Founded in 1834 by John Russell in Greenfield Massachusetts, the Greenfield River Works is one of the oldest cutlery producers in the United States.
Most notably, J. Russell produced the immensely popular Russell & Co. Barlow knives. These knives were well received throughout the country but were particularly popular in the South. Russell’s barlow was carried in just about every town and was one of the most popular early American pocketknives.
Greenfield River Works merged with Harrington Cutlery in 1933 and the company continued to produce the Russell Barlow until 1941.
Russell Barlows are one of the most collected US pocketknives and they still fetch high prices on the collector market today.
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