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Kissing Crane Black Bowie Knife


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  • ASIN: B003HP4LLO
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,022,224 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By bookwyrm on August 15, 2010
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It is an excellent reproduction of a Sheffield English style bowie from the 1840-1850's. It's a big extremely well made knife. The quality is much better than you would expect for $60. There are no gaps in the blade/guard or the handle slab/tang joins. It is similar to the CAS-Hanwei bowie repro's but the blade stock is thicker than the Hanwei bowies that I own. It looks like the Hanwei Bell bowie but at about half the price. It is not on the level of a hand made custom bowie but it doesn't cost a couple of thousand dollars either. Compared to other mass manufactured brands, such as Case, Boker etc, this knife ranks with the best of them. I have noted that the quality of knives from China has increased amazingly in the last few years.

The sheath is a standard style brown leather with basketweave design. It has a keeper strap that goes over the top quillon of the guard. Unlike the knife it is not period correct. Since the knife is a wall hanger, this probably will not matter to most people.

If I had to list a CON, I would say that the handle is a bit too heavy - the tang should have been tapered or drilled to lighten the weight. But since this is a display knife not a user, that really doesn't matter.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Estobrevis on March 12, 2012
It's reasonably well-crafted for the money, and comes with a good factory edge. There were a few gaps in the mating of the synthetic handle material to steel,the polishing was obviously done in a hurry, and I wish they could just STOP announcing to the world that you have a Chinese-made knife by engraving it on the blade. WHY is this necessary? Ka-Bar has been doing the same thing lately, printing "TAIWAN" in highly noticeable letters across the blade of an otherwise bad-ass looking knife. Are these people complete idiots?

However, the biggest disappointment is the sheath. The quality is fine, but the knife only goes into it one way, and it's the way that's completely backasswards for the 90 or so percent of us who are right-handed. This is just baffling. I'll carry it less than my others for this reason alone. How annoying to be forced to think about how to slide the knife back into the sheath, as opposed to being able to simply do it by feel.

I gave it 3 stars instead of 2 because it's still pretty decent for the money. Too bad unions, overregulation and other vexing issues too numerous to list have made it impossible to build decent knives in this country that cost less than a sidearm.
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By Gage Bartnik on February 23, 2014
this knife is only for display only, I test and make knives often, first test broke the knife at the tang, this knife also appears to be a full tang knife , but atlas that isn't even true, its a short stub of a tang that is jb welded into the handle steel, it took one strike and broke. this should not have happened. I believe that the knife was overly hardened and is why the steel crystalized and broke. if you want a beautiful knife for display only then this is quite a beautiful knife.
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THE SHEATH IS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT HISTORICALLY! In traditional Bowie Knife Fighting, the knife is held EDGE UP! The sheath is worn for right handed cross draw which brings the knife out, edge up, ready for a very nasty upward slash. The original Bowies even had blades which came out from the handle at about a 10 to 20 degree upward angle, so that when you held the knife down at your side, the blade would actually bend downward, ready to cut upward through the abdomen (see Bowie No.1 at the Historic Arkansas Museum website). Also watch the old T.V. show "THE ADVENTURES OF JIM BOWIE" on Youtube, and you will see him wearing his sheath exactly this way! This knife is very close to the genuine antique Bowies that collector's now spend thousands on. The only reason I gave it 4 stars, and not 5, is because the originals had handles made of ivory, or buffalo or stag horn, this one is synthetic. It is a very nice , reasonably priced, reproduction.
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