What is a Folding Bowie?

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When I think of a folding bowie I think of a clipped point with a double guard. The guard is pinned to the blade and folds nicely with the blade when closed. The blade is longer than the handle so a special sheath is needed to cover the exposed blade edge. How close am I in your opinions?

I cant imagine James Bowie weilding a liner lock folder with 3.5" clip point.
 
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OH YEAH. Thats what Im talkin about although Jim may have taken the field grade one to the Alamo and left that one in his top drawer.
 
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In France, there's a style of folding dagger called a la d'Estaing. Those were daggers meant to dispatch game in traditional mounted hunts.

I think this system could easily be used for a bowie style blade - those are big knives...

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I believe the idea is that you can use them folded as a small utility knife too...
 
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Here is one from Italy. Not a custom knife.

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I'm thinking that I would prefer a fixed rather than a swing guard, but I do like this style of knife.

I have seen many knives with under 4" blades called folding bowies because they have a clip point blade. I consider this to be a misnomer.
 
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Here's a couple from Norm Flayderman's "The Bowie Knife, Unsheathing an American Legend" - there are several more included in there

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I think this one in particular would be right up Bruce's alley......
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looks like a bowie blade shape to me, more so than any of the knives posted in this thread thus far.
 
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Actually, bowies come with clip points, spear points, straight and trailing points. A clip point doesn't a bowie make. I have a Buck 110, it isn't a folding bowie either.
 
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Bruce Bump said:
So back to my question: What is a folding bowie?

I think you pretty much got it right the first time Bruce. Something along the lines of an extendable fixed blade, with the handle "folding" to either cover a portion of the blade, or not. The term "bowie" does not lend itself to precise definition (Flayderman devotes several chapters to the attempt) much less "folding bowie". A lot of makers use the term to describe a large clip point folder. While this is probably a misnomer, I don't get too bent out of shape about it. Heck, some guys call 3 1/2" clip point fixed blades "bowies".

Like it or not, the term "bowie" today is much more a marketing term (like "tactical") than any precise historical reference to the man and his knife. Indeed, many of the so-called "authentic" antique bowies are nothing more than a cutler's individual interpretation of what a bowie should be.

Roger
 
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I feel like I know a folding bowie when I see it, and evaluate each knife seperately to see if it meets most, or all of my criteria for a bowie-like folding knife.

I have several Bradshaw folding bowies and while they don't meet all of your criteria, they do have several bowie-like features, and sure do have that bowie look and feel, to me at least. I agree on one point though, it's a major stretch to call a liner lock a folding bowie. :)

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Here are pictures of a folding d-guard and a folding bowie That Harvey Dean made. They are both escutcheon released, and they lock in the open and
closed position. I played with the d-guard Bowie right after he finished it a few years back and it was flawless. Harvey's work is impeccable. I've had the pleasure of spending quite a bit of time with Harvey in the past at Hammer-ins and shows and have seen several pieces He has made and have never seen a spot or blemish in anything He's done. There was a post a couple of days ago about a Samuel Bell Bowie that Harvey made where it was said that the customer refused to pay for it, I'm with Steve Dunn, I can't believe there was anything wrong with it, but that his pockets were shallow, enjoy the pics, Dwayne

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Sorry, I thought I could remember how to do it. When I look at the thread I can see the pics, Let me try again. Dwayne

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