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Old 03-10-2010, 03:52 PM   #1
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So, all input welcome.....

I need ideas for an historically accurate cowboy knife. No man made handle materials, but I'll compromise on the steel.

It should be an all around campfire knife, rugged for cowboy chores, but long enough to fend off desperados should the need arise.

Most custom bowies I've looked at are shortswords, and more attention is placed on furniture than function.

What say you, pardners?

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I was going to say Bowie. The modern ones do seem to be cosmetic. I have seen some knives at Sportsman's Giude with stag handles. Probably faux stag.

I bet Francisco knows of some cowboy knives. They have cowboys in Argentina.

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Now that's a knife...
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Oooh, and $1000 off, too.

Cowboys aren't wealthy. And if I spent that much, nothing left for the horse.
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Take a look at these knives: ML Knives Custom Made Knives hand forged in the USA Hunting Bowies

They are really good performers, I love their looks and they are well priced. They are quite popular with outdoorsmen who like classic knives with a frontier feel. I highly recommend them.

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So, all input welcome.....

I need ideas for an historically accurate cowboy knife. No man made handle materials, but I'll compromise on the steel.

It should be an all around campfire knife, rugged for cowboy chores, but long enough to fend off desperados should the need arise.

Most custom bowies I've looked at are shortswords, and more attention is placed on furniture than function.

What say you, pardners?
Benning,

If you want a historically accurate cowboy knife you can look at the Bowies or an Arkansas toothpick as both were well used. Most of the real world historical knives were handmade by a blacksmith and pretty much unique to size and blade shape as specified by the smith or the customer who ordered one made. If you’re looking to make on for cowboy action shooting or re-enactors then I have a suggestion. Go to a junk yard and pick up a single leaf spring from a truck. Sketch the shape and size of your knife on the leaf spring with chalk or paint and cut it out with a saw. When you have the rough blank crank up your grinder and carefully, VERY CARFULLY, start grinding out the knife blade and tang. Then grind down the blade to where you can sharpen it with a proper sharpener. Decide if you want wood grips or bone or horn or whatever and shape them to the tang, You can drill the tang and using 10 penny nails make your own rivets to hold the grips on. Sounds hard but it really isn’t. I learned this from a “grito” from the Philippines who make their own knives. The steel from a car leaf spring holds an amazing edge. Now you have an authentic knife you can be proud to have and use.
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