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Comprehensive Olympic & Power Bar Knurl Gallery (in development)

A Comprehensive Knurling Guide for Power, Olympic, WOD and Multi-Purpose Bars

This article is a work in progress. Normally I wouldn’t publish an incomplete article, but its completion is dependent on my readers knowing of its existence and contributing to it. 

I have been writing articles and equipment reviews for this site for well over five years now, and in that time I’ve been asked hundreds if not thousands of questions about bars, plates, racks and stands, the reputations of various vendors, and so much more – but there is one particular question that I can always count on getting over and over again, and that’s some variation of the following:

“What is the knurl of bar X like, and how does the knurl of bar X compare to the knurl of the bar Y?”

Why do I get asked this question so often? Because the depth, aggressiveness, quality, and overall feel of a bar’s knurl is the final and most critical factor when it comes to zeroing in on the right bar, yet it’s the hardest aspect of a bar to thoroughly define using nothing but some buzzwords in a product description;  especially when all these buzzwords are relative terms (mild, moderate, standard, aggressive, etc.)

Sure, everything from a bar’s tensile strength, finish, price, and even loadable sleeve length can be found in a bar’s product description; and all of that is certainly helpful; but without an acceptable amount of certainty about what we can expect from any given bar’s knurl we are just very reluctant to pull the trigger and make the purchase no matter how we feel about all other aspects of the bar.

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So what is it that people really want to know about a bar’s knurling before they commit to it? Well in nearly all cases they want to know how the knurling compares to the bar that they’re currently using. That’s really what it comes down to most of the time.

And how would one best discover how the bar they are currently using feels and compares to potential new bar X, Y, and Z? Well obviously nothing beats putting your hands on a bar and busting out a few sets to see how it feels but unfortunately that’s not possible, so the next best thing would be some high resolution pictures; pictures that not many companies go out of their way to share with us in their product descriptions, and that’s what this guide is for.

This knurl guide will ultimately (hopefully) have detailed images of every major contender in the barbell market; men’s and women’s Olympic WL bars, power bars, and WOD and multi-purpose bars. With any luck you will be able to download a copy of any bar’s knurl in order to compare it to what you currently have, and ideally you will have a much higher degree of certainty about whether that bar will meet your needs.

Want to contribute to this guide: go here.


Knurl Gallery Table of Contents

Bars are in alphabetical order by manufacturer, then by bar name for any manufacturer that has multiple bars that fit into that category.


Unless stated otherwise, the following powerlifting bars have 29 mm diameter shafts and only IPF hash marks. Dual-marked bars can be found in the Multi-Purpose Bar section.

Again, this list is not complete. I can think of half a dozen bars missing from this category without even trying. Feel free to contribute your bar images.


American Barbell Elite Power Bar

190k PSI; stainless steel shaft; hard chrome sleeves; composite bushings; moderate, very refined knurling; 20 kg; American-made; $450

Manufacturer’s knurl description: N/A

Knurling Gallery - American Barbell Elite Power Bar (outer knurling)

outer knurl

Knurling Gallery - American Barbell Elite Power Bar (center knurling)

center knurl

 



 

American Barbell Grizzly Power Bar

190k PSI; industrial hard chrome shaft and sleeves; composite bushings; moderate yet very refined knurling; 20 kg; American-made; $250

Manufacturer’s knurl description: N/A

Knurling Gallery - American Barbell Grizzly Power Bar (outer knurling)

outer knurl

Knurling Gallery - American Barbell Grizzly Power Bar (center knurling)

center knurl

 



 

American Barbell Mammoth Power Bar

210k PSI; Cerakote-finished stainless steel shaft, hard chrome sleeves; moderate yet very refined knurling; composite bushings; 20 kg; American-made; $550

Manufacturer’s knurl description: N/A

American Barbell Mammoth Power Bar - Outer Knurling

outer knurl

American Barbell Mammoth Power Bar - Center Knurling

center knurl

 



 

Buddy Capps Texas Power Bar

186k PSI; 28.5 mm diameter black zinc shaft; raw steel sleeves; composite bushings; very aggressive knurling; 20 kg; Texas-made; $~300

Manufacturer’s knurl description: deep diamond knurling

Knurling Gallery - Buddy Capps Texas Power Bar outer knurling

outer knurl

Knurling Gallery - Buddy Capps Texas Power Bar center knurl

center knurl

Texas Power Bar image provided by Greg Eakins.



 

Kabuki Strength New Gen Power Bar

250k PSI; multiple shaft and sleeve finish options; aggressive knurl and center knurl, 20 kg; made in USA; $599+

Manufacturer’s knurl description: aggressive

outer knurl

center knurl

 



 

Eleiko NxG IPF Competition Powerlifting Bar

215k PSI; raw shaft; chrome sleeves; very aggressive knurl and center knurl; IPF-certified; bronze bushings; 20 kg; made in Sweden; $949

manufacturer’s knurl description: very sharp (Eleiko rating of 1.5)

outer knurl

center knurl

 



 

Eleiko NxG Performance Powerlifting Bar

215k PSI; galvanized shaft & sleeves; very aggressive knurl and center; bronze bushings; 20 kg; made in Sweden; $849

manufacturer’s knurl description: sharp/aggressive

outer knurl

center knurl

 



 

FringeSport Power Bar

216k PSI; matte chrome shaft and sleeves; moderately aggressive knurl and center knurl; bronze bushings; 20 kg; Taiwanese; $299

manufacturer’s knurl description: deep, aggressive, & blunted

outer knurl

center knurl

 



 

Ivanko OBXS-20KG Powerlifting Bar

218k PSI, stainless steel shaft; very aggressive knurl; center knurl; bushings; IPF-certified; 20 kg; made in USA; $1249

manufacturer’s knurl description: fine and unpolished (unpolished points)

outer knurl

center knurl

 



 

Rep Fitness PowerSpeed Power Bar

215k PSI; black manganese or hard chrome shaft; hard chrome sleeves; bronze bushings; aggressive knurl; 20 kg; moderate-aggressive center; imported; $299

manufacturer’s knurl description: very deep and aggressive

Knurling Gallery - Rep Fitness PowerSpeed Power Bar (outer knurling)

outer knurl

Knurling Gallery - Rep Fitness PowerSpeed Power Bar (center knurling)

center knurl

 



 

Rogue Ohio Power Bar

200k+ PSI; 45-pound and 20 kgs available; IPF-certified variant available; multiple finishes; bronze bushings; very aggressive knurl and center knurl; $250+

manufacturer’s knurl description: deep and coarse, yet non-abrasive

Knurling Gallery - Rogue Ohio Power Bar outer knurling

outer knurl

Rogue Ohio Power Bar (SS) - Center knurling

center knurl

 



 

Rogue Westside Power Bar

205k PSI; 45-lbs; black zinc shaft and sleeves; bronze bushings; very aggressive knurl and center knurl; $325

manufacturer’s knurl description: deep and coarse, yet non-abrasive

outer knurl

center knurl

 



 

Titex Competition Power Bar

220k PSI; black magnetite shaft; satin chrome sleeves; sintered bronze bushings; moderate aggressive knurl and center knurl; 20 kg; IPF-approved; $399

manufacturer’s knurl description: N/A

outer knurl

center knurl

 



 

Vulcan Absolute Power Bar V2.0

221k PSI; black oxide shaft; matte chrome sleeves; bronze bushings; aggressive knurl and moderately-aggressive center; 20 kg; imported; $339

manufacturer’s knurl description: aggressive / sharp

Vulcan Absolute Power Bar V2 - Outer Knurling

outer knurl

Vulcan Absolute Power Bar V2 - Center Knurling

center knurl

 



 

Vulcan Stainless Steel Absolute Power Bar V2.0

240k PSI; stainless steel shaft and sleeves; stainless steel bushings; aggressive knurl and center knurl; 20 kg; imported; $549

manufacturer’s knurl description: aggressive

Vulcan Absolute Power Bar V2 (stainless steel variant) Outer Knurling

outer knurl

Vulcan Absolute Power Bar V2 (stainless steel variant) Center Knurling

center knurl

 



 

Vulcan Elite Power Bar

196k PSI; black zinc shaft; bright zinc sleeves; Oilite bushings; extremely aggressive knurl; aggressive center; 20 kg; made in USA; $369

manufacturer’s knurl description: very aggressive

Vulcan Elite Power Bar V2 (black zinc variant) Outer Knurling

outer knurl

Vulcan Elite Power Bar V2 (black zinc variant) Center Knurling

center knurl

 



 

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IWF-marked, 28 mm Olympic bearing bars and Olympic bushing-based training bars.


Vulcan Elite V3/V4 Olympic Training Bar

221k PSI; 28 mm; matte chrome shaft; bright chrome sleeves; sintered bushings; moderate knurl; passive center; 20 kg; imported; $369

manufacturer’s knurl description: moderately aggressive

Vulcan Elite Olympic Training Bar V2 Outer Knurling

outer knurl

Vulcan Elite Olympic Training Bar V2 Center Knurling

center knurl

 



 

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The following bars are almost entirely dual-marked bars, though there are some exceptions when a bar with single IWF marks is marketed as a WOD bar or general-purpose bar. Shaft diameter is not consistent among this category so I’ll include that in the brief description.


American Barbell Cerakote California Bar

190k PSI, 28 mm Cerakote-finished shaft; hard chrome sleeves; dual-markings; composite bushings; moderate knurling; no center knurl; 15 kg or 20 kg; American-made; $335

Manufacturer’s knurl description: N/A

Knurling Gallery - American Barbell Cerakote California Bar Outer Knurl

outer knurl

The California Bar has no center knurling to show

no center knurl

 



 

Eleiko XF Bar (non-NxG)

215k PSI, 28 mm; special chrome shaft and sleeves; dual-marks; combo bushing & bearing system; aggressive knurling; no center; 15 kg or 20 kg; made in Sweden; $589

Manufacturer’s knurl description: firm

Knurling Gallery - Eleiko XF Bar (non-NxG) Outer Knurl

outer knurl

The Eleiko XF has no center knurling to show

no center knurl

 



 

FringeSport Hybrid Bar

216 PSI, 28.5 mm; matte chrome shaft & sleeves; dual-marks; needle bearings; moderate knurling; passive center; 20 kg; Taiwanese; $399

Manufacturer’s knurl description: deep outer; light center

Knurling Gallery - FringeSport Hybrid Bar Outer Knurl

outer knurl

Knurling Gallery - FringeSport Hybrid Bar Center Knurl

center knurl

 



 

FringeSport Wonder Bar V2

205 PSI, 28.5 mm; black zinc shaft & sleeves; dual-marks; bushings or bearings; moderate knurling; no center; 15kg or 20 kg; imported; $199

Manufacturer’s knurl description: smooth knurl depth

Knurling Gallery - FringeSport Wonder Bar V2 Outer Knurl

outer knurl

The Wonder Bar has no center knurl to show

no center knurl

Knurling Gallery - FringeSport Wonder Bar V2 Outer Knurl Alternate Image

alternative outer knurl (unfinished)

 

 



 

Rogue Bella Bar

190k PSI, 25 mm black zinc shaft; bright zinc sleeves (Cerakote variants exist); dual-marks; bronze  bushings; mild knurling; no center knurl; 15 kg; American-made; $215

Manufacturer’s knurl description: firm but comfortable grip

Knurling Gallery - Rogue Bella Bar Outer Knurl

outer knurl

The Bella Bar has no center knurling to show

no center knurl

Rogue Bella Bar image provided by Greg Eakins.



 

Rogue Matt Chan Bar

200k PSI; Cerakote-finished stainless steel shaft,  hard chrome or Cerakote sleeves; dual-markings; moderately aggressive knurling; passive center knurling (unfinished); composite bushings; 20 kg; American-made; $395

Manufacturer’s knurl description: standard knurl

Rogue Cerakote SS Matt Chan Bar - Outer Knurling

outer knurl

Rogue Cerakote SS Matt Chan Bar - Center Knurling

center knurl

Rogue Matt Chan Bar - Alternative Outer Knurling View

alternative outer knurl (chrome)

Rogue Matt Chan Bar - Alternative Center Knurling View

alternative center knurl (chrome)

 



 

Rogue Stainless Steel Ohio Bar

200k PSI, 28.5 mm stainless steel shaft; chrome sleeves; dual-marks; composite bushings; moderately aggressive knurling; no center knurl; 20 kg; American-made; $350

Manufacturer’s knurl description: firm, non-abrasive grip

Knurling Gallery - Rogue SS Ohio Bar Outer Knurl

outer knurl

The SS Ohio Bar has no center knurling to show

no center knurl

 



 

Vulcan 28.5 mm Standard

194k PSI, 28.5 mm; bright zinc shaft and sleeves; IWF marks; Oilite bronze bushings; mild knurling; no center knurl; 20 kg; American-made; $286

Manufacturer’s knurl description: medium knurling

Knurling Gallery - The Vulcan 28.5 Standard Outer Knurling

outer knurl

The 28.5 mm Vulcan Standard has no center knurling to show

no center knurl

 



 

York Burgener & Rippetoe Bar

190k PSI, 29 mm; unfinished steel shaft and sleeves; dual-marking; Oilite bronze bushings; moderate knurling; passive center knurl; 20 kg; [discontinued]

Manufacturer’s knurl description: N/A

Knurling Gallery - York B&R Bar Outer Knurling

outer knurl

Knurling Gallery - York B&R Bar Outer Knurling

center knurl

 



 

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The following bars are all specialty bars like curl bars, deadlift bars, squat bars, etc.


 

Buddy Capps Texas Deadlift Bar

186k PSI; 27 mm diameter shaft, 90″ long; black zinc finish, polished steel sleeves; coarse knurling; no center knurl; bronze bushings; American-made; $~400

Manufacturer’s knurl description: coarse

Buddy Capps Texas Deadlift Bar Outer Knurling

outer knurl

The Texas Deadlift Bar has no center knurling to show

center knurl

Texas Deadlift Bar image provided by Greg Eakins.



 

Buddy Capps Texas Squat Bar

186k PSI; 30 mm diameter shaft, 8′ long; black zinc finish, polished steel sleeves; coarse knurling; 6″ center knurling; bronze bushings; American-made; $~500

Manufacturer’s knurl description: N/A

Buddy Capps Texas Squat Bar Outer Knurling

outer knurl

Buddy Capps Texas Squat Bar Center Knurling

center knurl

Texas Squat Bar image provided by Joe Gray.



 

Rogue EZ Curl Bar

110k PSI; 28.5 mm diameter shaft, 54.5″ long; black e-coated shaft and bright zinc sleeves; moderate knurling; no center; bronze bushings; 30-lbs; American-made; $195

Manufacturer’s knurl description: same non-abrasive knurl pattern from the standard Ohio Bar

The Rogue Curl Bar Outer Knurling

outer knurl

The Rogue Curl Bar has no center knurl to show

no center knurl

 



 

Rogue Ohio Deadlift Bar

190k PSI; 27 mm diameter shaft, 90.5″ long; choice of unfinished steel, zinc, and Cerakote; very aggressive knurling; no center; bronze bushings; 20 kg; American-made; $310+

Manufacturer’s knurl description: same pattern as Ohio Power Bar, only deeper and more aggressive

The Rogue Ohio Deadlift Bars Outer Knurling

outer knurl

The Ohio Deadlift Bar has no center knurl to show

no center knurl

 



 

Strength Shop USA Axle Bar w/ Knurling

One-piece, 2″ thick axle bar at 82.5″ long and weighing 20 kg; black zinc finish; imported; aggressive knurling; $129

Manufacturer’s knurl description: N/A

Strength Shop USA Axle Bar with Knurling - Outer

outer knurl

Strength Shop USA Axle Bar with Knurling - Center

center knurl

Strength Shop Axle Bar image provided by Joe Gray.



 

Troy VTX Super 74″ Rackable EZ Curl Bar (GOZ-74B)

300-lb capacity; 30 mm cambered shaft; 74″ long; 8.5″ loadable sleeves; black zinc finish; bronze bushings; mild/moderate knurl; NO center knurl; 35-lbs; $~200

Manufacturer’s knurl description: light

Troy VTX GOZ 74B Rackable EZ Curl Bar Outer Knurling

outer knurl

The Troy VTX EZ Curl Bar alternative close-up view

alternative view – outer knurl

Troy VTX 74″ Rackable Curl Bar image provided by Greg Eakins.



 

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Want to Contribute to this Knurling Guide?

It’s impossible for me to have every single bar, so I will need your help making this guide as comprehensive as possible.

If you own a bar that’s missing from this guide or you think that you are capable of providing a clearer, more detailed image than one that already exists in this guide, send that image to me at jburgeson@garage-gyms.com. Please do the following:

  • Please be clear about which bar it is. Don’t just say “Eleiko NxG” or “Vulcan power bar”.
  • Please shoot in landscape, and do not reduce image size below 1800 pixels wide.
  • Please also include a picture of the bar’s end cap.
  • Please choose a neutral background (bench pad, flooring, etc.)
  • Of course, be aware that by contributing any image(s) that you give me indefinite rights to use it/them on this site and/or my social media pages.
  • Your bar doesn’t have to be on the list to make the list, though the following bars might not (probably won’t) be added:
    • super obscure or classic bars that no one owns.
    • extremely cheap box-store bars (there’s just too damn many of them).
    • unknown name bars or bars with no discernible model number/type.
  • Manufacturers are more than welcome to contribute their own high-def image.

I am more than willing to give you credit for your contribution by including your name in the following line below the image: “bar y knurling image contributed by x” where x can be your name or your IG handle; your choice.

As always, I appreciate your support.  Thank you in advance for any contributions you are able to provide to this guide.


 

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