Anyone know old US fighting/bowie knives?
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    Anyone know old US fighting/bowie knives?

    Picked up a few knives some time ago and have been having trouble ID'ing them. Any experts on knives that that could point me in the right direction I'd appreciate it. All I can gather is that they are bowie style, which was designed in 1830 and popular during the Civil War.

    US Stamped Sheath. Knife handle is wrapped in leather string. Missing pommel. Blade has taken on rust/leather from being stored in the sheath.
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    Not as much interested in this one yet. Looks heavily ground down and mill marks on the blade? Maybe lead pommel.
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    I don't know if that is an issued version or not, but the knife itself kind of reminds me of early Navy knives that were issued during WWII.
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    The second one looks like it may have been a Western brand knife withaluminum pommel. It appears to have been sharpened a lot.

    Are there any markings on the first knife? I could be wrong, but contrary to the US stamps, I don't think it was ever a standard issue knife but probably a homemade or modified one.

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    Good lead on the 2nd one being western brand, very similar. I'd have to agree that the first knife is probably homemade/repair and not usgi issue. Can't find any maker marks on either knife.

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    The top one looks like a theater made knife. Anybody with the necessary skills and access to a slack belt or grinder could knock out a decent enough knife for carrying around, and many did. You'll see them made out of swords, bayonets, leaf springs or any decent quality steel, with varying levels of fit and finish. Some look like hell, but others look like the work of truly artful individuals.

    Neat pieces of history, regardless, and a fun avenue for collecting.
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    You beat me to the reply on this one, run across several of these recently, just like you said, theatre made knives. Cobbled together out of whatever they could find.

 

 

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