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How to Buy a Bowie Knife

Learn how to buy a bowie knife in this Howcast video with expert Dan Delavan.


Hi, my names Dan Delavan, I'm the owner/operator of Plaza Cutlery in Costa Mesa, California.

We have a great selection, we also have a website, and today we're going to be talking about knives. Bowie knives, in general today, are used for camp and some people will use them for backpacking. We have them come in all the time and try to tell them, it's too heavy.

Don't take a bowie knife and some listen, some don't. But you want to usually use it as camp knife. It's not a knife, that in most cases, we're going to use. They were invented as a fighting type knife and a camp knife. So you want a stronger knife, you don't want to get anything where the blade is really thing unless it's just for decoration. Some of your custom makers make some really fancy ones so you can get some more elaborate ones, but in reality if you're spending a couple thousand or more for it, probably not going to use it. So then it doesn't matter to much.

But if you're actually going to use it, usually you want around a quarter inch stock. High carbon steel of some type. Some of the better stainlessess in your 154 CMs, ats 34s, s30bs all work out really well. Good bowie knifes gonna run a couple hundred dollars. You know most of them that are less that 200 dollars, usually the quality's not that good. They're usually made in China, Pakistan, and those are pretty much all poor quality. There's one company, Hanwei, out of China that is up in their quality, but I don't believe they've done any bowie knives yet. If it's more of a decorative bowie just for collecting and so forth, there are remakes of some of the old english bowies and so forth.

The makers pretty much all know what they're doing and they've been trained, by usually another knife maker, so they know what they're doing.

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