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    Boolit Buddy If1Hitu's Avatar
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    Let's see some Bowie knives.

    I got this USMC Bowie today.
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    technically thats not a bowie, its more of a indian (dot not arrow) fighting knife, I think that style was also big in Thailand.
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    Nice kukri!
    Here is one I made, technically not a bowie, but similar shape (full tang). 1095 steel with tapered tang, carbon fiber handle with copper bolsters. The sheath is made using copperhead skin I killed and tanned. Copper bolsters, copperhead...get it?





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    The top one maybe?

    The bottom a little wide in the blade.

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    This is a Bowie knife. 12" blade, bone handle. A drunk cowboy traded it to me for a pint of Wild Turkey long ago and far away. Handmade, probably in Pakistan or some such place. My daughter owns it now.

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    Just a pint! I would have held out for a fifth!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Der Gebirgsjager View Post
    Just a pint! I would have held out for a fifth!
    I tried to talk sense into him but it WAS "101".

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    May not be a Bowie Knife but it is my pride and joy.

    Yes it is a real USMC K-Bar

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    I'm no knife expert by any means, but the KaBar has always looked like a Bowie to me, 2A-Jay.

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    I have my KaBar I brought home over 50yrs ago. It is a good knife and holds excellent edge but is on the big side for most field dressings.

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    Some that I re-handled & made sheaths for (the table tiles are 6"x6")





    My San Francisco gambler's bowie with ebony grip & German silver & leather sheath (w/Cold Steel dagger)




    My "scalper" pattern w/stag grip





    My re-handled (exotic wood) Blackjack Tartan Dirk






    My re-handled (bone) Texas Bowie

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    It seems that about any clip point knife style made these days is tagged as a Bowie knife for some odd reason including my CRKT Bowie which I certainly wouldn't call a Bowie knife... though I really like the knife:

    https://www.crkt.com/minimalist-bowie.html

    While I am no expert, my understanding is that the Bowie knife had certain characteristics:

    - a large clip point blade often sharpened on the back/top edge
    - a cross guard
    - a coffin shaped handle being a common feature

    Wikipedia definition:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowie_knife

    On that basis I'd figure the Ka-bar would certainly qualify along with Texas by god's pic (a classic Bowie style) and several of pietro's knives with the bottom pic again being a classic Bowie style.

    However, just my opinion. Different strokes and all.

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    The one I have that is a Bowie is made by Western knife.
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    original first post picture is a KUKRI.

    skull splitter fer sure!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mozeppa View Post
    original first post picture is a KUKRI.

    skull splitter fer sure!
    Yep. Says so on the box.

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    I thought I might as well show three of my knives. Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	256896. The Gerber was bought in 1991 at Smokey Mountain Knife Works. The factory rep. Was there and I talked myself into a lower price on it. It is worth a lot of money these days. I finally did something right for a change.
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    I think from memory Bowie is famous for having only one knife, I may be wrong sadly the Bowie name seems to get the credit for everything from a nail file to a chainsaw.

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    Not quite as fancy as what you fellas have be posting but something I beat together out of a broken car spring I found along the road.
    Made it many years ago.
    The sheath was given to me.

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ID:	256901I like it elmacgyver0. A honest, no nonsense fighting knife. Car/truck springs make good knives, but so does lawn mower blades. I have a used lawn mower blade in my reloading room and it just might turn into a couple or 3 knives. I just haven't made up my mind as to what kind yet. I have made a few knives in the past. The one pictured below I started around 1976 and there is a small flaw in it and I just can't bring myself to finish it yet. It just bugs the heck out of me. I don't have any power equipment so I have to work with hammers, files, and it is a slow process. The pictures will be added in a few minutes. Click image for larger version. 

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    Keeping it gun related, I have this civil war era navy Plymouth rifle. It uses a Bowie knife bayonet designed by Admiral John Dahlgren. I fearsome thing it is.
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