A Bowie knife is a style of fixed-blade knife first popularized by Colonel James "Jim" Bowie in the early 19th Century. It was first made by James Black, although its common use refers to any large sheath knife with a clip point.

The Jim Bowie knife first became famous due to Bowie's use of a large knife at a duel known as the Sandbar Fight. The knife pattern is still popular with collectors, in addition to various knife manufacturing companies there are hundreds of custom knife makers producing Bowies and variations.

Bowie knife in 1632Edit

Several Up-timers owned Bowie knives. Among them was Harry Lefferts, who, while in Paris, used his knife in a second duel with a musketeer who accused Harry for being a coward by relying on unfairly superior American firearms. Lefferts's use of his Bowie knife matched against the musketeer's main gauche. The end result had been thoroughly fatal and incredibly messy for the musketeer.[1]


  1. 1634: The Galileo Affair