Primitive Bowie Knife


This knife has a high carbon steel blade. Features a hardwood grip, a brass guard and a brass strip on spine. Overall 18-1/2 inches.
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Early Bowie knives were large, tough and sharp! Despite the size of this Bowie, the overall weight is only 1-1/2 lbs. But don't let the weight fool you; we cut down a 4" sapling in no time and the blade would still shave. Blade has a needle point. The hardwood grip is 5-1/4" and the brass guard is 4-3/4". Brass strip on spine is an intentional device designed to catch the edge of an attacker's blade during a parry.

Made by Windlass Steelcrafts

Can be sharpened and personalized for additional fees. Click here for details on our personalization service and return policy.


Products specifications
Overall Length 18-1/2"
Blade Length 13"
Blade Width 2-3/8"
Blade Thickness 3/16"
Weight 1 b / 8 oz
Material High Carbon
Edge Unsharpened
Sharpening Available


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Primitive Powie
Great Piece of Work - Excellent Display Piece
- John, August 12, 2019 | Verified Purchase
Almost Excellent
I've purchased and physically compared this knife to the made in Pakistan low end lookalike and the brand name famous movie designer version and found this to be by far the best constructed of the batch that would outperform any of the rest.  The only shortcoming was in the feel of the handle, with the brand name knife far more comfortable in the hand.  On the other hand, the brand name knife has a blade that's welded onto a hidden tang, so all bets are on this one for performance.  Oh, the three versions of the brand name are all pricier than this well forgerged classic.
- Michael, June 06, 2019
Primitive Bowie Knife
Nice knife, could clean the blade a little better before shipping
- Alan, January 05, 2019 | Verified Purchase
I am really impressed with this knife the way it feels and for such a large knife for me it is really well balanced-great product
- William, September 13, 2018
A little slice of history, I think
It is what I imagine a blacksmith in the 1840;s pioneer world would make as a combat knife, given the bowie's ancestry as a large butcher knife modified with quillions and clip point.
The exaggerated point would slice well in battle but would probably get damaged or get in the way when used as a camp knife.
I have reservations about the strength of the tang  and its connection to the blade, but that is a compromise for aesthetics and historical accuracy. It seems more prone to rust than other Windlass products.

I wanted it as an extreme form of bowie for my collection and it fits that bill fine in the price range.

As a combat or field knife I would rate it a little lower but think it would be serviceable. Note- the software wouldn't let me give it 4 stars.
- Wallace, April 22, 2018 | Verified Purchase
Very impressive. Well finished.
- duncan, September 09, 2017 | Verified Purchase
Wow! Got it sharpened. Razor! Surprisingly nimble in the hand. Like it a lot.
- charles, February 13, 2017 | Verified Purchase
Just  received  it-excellent  blade,  sharpens well,  seems  to keep  edge  well, fittings  are  tight, suprisingly deft  and  balanced  for the  size, handle  is  not  full tang, I  drilled  a  hole for a lanyard, but  not  unexpected, cutting  tests-this  knife  slashed  through 2' limbs with  ease, no scratches  on  blade  afterward-so  far this seems  like a  well  made  large bowie,  well  worth the  price
- Janus, May 23, 2014 | Verified Purchase
This is nothing like the "Primitive Knife" that is sold on Amazon and Ebay. That Primitive is of poor quality with a sheath that is worse. No comparison.

This version of the "Western Bowie" has the best feel out of all the others. It is a huge knife but feels light and handles well. The swedge can be sharpened for the back cut, it does not need to be razor sharp like the main edge as it is the clip point that produces the main damage. This is a great knife if you are looking for an "Iron Mistress" type design. It handles amazingly well for a knife of this size.
- Robert, August 14, 2011
Good looking knife. Better looking than any of the knives invented by Rezin Bowie for his psychopathic brother James.
It should make a good utility camp knife and small machette.
- martha, December 27, 2009

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Products specifications
Overall Length 18-1/2"
Blade Length 13"
Blade Width 2-3/8"
Blade Thickness 3/16"
Weight 1 b / 8 oz
Material High Carbon
Edge Unsharpened
Sharpening Available
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