Dating western bowie knives

dating western bowie knives

How do you identify a Western Bowie knife?

The blade is stamped with just the single word “WESTERN” in all capital letters parallel to the spine on the left side of the blade. There are two small fuller grooves on each side. These knives (the #18 and clones) are incorrectly called the V44 Marine Raider Bowie knife.

How do you date a Western knife?

Its stamped as follows: Main blade front = WESTERN USA, Main blade back = S-244 STAINLESS, Secondary blades on back = S. Ive read about Westerns process of using letter codes starting with A in 1977 to date knives.

When was the first Western Bowie knife made?

Yes, that is one the first post-WW2 bowies made by Western. 1964 to late 1965/early 1966. Actually, at the time these were produced, the model was simply called the Western Bowie Knife, with no model number assigned, at least in marketing literature.

What is a W49 Bowie knife?

The first post-WW2 “W49” Bowie knife version was simply designated as the Western Bowie knife in advertising. W49 was only used in-house as a stock number. The ricasso stamps are (inverted) on the pile (right) side.

What kind of blade does a Western Bowie have?

(See Version #5, Western Bowie #3 above) This Western W49 has a curved Delrin “stag” handle, with the standard high carbon chromium-vanadium blade. This particular example has an “H” year code stamp, indicating it was made in 1984, the last year of Platt family ownership.

What is the shape of a bowie knife?

The back itself gradually increases in weight of metal as it approaches the hilt, on which a small guard is placed. The Bowie knife, therefore, has a curved, keen point; is double-edged for the space of about two inches [5 cm] of its length, and when in use, falls with the weight of a bill hook.

Do all Western Bowie knives have a dangler?

Most of these knives came with a dangler-less sheath. BUT….. during the summer of 1968, Western specifically started advertising that the W49 Bowie (Name and Model now the same) had the new “Swing sheath”, featuring the dangler.

Are Bowie knives still popular?

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. The early history of the Bowie knife is complicated by murky definitions, limited supporting documentation, and conflicting claims.

What is a W49 Bowie blade?

This W49 Bowie by Western Cutlery features a mirror polished bowie blade with a sharpened top edge, 0.166 blade stock and 2.124 blade depth, full tang construction. The handle has a brass s-guard, wood scales with brass pins. Comes with a brown leather sheath. Guard stamped WESTERN U.S.A. W49.

What does W49 mean on a knife?

It is blade marked: WESTERN / USA / W49 with the letter A which signifies the first year that Western implemented the alphabetical date code (1977). It was also the last year that Western manufactured their knives in Boulder, Colorado. In 1978 the company moved to Longmont, CO.

When was the first Western Bowie knife made?

Yes, that is one the first post-WW2 bowies made by Western. 1964 to late 1965/early 1966. Actually, at the time these were produced, the model was simply called the Western Bowie Knife, with no model number assigned, at least in marketing literature.

How do you identify a Western Bowie knife?

The blade is stamped with just the single word “WESTERN” in all capital letters parallel to the spine on the left side of the blade. There are two small fuller grooves on each side. These knives (the #18 and clones) are incorrectly called the V44 Marine Raider Bowie knife.

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