Recommendation? Looking for a bowie

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by upstate88, Feb 6, 2020.

  1. upstate88


    Dec 18, 2014
    I am in the market for a new knife, and was hoping to get some recommendations. I live in Oregon and spend a lot of time living out of a pack in the back country. Hunting and fishing is my game. Currently a cutco drop point hunting knife lives in my pack, but I am looking for something a bit more fun. It has to be small enough to actually use on game, as the only other knife I carry is a gerber skinner (the little guy with changeable blades).

    - I am not a pro with a sharpener (learning, and have some threads up)
    - trying to stay away from recurves
    - 4" at the lowest end
    - Bowie-ish style would be cool
    - under $250
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  2. gadunz


    Dec 4, 2012
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  3. CVamberbonehead


    Nov 6, 2017
    How about the Case bowie knife? A Buck 119 would be a handy size as well.
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  4. NapalmCheese

    NapalmCheese Basic Member Basic Member

    Aug 24, 2006
    I've field dressed and butchered deer with a Cold Steel SRK, it's a clip point blade reminiscent of Sheffield Bowie. Falkniven has something similar. I own, but have not field dressed with a Buck 119; but I know people have. The Puma Bowie in 440c is a little spendy but very pretty.

    Something like a Cold Steel Trail Master seems really cool, but way to big for field dressing (or most any other chore) in my opinion.

    I often opine that I could field dress a deer with a saber or a piece of glass, but given my druthers I'll take something with a thinnish, narrowish, 3.5 - 5 inch blade. So if I'm going to recommend a Bowie type blade for hunting, I'll recommend something on the smaller side.
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  5. not2sharp

    not2sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 1999
    You should check out Bill Siegle’s work. He is also based in Oregon and specializes in Bowies, camp and utility/bushcraft knives. I am sure that he can come up with something nice for you.

    He is a member here and has a sub-forum on this site.
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  6. fielder


    Jan 25, 2011
    Puma Sedona?
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  7. BP_

    BP_ Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 26, 2015
    Buck. Plenty to choose from.

    113, 192, 102, 117, 105 would be my suggestions to start. :thumbsup:
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  8. fonedork

    fonedork Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Yeah I was gonna say Buck 119, also Silver knights has a Buck 212 in D2
  9. lieferung


    May 24, 2016
    At your price point I definitely agree with Currawong and say go custom. Lots of lovely bowies in that range are on the custom maker's forum.
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  10. kaos 13

    kaos 13

    Apr 30, 2019
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  11. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    Buck 124, C559A98E-1546-4B4E-819A-7FBC11B690AC.jpeg
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  12. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
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  13. gazz98

    gazz98 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2008
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  14. Velitrius

    Velitrius Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2000
    Custom makers section of the exchange is where you should look.

    With your criteria and budget, you're bound to find something great.

    If not, work with one of the makers and get what you really want.
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  15. P D

    P D

    Dec 29, 2019
    Check out the VTB Von Tempsky 11" Bowie from Svord. It is a 16.5" knife with a 11" Swedish High Carbon Tool Steel blade having a super convex edge. Weighs 27.3 oz. Comes with a brass tip leather sheath. It's a badass bowie with a cool history dating back to 1863. I have it in my collection, however it's a "Limited Edition" thereby too nice to use.

    I am excited about my new Pohl Force MK8 knife replica seen in the "Ramo : Last Blood" movie.


    Don't have this in hand yet …. my order is being shipped all the way from Dietmar Pohl's shop in Germany.
  16. metaxasm

    metaxasm Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 14, 2002
    The Fallkniven A1 is one of my favorite outdoor knives. It can be had in your price range with a leather sheath and the convex edge is easy to maintain in the field. If I was getting a Bowie for the style, Cold Steel has a few.
  17. Velitrius

    Velitrius Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2000
    Big auction site might have a Camillus Fisk OVB Bowie.

    I have a couple of them. They carry like they're made of smoke.

    Keep an eye out. Well worth the cash.
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  18. upstate88


    Dec 18, 2014
    I have a 45% off pro deal with buck. A 124 for $120 with free shipping?
  19. bigsurbob

    bigsurbob Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 10, 2016
    Custom from the BF exchange. I window shop constantly and there are always knives for everybody. And/or work with a maker to get something truly customized for you. That's almost as fun as using the knife! Good luck on the Bowie hunt. Good one.
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