Which Classical Bowie Knife can you recommand?

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Hi, I want to buy a classical Bowie Knife and I wonder what you guys can recommand me. I already have such typical survival blades like the SRK or Kabar BKs and they are very tactical. I am now searching for something more in the style of a Buck 119 but bigger (and bigger as the 120;)) I really like clip points btw. I am curious to hear your suggestions, and have a nice day!
 
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It depends on how traditional you want to go. It's actually kinda hard to find a modern knife widely produced that is close to the mid 1800's design -

The Western W-49 and the Ontario Marine Raider are really nice, based on the Collins #18 design that goes back to about the last quarter of the 19th century in various guises.

Cold Steel is a good choice. The Laredo, Recon Scout, and Trailmaster are close to some 1800's designs (forgiving the Kraton handle on the latter two). The Natchez is a fun choice, if a bit off historically.

A dark horse is the Cold Steel line up is the Rifleman's knife, based on the 1849 Ames. It's a big knife, and a long spear point isn't for everyone, but it's a great copy of an old pattern. I was impressed with it.
 
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If by "classical" you mean historically correct, good luck finding anything. Your best bet would be to do some research and then hire a custom maker.

When I think "classical" bowie, I think of the Randall Made Knives Thorpe or Smithsonian bowies.
 
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Bark River, Shining Mountain Bowie. Not 100% historically accurate, maybe, but a classic Bowie style. And better steel then anything they had in 1840...
 
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Thanks for all your suggetions! About the price I was thinking about 350max. The Cold Steel Bowies that were mentionned are nice, no doubt about that but don't you think that with such a traditional knife a leather sheath would look far better? I mean I like the sheath's of CS with their tactical line up but a historical Bowie deserves leather.
 
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Another vote for the W49.
Bob the guard, thin the handle and make it your own.

I had the Recon Scout as well.
That's gone and the W49 is here to stay.

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The W46-8 is no slouch either. Less old timey traditional though.

Both of these were bought in a state of disrepair for under $80 each.
Time and elbow grease did the rest.
 
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