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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Manhattan Cutlery Comy, Sheffield Bowie/hunting knife. With sheath.

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Vintage Large Wilson Sheffield Bowie Knife Engraved Blade

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VINTAGE G. WOODHEAD SHEFFIELD BOWIE KNIFE MARKED CALIFORNIAN

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RARE Vintage IXL Geo Wostenholm&Son Sheffield bowie 15”L matching sheath VGC

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BONE HANDLED JAMES ROGERS BOWIE KNIFE

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RARE OLD ANTIQUE CIVIL WAR SPIRAL CARVED MOP SHEFFIELD DAGGER BOWIE KNIFE HANDLE

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Antique Sheffield Bowie Knife Confederate Capital City Richmond Virginia

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Large Western Bowie Knife W49 "D" with Sheath

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Vintage Indian Ridge Sheffield England Knife

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Vtg William Rodgers Sheffield ENGLAND Stag Fixed Blade Bowie Knife And Sheath

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Vintage Western Bowie Knife - Very Very Nice!

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Old West Mappin & Webb Sheffield Gold Rush Civil War Bowie Knife & Scabbard

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HUGE VINTAGE STYLE IXL G. WOSTENHOLM & SON WASHINGTON WORKS BOWIE KNIFE W/SHEATH

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Vintage Joseph Allen & Sons FRONTIER Bowie Knife Sheffield, Dated to 1883-1893

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Vintage bowie knife, made in Germany

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Case XX V7 Bowie Knife

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old Handmade 1947 vintage bowie knife

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1841-1902 Joseph Mappin 32 Norfolk St Sheffield 9"+ Self Protector Bowie Knife

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Large Western Bowie Knife W49 "D" with Sheath

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Vintage Western Bowie Knife - Very Very Nice!

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Vintage bowie knife, made in Germany

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old Handmade 1947 vintage bowie knife

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Buck Custom Bowie Knife Set 909 919 Micarta With Scrimshaw

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Vintage Western Knife W49 Bowie

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Case XX Bowie Knife (Custom Hand Made Sheath, Heavy Saddle Leather)

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Vintage G.C. Co. 373 Original Bowie Knife with Bone Handle

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Vintage Solingen Germany bowie knife hunting Saw Back deer hoof Excellent w/case

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Vintage E & J Ivory Handle Bowie Knife

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

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Official Boy Scouts of America WESTERN Bowie Knife w/ Fleur-de-lis Crest

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Voss Bowie knife African hunter

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Manhattan Cutlery Comy, Sheffield Bowie/hunting knife. With sheath.

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Gerber Big Bowie Knife 9 ½”. Vintage. Nylon Sheath.14.5" Overall 

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Bowie/Skinning Knife with Sheath heavy brass trim

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Buffalo Skinner Bowie Knife - 13 Inch Stainless Blade - Custom Handle - Brazil

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

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Western USA Large Bowie Knife W49

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Vintage Blackjack Shining Mountains Hunting Bowie Knife W/Case For Edge Design

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Sabre Monarch 171 Solingen Germany ORIGINAL BOWIE KNIFE wStage Handle

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Vintage Large Wilson Sheffield Bowie Knife Engraved Blade

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Case XX V7 Bowie Knife

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BONE HANDLED JAMES ROGERS BOWIE KNIFE

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ROMO 172 Solingen Bowie Knife 15"

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Vintage USA Case XX 80th Anniversary Stag Bowie Knife

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Vintage, Rare, Franz Frenzel Bowie Knife with Original Sheath

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