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.

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: £260 inc. UK p&p

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

Superb condition. Please email for details.  £245 inc. UK p&p

SOLD  WILLIAM ROGERS. SHEFFIELD. "I CUT MY WAY -BOWIE".

I think most devotees of Sheffield knives will be familiar with the William Rogers ' I Cut My Way' brand of knives. As most of us know, not exactly the 'Peak' of Sheffield Cutlery and made at a time in the 1960's when Sheffield was struggling against imports from the Far East and so price - rather than quality - became a deciding factor.

However, this is a really nice clean example in unused condition (the best I have seen for a long time) and would make a super addition to the Timeline of a Sheffield Knives Collection. Stacked leather & brass washers handle with a brass guard and stainless 4-3/4 inch blade. Complete with original sheath. Mint condition. 

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 ). 

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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28/02/2021

Knives added in BUSHCRAFT & HUNTING.

21/02/2021

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19/02/2021

Alan Wood knife added in  HUNTING

14/02/2021

Yay! Back in business. :) Knives added in HUNTING and a couple of nice books in BOOKS to aleviate the Lockdown boredom !

07/02/2021

Sorry to have to say that 'gremlins' have got into my computer, which is now refusing to upload any new photos !

Hoping to have it fixed asap. Contact by email is still okay ( so far...... ! )

31/01/2021

Knives addded in HUNTING, BOWIES & FOLDERS

24 /01/2020

Knives added in BOWIES & HUNTING.

17/01/2021

Superb 'EDC' added in FOLDERS.

10/01/2021

Rare BAYLEY RAVEN added in  BUSHCRAFT.

06/01/2021

More SALE items added in HUNTING & BUSHCRAFT.

03/01/2021

SALE ITEMS added in  HIGH END FOLDERS, FOLDERS,

HUNTING & BUSHCRAFT.

Good luck !

 

Wishing everyone a healthy and Happy New Year.

I look forward to (hopefully) meeting some of you at a Show this year.

 

May I wish all my customers, old and new, a very Happy (& safe) Christmas.

Thank you for your custom and support throughout this most challenging year !

 

27/12/2020

ALAN WOOD added in HUNTING.

17/12/2020

Woodlore added in BUSHCRAFT and lovely A. Thorburn in FOLDERS.

13/12/2020

Two folders added in HUNTING.

06/12/2020

Knives added in FOLDERS & BUSHCRAFT.

29/11/2020

Knives added in BUSHCRAFT & HUNTING.

23/Nov/2020

So sad to hear that Knifemaking Legend TONY BOSE passed away yesterday.

The word legend is often used but in Tony's case it was entirely justified. More than anyone, he rekindled interest in the 'slipjoint' genre and was generous with his time and knowledge to other makers of this type of folder, including his work with W.R. Case.

I am proud to say I knew him and met him and the Knifemaking World will be a lesser place without him.

RIP 

22/11/2020

Super knives added in HIGH END FOLDERS, BUSHCRAFT & FOLDERS. Enjoy,

15/11/2020

SINN 104 added in LUXURY WATCHES

Semi-skinner added in HUNTING.

09/11/2020

Knives added in UTILITY, HUNTING, BUSHCRAFT AND HIGH END KNIVES.

08/11/2020

Wonderful Scrimshaw knife in FOLDERS.

(More knives added tomorrow).

01/11/2020

Knives added in HUNTING & BUSHCRAFT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

          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