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The Bowie Knife: A Collector's Guide

Apr 25, 2008
It is not easy for everyone to find an aged Bowie knife, let alone have enough money to buy one. They are, and have been for a while the esteemed assets of a few sharp collectors. The starting point of serious collection would not be just a moment ago but years back. Bowie knife collection has been well celebrated for compilation means, and not really for its utilization purposes. More than using them, knife "lovers" have been more at ease placing them in glass stands for keepsakes.

To understand fully, one must look into the knife's intriguing history and determine whether the calling of a true American heritage is that inviting. Through the corridors of time, the Bowie knife has proven itself to be as legendary as any other antique relic.

Here Are The Facts Which We Know Or May Not Know About The Bowie Knife:

* Designed and crafted by Texan Colonel James Bowie
* The knife was conceptualized and born sometime in the year 1800s
* James Black (a blacksmith) made the birth of this knife possible
* From the length of the curve, the Bowie knife has a double edge
* The blade is sharpened up to the knife's tip
* In length, the blade usually stands up to six inches (15cm)
* Brass or Copper is typically the strip of soft metal that is used at the posterior portion of the blade
* It has a relatively broad blade that is an inch and a half to two inches wide (approx 4 to 5 cm)
* Its thickness ranges between 3/16 to 1.4" in width, that is approximately about 4.8 to 6.4 millimeters
* Commonly used to refer to any large sheath knife with a clip point.

Here's An Easy Knife Enthusiast's Step By Step Guide:

Step 1
It is advisable to be knowledgeable, not only for your prized hobby, but this may also apply for any endeavor that you can freely choose. In this case, do research and make yourself well-informed about Bowie knives. You might want to buy a knife collector's cost guide like a book written by C. Houston Price entitled "The Official Price Guide to Collector Knives". You may utilize this book to verify how genuine, how old, be able to compare prices and the current selling rate for this specific type of knife.

Step 2
You might want to focus on the specific rationale for collecting a true American legend like the Bowie knife. Determining it would be a great aid to search for the specific type that you want to collect. There are a couple of styles that exists from the original Bowie Knife namely Arkansas Toothpick, Bell, Chevalier, Horse, Hunter, Gator, New Orleans, Vicksburg, and Winchester. The authentic premium knives are very rare and were crafted as early as the eighteenth century.

Step 3
Take into consideration the manufacturer of the Bowie knife and the size of the specific knife that you are looking for. There are a number of modern Bowie knives that are made by various companies like: Bark River Knife & Tool, Cas Iberia and Schrade X-Timer. Some earlier crafter includes The Boker Company, Collins & Company and Rose Knife and Winchester Knife Company. The length of the blade varies from somewhere between a half inch to more than a foot long.

Step 4
You will find that being present in knife organization events would be rewarding in your search for the specific Bowie knife that you are searching for. There is a web site that features dates and events; the address is National Knife Collectors Association. Events are staged every now and then from the state of Georgia to Oregon state.

There is also The Antique Bowie Knife Association of America which was conceptualized in 1975, April 5th. It was formed by enthusiasts who loved sharing their passion for Authentic and age old Bowie Knives. They changed the name of the group later to ABKA or the "Antique Bowie Knife Association". Ever since, ABKA has developed into a group recognized world wide. The organization is dedicated to gathering, learning, and preserving existing and soon to be discovered Antique Bowie Knives.

Step 5
There are on-line auction websites that you can find on the Internet. Under categories of sporting items sellers, antique store, collectibles shops, knife stores, flea markets and garage sales. It is more cost effective and time preserving to first search for specific knives on the World Wide Web.

Step 6
If you happen to know about a group that shares your passion somewhere in your locale, join one! Maybe through on-line community, you might come across a knife enthusiast's group. There you can share your experiences, interests and sources with other Bowie knife collectors.
About the Author
William "Cole" Doggett is a knife expert and owns an Internet knife shop, Knife & Supply Company, LLC at Pocket Knife | Hunting Knife | SOG Knife. Stop by and checkout the huge line of Bowie Knives.
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