Allen Blade's Combat Patrol Bowie

Apr 6, 1999
I’ve had my 9 Inch Combat Patrol Bowie from Allen Blade for a week now, so I
guess it’s time to do a mini-review on it.

The blade (5160, zoned hardened with a very noticeable temper line) is full flat
ground, has a dropped edge, 1/4 inch thick, 9 1/4 inches long, and has an unsharpened
clip about 4 inches long. The blade is 1 7/8 inches wide at it’s widest point. The blade has a 7/8 inch long ricasso, nicely rounded on the bottom, making it very comfortable to choke up on the blade. The top of the blade is also nicely rounded. The knife is a hidden tang design. Allen tells me the tang is full thickness and about 1 inch wide, very strong.The knife has a full guard (of brass), 3 inches wide, elliptical shaped , flat on the blade side, and nicely radiused on the handle side. The guard is very comfortable. The handle is of 1 piece of black canvas micarta , 5 inches long. Allen calls this his Contoured Sporting Grip with Enhanced Palm Swells. It is very comfortable for a variety of grips.
The pommel is of 6061-T6 aluminum with a lanyard hole (also supplied with an OD
paracord lanyard). Allen also provided thin spacers with a color sequence of
black-white-red-white-black between the guard and the grip, and between the grip and
the pommel (very nice). The entire knife is bead blasted and has a clear, flat, lacquer like finish, giving the knife a grey tone (very attractive but also very subdued). The knife weighs about 20 ounces and has a balance point about 3/4 inches in front the guard.
The sheath that came with the knife is one of Allen’s standard black Concealex,
right hand, drop sheaths with a 1 3/4 inch belt loop. The sheath and belt loop are of .093 and .125 thick material,respectively. The belt loop runs down about 80% of the length of the sheath to add stiffness to the whole assembly. It is assembled with black button head screws with hex socket recesses and aluminum screw posts. Allen also drills plenty of extra lashing holes. The sheath fits the knife perfectly with just the right amount of
retention with no play or rattle. The sheath doesn’t scratch the blade either. The sheath grips the knife at the tip of the blade and the sides of the guard. After pulling and reinserting the knife many times, the only indications of wear are very slight marks in the lacquer on the tip of the blade and on the sides of the guard.

Fit and Finish:
Superb! The grinds are perfectly symmetrical. There are no gaps at the guard nor handle. The plunge areas at the ricasso are perfect. There are no sharp edges (other than the cutting edge). The Concealex sheath is the best I’ve seen yet.

When I first got the knife, I immediately went out into the garage to give it a test drive. The knife came with a slightly toothy edge designed for slicing and chopping. It push shaved hair quite easily right out of the box. I chopped a piece of 2x4 into 4 pieces with the only detrimental effect being some minor marking on the lacquer finish. There were no chips on the cutting edge nor in the lacquer finish. After chopping through the
2x4 twice, the edge would still shave hair. I then proceeded to slice a length of fiberglass banding tape (tough stuff) into about 20 pieces. After I got done with slicing the fiberglass banding tape, it wouldn’t push shave hair but it was still plenty sharp enough to slice up some ham for supper.
After supper, I got the Spyderco Sharpmaker out and gave the edge about 25
strokes on each side (white, fine grit rods). I then stropped the edge about 10 strokes on each side. Result:It would shave the hair off my arms very easily. I think 5160 makes the ideal knife blade. It holds an edge quite well and sharpens very easily. What more could you ask for?

Allen Blade makes excellent knives. His Combat Patrol Bowie is the best value I
have owned to date. The Combat Patrol Bowie will make an great camp knife or
survival knife (whatever that is). Would I buy another knife from Allen Blade? You
betcha’. I already have another on order (a Recon Patrol Leader in 5160, of course). The
next time I talk to Allen, I’ll have to question him on what all he makes. I might as well “get’em whilst da’ gettin’ is good”.


[This message has been edited by ICEMAN (edited 05-01-2000).]

That looks like a nice knife. Is the handle covered with lacquer as well? Do you know if the lacquer is safe to eat? How many hits did it take you to penetrate the 2x4? What is the price of the knife.

It took some sand in the sheath before the chrome finish on my ATAK2 was scratched.


Want one...

Want one BAD!

Thanks for the review Iceman.

1.Yes the handle is sprayed with a light coat to seal the bead blasted micarta.
2.Allen says the info on the spray cans the lacquer comes in from Dutch Boy claims the material to be child safe so I guess it would be safe to injest in small quantities. One whole knife probably has only about 1 fluid ounce sprayed on it.
3.Sorry, but I didn't count the number of chops, but I would say it was less than a Busse Basic 9 and more than a 15 inck HI AK. Hey, maybe I'll do a chopping comparison test.
4.The nine inch model goes for $155 shipped. He makes them all the way up to 13 inches at a price of I believe $200.
5.If you get sand in any sheath, it will scratch the blade.

How secure is the handle, can you do any chopping / slicing / stabbing work if your grip is compromised (sweat / oil / blood / soap etc. ).


Hey Cool Review,, Glad its working good for ya,, Remember if it get looking to Ugly with use i Refinish all the Standard Model Blades for Free For life!!

Will, Yes i lightly Mist the Handle also to Seal the Fibers in the Micarta After Bead Blast. I know its alittle OVERKILL to do to Micarta,,but i am picky i guess. :cool:

Also your right Hard Chrome is a good Coating To,,,the only Drawbacks it has compared to My finish is,,,It Cannot be replaced on the Blade at anytime warranted without undue cost and Handle replacement,
ie... your ATAK.

In Fact i think The Coating i use(and John Greco, who told me about it)Is the only Coating i know of that Doesnt, Chip or peel, yellow with age, Is Child safe, and can be Replaced on a knife that is all beat up,and have it looking like New in less than 10 minutes, All without having to Dismantel,
or otherwise change the knife dimension, or replace a handle, and without applied Heat of over 75 degrees.

No secrets in my knifemaking,, just hard use
applicable techniques and finishes that assure that you can take your knife out,,,abuse it all ya want,,,send it back if it gets to ugly looking and in 10 minutes it will look like the day ya got it.

I guess it kind of gives the user Peace of mind Knowing he doesnt have to BABY the Finish on a knife i make,and can just enjoy
Using it!

Anyway,,,,,,thanks for the Review,,glad ya like the Knife. :cool:

Regards,,,,,,, Allen Blade
The grip is pretty secure. I chopped out some overgrown bushes in my front yard this afternoon with sweaty hands (It's 100 Degrees F in Phoenix already). I had no problem holding on to the knife. It's not as secure as my Busse Basic 9, but it's plenty good enough. By the way, the blade would still shave hair, although rather roughly, after about an hours worth of chopping and cutting.