Want a traditional bowie knife

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  1. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs Well-Known Member

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    Anyone can write in Wikipedia. It is quite simply, wrong.
    Consensus among experts in the field is that there were no brass backstraps.
  2. Vasily Zaytsev

    Vasily Zaytsev New Member

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    Being that none of us are that old, we will never know
  3. Tom Militano

    Tom Militano New Member

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    Your wasting your breath Bill. Bowie's blade was made by James Black, not Bowie.
  4. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs Well-Known Member

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    The Bowies never made any knives. Whether James Black made the "first" Bowie knife is the subject of some speculation among serious cutlery scholars.
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  5. Tom Militano

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    And we'll never know for sure if Black did make the knife for Bowie, your right.
  6. Rocket J Squirl

    Rocket J Squirl New Member

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    Several site George Searles on Baton Rouge LA as making the first bowies that Resin and Jim designed.

    nevermind, already covered and old post
  7. TOOHSOTKIL

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    I believe that Gary Reed/Reeder??(drawing a blank) Custom pistol smith makes a traditional bowie knife. Ads in SGN for custom Ruger wheelguns.
  8. jrg

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    Have you seen the Wingem bowie knives made in recent past? Not sure about complete history, but from the little I've found, seem to be from the 50's / 60's / 70's. I found a stag handled Bowie that sounds pretty close to your description at a knife shop in Oklahoma City a couple of weeks ago. It cost me $50 plus tax. I'm pretty happy with it - must be a Texan thing. :D

    The blade is approximately 8 1/2" long, about a 1/4" thick and has a brass guard with rounded ends. O.a. length is approximately 12" - hefty blade. I have no idea what kind of steel is used in it, but it seems to be durable enough. Here is a picture of it.

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    It has a cheesy Original Bowie Knife in Teutonic lettering, and Othello stamped on other side of hilt. Anton Wingen Jr is the maker - I think the company is defunct.

    A.G. Russell also makes some good looking Bowie knives, the Cowboy bowie, smaller than what you are describing looks sweet to me.

    http://www.agrussell.com/product.asp?pn=CUS-CKS&bhcd2=1250614119

    Anyway, just trying to help narrow it down - hope this helps.
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