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    Gerber Australian Bowie


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    A local seller has a Gerber Australian Bowie for $160. It looks to be a quality knife, made in the US. I owned one Gerber folding knife a few years ago and I remember not being too happy with the quality. But I don't remember the details of that knife or where it was made, and this bowie for sale is certainly an older knife. Can anyone vouch for the quality of older US made Gerbers, or the Australian bowie in particular? And does the price sound reasonable? If not, what are some alternative suggestions in that same price range?

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    American-made Gerbers are still great knives. Unfortunately, they don't make very many of them here any more. I'm not familiar with that particular knife, but if it dates back to the 1980s or earlier, I'll bet it's a good one.

    The price sounds a bit on the high side to me, but again, I don't know that particular knife. I'll let someone else comment on that.

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    Thanks for the response. Yes, I think it was made in the late 80's or early 90's.

    It looks like this:


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    Good-looking knife. I'd buy it (if I had any use for something that big).

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    Good knife, never heard a bad word about them. That asking price is decent in my opinion.

    That knife actually wasn't made in the US though, they were made by Fox of Italy, and imported by Gerber. The Italy stamp is under the handle. Before they got expensive, they were popular knives to rehandle, folks were always surprised by the Italy stamp under there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tltt View Post
    Good knife, never heard a bad word about them. That asking price is decent in my opinion.

    That knife actually wasn't made in the US though, they were made by Fox of Italy, and imported by Gerber. The Italy stamp is under the handle. Before they got expensive, they were popular knives to rehandle, folks were always surprised by the Italy stamp under there.
    Now that is something I didn't know. I like Italian-made knives, too. My favorite pocket knife is Italian-made.

    I may have to go get this knife. I had been looking at some of the Cold Steel knives in the same price range, which I think are all SK-5. I'm guessing the steel on this Gerber is better, though?

    Quote Originally Posted by Samael View Post
    Good-looking knife. I'd buy it (if I had any use for something that big).
    Yeah, I get some really big letters in the mail these days.

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    I believe that was Gerbers answer to the CS Trail Master Bowie,and came out soon after,late 80s I believe.It was made out of 425M stainless.

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    $160 is a great price- mine was over $200 to replace.(Divorce- don't ask.) Just make sure the guard is still soldered on, and you should be good to go.
    Think. It isn't illegal, yet.

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    Had one and it was a good solid knife.

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    I Really REALLLy like the looks of that knife.

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    I would snatch it up! I have seen them going for around $300 lately.

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