Western Bowie

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  1. DirtmanDave

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    Picked this up at a yard sale. Never been sharpened. Best guess it was made in either '65-'67. IMG_20180608_201045.jpg IMG_20180608_201114.jpg
     
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    Good score. I have it's brother, same condition. My wife likes mine, got it about '81. joe
     
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    I THINK the pattern was unlaminated, and rounded rosewood handles on early knives.

    Laminated, and more squarish handles later.

    Mine is early, and less clean than yours. I never got much satisfaction from the factory provided sheath. I neither liked the swivel, nor the thin leather. If you come to agree, and you may not, Harry Savage makes much better sheathes, as does Simply Rugged.

    I suspect A G Russell's "Sandbox Bowie" is considerably influenced by the W49. Man, Western made some really really cool knives.
     
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    I think it's more a 67 manufacter as it has a dangler sheath. I read somewhere that was in 67 they started with that.
     
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    That's the knife that appeared in 'Django Unchained' in the nut-cutting scene!

    Steve
     
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    I never liked the dangle thing, I took that part off mine.

    I chipped the blade pretty badly trying to chop the legs off a frozen deer at 20 below. I reground the edge and sharpened it and trimmed most of the upper guard off and shortened the lower guard a bit. I'm working on shaping the pommel hook into a hawks head shape.

    They are a bit large to carry comfortably, but I still like it.
     
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    Wow! Thats a score! My brother had one of those in the late 80's-early 90's, used as a catfish chopper on a few tons of the whiskered tasties. ;)
     
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    I have one like that as well. It’s been in storage for many years. I need to get it out and check it...
     
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    @DirtmanDave, was that at the yard sale on 183, on the left as you're heading out of town? I was at that one later Saturday (early afternoon) and heard a gentleman ask if the knives he had seen Friday were all gone. They were.:(

    Lotsa stuff at that one still Saturday! Wish I'd caught it Friday (and I could've in the evening, coming back from a motorcycle camping trip in NC, but I was in a rush to get home:17:).

    Cool Bowie! Congrats!

    Chris
     
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    It's a classic.
    I have one as well, for years and years. Seldom gets used but it's a cool classic knife and I'm glad I have it!
     
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    @Land that's the one and yes that was me that asked. They sold a lot of firearms as well but I think that may end up getting them in a fix. I think the fellow who used to own them passed and I think he may have been an FFL holder. Those firearms needed to be accountable to the ATF and a background check on the status of the buyer. I don't think that was done.
     
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    @Muleman77 yep a true classic. I've wanted to pick one up for years. Now I don't know what to do with it. When I was younger and dumber I probably would have carried it And used it. Now that I'm "older than dirt" not so much.:(
     
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    I was five feet from you when you asked! Wish I'd said hello.

    I saw a ton of S&W boxes and wondered where the guns were.

    My username is my last name, by the way. Lotsa family in Oconee County. ;)

    Chris
     
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    I have one myself. Takes a nice edge...

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    In his book, "Bowie's, Big Knives, and The Best of Battle Blades", noted fighting Bowie maker, Bill Bagwell, tells how to modify these knives into a good fighter.
    If I didn't have a Bill Bagwell/Ontario Hell's Belle, I'd be hunting one of these.
     
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    I have wanted one of these for years. Back in the late 80's I found one on the family farm and was thrilled to death, but I knew who it belonged to and took it and gave it back to the guy. There is one in a display case at our local sheriff's office along with a bunch of other "stuff". Every time the Sheriff talks about doing away with the display I mention that I will pay good money for it.
     
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    I had one in mid 80s...high school gf bought me one back then.. cool knife. I think I traded it it for a Bear recurve bow.. kinda dumb..
     
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    Was given one from my uncle. P1200015.JPG
     
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