A Modern Interpretation of the Classic Barlow Pattern.
The Wayland is TJB's interpretation of the Barlow design, the epitome of the American "folding knife." Created over three centuries ago in England, the Barlow quickly became Americans' preferred blade, regardless of class or creed. The Barlow's traditional patterned long bolsters, teardrop-shaped handle, and sheepsfoot blade make it an ideal EDC tool. A knife so useful that Presidents Washington and Lincoln never left home without theirs, and Mark Twain felt called to mention it in two of his iconic works. If ever a knife belonged to the people, it was the Barlow, and we are happy to release the Wayland as our interpretation.
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A Classic Slipjoint Done Right.
The Wayland is TJB's interpretation of the Barlow, the epitome of the American "folding knife." Created over three centuries ago in England and perfected in America, the Barlow quickly became Americans' preferred blade, regardless of class or creed. The Barlow's traditional pattern—long bolster, teardrop-shaped handle, and clip point blade—made it the ideal EDC tool. A knife so perfect that Presidents Washington and Lincoln never left home without theirs, and Mark Twain felt called to mention the tool in two of his iconic works. If ever a knife belonged to the people, it was the Barlow.
The Barlow Pattern.
EVERY DETAIL CONSIDERED
Designing the Wayland.
TJB's take on this classic slip-joint knife features a minimal design aesthetic and premium materials. The Wayland is based on the classic Barlow pattern: rounded end, sheepsfoot blade shape (historically this was more of a clip point), large bolsters and center-line symmetry through the scales. This sets up both a clear and challenging brief. The rules of engagement are clear, but what can we do to make interpret the Barlow in a way that is right for us? For one thing, we tried to clean up all of the hardware. We cleaned it up so much that it is, in fact, not visible at all. We also leveraged some of our favorite high-end materials like rosewood, titanium and S35VN steel. The goal is a modern look and feel, with great materials but a very clear lineage to the original Barlow concept.
Wayland Clovis Point.
A Modern Classic.
The Wayland's three-inch Sheepsfoot blade is composed of CPM-S35VN stainless steel, creating a durable knife capable of avoiding accidental point-piercing mishaps—making it perfect for whittling, slicing a chunk out of an apple, or assisting on a rescue mission. The classic non-locking slip joint design produces the smooth "walk and talk" one expects from a well-built tool.
This “hold” concept gave us the chance to have some more fun with color, as that is always one of the things that is challenging in the pocket knife space: the general materials palette doesn’t allow for much exploration, but injected “holds” could really open things up.
Make It Yours.
The Wayland is available in three scale options: Rosewood, Micarta, and G10. This gives the knife some aesthetic range, from classic to blacked out. So, if your EDC style leans toward the classic or if you. are firmly rooted in the present-day, The Wayland has an options for you.
While The Wayland may be more refined than some of our other offerings, To quote Tom Sawyer, it "is a 'sure-enough' Barlow," making it a knife worthy of the title, "the Peoples' knife."
See it in Action
Classy modern interpretation of the iconic Barlow knife
As a modern interpretation of the iconic Barlow knife, the Wayland exceeded my expectations. It looks and feels like a premium gentleman’s knife. The knife arrived arm-hair-shaving sharp.
Despite its classy and understated design aesthetic, the Wayland is a little big for carrying around the office (or other places where people would freak out if you were to pull out a knife to open a package). It’s not an aggressive-looking knife at all, it’s just bigger than the average gentleman’s knife.
All that said, I would 100% buy this again. I love it and recommend it every chance I get.
Great Christmas gift!
My wife gave me this for Christmas and I am really impressed. Super sharp, well built, and the wood grain handle is beautiful. I am going to purchase a clip so I can attach it to my key chain and carry it everywhere. It is larger than what I would normally carry, but it has a slender profile so it wont be too bulky in my pocket.
This knife was expensive, but it is really something special. The build quality is impressive and the design is unique. It's a bigger knife than I normally carry without a clip, but the gently curved shape of the handle makes in unobtrusive in my pocket. The same shape makes the knife comfortable in my hand. I had been wanting a knife with a damascus steel blade and it has an attractive one. I am always on the lookout for a finely crafted gentleman's knife and this one fit the bill. Nice job on the design and build.