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Bowie knife
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"Bowie knife"
Type Fighting knife
Place of origin Arkansas, U.S.
Production history
Designer James Bowie
Designed 1830
Produced 1830-present
Specifications
Length 12–18 inches (30–46 cm)
Blade length 5–12 inches (13–30 cm)

Blade type Clip-point

A Bowie knife is a pattern of fixed-blade fighting knife created by James Black in the early 19th century for Jim Bowie, who had become famous for his use of a large knife at a duel known as the Sandbar Fight.

Since the first incarnation, the Bowie knife has come to incorporate several recognizable and characteristic design features. The knife pattern is still popular with collectors; in addition to various knife manufacturing companies there are hundreds of custom knife makers producing Bowie knives with different types of steel and variations.

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