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Peoples thoughts on Bowie knives

Discussion in 'Knives' started by JayZ0rbot, Apr 10, 2019.

  1. JayZ0rbot

    JayZ0rbot NES Member

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    So was at Cabela’s last weekend. Came across a knife made with Damascus steel. At affordable price for the type metal imo. I don’t own a , authentic Bowie knife. What do you think of this one? Any other suggestions welcome of course
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  2. Uzi2

    Uzi2 NES Member

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    Large, heavy and very impractical for 99% of tasks.
     
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  3. Picton

    Picton NES Member

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    I’ve got a Randall Bowie. I never, ever use it (though I’m willing to; all my Randalls are users). It’s about the least useful blade shape I own. The deeper the clip point, the less useful it is. The Ka-Bar, IMO, has as deep a false edge as any fighter needs.

    The one in the pic strikes me as very “showy,” but not terribly useful.
     
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  4. jasonj84

    jasonj84 Dealer NES Member

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    Might as well buy a machete.
     
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    I have a bunch of knives, including a Bowie that I've had since I was a kid. It's beautiful, and pretty useless in my everyday life. It lives on a shelf along with a couple of custom knives that I don't carry.

    I have a Kabar in the truck in the bag with the hatchet and the mallet, and that's a more useful heavy blade that I'm not afraid to beat on if necessary. I've got smaller straight blades that are more discreetly carried, and have all the functionality I need, and I've got folders that I carry every day...
     
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    daveyburt NES Member

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    yea, 9" is just about a machete.
    Which makes that awfully pricey for a knife with limited use.
    I'll also assume that handle will come loose with a beating.

    I've got a 6 1/2 in blade that I don't go for unless batonning.

    If you're looking for something that you plan to use a lot, you'd be better off with a ~5" blade that can take a whooping for that price.
     
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  7. SERE

    SERE NES Life Member NES Member

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    I had a nice bowie that was a gift. I carried it once on a six day trip and it thereafter sat home. It was too nice and too heavy. I needed a tool.

    What is the intended use? Point being. I found a 'machete' that would work well for me.

    After a fellow instructor came back from the Philippines I started carrying, depending on summer or winter trip, a mini or large Pilipino Bolo. Made from a leaf spring and carabao horn they were awesome. It would skin a rabbit, goat, deer and chop/split wood with ease.

    This is not mine.

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  8. CatSnoutSoup

    CatSnoutSoup NES Member

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    Bowie knives? They are great!


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    :emoji_tiger: Sorry, sorry, yeah sorry, so sorry.
     
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  9. Uzi2

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    Buy yourself a Condor parang, and don't cut yourself with it when using it.

    A Bowie is too big for small stuff and too small for big stuff..... it fits right in perfectly in the "useless" knife category.
     
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  10. enbloc

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    There are "Decorative" Bowies for show, and there are "Modern" Bowies intended for real-world use.
    If you want one to fill a niche as a collector, Decorative is the way to go.
    If you want one to "Blaze-Trails" like Jim Bowie needed his for: Get something strong with a good steel like a 1095 or W2 and a FULL TANG!
    ~Matt
     
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  11. Andy in NH

    Andy in NH NES Life Member NES Member

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    Did you coincidentally start this thread because it is Jim Bowie's birthday today?
    Like others have said - big, heavy, impractical for most, but very nostalgic.
    Here's me with my Coleman's Western Bowie cutting the cake after I graduated from college.
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  12. frenchman

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    The Bowie knife was never intended to be a usefull tool. Read up on the history of it, and also on Jim Bowie. He was a knife fighter, and killed men who were using pistols, with his knife. The Bowie knife is a fighting knife, always has been and was conceived as one.
    Sincerely, that looks like made in India mystery steel. I've seen people with beautifully folded chef knives from fleebay who couldn't get an edge on them to save their skinny asses. A good, American made Damascus knife of that size will set you back $600+/-.
     
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  13. Picton

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    Nice, Andy.

    I see you went for the really good soda choices.;)
     
  14. JayZ0rbot

    JayZ0rbot NES Member

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    My two survivalist knives is a helle and Benchmade which I’m still mad about the Benchmade. Even though they “cleared up the misunderstanding”. I just don’t own a Bowie knife it would be for pure nostalgia and would definitely sit on shelf along with dozen other knives I own lol. I always wanted a knife with Damascus steel and saw that one and was intrigued with the collaboration. Most custom type Damascus steel knives cost cha Ching.

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    I did not post this intentionally. That’s weird ! It really is his birthday !
     
  16. JayZ0rbot

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    Checked out the Randall’s I like um a lot now. Definitely considering owning one.
     
  17. Andy in NH

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    According to legend!
     
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    The Western-style Bowie isn't really a Bowie... it's too thick, too heavy, and can't be used for anything except chopping.
     
  19. enbloc

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    Please post picture of the blade dimple in the oak table... [rofl2]

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    BTW, what year did you start College... Doctor?
     
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  20. Andy in NH

    Andy in NH NES Life Member NES Member

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    Like KBCraig mentioned, it's not a real Bowie, so the blade isn't long enough to damage the table (I didn't really push that hard).
    I started college in 2008.
     
  21. Picton

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    So.

    I’ve got a Randall camp bowie, but it’s not set up as a fighter. Here’s a shot of my Buxton fighter (top), a fairly rare Randall using their Bowie blade shape. Note the fact that the “swoop” of the false edge isn’t really all that deep, certainly not as deep as the one in the OP. This strengthens the point, for stabbin’.

    Compare that to Bo Randall’s own fighting knife, the model 1, which I’m picturing for comparison. I think the model 1 is a far better design. This one’s been rehandled by James Behring.

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