Gorgeous Custom JJ McGovern Bowie Knife Great Burl Walnut 440C Satin Polished 11" Blade w/filework 16" oal.. $450 shpd w/sheath
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The concept of the Bowie knife was born in the now nearly mythical, but true Sandbar Fight near Natchez, Mississippi in 1827 where Jim Bowie, acting as a second, put his big knife to effective use. He also carried it at the Alamo in in 1837 where the weapon's immortality was sealed.Hi @SAFARIKIDD ,
I'm not interested to buy this knife, but would love to ask you a few questions about it. Before you posted this one and several other knives of the same caliber, I did not know these kind of knives existed. What I mean is these very large, almost short-sword length hunting/combat knives. In your expert opinion, do these knives serve a practical purpose, or are they more of a collectable or show case for the skills of a knife maker? Just to be clear, I do not ask this in jest, but very honestly instead.
Apologies to the OP for the thread derailment here but I read this book a while back and found it really interesting. Larger than life characters for sureThe concept of the Bowie knife was born in the now nearly mythical, but true Sandbar Fight near Natchez, Mississippi in 1827 where Jim Bowie, acting as a second, put his big knife to effective use. He also carried it at the Alamo in in 1837 where the weapon's immortality was sealed.
The Sandbar Fight, Mississippi – Legends of AmericaThe Sandbar Fight occurred just north of Natchez, Mississippi on a sandbar in the Mississippi River on September 19, 1827.www.legendsofamerica.com
His probably did not have the clip point, but by the Civil War the form was mature, and in all its forms it served to the end of America's frontier period. If you look at the Marine Corps Kaybar, the soul of the Bowie soldiers on.
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And any JJ McGovern blade is a superb thing.
That is a very lovely looking blade too. Make it double edged and you have something that resembles a forerunner of the Fairbairn-Sykes.As the time frame drifted from the Sand Bar fight it seemed that almost any large knife got the Bowie name attached to it and while this one is said to be an English dirk, Von Tempsky did spend time in the california gold fields and was influenced by the knives he saw there, so I believe it to have been more inspired by that when he was a leader of the Forest Rangers here in New Zealand during the Moari wars. He had a blacksmith make a dozen of these for his men. Only one was known to have survived and in the years after the wars one old veteran was still using his as his every day carry knife although it had had an inch or two broken (or cut) from the tip and is in the photo with this artical. I have a couple of pieces of Moa bone (extinct NZ bird larger than ostrich) that I had thought to use for the handle if I get round to making one..View attachment 515380