of the Bowie Knives.
Jim Bowie was an
adventurer, a commercial, a farmer and an opportunist landowner, who, with
his brother Rezin, developed his activities in Tennessee, Louisiana,
Mississippi and Texas.
His hability with knives was a legend, and his death
was heroical, because he fought until the end against the Mexican soldiers
who attacked "El Alamo".
Bowie gave to its name to the knives bowie
and his brother Rezin had a great debility for good knives. It is proved
that both of them adquired numerous exemplaries from the best artesans of
knives of that time, some of them conserved till our days as testimony of
About the true form of
the original Bowie knife, or at least about the one that Bowie had when
defending his life against the troops of General Santana, very few is known,
but there are some speculations more or less true and valided. It is true
that, far more before his famous duel in 1827, it was common between the
inhabitants of those wild and convulsed territories, the use, for defense
and combat, of knives with big dimensions, with blades between 9 and 12
inches long, made by manufacturers of instruments for surgery, or by
blacksmiths of campaign, depending on the case.
the new of the duel, those enormous knives were popularly known as "Knives
like the Bowie´s one", sentence that short after will change into a
easier name: "Bowie knives"..
knives of the famous manufacture Muela.
doesn´t exist an exact pattern to define the characteristics of a true
bowie, but we can affirm that they are great knives, with double defences
and with blades of more than 7 inches long (18 cm) and important thickness.
They can vary the forms of their blades, but they can be classified into two
big groups: those that have a cut or "clip" at its end, and those
that end as a lance, although they existed other blades with almost straight
sides and curved and ascendant sharper, till they arrive to the sharpened
Bowie knife, that was made in North-American territories, varied from very
fine pieces,, made by artesans whose principal job was the creation of
instruments for surgery, to very coarse and robust pieces, improvised by
simple blacksmiths from the frontier.
the period between 1820-1830, they were already found in New World
territories, representants of Rodgers and Shon, the most important factory
of knives in Sheffield (England), trying to find new markets, offering their
lines of very fine pocket knives, and other of their goods, like hunting
knives of regular dimensions, that were habitually produced in the far
Sheffield. When these merchants entered in those new and wild regions that
started to spread and to inhabite Westwards, they discovered that there was
already there a more interesting and virgin to explode commerce: the
inhabitants of those territories wanted knives "like the Bowie´s".
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