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D-Guard Bowie Knife


This knife was popular during the Civil War for its all-purpose capabilities and use as an effective backup weapon. Countered wood grip. Leather sheath included. Overall 23 inches. Arrives sharpened from the factory.


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Popular in the Confederacy during the Civil War for its all-purpose capabilities, the D-Guard Bowie chopped branches, split logs, sliced saplings and even had its way with a Yankee or two. A soldier on the move learned to travel light, so a handmade Bowie was often treasured as a backup weapon when the entire cavalry were "under the guns."

The steel guard on our D Guard Bowie can withstand punishment and the massive, high carbon steel blade holds an edge well. Re-enactors use it to dig cannon emplacements! Grip is contoured wood with light stain. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts. Includes leather sheath with metal furniture. Arrives sharpened from the factory.

Can be personalized with up to 3 initials. Click here for details on our personalization service and return policy.


Attribute nameAttribute value
Overall Length23"
Blade Length18"
Blade Width1-5/8"
Blade Thickness3/16"
Weight1 lb / 5 oz
MaterialHIgh Carbon
EdgeFactory Sharpened


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D-Guard Bowie
All in all mine was good. It was not loose at all as has been mentioned by other people. It was not stored with any rust protection so it has some pitting but an acceptable amount. Welds on the scabbard mounts are a bit pitted. Everything considered It's worth the money if you catch it on the daily special. If you do the pirate thing at the faires it makes a great secondary to your cutlass.
- Jeffery, December 04, 2021 | Verified Purchase
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+blade +scabbard -hilt
There's a big slot where the blade sits and mine had a small crack where they hammered the peen. the finish on the guard and fittings on the scabbard were rough and had marks all over. You pay for what you get I suppose. Hard to index the edge unless getting the pinkie on that prominence at the bottom of the handle. Blade and scabbard were great though, just really wish they'd care about the hilt.
- Irahi, October 28, 2021
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Great gift
This knife was purchased for my brother who collects civil war weapons. He was impressed with the detail and quality of this replica.
- Gary, June 27, 2021 | Verified Purchase
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Civil War Bowie
I’ve always wants a D guard Bowie, so when AC put them on sale I decide to buy one.  I had it in graves & sharpened,  I’m pleased with it.  It’s a working knife.  The quality is good for the price point.
- Dennis, March 31, 2020 | Verified Purchase
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Continued- above review 1917 bowie...
1917 bowie continued
I took the grip piece off the knife to see the tang. The guard is probably soldered but could be welded to the tang/blade. Very solid and showed no sign of looseness and wasn't going to budge. Tang itself is solid 1 inch and 1/4" thick, same as the blade. The rosewood grip is a hard and solid piece of wood. Fits well on the knife and in the hand, as is.  Maybe it will be customised with a white bone or other substance, just cuz I can and like to customise my knives- but it really doesnt look like it "needs" to be replaced..The bone/ivory look appeals to me..  I was impressed, and Ive dealt with a few bowies and other large
knives.... In solidity and striking power I rate it up with the Windlass kukri Ive used for much of my adult life as a mtn/camp knife. Whether or not the steel is as good or better than the standard kukri remains to be seen.
This is a beautiful example of a heavy, large bowie. Solid quality!
- Ranald, March 07, 2020
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Bought this for nothing more than display. Always liked the D-guard cutlass type blades. Don't know how well it would stand up to actual use, but, as part of a collection, it looks great and does feel nice in the hand.
- Brian, March 01, 2020 | Verified Purchase
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Had mine more than 4 years
Good quality large knife.  Holds an edge well.  I have opened pellet bags with it by the thrust and slice method; very satisfactory.  More than a stage prop.  Wild hog had 2 arrows in it.  Had nothing else; finished it with the D guard Bowie.
- Paul, March 30, 2019
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D guard
Great knife, sturdy & beautiful
- Dana, November 09, 2018 | Verified Purchase
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Generally has a good feel and balance and is reasonably accurate historically , including the thin slippery, round handle. It could be used as a weapon for thrusting and slashing and also serve as a field tool.
The guard seems a little oversized, but does allow for 2 handed use.
Unknown are the width of the tang and whether it is 1 piece or welded or deferentially heat treated from the blade. Judging by the crude peened end of the tang it is very thin.
As a weapon of choice I would pass on it, too awkward and potentially weak. It would be nice if Windlass would make a combat version with full exposed tang, etc in the same price rang.
4 stars as a replica, 2 stars as a weapon.
- Wallace, April 22, 2018 | Verified Purchase
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It is a good knife overall but too many blemish marks on the hilt guard and there is no belt attachment on the sheath.  The sheath could at least use a button or protrusion to attach a frog which could be used for attachment to a belt.
- Daniel, November 17, 2016 | Verified Purchase
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WOW, This knife was so much more than I expected for the price!  It's heavy, well made and my husband loved his initials on it. I've never seen him so happy over a gift before! He does reenactments, and said everyone liked the knife. THANK YOU from Florida
- Kathryn, December 10, 2014 | Verified Purchase
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Aside from being unsightly, a bad guard-to-blade joint is a sign of poor crftsmanship.

Fixing the wide gaps in the guard-to-blade joint, and having the joint silver-soldered would improve the knife considerably and should be considered by Windlass in future manufacturing quality improvement.

The bad guard to blade fit allows moisture and crud to enter into the handle and potentially cause rust at the critical joint.  A soldered guard would make the joint stronger.

- Bohdan, May 07, 2013
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- Margaret, May 24, 2010
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