is this a BOWIE knife?

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  1. reinhard

    reinhard Member

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    hi , i realy dont know anything about knives ,so here are some questions
    first of all is this a Bowie knife? when was it made? what is it made off ? except
    steel of course and is this a knife of any value?
    knife reads on blade GEO W.SHREVE-SAN FRANCISCO other side says ENGLAND
    thanks

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  2. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs Well-Known Member

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    It's a bowie-style hunter, not a bowie knife. Popular from the 1870s to WW1. The handle is stag (deer horn.) The blade has been badly refinished.
  3. reinhard

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    do you mean that the blade is polished or chromed ?
    anny value to this knife?
    thanks
    Reinhard
  4. The_Rifleman

    The_Rifleman New Member

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    Looks like wire brush or a stone.
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    Cleaning that blade took away a lot of value, it there ever was any.
  6. Bill DeShivs

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    Bad polish. The original finish would have probably been crocus finish (bright polish.) regardless, the crisp lines have been slurred.
  7. Jim K

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    No one knows for sure what the original Bowie knife (the one actually made for and used by Jim Bowie) but it was reported to be long and heavy, a lot wider and heavier than most men would want. Later, almost any clip point knife came to be called a "Bowie" and I guess that one has as much claim to the name as any of the millions of others. I believe Shreve was in business around 1900 but the name is so common that searching is difficult.

    Jim
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    I like it and it may have some collector value. The handle appears to be buck horn and is well done.
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    Bowie knife? In my opinion yes. as far as value goes its value lies in the fact that it is a nice heavy duty utility knife for campground and all around use. Use it in good health and enjoy the fact that it's useful. A knife without nicks and scratches hasn't been used and that to me is a terrible waste.

    Of course I was out yesterday shooting great grandpa's old Stevens single shot 25-20 made sometime in the 1890-1900 era, so my reverence for antiques lies in whether or not they are still usable. I am a heathen so you might not want to go by my opinion.
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    I like the overall look of the knife, it would be a great one to have in the field or at the cowboy shoots. You may be able to polish some of the scratches out and get the blade finish looking a little better; but I wouldn't worry about it. I'd use it and enjoy it, it will be a very useful functional knife for many years to come. And yes, I would say that it fits into the Bowie style knife category.
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    Nice scabbard and the first photograph is very nice too.
  12. Bill DeShivs

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    Because a knife fits the criteria of what is commonly called a "Bowie knife" does not mean that it actually is one. This one is a bowie-style hunting knife. It is period-correct for the Colt. It has been refinished by an amateur.
    The general consensus among cutlery experts is that the original Bowie knife was basically a large butcher knife. If you do some diligent research, the original knife has been tentatively identified. Search for "Edwin Forrest bowie knife."
  13. reinhard

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    thanks for the replies on the knife, the knife was a present ,and will make a nice whole ,on display with a colt
    thanks
    Reinhard
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    That is a fine present. I would be proud to own it.
  15. reinhard

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    thanks, i am proud to be the owner of it this knife , thanks for the compliment on the picture,ill share another one
    reinhard

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