The bowie knife is a legend of the American frontier.  Although it was mainly used and marketed as a hunting knife, its origins were that of a weapon.  Its story begins in the 1820’s when James Bowie was able to defend himself by using a large knife at the Sandbar Fight in Louisiana.  The knife had been made by his brother, Rezin, a year prior.  The story of the Sandbar Fight, combined with James Bowie’s eventual death while defending the Alamo in 1836, gave the “Bowie Knife” tremendous popularity.  To this day, this story is known by those who collect antique bowie knives.

Although bowie knives varied greatly in their design, most had a long, heavy blade and a hilt to prevent the hand from slipping onto the blade.  While American bowies were made in smaller shops, the English market took on production on a larger scale.  By the 1830’s, several Sheffield cutlers were making bowie knives for the American market.  Those makers included George Wostenholm I*XL, William Greaves & Son, Samuel C. Wragg, Charles Congreve and more.  In order to capture the American market, these firms included patiotic and other popular mottos of the time including “Americans Never Surrender” Patriots Self Defender” and “Liberty and Independence.”  Other mottos, like “I Never Fail” and “I Surpass All” proclaimed the durability of these knives.

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Large Joseph Rodgers & Sons Sheffield Bowie Knife

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Large, Antique Bridgeport Bowie Knife (Not Sheffield)

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VINTAGE 11" SOLINGEN EDGE BRAND STAG # 488, 3/16" THICK CARBON STEEL BOWIE KNIFE

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Rare Antique Gotscher & Co. Birmingham Bowie Knife (Not sheffield)

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SOG knife Vietnam 5th Special Forces Group Bowie fixed blade Japan NIB

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Large Civil War Era, I.X.L. Sheffield Bowie Knife

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Large J. Rodgers Sheffield Bowie Knife

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Survivor Huge Skull Etch Bowie Hunter Combat Knife FIX011BK 17" OA 3Cr13 New

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ANTIQUE VINTAGE SHEFFIELD ENGLAND 9" STAG, 3/16" THICK CARBON STEEL BOWIE KNIFE

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Gil Hibben Tundra Hunter Bowie Fixed Blade Combat Knife Full Tang GH5077 Leather

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VINTAGE 11" SOLINGEN EDGE BRAND STAG # 488, 3/16" THICK CARBON STEEL BOWIE KNIFE

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SABRE MONARCH 171 ORIGINAL BOWIE KNIFE STAG HANDLES NEVER SHARPENED

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Vintage Bowie Knife - Fox 601CE - Stag / Stainless NIB (New Old Stock)

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Vintage “Original Bowie Knife”

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Western USA W49 Bowie Knife w/sheath Unused 1986 "J" date code Mint

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VINTAGE Carbon Steel Heavy Duty Bowie Knife Brazil w Sheath 8” Blade

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New Gil Hibben Legionnaire Bowie Knife II Full Tang w/Leather Belt Sheath GH5068

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Colt Freedom Bowie Knife Limited Edition #14/500

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Puma Made in Germany 11" Original Bowie Stag Fixed Blade Sheath Knife MIB

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RARE 1970s Discontinued AMERICAN SCHRADE USA 171UH KNIFE #30072 PRO HUNTER BOWIE

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WWII US Fighting Bowie Knife Cattaraugus 225Q USA USMC w Sheath

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gerber bmf bowie knife

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case bowie knife 1836- Vintage/mint

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Vintage Original BOWIE knife Buffalo brand Estate collection

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Early ** Bowie Knife **

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Mid 19th Century Large US Bowie Knife

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Antique George Butler & Co Trinity Works Bowie Knife 1890s

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