The Barstow is a little wicked and a lot of value. It’s a folding dagger and everything about this slim sleek blade is simple direct and ready. The straight spear-point blade sharpened on a single side is made of 8Cr13MoV stainless steel with Kershaw’s BlackWash coating for a non-reflective already-broken-in look. The coating not only helps protect the blade but also hides use scratches. The handle has glass-filled nylon scales with heavy arrow-patterned texturing to enhance grip. A stout steel liner also with non-reflective BlackWash provides an equally stout liner lock to secure the blade open during use. Even better the Barstow opens quickly and easily with SpeedSafe assisted opening and the built-in flipper. All the hardware is black-with the notable exception of the Barstow’s tube spacers which are anodized in blue for a touch of subtle color. For convenient and discreet carry the deep-carry pocketclip enables the knife to ride low in the pocket and is left/right reversible.