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Recommend me a bowie type knife

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by HwangJino, Jul 9, 2020.

  1. tyyreaun

    tyyreaun Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 26, 2017
    Surprisingly I can't find one consolidated link with all the stories, but suffice it to say, if you Google for Mike Stewart (BRKT's owner) you can find a bunch: https://www.google.com/search?q=mike+stewart+bark+river+reputation

    In short, though: multiple documented cases of them misrepresenting the steel used on their knives (always in favor of using a cheaper steel but labeling it as a more expensive one, oddly...), stories of bad customer service, etc. I believe that Stewart had also been indicted for federal bank fraud (link) but haven't found a good source on that.

    Edit - better link: https://www.bladeforums.com/threads...knives-i-could-not-talk-about-til-now.123670/
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2020
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  2. 954Ink

    954Ink Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Feb 22, 2020
    Thank you.
  3. HwangJino


    Dec 2, 2012
    Thanks for all the suggestions everyone.

    I've been looking at them.
  4. Centuriator

    Centuriator Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 7, 2020
    Thanks for this thread...just catching up. I'm in the market for a Bowie myself.
  5. duramax

    duramax KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 29, 2012
    Bump to top , any updates ? Bought or top contenders maybe ?
  6. Velitrius

    Velitrius Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2000
    Benchmade Arvensis.
  7. HwangJino


    Dec 2, 2012
    Getting one of these made for me.
    Its d2 steel, hoping it'll be tough.
    He will give it a 10" blade and no heel, i told him I hated heels on a knife.
    Looks like a kitchen knife, but is very thick.
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  8. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
  9. jideta

    jideta Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 8, 2020

    Gaucho knife!
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  10. Mossyhorn

    Mossyhorn Enlightened Rogue Gold Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    If I was in the market for a Bowie, the Sword Von Tempsky would be my choice.

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  11. jceckrosh

    jceckrosh Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 2, 2016
    I'd keep an eye on the Knifemakers For Sale Fixed Blades forum and buy something there.
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  12. justjed


    Oct 23, 2010
    I guess it depends on what you consider a 'Bowie' knife. By many accounts, the knife James Bowie used in the Sand-bar Fight was a relatively simple, large(10+ inch), butcher knife with a clip point. Rezin Bowie is the one who marketed the various and sundry 'REAL' Bowie knife designs, that he commissioned, from several different makers, as the design evolved. His personal favorites, according to many researchers, were the knives made by Daniel Searles. (I am partial to these, as well) The Searles knives were true to the spirit of the Sand-bar knife, a tactical kitchen knife. The Gaucho knives are similar, and just as useful. My favorite tactical kitchen knife is a Becker BK-5, although I don't really consider it a Bowie...
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  13. Zulus

    Zulus Gold Member Gold Member

    May 29, 2020
    Marauder Bark River
    Spyderco Province
    Hemphill Bowie
    280 Svord
    Trail Master San Mai
    way too many good knives ...
  14. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    I always thought the Edwin Forest Bowie would be what the original was like, just maybe smaller. I like that, I know Bark River makes a version, just too long for me. The other one I like is the Rogue.
  15. Revolverrodger

    Revolverrodger KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 23, 2007
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  16. justjed


    Oct 23, 2010
    I also like the BR Edwin Forrest knife, it's about what I would expect a tactical butcher knife to look like. It's probably thicker (@ 3/16") than the Sandbar knife, tho. I seem to recall reading somewhere that Rezin Bowie, and a couple of reliable witnesses, described the Sandbar knife as simply a large butcher knife, and I know I have seen references to it being more than 10 inches, but I have never heard 12-1/4 inches. Not that that matters, I am simply an aficionado, not a scholar. Still, if the Edwin Forrest knife really IS the Sandbar knife, it is a priceless piece of American history.
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2020
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  17. shortwinger

    shortwinger Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 7, 2010
    The Cold Steel Trail Master in whatever steel you can find or the CS Wild West Bowie. For an over the top knife you can get the Laredo or Natchez Bowie. I would also include the Recon Scout in San Mai III or A2 for a more compact Bowie.

    I have the Recon Scout, Trail Master and Laredo Bowie. I’ve used the Trail Master the most and absolutely love it. Does everything you ask of it and it handles work well, needing only a touch up here and there. It’s a big, sharp, hard working Bowie.
  18. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    Once he gets his shop up again, Kelley Ward of a Hardedgeknives makes a killer bowie, probably around the 5 - 8 inches. Do a search for his name in the Exchange, makers section, and a lot of nice photos come up.
  19. extrastout

    extrastout Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 10, 2013
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  20. extrastout

    extrastout Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 10, 2013
    F the Feds!

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