Bowie knives have been around for nearly 200 years, the knife conjures up images of Jim Bowie and the famous Sandbar Duel in Mississippi and of course the Alamo, while Jim designed and certainly brought the fame to the knife it was in fact made for him by James Black.
The Bowie knife some will tell you was originally a butchers knife but i am of the firm belief that it was a custom knife made for Jim. What can constitute a Bowie knife varies widely but generally speaking term refers to any large sheath knife with a cross guard and a clip point.
The Bowie knife legend was further enhanced by starring in the movies Rambo and Crocodile Dundee, “that`s not a knife, this is” quote having strayed from movie script to urban legend.
So what exactly are Bowie knives used for, what started out as a self defense weapon and a very successful one at that, these days is probably the best all rounder hunting knife you can buy, its as equally adept to butchering and skinning animals as it is to cutting wood.
With the mind boggling array of Bowie knife variants for sale just what should you look for in a Bowie knife,
Blade wise carbon steel or stainless steel is a must as they keep their edge better. Your blade will typically be at least 6 inches.
Heavy?, a good Bowie will have some weight to it which is essential in chopping tasks.
“it must be long enough to use as a sword, sharp enough to use as a razor, wide enough to use as a paddle, and heavy enough to use as a hatchet.