Rough Rider's RR1164 Stoneworx Lock-back Barlow
Sunday Dress + Every Day Carry + South-western Artistry = Stoneworx.

See also: Stoneworx Series

The Stoneworx collection is a line of Rough Riders designed by SMKW's in house artist, Brian Wilhoite. The series uses a variety of synthetic stones that resemble stones found in the Southwestern United States and for this reason bear a striking resemblance to knives made by David and Brian Yellowhorse. Originally 12 patterns made up the Stoneworx line. Today that line contains 14 knives. (The Vietnam Brotherhood Trapper - RR1226 is also normally included as a member of the line by SMKW.)


RR1164 - 2 7/8 in. Lock-back Barlow
Stone worx barlow

 

 

Description: The knife is the same length as the peanut yet due to the pattern it seems much larger. What really makes the knife interesting is that it is a lock-back. The knife uses the standard bolster found on other RR Barlows. Still, for the price, it is an excellent little lock back with lots of class.

  • Pattern: Locking Barlow
  • Model number: RR1164
  • Closed length: 2 7/8 inches
  • Main Blade: Clip, 2 /14 inches.
  • Secondary Blade: N/A
  • Blade steel: 440A Stainless.
  • Bolster: Ringed w/ Rough Rider Horseshoe.
  • Spring: Lock-back
  • Tang Obverse: Rough Rider Horse Shoe
  • Tang Reverse: Pattern Number/ China
  • Stones:Bloody Basin Jasper, Pearl, Turquoise, Abalone, Turquoise, pearl, Bloody Basin Jasper

 


No doubt the main draw of the Stoneworx knives is their handle material.  According to the box, the handles are made of natural material.  This box is not 100% clear on what that means.  To clarify,  The handles are made with genuine pearl and abalone.  The other stones are synthetic; which is not necessarily a bad thing. Synth-stones are laboratory made stones which are chemically identical to natural stones. Typically synth-stone is made from waste stone which is ground up and then through pressure or heat treating reformed into useable stone. Synth-stones has fewer impurities and imperfections than natural stone making it more stable to use and less expensive than natural stone. For this reason alone it is being used more frequently in the Jewelry industry. The blue stone in the handle is synthetic turquoise, the red and yellow stones are synthetic jasper.