Designed by Colonel James Bowie and created by James Black, the original Bowie Knife is a massive part of the legend of the “Old West”, that’s still as sought after in modern times. The first Bowie Knife was made famous by Jim Bowie during the 1827 “Sandbar Fight” in Mississippi.
The best Bowie’s are longer than 6 inches and have a sharp, wide blade. They are longer and heavier than daggers, but shorter than sabers.
The idea to go by is: “it must be long enough to use as a sword, sharp enough to use as a razor, wide enough to use as a paddle, and heavy enough to use as a hatchet.”