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Bowie knives played a vital role in the daily activities of early American settlers, being as important as their rifles and axes.
Bowies were originally designed as a fighting knife, but were also used on the trail for survival and as a camp knife. Although Ruana Bowies are made for heavy use, they have become increasingly popular as collector items. Many customers consider the Bowies works of art and display them in their homes. All Bowies come with a Standard Bowie Sheath.
29 A-Junior Bowie
—Blade: 6 1⁄2”, 1⁄4” stock, with parry strip. Handle: 4 1⁄2”; cast aluminum with elk antler inserts. The smallest Bowie offered. Carried by several U. S. Troops in Vietnam. Also handy for camping.
30 A-Deluxe Bowie
—Blade: 9 1⁄2”, 5/16” stock, with parry strip. Handle: 4 7⁄8”; cast aluminum with elk antler inserts. Slim blade combined with easy to hold finger grip handle make this an excellent combat and survival knife. Our best selling Bowie.
31 B-Early American Bowie
—Blade: 11 1⁄2”, 5/16” stock. Handle: 5 1⁄2”; brass guard, full tang, elk antler slabs with brass rivets. Style popular in England from 1830’s on. An elegant Bowie useful for heavy duty chores.
33 B-Classic Bowie
—Blade:14”, 3/8” stock, with parry strip. Handle: 5 3⁄4”; brass guard, elk antler with brass rivet and recessed brass butt cap. Replica of knife possibly carried by James Bowie (original was lost at the Alamo). This brute of a Bowie is the largest knife in our brochure.
35 B-Standard Bowie
—Blade: 9 1⁄2”, 3/8” stock, with parry strip. Handle: 5 1⁄2”; cast aluminum with elk antler inserts. Designed as a combat knife, but also popular with outdoor enthusiasts.
38 C-Civil War Bowie
—Blade: 12”, 3/8” stock, with parry strip. Handle: 5 3⁄4”; brass guard, with elk antler and brass butt cap. Longtime Bowie pattern used before and during the Civil War.
41D-Mexican Border Bowie
—Blade: 10”, 3/8” stock, with parry strip. Handle: 5 1⁄2”, brass guard, with elk antler and brass butt cap. Bowie popular on the Mexican border.
42 D-Toothpick Bowie
—Blade: 9 1⁄2”, 5/16” stock. Handle: 5”, brass guard, with elk antler and brass butt cap. Early southeastern Bowie with a unique blade shape.
43 D-Arkansas Toothpick Bowie
—Blade: 9 1⁄2”, 5/16” stock, with parry strip. Handle: 5”, brass guard, with elk antler and brass butt cap. Another toothpick type Bowie with streamlined blade.
CB CK-Custom Brass Camp Knife
—Blade: 9”, 5/16” stock, with file work on top. Handle: 5”, brass guard, micarta and brass spacers, with elk antler and brass butt cap. Introduced in 2001, this handsome Bowie / Camp Knife works well on the den wall or in camp.
Each Ruana Bowie blade is forged from heavy chrome alloy spring steel, and ground with an edge angle that is excellent for chopping and other heavy duty use. Several Bowie models contain a braze welded brass parry strip on top of the blade that was originally intended as a fighting tool, with the hope that a knife fighter’s opponent would sink their Bowie blade into the softer brass strip and enable the fighter with the parry strip to disarm their opponent. The parry strip on Ruana Bowies is intended for decorative purposes.
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