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Gerber Australian Bowie

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by DullEdgeNinja, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. DullEdgeNinja


    Mar 18, 2012
    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?
  2. Samael


    Sep 30, 2007
    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.
  3. DullEdgeNinja


    Mar 18, 2012
    Thanks for the response. Yes, I think it was made in the late 80's or early 90's.

    It looks like this:

  4. Samael


    Sep 30, 2007
    Good-looking knife. I'd buy it (if I had any use for something that big).
  5. tltt


    May 1, 2008
    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.
  6. DullEdgeNinja


    Mar 18, 2012
    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?

    Yeah, I get some really big letters in the mail these days.
  7. GRIM 62

    GRIM 62

    Mar 29, 2009
    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.
  8. Christian


    Oct 3, 1998
    $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.
  9. euroross

    euroross Gold Member Gold Member

    May 19, 2008
    Had one and it was a good solid knife.
  10. razorsdescent


    Jan 16, 2005
    I Really REALLLy like the looks of that knife.
  11. wroughndt


    Oct 31, 2011
    I would snatch it up! I have seen them going for around $300 lately.

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