A discussion in another thread here brought this subject up. The young member was wondering if other forumites could offer any advice on the subject of the medium to large fixed blades. And I thought a thread broadening the subject a bit and detailing uses of this most basic of knife designs with pictures of collectibles and users alike may be worth exploring for a change. I'll start off with a Rick Smith custom bowie from his Bear Bones forge in Rogue River, OR. Its built with O-1 tool steel(one of my favorite blade steels) and a full tang design with old pre-ban elephant ivory scales around a classic coffin handle and a brass oval guard. The blade is nearly 7 inches and 10 3/4 overall. I wear a sticker of some kind at work nearly every day and it cuts like the dickens. In fact, today I cut square holes with it on a run of exposed a/c duct work where the grills are to be installed throughout an office building I am remodeling..