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.

G.WOSTENHOLM & SON. SHEFFIELD. "IXL BOWIE".

I believe this to be a fairly recent example of this iconic Bowie. Extremely eye catching with the 'California Knife' etching on the blade, along with the IXL stampings. The 'Coffin' shape handle is in buffalo horn with brass pins and complimentary brass liners and guard. I am pleasantly surprised by the high standard of workmanship shown on the knife, compared to the usual fare turned out by the Sheffield factories. Blade: 9-1/2 inches. Oal: 14-1/4 inches. Complete with a matching IXL black leather sheath, which shows storage marks.( there is also a very slight surface crack in the horn near the rear pin ).   Mint condition. £385 inc. Uk p&p.

STUD. LONDON. "CLASSIC 6 inch BOWIE".

A superb example of this well known design by Sheffield Maker Keith Moorby, who also went under the name of "Stud London". Made in the 1980's this version is custom made with crisp grind lines and even a soldered n/silver guard. The handle is Rosewood, with fibre liners, on a tapered tang and set off by n/silver pins. The leather sheath is of an equally high standard. All in all, a great addition to a collection or a deluxe 'user' for those who admire this classic Bowie. 

Mint, unused condition. £225 inc. UK p&p

SOLD C. SIGMAN. USA. "IRON MISTRESS ?".

I recently acquired this enormous Bowie, with a Maker's name of C. Sigman, USA stamped into the brass buttpiece. My immediate thought is that it is a very early knife by the late, great Corbet Sigman - a knifemaker who I knew and respected for his fautless workmanship. Unfortunately, Corbet passed away in 2006, so is no longer around to confirm (or deny) this Bowie was made by him but I will say that the workmanship is extremely good and although I have never seen a Bowie knife from him before, who's to say what makers would acquiesce to in the early days in order to put 'bread on the table'. I find it hard to believe that someone would make this knife to then pass it off as Corbet's work, when it would make more sense to pick a more 'high profile' name to make money (Bob Loveless anyone ?). Another train of thought is that anyone who can make a knife of this quality would stamp his own name upon it and make a very comfortable living himself.

However, because I cannot confirm with absolute certainty that Corbet made this knife, I have priced it as a very impressive addition to any Bowie Collection. Blade: 11-1/4 inches. Depth: 2-1/2 inches. Oal: 16 inches. Brass guard, butt, bolts and liners. Walnut handle. Complete with high quality original leather sheath.  

Excellent condition.

SOLD SLATER BROTHERS. SHEFFIELD. "BUSHMAN'S FRIEND".

A nice example of these 'Skinning/Scalping' knives, possibly aimed at the Australian market, with the inscription "Bushman's Friend". The blade is also stamped "Venture - Slater Bros." with brass 'coins' in the Rosewood handle  stating 'Warranted Superior". Blade: 5 inches. Oal: 9 inches. Unfortunately, the sheath is missing. (not too surprising considering its age)Good condition, with a nice patina on the blade.

SOLD G. WOLSTENHOLM & SON. "IXL - BOWIE"

The classic 6 inch was a staple offering from Sheffield and I would guess that this particular knife dates from the 1960's ? What is nice about this one is that it has the acclaimed 'IXL' logo, trademark of George Wolstenholm & Son. It shows a few small 'spots' of tarnish but considering its age, it is remarkable condition. Complete with original leather sheath, which is also in excellent condition with all stitching intact.

Excellent condition.

SOLD REG COOPER. SHEFFIELD. "10 inch BOWIE".

A Hand Made Bowie from one of Sheffield's last 'Little Mesters'. By my reckoning, Reg is now 89 years young and probably not making knives anymore (?) so this is a rare opportunity to add to your collection a Bowie from one of Sheffields 'great names' - who has even made a Bowie for Sylvester Stallone ( who apparently has a great knife collection himself ). Make no mistake, this is a substantial (!!) Bowie in looks and weight. With an overall length of nearly 16 inches and a weight of 2-1/2 lbs ! Brass furniture with a black Buffalo handle and a fileworked tang, this is probably Reg's Signature piece. Complete with original black leather sheath ( which shows the one or two light storage marks ).

Mint, unused condition. 

SOLD VENTURE. H.M. SLATER. SHEFFIELD. " 6 inch BOWIE".

Anybody with an interest in Sheffield Bowie knives will know that this type of knife was made in the 'thousands' during the 1950's-60's and, I believe, is still produced in Sheffield today so I cannot say this is a 'rare' example - but what I will say is that this is one of the nicest examples I have seen in a long time. Apart from one 'pin prick' of tarnish on the blade and some light scratches that come with handling over the years (and some that it left the factory with ! ) the blade is still bright and everything is nice and tight on the handle and very well fitted. Complete with original sheath. Excellent condition. 

SOLD R&R MIDDLETON. SHEFFIELD. "EAGLE HEAD BOWIE".

A super example from Ron & Roy Middleton - who have now retired from knifemaking - with a cast n/silver eagle head pommel. A very nice Sambar stag handle with a n/silver "S" guard hilt and a nicely ground blade with a pronounced clip point, set off by some filework on the spine. Blade: 9inches. Oal: 14 1/2 inches. The blade has the "J.E. Middleton & Sons" stamp. Complete with a brown leather sheath stamped RM.

Excellent, unused condition. 

ONTARIO KNIFE COMPANY. USA. "SP10 RAIDER BOWIE".

In the words of "Mick 'Crocodile' Dundee" - this is a knife !

A real handful of a knife that would be a talking point in a collection or simply great fun to take out and use in the woods for a variety of tasks.

1075 carbon steel with a powder coating to inhibit tarnish and a comfortable Kraton handle makes this knife a pleasure to use. Now discontinued, if you missed out on the chance to buy one previously, then take this opportunity. 10" blade and total length of 15". complete with nylon sheath. Mint, as new condition. £120 inc. UK p&p

 

SOLD MIDDLETON BROTHERS. SHEFFIELD. "S-GUARD BOWIE".

A very nice early example from Ron & Roy, when they had their workshop ( an earlier stamp is on the blade ). The previous owner has given the sheath a "Frontier" look by covering the sheath in 'buckskin'. The handle is solid buffalo Horn ( which shows a few light 'handling marks' ) and the guard and buttcap are from a substantial piece of brass. Overall, one of the better Middleton Bowies out there. Blade: 9-1/2". Oal: 15".

Excellent condition.

A.G. RUSSELL. USA. "1862 BOWIE".

Not to be confused with the current versions of this Bowie from AG - which are now made in Tiawan - this is a much earlier example made by Schrade (before they went into liquidation ) and has 2003 on the tang, which I assume is the production year. A wonderful knife to hold, with great grinds, this would not be out of place in a collection - or as a working tool. Black micarta handle with brass spacers. Complete with original leather sheath, which shows handling marks ( not so unexpected, given its age ). Blade: 7-1/2 inches. Oal: 12-1/2 inches.

Mint, unused condition.  NEW PRICE: £225 inc. UK p&p

JOHN NOWILLS. SHEFFIELD.  "BOWIE: 8-1/2inch "

Superb condition. Please email for details. 

NEW PRICE: £225 inc. UK p&p. 

SOLD KEITH MOORBY. SHEFFIELD. "10 inch BOWIE".

A stunning knife by Sheffield Maker Keith Moorby, who was a prolific maker in the 1980's making knives for Stud, London as well as his own knives. As far as I am aware, Keith is no longer making knives which is a great loss as this particular Bowie will be the pride of any collection !

A Crown Stag handle, with a n/silver ferrule and guard plus superb grinds and the words "NO SURRENDER" scrolled on one side of the blade and "A SURE DEFENCE"  on the other, this will surely appeal to all Bowie Knife Lovers. Coupled with a super sheath with it's n/silver throat and tip, you would struggle to find better combination. If you only have one Bowie in your collection - make it this one !

Mint, unused cond. ( although the sheath shows a few light handling marks ). 

SOLD JIM JACKSON - Mastersmith. UK. "KENTUCKY DREAMER".

please email for details. £1,200. inc. UK p&p.

BONES. UK. "RECURVE BOWIE". 10" blade. Super Handmade knife. Please email for details.

Commission sale. NEW PRICE: £310 inc. UK p&p

SOLD REG COOPER. SHEFFIELD.

On first glance, this 6 inch Bowie looks just to be one of the many hundreds (thousands?) churned out by the likes of William Rodgers, J. Nowills, etc. etc. - except this one was made by the hands of the famous Sheffield Maker, Reg Cooper ! Like his fellow 'Little Mester', Stan Shaw, Reg is now well into his 80's and I believe his output is now limited ( if he is still making at all ?? ). This particular knife appears to be an earlier knife ( from his stamp on the blade ) but displays his trademark filework on the spine and tang, along with brass liners. Complete with the "generic" leather sheath seen with most of the knives in this style. Apart from the odd age-related very small blemish, this knife - and sheath - are in super condition.  

Nr. mint condition.

SOLD BUCK KNIVES. USA. "CUSTOM SHOP BOWIE - Ltd. Ed.".

 please email for details. 

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 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 !!

                            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 !                                                                                                                                           

                         

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. 

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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15/05/2022

Just returned from holiday, hence the reason why there are no knives added. Back to normal for next week, with some great knives up for sale, including various Alan Woods.

01/05/2022

NITROBE 77 steel knife added in BUSHCRAFT plus Hamilton 'DAY-DATE' added in LUXURY WATCHES.

24/04/2022

Rare knives added in HIGH END KNIVES & FOLDERS.

17/04/2022

Knives added in HUNTING, UTILITY & BOWIES.

10/04/2022

Knives added in HUNTING & BUSHCRAFT.

04/04/2022

Nomad Field Knife added in BUSHCRAFT

03/04/2022

Knives added in FOLDERS & HIGH END FOLDERS.

27/03/2022

Knives added in BUSHCRAFT & UTILITY, including Spyderco sharpeners.

20/03/2022

Knives added in HUNTING, BUSHCRAFT & FOLDERS.

13/03/2022

Knives added in BOWIES & HUNTING (including a superb Geoff Hague).

06/03/2022

A superb rendition of a Loveless Hunter in HUNTING plus good working knives at attractive prices in CLEARANCE.

27/02/2022

Knives added in BUSHCRAFT.

20/02/2022

Knives added today in HUNTING, a rare R. Bayley in BUSHCRAFT plus a simply stunning knife in HIGH END FOLDERS. Enjoy.

13/02/2022

Knives added in FOLDERS  & BOWIES.

06/02/2022

New Alan Wood model added in HUNTING/BUSHCRAFT plus an IXL 'gem' in FOLDERS.

30/01/2022

CRK added in FOLDERS and Venture Works added in BOWIES.

23/01/22

A unique knife from Alan Wood in BUSHCRAFT.

16/01/2022

IXL Bowie & Randall Made added in BOWIES and UTILITY.

09/01/2022

Two rare Buck Knives added in FOLDERS & HUNTING.

02/01/2022

Wishing a very Happy & Safe New Year to one and all in 2022.

Rockstead added in  HIGH END FOLDERS & Citizen "Ray Mears" added in LUXURY WATCHES. Enjoy.

26/12/2021

Trusting all my customers, new and old, are enjoying a very Happy Christmas with family and friends. As a special 'thank you' for all your custom throughout the year, I am offering a "Boxing Day Sale". Hoping you find something to enjoy owning. :)

 19/12/2021

Alan Wood & Cegga axe added in BUSHCRAFT plus stunning knives from Geoff Hague and Bill Ruple in HIGH END FOLDERS. 

12/12/2021

Knives added in HUNTING & BUSHCRAFT.

05/12/2021

Superb knives added in HUNTING, including an Alan Wood Prototype.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

          In Memoriam

23/11/2020

TONY BOSE. USA.

A true Legend. I am proud to have known and met him. The Knifemaking world is a lesser place without him.

15/12/2016

STEPHEN WADE COX - A terrific knifemaker and a really nice guy. I shall miss him greatly.

                  RIP