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United Gil Hibben Old West Bowie Knife 14" Mirror-Polish Blade, Hardwood Handles - GH5013

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Part Number: UCGH5013
Manufacturer: United Cutlery
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UCGH5013: Gil Hibben | Old West Bowie
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This knife is an actual copy of a typical Bowie knife of the 1830s. The story of the Bowie began on a sandbar of the Mississippi River above Natchez, Mississippi on September 19, 1827. A brawl that eventually involved Col. James "Jim" Bowie, who, having been shot and stabbed, successfully defended himself killing Major Norris Wright and wounding Alfred Blanchard with what onlookers described as a "large butcher knife." This and other tales of Bowie's abilities with a knife led to the widespread popularity of what became known as the "Bowie" knife. Bowie joined the Texas militia at the beginning of the Texas Revolution. In January 1836, he arrived at the Alamo, where he led volunteer forces until an illness confined him to bed. When the Mexican forces became too strong to hold back, the Texans retreated to the interior of the Alamo where all but two were shot and killed. Legend has it that Bowie died in his bed, knife at his side, after emptying his pistols into numerous Mexican soldiers.

This elegant recreation offers a hardwood handle accented by the gold-plated blade catcher and guard which are reminiscent of the styling of original Bowies. The classic blade is constructed from 420 Stainless steel and features a crisp mirror finish. Included is a genuine leather sheath with brass plated star.

  • Overall Length: 20 1/2”
  • Blade Length: 14”
  • Blade Thickness: 3/16”
  • Tang: Push tang
  • Blade Material: 420 Stainless Steel
  • Handle Material: Hardwood
  • Handcrafted in China

UPC Code: 760729501300

Leather Sheath
Leather Sheath
Leather is known for its durability and traditional appeal. When compared to kydex it is preferred for its silence when bumped against other objects, as well as blade retention.
Wood Handles
Wood Handles
Provides a traditional, natural look and feel to a modern tool. Wood absorbs shock well and is popular in axe handles.
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Richard P
Louisville, KY
Oct 03, 2012
Pros: Materials, Handle Material, Sheath/Scabbard, Finish, Weight, Blade Material, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Overall Quality, None
Very nice replica
I know Gil Hibben personally and the replica I purchased had a flaw in that the upper "gold" plate on the blade had an 1/8" gap between it and the blade itself. This will permit debris, moisture, and like contaminated to lodge there and start corrosion of the metals.
4 out of 5
S.Morrison, Us Army (Ret)
Oct 13, 2011
Pros: Finish, Blade Material, Overall Quality, Sheath/Scabbard
Cons: Weight, None
"The picture does not do this (insert product name here) justice", I have read that on more than one review. But on my review the picture does not give this SCALE. This Bowie is not only huge it is HEFTY. It could be very unmanageable for people of slight stature, it is quite heavy, but not so much that it could not be controlled with care. I am 6'5", 285lbs and a retired veteran of the US Army, I have used a knife...A LOT. The handle is robust, you better have big meat hooks like mine if you plan to use it in any capacity. Still this knife requires one of two things: 1. A real desire for a HUGE knife or 2. A LArge plaque to mount it (better make it on a load bering wall).
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