Mary gave him a bran-new "Barlow" knife worth twelve and a half cents;
and the convulsion of delight that swept his system shook him to his foundations.
True, the knife would not cut anything, but it was a "sure-enough"
Barlow, and there was inconceivable grandeur in that - though where the Western
boys ever got the idea that such a weapon could possibly be counterfeited to
its injury, is an imposing mystery and will always remain so, perhaps.
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
All the stores was along one street. They had white domestic awnings in front,
and the country-people hitched their horses to the awning-posts. There was empty
dry-goods boxes under the awnings, and loafers roosting on them all day long,
whittling them with their Barlow knives; and chawing tobacco, and gaping and
yawning and stretching - a mighty ornery lot.
- Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Mark Twain model Barlow pocket knife from the Dave Thomson collection
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