BOWIE KNIVES

I know there is a lot of interest in this very popular style of knife and, whenever I acquire them, I intend to offer excellent quality knives (both Sheffield & Custom made) capable of enhancing any Collection.

J. ROGERS & SONS. NORFOLK ST.

SOLD JOSEPH RODGERS & SONS. "CLIP POINT BOWIE".

To introduce this new section, what could be more appropriate than an example from one of the most famous Bowie makers of all time     (George Wolstenholm may have conquered the American West but Joseph Rogers certainly took care of the rest of the World !). This genuine 19th Century antique knife is in very good condition for it's age and unusually, as these often get lost over the passage of time, has the original sheath with it, which is also in very good condition and complete ( the nickel silver 'tip' and/or belt loop on these sheaths often is missing ). The only 'downside' is the condition of the blade which is probably the result of being kept in it's sheath over the many years. The 'upside', other than the scarcity of these knives, is that it has the much desired "No.6 Norfolk St." address. The n/silver scalloped guard is still nice and tight and the stag is very nicely matched. All in all, you would have to look long and hard to find a nicer example. Blade: 6" Oal: 10".    Very good Cond. 

BONES. UK. "RECURVE BOWIE". 10" blade. spec. to follow.

Commission sale. £350 inc. UK p&p.

SOLD PUMA. GERMANY. "ORIGINAL PUMA-BOWIE". 1973 manufacture.

Simply the nicest Bowie I have seen from Puma. As seems to be the case more often than not, these "vintage" Puma knives just ooze

quality and this has wonderfully matched Sambar stag and is in my favourite 'Pumaster' carbon steel. This knife has come out of a collection and you would wait a long time to find a better example. Unfortunately, although it has the original yellow & green box, it is missing the felt inlay and guarantee booklet. (I have reflected this in the price).  Blade: 6 1/2" Oal:11" Mint condition. 

SOLD GEORGE WORSTENHOLM " CALIFORNIA KNIFE".

A stunning example of this particular knife. This is one of the numbered versions made in the 1960's-'70's and numbered 353/1000, although I believe I am correct in saying that the Wostenholm company ceased trading well before the 1000 run was complete. (Please do not confuse this knife with the modern day versions still available to buy from Sheffield - or even the version that was offered for sale  around ten years ago. I have seen these knives "mistakenly" offered for sale as genuine 19thC. knives ! ). The 9 1/4" blade is in near mint condition, with all the stampings crisp and the gold lettering still intact. The sambar stag is of very nice quality. I do not have the presentation case that I believe came with these knives but there are various Sheffield retailers selling cases that I'm sure would fit this knife. I will include a very nice sheepskin padded 'zip-case' with the knife.

The sale is for the knife only - not the vintage display items.

Superb condition. 

SOLD J.E.MIDDLETON & SONS. "IRON MISTRESS" Stunning knife !

SOLD  R&R MIDDLETON BROS. "S-GUARD BOWIE".

It is with some sadness to have to say that these two, fine gentlemen have now retired from knifemaking. I met Ron at a Show recently where he informed me that this was his last show and he was no longer making knives ( Roy has not made knives for a while now, due to illness ). This really is the end of an era ! Had I known this was their last show, I would have taken more money and bought more knives. As it was, I bought this lovely Bowie from the few knives he had left to sell. A classic blade, mirror polished ( excuse the reflections shown in the photo) with nice swedges, nickel silver "S" guard and a very comfortable (vintage) stag handle, that would appear to have been "earmarked" for a carving set in the past. Set off by a very nicely made circular, brass end cap.

This is a lovely example of their work and if I did not already have a Middleton in my collection, I would be keeping this !  

Blade: 9 1/2" Oal:14". New, direct from Maker. 

J. E. MIDDLETON & Sons. " EAGLE HEAD & LION".

please email for details. £325 each inc. UK p&p

J. E. MIDDLETON & Sons.

Please email for details.

                            MIDDLETON BROS. SHEFFIELD

I have taken the history of these two makers from their (now discontinued) catalogue.

 

"There have been Middletons Grinding, Finishing and making knives since the early 1800's.

After being a bound apprentice working for his uncle Thomas Middleton, living in the family home on the premises of George Wolstenholme's works, Joseph Edwin Middleton set up business on his own account doing out work for most of the large cutlery firms in Sheffield, as was the usual practice.

In 1888 when his sons were old enough, he set up 'Joseph Edwin Middleton & Sons'. His oldest son, also called Joseph Edwin was the grandfather of Ron and Roy.

The last Joseph Edwin Middleton was killed in France in 1918. His youngest son George, had two sons. Ron and Roy who still make high quality knives to this day. Ron started in 1946 and Roy in 1950".

 

                     NOW RETIRED FROM KNIFEMAKING !                                                                                                                                           

                         

W. RODGERS. SHEFFIELD

SOLD W. RODGERS "I CUT MY WAY" BOWIES ( 6" + 8" blade length )

A very rare opportunity to acquire two Bowies from the 1960's in just the same condition they would have been in all those years ago, complete with original boxes. They are basically "NOS" (new, old stock). These knives were made in 6", 8" and 10" blade lengths, with the 6" being the more common and the 8" the rarest.

Hand forged, as stamped on the blade, by Sheffield craftsmen from another era, the quality of these knives should not be confused with modern day offerings !!

JAMES DIXON & SONS. SHEFFIELD.

SOLD JAMES DIXON & SONS. 19thC. "THISTLE HUNTER". Excellent condition. 

AL MAR USA

SOLD AL MAR KNIVES "ALASKAN BOWIE".  As Bowie knives go, this one is a 'Monster' ! Appropriately named after the largest State in America, this is a very impressive knife. Now out of production, this Al Mar knife that is rarely seen for sale and would be the 'Star' of any collection. The knife is in mint, unused condition although the sheath shows a few light 'marks'. A full 12" blade, with lovely grinds, gives a complete length of 17".  Mint condition. 

MIDDLETON BROS. UK

SOLD MIDDLETON BROS. "HORSE HEAD BOWIE".  A lovely example of the  "Horse Head" pommel Bowie by Ron and Roy. The pommel is cast in nickel silver and fitted to an excellent quality stag handle, which has a natural flow to it, making it very comfortable to hold. A traditional 'scalloped' guard is also made of n/s. The carbon steel blade - 9 1/2"length - has a very pronounced clip with a long swedge. Oal. 15". Complete with a simple leather sheath by makers.

Brand new, direct from Maker.

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17/01/2018

Vintage Puma knives added in FOLDERS & UTILITY.

 

15/01/2018

Knives added in HUNTING, BUSHCRAFT & BOWIES.

Details to follow asap.

ENJOY.

 

07/01/2018

 

Starting the New Year with a couple of Alan Woods in BUSHCRAFT & UTILITY  and a super rare PUMA in HUNTING. Enjoy.

 

01/01/2018

I trust an enjoyable Xmas was had by all. It has been quiet on here as I spent the holiday visiting friends in Slovenia ( cold weather but warm friendship ! ).

May I thank all my customers for your continued support and interest and (Government permiting !! ) I look forward to offering more fine knives for your enjoyment in 2018.

A very Happy New Year to one and all.

 

11/12/2017

Knives added in HUNTING & UTILITY.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15/12/2016.

          In Memoriam

Stephen Wade Cox - terrific knifemaker and a really nice guy. I shall miss him greatly.

                  RIP