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Which Classical Bowie Knife can you recommand?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Knifelvr97, Oct 17, 2020.

  1. Knifelvr97


    Aug 18, 2020
    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!
  2. Lee D

    Lee D Basic Member Basic Member

    May 27, 2013
    Id track down a Western W-49
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  3. E.D.C.

    E.D.C. Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 7, 2016
    Case bowie.
  4. Richard338

    Richard338 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 3, 2005
    You didn't mention price range, but a Bill Bagwell Bowie is larger with a clip point. Can hardly get more classic.
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  5. Bill Siegle

    Bill Siegle KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 3, 2000
    Find a Musso Bowie reproduction. It’s big, possibly historically correct, and bad azz in design :)
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  6. Man with no name

    Man with no name

    Jun 24, 2015
    Cold Steel's Laredo or Natchez Bowe!
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  7. tltt


    May 1, 2008
    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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  8. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    Buck 124
  9. riversidedep

    riversidedep Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 27, 2007
    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.
  10. jideta

    jideta Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 8, 2020
    I went Solingen
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  11. jlauffer

    jlauffer Dissident Aggressor Platinum Member

    Apr 11, 2016
    This! Not a huge fan of the Natchez, but LOVE the Laredo!
  12. kvaughn

    kvaughn Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    C.S. Trailmaster. The old ones in CarbonV are tanks.--
  13. justjed


    Oct 23, 2010
    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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  14. Knifelvr97


    Aug 18, 2020
    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.
  15. jideta

    jideta Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 8, 2020
    Puma Bowie
    older vintage
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  16. shortwinger

    shortwinger Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 7, 2010
    49C9553C-1A91-4717-B0C7-78D83F502C93.jpeg Cold Steel Laredo Bowie with leather sheath.

    Puma and Linder also off many different models of traditional Bowie’s with wood or stag handles and leather sheaths.
  17. abcdef


    Oct 28, 2005
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  18. Knifelvr97


    Aug 18, 2020
    Damn that's a nice one!
  19. Lee D

    Lee D Basic Member Basic Member

    May 27, 2013
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  20. Ebbtide


    Aug 20, 1999
    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.


    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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