Bowie Knife

If you look up this knife on the Internet it will inform you that such a knife is a fixed-blade fighting knife. Let’s take a look at the story of the Bowie knife.

It was on September 19, 1827, when a man named Jim Bowie got into a duel with a banker in Alexandria, Louisiana which unfortunately turned fatal for the banker. An early version of the famous Bowie knife was used in this duel when the banker was killed. This type of knife was actually invented by Jim Bowie’s brother Rezin Bowie who came up with the design after he was nearly killed in a knife fight.

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The Bowie brothers were known to be fighters and often wound up participating in violent duels. In the early nineteenth century, most frontiersmen preferred using knives instead of guns when it came to fighting. Once invented the Bowie knife quickly became popular and most often the knife of choice for men who wanted to fight to the death.

Even though designs varied the typical Bowie knife has a 9 – to 15 – inch blade which was sharp only on one side with a curved tip sharpened to a point on both sides. The double-edged tip made this knife a dangerous stabbing weapon. The dull-edge that was combined with a brass handguard let the fighters slide their hands down over the blade if needed. It was what most westerners reached for before the reliable rapid-fire revolver came along during the post-Civil War period.


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