The Kershaw Barstow is a fine-looking knife. It’s not exactly old-school hunting knife or super modern tactical fighting knife. It’s more like it steeped out of the 1930s and is wearing a fedora and smoking a Lucky Strike. It really has a classy look to it. The spear point blade only has a single edge, but you can’t tell unless you look close. The reasons for a single edge are numerous. One is the safety aspect of the fact this is a folder and does require you to push the blade into the handle with your thumb. The second is some states and even counties have odd laws against what they call daggers. Daggers being similar knives with a double edge. With its small size, it’s meant to be a pocket knife, not the second coming of the Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife.
The blade is easy to sharpen and holds an edge very well. The thin blade and thick handle does throw the knife’s balance to the rear. This makes it very easy to control when making fine cuts. This sounds odd but it was actually to peel oranges because I could make such fine cuts I never knicked the orange past the skin. It’s also a great option for gutting fish as I found out last week when I filleted a few trout. A filet knife works better sure, but the Kershaw Barstow did the job good enough.