If you’re enthusiastic about hunting, you’ve most likely familiarized yourself with Bowie knives. The Bowie knife is a favorite among hunters due to the sturdy construction and craftsmanship. At Exquisite Knives, we’re big fans of the Bowie, and we have a few within our collection. Handcrafted knives carry a higher level of respect amongst knife collectors, and for those who often collect Bowie’s, they most likely have a few pocket knives within their collection as well.
However, we’re going to focus on Bowie knives for this post because there may be some historical facts about these popular hunting partners.
5 Cool Facts About Bowie Knives
- The Bowie knife is actually named after a Colonel in the early 19th century. Colonel James Bowie was the first to popularize the knife’s use, but the first Bowie was made by a blacksmith named James Black in 1830.
- The modern day Bowie achieved its current status after years of improvements made by the Colonel. The earlier designs incorporated both Spanish hunting knives as well as the standard butcher knife.
- The Bowie became highly recognized after Colonel Bowie was in a knife fight against several other men. With his Bowie knife, he was able to win the fight, even with being shot, stabbed, and almost beaten to death.
- In Texas, it’s a Class A misdemeanor to carry a Bowie knife unless you’re traveling in a licensed private vehicle. There are plenty of states that actually deem the Bowie to be an illegal weapon to carry/own.
- The most common quote mentioned about the Bowie was said by a culturalist named Russell Johnson, and he described it as, “It must be long enough to be a sword, sharp enough to use as a razor, wide enough to use as a paddle, and heavy enough to use as a hatchet.”
Interested in Obtaining a Bowie Knife?
If you’re looking to add a handcrafted Bowie knife to your collection, check out our Exquisite Knives gallery. If you’re interested in finding one on your own through a dealer in person, we’ve written a few posts on how to properly buy, sell, and trade valuable knives. In the event that you have any questions about how to start your knife collection, or how to add to it with high quality pieces, don’t hesitate to shoot us an email. We’re more than happy to help.