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Want to buy my first Bowie!

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by steve-in-kville, Aug 2, 2020.

  1. steve-in-kville


    Dec 25, 2001
    Classic or contemporary, budget of $150-ish. Must have a sheath. My inner Crocodile Dundee is calling. Suggestions, please?
  2. Wurger190

    Wurger190 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 5, 2014
  3. GIRLYmann


    Nov 7, 2005
    well, it may not be what you have
    in mind but these two as a package
    will work very hard to please...
  4. Roy Batty

    Roy Batty Y'all can sling load DEEZ NUTS Platinum Member

    May 25, 2016
    Cold Steel Frontier Bowie, $120 most places. Probably as classic as it gets.

  5. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    I have the Condor Moonshiner and Condor makes other including a coffin type bowie. Most everything is under $100.
  6. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    The Buck 124 is a real nice knife with a great sheath.
    Lee D likes this.
  7. ggw


    Feb 13, 2018
    Western Bowie W49
    Lee D likes this.
  8. steelhog


    Jul 2, 2009
    I had been on a Jesse Hemphill kick as of late. He has a few Bowie style knives that are absolutely fantastic (made by bark river). I believe he is now retired or out of the knife game but you can snag some of his designs for crazy low prices right now. If the blades were stamped BRK and not Jesse Hemphill they would be 2x+ the cost.
  9. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    IMG_0351.JPG Becker BK9. Replace the scales with micarta ones and it will feel like a different knife....if do not want that big, try the BK7 with micarta scales too. If you want a smaller bowie to be more practical, I recommend Idaho Knife works by Mike Mann. More than your budget sorry but had to show since I got it for about your budget. Check out the exchange.
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2020
  10. GB940Rookie


    Apr 19, 2016
    I’ll second this.
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  11. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    Look at cold steel too, I like the drop Forged survivalist Bowie.
  12. kvaughn

    kvaughn Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    If you can find one of the old CarbonV Cold Steel Trailmasters, they're one of my favorites. I've beat on one for years.--KV
    rick melear likes this.
  13. justjed


    Oct 23, 2010
    TOPS, Prather War Bowie, $165-ish
    Condor, Operator Bowie, $110-ish
  14. deadzonepatrol


    Apr 11, 2019
    Cold Steel Laredo, Natchez are classic fighters. Trailmaster is more for hard use. Or if you'll be using it very hard in the woods, TOPS Steel Eagle. Almost any large TOPS knife, for that matter.
  15. MolokaiRider

    MolokaiRider Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 13, 2017
    All great suggestions so far.

    I have always admired the Buck 120 and how timeless they look.

    The SP10 Ontario is inexpensive and fun to mess around with.

    The Becker BK9 is a great all around performer, and still a great value.

    Tops Bowie is a fun design and has a higher level of fit and finish than the Ontario and Kabar.
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  16. jideta

    jideta Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 8, 2020
    For my Bowie I wanted something traditional and more vintage. I searched that auction place until I found a nice Solingen Bowie:


    It's a big knife, 13" OAL and probably 1/4" thick. Most Solingen Bowies are pretty stout. I had to clean it up some but I'm happy I went this way instead of contemporary. Set me back only $80.
    Sheffield Bowies are a bit more in cost. Puma makes a nice one but expensive.
    You may want to check vintage Marbles, Western, Imperial, etc.
  17. rick melear

    rick melear Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 1998
    Cold Steel
  18. shortwinger

    shortwinger Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 7, 2010
    I didn’t see where you specified what you were going to use it for? With hundreds of different models to choose from; wall hangers, fighters, users, traditionally made, modern made, etc., it really helps to know a bit more.
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  19. steve-in-kville


    Dec 25, 2001
    Just took delivery of the Condor Moonshiner. Gonna take advantage of the carbon blade and patina the daylights out of it. Just holding it is a pleasure. Pure beast mode.

    Will be looking for another, for sure.
  20. Makael

    Makael KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Platinum Member

    Oct 17, 2015
    Prather. Feels good in hand. Like the knife with paint stripped though. 20200515_215217.jpg 20200515_215304.jpg
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