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Bowie Style Knife

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19th century America was undeveloped and largely unexplored and unpopulated. Knives were one of the most important and versatile tools available to people who worked the land or explored the wilderness. The practical applications of the simple knife were incalculable. By the dawn of the Civil War every American carried a knife in their pocket, on their belt or stuck in their boot. Knives became so commonplace and popular that games and contests developed around them One of the most popular pastimes in 19th century America was whittling.

The epitome of America's burgeoning knife culture came as a result of a vicious brawl on a sandbar in the Mississippi River near Natchez in 1827. Adventurer, entrepreneur, land speculator and pioneer Jim Bowie fought and killed an adversary with a large and distinctive handmade hunting knife. The fight involved several men armed with funs and blades. The event captured the imagination of the world and Bowie's knife and fame became inextricably entwined with the fabric of America's westward movement. "Bowie knife" conjures up images of personal combat with big game, savages and evil desperadoes. Jim Bowie's death at the Alamo with Davy Crockett capped the legend with everlasting myth and romance.

So after the famous duel on the Mississippi the world' fascination with Bowie's knife led to an international production of oversized fighting knives. Domestic and European blade makers found a hungry market here and abroad. Soon, every large knife claimed the moniker "Bowie knife" and millions were eventually made in an endless variety of length, form, cross guards, grips and composition.

This example is a 19th century product exhibiting a Southwestern flair with its elegantly shaped and slightly clipped 11 1/4" blade. The dark grip offers beautiful contrast to the delicate silver of its crossguard, ferrule, and pommel cap. The combination of curved steel with silver and ebony grip, and brown tooled leather scabbard evokes fine but dangerous art. Though promoted as hunting knives these were recognized as fighting , vicious knives that issued a steely warning by their very appearance.

This is a 100% original and unaltered 19th century Bowie knife. The scabbard was once mounted by a silver drag echoing the silver mounts. Such a knife would have been carried by a man of stature and position.

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