Forrest Bowie

Product Description for Forrest Bowie

Maker: Billy Bob Sowell, M.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 95076
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 12.75 in.
Total length: 17.50 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.70 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.25 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.20 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.10 in.
Item weight: 19.60 oz.
Shipment weight: 37 oz.
Blade: W2 carbon steel with a hand rubbed satin finish
Handle: Checkered rosewood scales set on a distal tapered tang
Sheath: Leather sheath with satin finished nickel tip and throat
Description: Billy Bob Sowell of Iron Horse Forge, earned his Master Smith stamp back in 2009 and currently lives in Georgia. He worked as a locomotive engineer for Norfolk Southern Railroad for 39 years and before that was a Poseidon Missile tech on a nuclear submarine. Since childhood, knives were a fascination of his.
Billy Bob learned from some of the best in the industry. Mastersmith Rick Dunkerley taught him to make damascus and folders. Mastersmith Jim Batson taught him to make Bowies. Mastersmith Don Fogg taught him just about everything else … from heat treating to finishing. He even took Fogg’s sword class at Campbell Folk School and went to about every hammer-in that he could over the years, learning from countless presenters who helped him along the way.
Billy Bob won the award for “Best Antique Bowie by an ABS Journeyman Smith” three years in a row – making him the only maker to have won three times.
Mastersmith Billy Bob was inspired to make this Forest Style Bowie by the late Bill Williamson's book "The William R. Williamson Bowie Knife Collection." This compendium is the mainstay of Bowie knife collectors, with its wealth of information and photographs of early Bowies. This majestic knife is a replica of the cover knife from Williamson's book. Back in 1820 - 1830, Forest, a well known actor was a good friend of the Bowie brothers. It is believed that this is one of the Bowies that was gifted to him. This is a very well done rendition of the original knife.
The long, majestic blade was forged to shape from W2 carbon steel and will have exceptional edge retention. The smooth satin finish is meticulous. Hand checkered rosewood scales are set on a distal tapered tang. The distal taper in both the blade and handle results in a very comfortable balance for such a large knife. The scales are set with three hand textured nickel silver pins.
The knife is accompanied by a hand sewn leather sheath with a satin finished nickel silver tip and throat.
Exceptional fit and finish throughout.

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