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two bowies, which to get?

Discussion in 'The Cutting Edge' started by michael88, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. michael88


    Mar 26, 2009
  2. w4004p


    Nov 17, 2002
    may i be so bold as to offer a suggestion that is not on your list? if so, Cold Steel Recon Scout. there are two versions (1) the cheap black one (2) the totally smooth Ninja Pimp expensive one.

    the differences are actually the steel type, the 1st is high carbon and requires the coating, the second is San Mai III (sandwich steel) and is not coated. but "cheap ugly" and "expensive beautifull" are more accurate descriptions, once you see them.

    they are not what i would consider true bowies due to the blade length being 2" shorter than a typical bowie, but i honestly believe if you bought the $60 one, you'd be totally happy with it. check 'em out.

    btw - i plan on buying the sexy expensive one, before too much longer.

  3. michael88


    Mar 26, 2009
    you may always be so bold. im new to the game, and appreciate all input. right wrong or indifferent.
  4. Another vote for the Cold Steel Recon Scout. Heck of a durable knife that won't break the bank in the black carbon steel version.
  5. Michael,

    I am not trying to be a smart a** here, but will give you some
    words of wisdom from a senior citizen and my experience.
    Never buy a cheap knife or gun. They will break or wear out
    on you and cost you more in the long run to replace or fix.
    Decide what kind of knife you want and if you have to wait and
    save up for it, you will appreciate it more and a good one will
    last you many years, or perhaps a lifetime.
    Cold Steel does make some good blades for a production line.
    The Recon would serve you well as the other fellows stated.
    Check out Scrap Yards website
    They make a good solid quality knife that will last for around
    the same price or a smidge more.
    Always use a knife for what it was intended, to cut.
    Not as prybars, hammers, hatchets, etc. That's what those
    tools are for.
    Good luck on your search.
  6. michael88


    Mar 26, 2009
    Nutt thAnk you for the words of advice. I am just now learning the differences in steels etc over at blade forums
  7. mitchshrader

    mitchshrader Deceased

    Jun 14, 2005
    Clue #1: Neither knife mentions steel type. Run away, run away.

    The Junglee short sword is AUS-8, 14+" blade, and about $100. If you just want a big ol whacker that'll slice off saplings or 2" branches with one whack, it'll work.

    The Kershaw Outcast is 65-75$, 10" blade, D2 steel, needs a bit of work to improve the factory edge but worth the money.

    Ontario makes decent big knives in 1095 steel, and if you avoid oceans they work great. Rustproof they ain't.

    IMO one of the better values in a real Bowie design is the Case XX bowie @ 100-150$, decent surgical stainless and a great balance..

    Those two knives you pointed at aren't either one worth carrying to the house. I'm selling two of the ones I mentioned, and I'm quivering on the edge of withdrawing the Case Bowie. The Outcast you can Ebay, maybe save 5$ on my asking price, but it's for sure worth what it costs. It's the biggest D2 knife I've seen commercially available and don't suck at all.

    If you want to know of 2 more cheap 'bowies', Western makes one, and Schrade makes a giant 14+" blade bowie style. Should be able to find either one under 50$.

    Don't buy one. BUT, they're in the ballpark with your two, strictly wall hangers.

    What I'm keeping of my big knives are 2 copies of the Kershaw Outcast, a Smatchett, and maybe that Case if I work up the nerve..

    Cold Steel sells two kinds of knives. Too expensive, and too cheap. With few exceptions the quality/price ratio is lopsided. Beaters for cheap or quality at extortionate overpriceing.

    And for the record a 'real' fighting 'Bowie' looks like this..

    and ACTs like it. Which you can manage with a Kershaw Outcast, given the proper profile and sharpening. Figuring the extra work to reprofile the outcast, it boils down to 100$ and up for a real 10"+ fighting/survival blade, unless you make 'em yourself. No doubt many will be satisfied with generic steel and "Big" but if you're going to carry a pound of blade it ought to be able to cut something.

    On a budget, out of the box, I'll buy it from you if you hate it..

    current low dollar price 105$ ^^ a good search might save another 15$..
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2010
  8. chewybaca67


    Apr 26, 2006
    New Mexico
    Ad me to this list.
    Don't let the prices on the Cold Steel site scare ya. You can get 'em way cheaper on Gunbroker or E-bay.
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2010
  9. A3middie

    A3middie Infidel

    Feb 21, 2009
    Check out some of the Becker knives made by Ka-Bar, 1095 and micarta grips available for most of them. I just got a BK-9 model and it seems like a heck of a knife so far. Cheap too $75.00.