Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! Now that I have a bit of time in my hands because of this: I am thinking of starting a thread about one of my long time interests. I would like to get me a guardless bowie or something resembling a gaucho knife. I have some thoughts about this project. I have some contacts to knifemakers where I live through facebook and I could get a knife from some of them. Other option is that I could take a modern knife and modify it to my liking. If I place any value to my time and work the custom route might actually be cheaper. Anyway I would make my own sheath. Old quardless bowies were to my knowledge thinner than we many times think, am I wrong? The gaucho knives were made of imported European chef knives, like Solingen or French blades. The idea is to get a knife that shines in camp/kitchen duties but is not afraid to process also wood and looks traditional. If I need something really robust I could take something from ESEE or Ontario knives and modify it, but that would include a lot of my time and work.