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. 

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".

details to follow. £325 each inc. UK p&p

                            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.

Our address:

www.customknife.co.uk

email:  

colindcooper@gmail.com

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  Due to the ever increasing interest in this website, I find myself struggling to answer queries & emails as promptly as I would like. Because this is still a part-time venture and I like to offer a personal, one on one service, time is sometimes an issue - so please accept my apologies in advance for any delays in replying. I will reply as soon as possible and, as always, strive to offer a professional service. Thank you to everyone for your continued support and custom.

 

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09/10/2017

No knives added this week as I am preparing for this coming weekend's Show at Kempton Park (see SHOW CALENDER for details) - pop along and say "Hello" if you are in the area.

 

01/10/17

I intend to 'refresh' the CLEARANCE SALE section and offer knives on a much more regular basis.

A stunning 'one-off' knife by Alan Wood offered for sale in HIGH END Knives. Details to follow asap.

 

24/09/2017

Lovely to see customers old & new at last weekend's Show - I enjoyed your company.

Back down to business now and a great selection of knives in the following sections - HIGH END FOLDERS, FOLDERS, UTILITY, BUSHCRAFT & BOWIE KNIVES. 

Details to follow asap but please feel free to email in the meantime.

 

11/09/17

No knives added this week as I am preparing for this weekend's Knife Fair - at the Midland Game Fair ( we are adjacent to the Antique marquee ). Looking forward to seeing customers, new & old. Have a safe journey.

 

03/09/2017

A really nice selection of knives added in FOLDERS & BUSHCRAFT, plus a superb example by Alan Wood in HIGH END Knives.

Enjoy.

 

13/08/08/2017

Back with you - knives added in HIGH END KNIVES, HUNTING & UTILITY

( including a potential D.I.Y. project ? ).

Thanks for looking.

 

06/08/2017

Slight delay in putting up new knives due to an unexpected plumbing problem ( household - not me !! )  :)

 

23/07/2017

Some very rare and collectable knives for your perusal this week in UTILITY, FOLDERS & BOWIES. Enjoy.

 

16/07/2017

Knives added in

FOLDERS, BUSHCRAFT, HUNTING & UTILITY.

Thank you again for your patience regarding the lack of details - still playing 'catch-up' with emails/enquiries.

 

02/07/2017

It seems forever since I added knives to the website, so I thank you for your patience.

I have some wonderful knives to add over the coming weeks and a sample are shown in FOLDERS, UTILITY, BUSHCRAFT & HIGH END KNIVES.

(details to be added asap but please feel free to email in the meantime).

 

18/06/2017

Back down to business after a lovely 2 week holiday. :-)

No time to add new knives (unfortunately) as I am busy catching up on my email backlog - and preparing for next weekend's KnivesUK. Looking forward to seeing anyone making the journey ( please let me know if there is a particular knife you wish to see to save any disappointment ).

Have a safe trip and stay cool !

 

21/05/2017

Getting ready (again) for my next show - The Phoenix

(please let me know if you are attending and would like to see a particular knife).

I have added two very desirable knives in HIGH-END knives : another S4 by Rob Bayley plus a stunner from Alan Wood.

 

14/05/2017

Lovely to chat with everyone who stopped by my table at the NNS - always nice to put faces to names. Back down to business now and some great knives in FOLDERS, UTILITY & BUSHCRAFT. 

 

30/04/2017

No knives added this week as I am preparing for next week-end's Northern Shooting Show - hopefully see some of you there.

It will also give me a chance to catch up on the spec. on existing knives. Thank you.

 

23/04/2017

Trust everyone enjoyed the Easter Bank Holiday and now back with a very nice selection to peruse over in UTILITY, BUSHCRAFT - and even LUXURY WATCHES !

 

09/04/2017

A very nice knife by Ansoknives in FOLDERS and a 'Classic' by Alan Wood in HUNTING. Enjoy.

 

02/04/2017

Two discontinued knives added in UTILITY and two very nice Ben Orford folders in BUSHCRAFT.

Thanks everyone for your patience.

 

26/03/2017

Sorry, no knives added this week as I have been enjoying the company of my dear old Mom.

Please feel free to email for any spec. on existing knives in the meantime.

 

19/03/2017

Back to business after a short break - and with a couple of stunning knives to savour in Hunting & Bushcraft. Enjoy.

 

05/03/2017

A busy week this week   with Commission knives added in -

UTILITY, FOLDERS,

HUNTING & BUSHCRAFT !

Going to take me a while to add all the spec. but please email me for any details in the meantime. Thank you.

 

26/02/2017

A nice selection this week, including a vintage Puma in UTILITY, all you might need from a Hunting knife in FOLDERS and an example of one of the world's classic knives in BUSHCRAFT. 

 

19/02/2017

Getting back to normal after the Shooting Show - thank you to everyone who stopped by at my table.

This week we have a very nice Chris Reeve Knives in HIGH END FOLDERS and a classic Bushcraft knife, direct from Alan Wood at the Show, in BUSHCRAFT.

 

05/02/2017

Only one knife this week as I am busy getting ready for the Shooting Show - but what a knife! See HIGH-END Knives.

Looking forward to seeing everyone coming along to the Show.

Have a safe journey.

 

29/01/2017

A Ltd.Ed. Marbles posted in Hunting and a rare offering by Alan Wood in UTILITY.

Enjoy.

 

22/01/2017.

Two very nice folders posted this week - including a stunning Rockstead. Check out FOLDERS & HIGH END FOLDERS.

 

15/01/2017.

Two hard to come by knives added in BUSHCRAFT, including an interesting concept from "across the pond".

Rob Bayley "S4" now available again in HIGH-END KNIVES.

 

08/01/2017

Two knives added in BUSHCRAFT & UTILITY.

Still working on adding spec. to outstanding knives but feel free to email for any details. Thank you & ENJOY.

 

02/01/2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE !

To start off the New Year, I have posted some very desirable knives in BUSHCRAFT, FOLDERS & BOWIES.  Enjoy.

 

18/12/2016

No knives being added as I am busy dealing with Christmas orders and enquiries. 

May I take this opportunity however, to wish all my customers - new & old - a very "Merry Christmas" and thank every one of you for your continued patronage and words of encouragement. It's been a great year and I'm already looking forward to offering more quality knives in 2017.

 

15/12/2016.

I have just heard about the terribly sad news that Stephen Wade Cox has passed away. A terrific knifemaker and really nice guy. I shall miss him greatly.

My condolences to his family and friends.

                  RIP

 

04/12/2016

Xmas now approaching fast - hopefully there will be something to "treat yourself" to over the next few weeks. :-)

A Middleton Bowie available in BOWIES ( sadly, now retired - see description)

and a very nicely handled knife by B. Garland in BUSHCRAFT.