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Your Favorite Bowie

Postby Mancer » Mon Jun 10, 2002 12:00 am

Hey guys, just curious to hear what your favorite Bowie is?

I was interested in getting my hands on a Gerber Bowie but looks like they discontinued it before I could <img src="sad.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle border=0>



What good brands are there that you all would suggest (Since Spyderco dont make em).



Anyone know what James Keating uses?



Many thanx



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Postby voxnaes » Mon Jun 10, 2002 12:37 pm

Hi MaNcEr

What kind of look are you going for, tactical or classic....or something else.
If you like the classic look Bocker just made a model in ATS 34. I can get you the data on it if you like.





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Postby Sword and Shield » Mon Jun 10, 2002 2:42 pm

Well, as a short Bowie, I like the Ka-Bar Marine. Excellent lines and an excellent knife. For something more traditional, try the OVB line from Camillus. They're very traditional looking Bowies, and reportedly perform great.

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Postby earthworm » Sat Jun 15, 2002 9:04 am

I second Sword and Shield's votes for the K-bar Marine.I personally carry the Camillus Air Force with the saw teeth on the back.*Shrug* Just call me old-fashioned*G*.I've a good friend who carries a Randall:awesome!

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Postby earthworm » Sat Jun 15, 2002 9:04 am

I second Sword and Shield's votes for the K-bar Marine.I personally carry the Camillus Air Force with the saw teeth on the back.*Shrug* Just call me old-fashioned*G*.I've a good friend who carries a Randall:awesome!

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Postby earthworm » Sat Jun 15, 2002 9:04 am

I second Sword and Shield's votes for the K-bar Marine.I personally carry the Camillus Air Force with the saw teeth on the back.*Shrug* Just call me old-fashioned*G*.I've a good friend who carries a Randall:awesome!

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Postby Mike Sastre » Sun Jun 16, 2002 5:27 am

Love my Bagwell Hell's Belle custom!!! There is a wide range of knives that people call Bowies and size can be small to incedibly large.

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Postby Joe Talmadge » Sun Jun 16, 2002 9:54 am

Well, the answers will swing wildly, depending on whether you're thinking about a combat-utility style blade (e.g., kabar) or a more fighting-oriented blade.

I've been mulling over picking up a fighting bowie one of these days. The Hell's Belle exemplifies what I'm looking for, at least for the blade itself; unfortunately, my hands and coffin handles don't seem to get along. I'm guessing I'll end up asking a custom maker to make me a bowie that that general shape, a more hand-friendly handle, and probably maybe an S30V or 3V blade, so the edge geometry can be made scary thin. Hossom's stuff looks great but I don't think he's taking orders.

In the big working bowie class, in the under $200 class, I'll be looking at the RTAK, and the big Swamp Rat, the Trailmaster, and a couple others. For me, I have to handle all these knives first, because my hands are so particular about what they work with. I like the Trailmasters handles, but haven't handled the Swamp Rat or RTAK yet.

I don't have much use for the 6-8" combat-utility class knives. For backcountry use, I don't go with a jack-of-all-trades approach, that the kabar et al exemplify. Instead, I carry a high-performance small fixed blade (TTKK, Deerhunter, Spyderco Moran), plus an extra-big knife or hatchet for the big jobs.

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Postby Joe Talmadge » Sun Jun 16, 2002 9:55 am

Sorry about teh double-post. The software was reporting errors to me, but the posts made it through anyway. Joe

Edited by - Joe Talmadge on 6/16/2002 9:56:03 AM

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Postby earthworm » Sat Jun 22, 2002 2:09 am

Just checked this thread:apologies for triple post.

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Postby glockman99 » Sun Jun 23, 2002 2:51 pm

I have a Bill Siegle Bowie (11 inch-long, 1/4 inch-thick blade of 5160 steel, with black G-10 scales, and a full brass semi-oval hand-guard.).

This one is my favorite.

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Postby Mancer » Sun Jun 23, 2002 2:53 pm

Great, thanx for the replys, ye well im looking for something large in size (same or even larger than the gerber) and I most likely would go more for the tactical, I saw some beutiful 1s on james a keatings website, on the videos/books he sells.
He had some stunning 1s in his hands but unfortunetly I dont have a clue what they are.

many thanx guys, also before I sign off, any1 here have oppinions on the Microtech Combat talon?

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Postby crecy » Sat Jun 29, 2002 12:57 pm

When it comes to big Bowie type knives Jim, of course, likes his Crossada, and with good reason when you see him use it. In more typical Bowie fashion I know that he really likes what Rob Patton is making as well.

Rob is a Bowie instructor in Jim's program and he really has a bead on what a fighting Bowie should feel like and be able to do. Take a look at his website sometime and check out his mandrita bowie, and though you probably won't choose one as an entry level blade, it gives you something to dream about!

http://pattonknives.com



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Postby Knife Knut » Sun Jul 14, 2002 11:03 pm

I never really handled a Bowie, but my favorite (stretching the definition of a Bowie knife) is the Loveless Black Bear.

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Postby judge » Wed Jul 17, 2002 3:12 pm

I have a Matt Lamey Concealment Bowie (8" blade) which I dearly love, it´s an absolutely great knife. Serious size but slim and easy to carry IWB (got a Kenny Rowe IWB leather sheath with kydex core for it). Besides that knife, I don´t have any bowies except the Spydie Perrin "Street Bowie", which is a great knife, but a little short as a "Bowie".
Like some of the Patton knives, and I think I should buy some bowies <img src="smile.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle border=0> . One day I´ll get me one from Fisk, Hossom or Bagwell. Bruce Evans also makes nice bowies as far as I know, and is great to deal with in my experiences.

Edited by - judge on 7/17/2002 3:15:41 PM

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Postby Big-Target » Wed Aug 14, 2002 9:02 pm

I'm more of a tanto man than anything else. But here is a MMHW "Survival Bowie" that you may consider.
http://www.plan-a.org/mmhw/sb.htm

<img src="spyder.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle border=0> & MMHW just seem to go together!!!<img src="wink.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle border=0>

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Postby Rex G » Sun Aug 18, 2002 12:09 pm

I thought I didn't like coffin handles, until I tried a Hell's Belle. Bill Bagwell really does know Bowies, and Ontario does a really good job on a production basis. The balance is superb, making the knife feel much lighter than its true weight. For a handier size for carry, for skinny guys like me, the Randall #1 design, as exemplified on a production basis by the Cold Steel R1 Military Classic and ODA, are excellent. The original Randall has a sharpened clip point, whereas the CS knives are only sharpened on the primary edge. All of these knives have a handle-to-blade angle that is "just right" for me. The SEAL 2000 from SOG is also excellent, and built like a tank. Mine was given to a Special Forces soldier the week before he was deployed soon after the 9/11 attacks. My prayers are with you, compadre!


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