The Best Bowie Knife
The Bowie Knife is a large knife, most blades measure between 6 and 24 inches. There are a number of reasons to use a Bowie Knife; hunting, combat or defense and survival. The following knives are some of the best Bowie knives available today.
Cold Steel Natchez Bowie 01 Steel Knife
This Cold Steel Bowie knife is perfect for battle. It has a large blade and a great shape that is optimal for reach, strength and leverage. Plus, it is well balanced and for ease of use. This knife is extremely sharp and will cut just like a razor, pierce like a dagger and even chop like a cleaver.
Measuring 18.1 by 4.4 by 2 inches and weighing 1.4 pounds this knife offers top of the line materials and craftsmanship. The blade measures 11-3/4 inches and is made of a SK-5 High Carbon Steel, it has been vacuum heat-treated. This heat-treated steel is not cheap, in fact it is quite expensive, but it is worth it because the knife is almost indestructible.
The handle measures 5-3/8 inches and is about 8 MM thick. It is made of a black linen Micarta. The design is easily adaptable for a number of different gripping styles. This handle boosts the overall performance of the knife. Plus, there is also a double guillon, a stainless steel pommel and bolster.
Alongside this Natchez Bowie knife is a scabbard made of black leather. It is a high quality leather with nice stitching and rivets made of nickel-silver. There is also a belt peg, so users can place it under their belt or in the waistband without losing it.
Ka-Bar Becker BK9 Combat Bowie Fixed Blade Knife
Becker has been making top notch knives for thirty plus years. They use survival training and military experience to design the most optimal knives, with high performance and less fatigue.
This BK9 combines a Bowie blade with an Esta-Loc ergonomic handle. The handle is known for its comfort and durability, even when being used during long periods of time.
Made from a 1095 CroVan carbon steel, this thinly ground blade is 3/16 inches thick and nine inches long. It has a thin edge and deep mid-section, allowing for control and preciseness. There is some jimping and a thumb ramp for a good grip.
The handle has Givory slabs on both sides with a visible full tang construction. It is made of a nylon filled with fiber glass, which is held securely with three nuts and bolts. These can be removed for maintenance and cleaning. This knife is both strong and comfortable with the ergonomic design.
There is an extended tang with this knife. This means that the full tang sticks out at the bottom of the knife handle. The purpose of this is to help with smashing, breaking or hammering glass.
Overall the BK9 is a solid knife with a good balance and quality blade. The only downside is the Grivory handle. It can become slippery and difficult to handle under certain conditions. However, it can be easily changed with Micarta replacement handles.
Timber Rattler Western Outlaw Bowie Knife
For under $30 this is the most affordable Bowie knife reviewed in this article. At 17 by 4.5 by 1.5 inches, this affordable knife is well built and a pleasant surprise for a low cost. It is full tang and rugged enough to handle even the toughest of jobs.
This is a big knife, the blade measures 11-3/8 inches, do not be fooled by the photos. Some people feel that it is too much knife. Even though it is large it offers users a good balance and comes with a sharp blade. However, it could stand for a bit of honing. For safety, there is a plated brass guard, to protect from any accidents.
The blade is made of stainless steel, which is strong, easy to clean and maintain. On the downside it is not easy to sharpen. However, this knife is not designed to be a precision knife, it serves better as a camping and survival knife. If it carries a medium sharpness on the blade it should still work well for all of your needs.
Accompanying the blade is a wooden handle, made of a grey hardwood, with a comfortable grip. It also comes with a holster made of genuine leather that is well designed and a good snug fit for the knife. This knife is effective for hacking; it is able to split logs and even cut down smaller trees.