.

Blade in progress with deep laser etch.

 

 

November 18th, 2015

Here are a few photos of Evan’s finished knife and our packaging. The knife comes with a polishing cloth, certificate of authenticity and a reproduction of one of J.B.F. Champlin’s old trade cards.

 

Champlin Electric brand Barlow with box.

Champlin Electric brand Barlow with box.

 

Champlin Electric brand Barlow.

Champlin Electric brand Barlow.

 

Electric Barlow with packaging.

Champlin Electric brand Barlow with packaging.

 

Etch side

Etch side

 

The blade etch for our knife was copied from this old Electric straight razor and modified so it would be easier to read on our blade.

Old fashioned etch on vintage Electric razor

Old fashioned etch on vintage Electric razor.

 

Etch detail

Detail of our etch

 

The Electric logo on our new box label was copied from this vintage letter head and was also modified in order to be easier to read. It appears that this graphic is newer than the one shown on the razor. Some older Electric knives show the earlier etch on their main blades.

Electric Cutlery invoice dated 1901

Electric Cutlery invoice dated 1894

 

New Electric label was derived from old invoice

New Electric label was derived from old invoice

 

 

The pile side of the knife indicates the handle materials came from the old Cattaraugus factory in Little Valley, New York.

Pile side of knife

Pile side of knife

 

Etch detail

Etch detail