I've been looking at Bowie knives and have been wondering if anyone knows of some good Bowie knives for the money?
This is my old milspec 12inch Bowie I had. Gave it away to friend when I bought myself a new one. The only pic I have left of the knife. Will post new one now.
This one is on Amazon for very cheap if you just like to have a big knife or whatever. I would recommend for first one until you decide to trade up for something more specific you like.
This is my new one. The handle isn't great but for what I use it for it's fine. The steel it's made from is stained with acid to create those patterns on blade. I call it Sting after Bilbo's one that glows blue when goblins are near...wish mine did that when robbers where near.
Bowie knves are weapons, not camping tools. You should probably ask /k/.
This should be in the Knoife thread, but whatever.
In my experience (which is limited), the best Bowie knife I've come across is the Ontario Raider. I bought it for boar. It works. It also chops fairly well if you're in a climate that doesn't need an axe. If you want a big batoning/chopping Bowie, Ontario seems to be the way to go. $50 for a hunk of 1095 is pretty snazzy.
Honestly though, I still prefer carrying a smaller knife and a hatchet. If you want that "classic aesthetic", look at the Condor Hudson Bay and the Moonshiner.
My father-in-law has an old Case bowie. It's too fuckhuge to be useful for me, but it's the same quality as the Case stuff I use and like, so check on one of those.
Bowies really are more fighting knives than /out/ tools, though.
>a terrible fighting knife
It's a knife that's supposed to resemble the original, a broken saber ground to a clip point. Long blade, pointy for stabbing, strong guards. Hard to beat for a fighter. Modern versions are much wider than the original.
As to size, my favorite /out/ knives are all between 5 and 6 inches long. Then again, I usually go innadesert and don't baton, so ymmv.
Winchester pretty much sucks.
my knowledge of fighting with blades suggests that only very small or very large is effective, and medium sized blades are just worse ranged weapons that larger blades, and smaller blades are just to complement CQC. bowie and kukri designs manage torque in a way thats well for general misuse and hatchet doubling, and i believe that heavier midsized versions are best for bushcraft. the "thats not a knife, this is a knife" variants. it may be based on something that wasnt for bushcraft, but the short lived oversized bowie is probably one of the best you can have for purpose
also i see a lot of knife culture on /k and /out doesnt shun literal shit chinese knives. the picture in OP has a lot of nice set design and could aesthetically pass for a well made grampas blade, but i can tell its 15 dollar chinkshit. nothing wrong with cheap edged steel if its designed and weighed right and you carry something to hold the edge with, but dont try to argue in their favor of viable blades. they usually have terribly made handles even if master race full tang, the guard is poorly fastened and has no ergonomics/more of a rubbing nuisance than a guard, and when you try to disseminate the feelgood shit from the functioning knife, the whole thing falls apart. i cant stress the difference in functionality the ergonomics of a blade has. cooks could probably tell you, a cheaply made kitchen knife is nigh unusable because you cannot apply torque in any relevant spots and the handle design often in no way complements the blade design ie you cannot apply torque on the belly of the blade without an awkward grip. of course this is rarely intended if the blade has a niche usage and it is designed to allow angling not easily done with traditional blades, normally it is an unintentional testament to the difference in quality knives can be.
for example the plastic bowie linked earlier is the type notorious for having irregular blade placement in the handle. no geometric consistency
Ye that's why i got rid of it. The blade is connected with steel shank in to the handle and will snap off if battened too hard. It's cool for novelty but yes it suck in usefulness otherwise.
This looks like a good mix of style and functionality.
I got a Winchester bowie for 6 bucks on sale. It's held up to everything from being a coat rack, splitting firewood, digging a fire pit, and being thrown into a god damn car door.
Bowie knives are feel good knive's. They make you happy in you're soul son.
What other knife can you use as a saber?
Svord, its one of the only non costume looking bowies on the marker.
They had a lot of different versions and there were 3 brothers all notorious for knife fighting and carrying large custom made knives that all looked different and why basically all large nonserrated fixed blade knives meet the description.
Jim Bowie just got famous for dying at the Alamo
>advertised as a forest knife
>giant obnoxious guard on the back that prevents you from putting your thumb on the blade's spine
pls stop doing this knife makers... nobody gets into knife fights anymore and it hugely reduces the knife's functionality in bushcraft
The New Zealand Forest Ranger Bowies that the Svord is a interpretation from were made from Wagon leaf springs after Gustavus Von Tempsky spent time in the Americas.
>A 1900 inerview with John Toovey, an ex Forest Ranger corporal, appeared in a 1935 issue of The New Zealand Railways Magazine: He had a farm near Te Awamutu. Customarily, out on the farm and in the bush, he wore a sheath-knife on his belt. The knife was a veteran like himself. It had been nine or ten inches long of blade, but the point had been broken off, and he re-ground and pointed it; even then it was like a young bayonet. He told its story, "That's one of old Von's bowie knives," he said. "He had a lot made for us at a blacksmith's in Auckland when the Forest Rangers were divided into two companies and he had command of me.
>"You know, old Von was a terror with the bowie knife. He had learned to use it in Mexico and Central America. Certainly it came in handy in the bush, and as we had no bayonets it was comforting to know you had a good sticker on your hip for a scrimmage.
>"I've had that knife more than thirty years. See how it's worn down. I've used it for all sorts of jobs, hacking bush tracks, pig-sticking, skinning sheep, cutting up my tobacco and my loaf of bread. It'll last my day, my boy!"