Bowie Knives by Neilson's Mountain Hollow

This is an array of Bowie knives I've really enjoyed making. I always said, when I started out in knife making, that I wouldn't just make endless bowie knives (there seemed to be so many out there already). I've learned that there are such an endless variety only your imagination need be set loose and you can have as many different bowie styles as you'd like or ever imagine. It might sound artsy but, I've found that the bowie knife is a great canvas to work upon. I love these knives as much as I do daggers.


 "Dark Seax Bowie" in W2 & Stag
 This cross between a Norse Seax and Bowie was a blast to build and a joy to swing. The chopper has a blade just over 10" forged from W2 high carbon steel that has been clay quenched to give it a "cloudy" hamon. The flats of this blade are also forge marked and acid soaked for that dark, rough look. The fullered, oval guard is forged from a piece of "W" pattern damascus steel. The handle is an A-grade crown of Sambar Stag with a hammered and etched set pin and a three piece throat spacer of worked/etched carbon steel. The overall length of this piece is 16 1/2" and it comes with a blade sheath with belt loop, retention strap and Norse/Celtic-style knot work tooling.
 

Price for a similar piece, with leather sheath: $1,825.00


 "Rain & Waves II" in Stag and Ironwood
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Here is an new version of one of my favorite patterns. This Bowie has a 10" blade of high carbon damascus steel forged in a "rain & waves" pattern (raindrop pattern on the upper portion of the blade and a wave pattern on the lower part). The guard is a "jail bar" wrought iron oval with a fullered edge. The handle is Sambar Stag with black spacers and a 3 piece throat of fullered wrought iron and Desert Ironwood Burl. The threaded pommel is also "jail bar" wrought iron to match the guard and spacers and is filed to match the stag contours. The oal length is approx. 15 1/2" and this piece comes with a tooled leather "dangler" sheath.

Price for a similar piece, with leather sheath: $2,175.00


"Bearing & Gidgee" Bowie
bearing and gidgee bowie

This is another of my full ball-bearing damascus blades. The 7 1/2" blade is forged from 1/4" 52100 ball-bearings done in a canister weld with forge marked and acid soaked flats. The contoured guard is stainless steel with a handle of A-grade Australian Ringed Gidgee wood with a throat/spacer of stabilized Buffalo horn. The handle is secured with a stainless steel pin and has a matching lanyard liner. The overall length of this piece is 12 3/4" and it comes with a tooled leather blade sheath with loop and strap.

Price for a similar piece, with leather sheath: $1,350.00


 "South American" Cable Bowie

 A good friend asked me to make him this variation of a "Bagwell-style" Bowie for a "business" trip to South America. The Bowie has a 10" blade forged from high carbon Gas-Rig cable (there's a lot of that in PA right now) with a filed "Spanish notch" and a sharpened top clip. The S-guard is forged from carbon steel with filed "clam shell" tips and is done in my "antiqued" finish. The handle is a top-grade Amber Sambar Stag Crown with a 3 piece throat of laminate damascus sandwiched between two fullered carbon steel spacers with "antiqued" finishes. The handle is secured with a hammered and acid etched carbon steel pin. The overall length of this piece is approx. 16" and comes with a tooled leather blade sheath.

Price for a similar piece, with leather sheath: $2,150.00


"Swept Tip" Bowie II

Here is a new version of my "Swept Tip" Bowie knife. The blade is 11" in length and forged from 1084 high carbon steel with a hand-rubbed finish. This knife has an oval, carbon steel guard with a fullered edge and brushed steel finish. The handle is A-grade Curly Maple wood with a 3-piece throat of brushed, carbon steel spacers surrounding a fullered Black Micarta spacer and is secured with two steel pins. The overall length of this piece is 16 1/2" and comes with a tooled leather blade sheath with a belt loop and retention strap.

Price for a similar piece, with leather sheath: $1,350.00


"The Susquehanna River" Bowie

This Bowie is large and fast, like the Susquehanna River at the bottom of the mountain. This Bowie knife has a 12" blade forged from 5160 high carbon spring steel with a hand-rubbed finish. The large S-guard is forged from 1080 high carbon steel with "clam shell" tips and a brushed steel finish. The throat of the handle has a center of 200 layer high carbon "twist" pattern damascus steel sandwiched between two fullered 1080 spacers. The body of the knife handle is Australian She-oak secured with a stainless steel pin. The knife has an overall length of approx. 18" and come with a fully tooled leather blade sheath with a removable belt loop and retention strap.

Price for a similar piece, with leather sheath: $1,850.00

 


"Engraved Baby Bowie"

This smaller "pocket-size" Bowie is forged from 385 layers of 1095 & 15N20 high carbon steels done in a "random cut" pattern. The cutting edge is 3 5/8" and the overall length is 8 1/8". This knife has a contoured guard and threaded pommel of stainless steel that has been engraved by Paul Markow. The handle itself is Fossil Walrus Ivory with a throat of stabilized and grey dyed Maple Burl with a stainless steel spacer. This knife comes with a fully tooled leather sheath.

Price for a similar piece, with leather sheath: $2,150.00



"The Monster" Bowie (full Damascus version)

 

This Bowie has a 10 7/8" blade of 500+ layer "random cut" pattern damascus forged from 1095, 5160 & 15N20 high carbon steels with forge marked/acid soaked flats. The fullered and pierced "loop" guard is from the same damascus billet as the blade as well as the fullered damascus throat and threaded pommel that has been worked to match the stag. The handle is an A-grade Sambar stag taper and the piece is topped off with a nickle damascus finial. The overall length of this piece is approx. 16 3/4" and comes with a tooled leather "Sash" sheath with post.

Price, with leather sheath: $2,750.00


"Easy Street" Bowie

This is a simple clean & classy medium Bowie. The blade is 7 3/4" forged from 52100 high carbon steel with a hand-rubbed finish. The six-sided double-guard is of polished nickle-silver. The handle is black Canvas Micarta secured with a stainless steel pin and is finished off with a textured pommel. The overall length of this piece is 13" and the knife comes with a plain "high-ride" blade sheath.

Price for a similar piece, with leather sheath: $995.00


"Rain & Waves" Bowie

This Bowie is a pretty recognizable style for me but, with a few new twists. The blade is done in my "Rain & Waves" pattern (raindrop along the spine/wavy ladder on the edge) with 400 layer damascus forged from 1095 & 15N20 high carbon steels. The two piece guard is stainless steel with a black dividing spacer. The handle is Australian Gidgee wood set with a stainless steel pin. The knife is 12 3/4" overall with a 7 3/8" blade and it comes with a fully tooled leather blade sheath with loop & strap.

Price for a similar piece, with leather sheath: $1,675.00


"Warlord of Mars" Bowie

This large Bowie is forged from 368 layers of 52100 & 15N20 done in a "ladder" pattern. The cutting edge is 10 1/2" and the overall length is just under 18". This Bowie has an integral, scrolled S-guard pulled from the blade. The slotted throat is bold damascus between brass/copper mokume. The handle is an A-grade Amber Stag crown and secured with a piened and etched carbon steel pin. This knife comes with a fully tooled leather sheath.

Price for a similar piece, with leather sheath: $4,850.00


"Dark Lightning" Bowie Knife

This full-tang, damascus Bowie knife is forged with a bold "W" pattern that just jumps out at you. The Bowie has an overall length of 12 1/2" with a 7 3/8" cutting edge. The blade has forge-marked, acid-washed flats. The handle has a fully-etched tang and is set with dark, presentation-grade Desert Ironwood Burl handle scales secured with stainless steel handle bolts and an extra large stainless lanyard liner. This Bowie comes with a fully tooled leather sheath with belt loop.

Price for a similar piece, with leather sheath: $1,550.00


"FAT" Bowie Knife

This Bowie is just what it says. The damascus blade is forged from 427 layers of 1095, 15N20 & mild steel done in a "raindrop" pattern. The blade is 5 1/2" long and just under 2" at it's widest point. The contoured double guard is Silica Bronze with a black spacer and the handle is Premium Amber Stag. The knife is finished off with a threaded Silica Bronze pommel filed to match the Stag and is approx. 11" overall. This knife, of course, comes with a tooled leather blade sheath.

Price for a similar piece, with leather sheath: $1,595.00


"Black Gold" Bowie Knife

OK, it's not gold. This 8 1/2" Bowie blade is forged from 5160 high carbon steel, edge-quenched with acid soaked, forge finished flats and a hand-rubbed finish. The oval guard, throat spacers and pin are "stippled/textured" silica bronze. The handle is stabilized Medium Ebony wood with a textured pommel end. The center throat spacer is black Micarta and the overall length is 14 1/4". This Bowie comes with a tooled leather blade sheath.

Price for a similar piece, with leather sheath: $1,150.00


"Redwood & Rain" S-guard Bowie

This Bowie knife has a 10" blade forged from 420+ layer "raindrop" pattern damascus. The damascus S-guard has "clam-shell" tips and is forged from the same steel/billet as the blade ("raindrop" pattern also). The handle is stabilized Redwood Lace and has a matching damascus throat with red accent spacers and is secured with a stainless steel pin. The knife comes with a tooled leather blade/sash sheath.

Price for a similar piece, with leather sheath: $2,650.00


"The Monster" Bowie Knife

This Bowie is one beautiful beast. The blade is 10 3/4" long and is almost 2" at it's widest point forged from 500 layers of "random cut" pattern damascus with acid etched, forge marked flats. The fullered and pierced "loop" guard is forged from "wagon wheel" wrought iron. The three part handle to this knife features a large piece of A-grade Sambar Stag and a large, fullered throat & a threaded pommel that has been shaped/filed to match the Stag, both forged of "European" wrought iron. The overall length of this Bowie is 16 1/4" and comes with a tooled leather post sheath.

Price for a similar piece, with leather sheath: $2,750.00


"Flat Ball-Bearing" Bowie Knife w/ Stag Crown

This Bowie has a 7" blade forged flat from 1/4" 52100 high carbon ball-bearings and a 1084 high carbon powder steel. The fullered, oval guard is "jail bar" wrought iron. The handle is a Sambar Stag Crown with a damascus "throat" that is file worked to match the stag and has a black spacer in-between. This knife is set with a hammered and etched high carbon steel pin. The overall length of this knife is 12 1/2" and comes with a tooled leather sheath with retention strap.

Price for a similar piece, with leather sheath: $1,450.00


"Big Antiqued" Bowie in Ironwood & Black Ivory

This Big Bowie has a 10" blade forged from 5160 high carbon spring steel, edge-quenched with an antiqued/boiled mustard finish. The fullered oval guard and threaded pommel have also been treated with the same finish. The handle is Desert Ironwood Burl with a throat of African Black Ivory wood and is separated by a brass spacer. The knife comes with a tooled leather blade sheath with strap and loop and has an overall length of 16"

Price for a similar piece, with leather sheath: $1,350.00


"The Classic" Bowie

This Bowie was the style I made for the "ABS Journeyman Smith Knife of the Year" right after after passing my Mastersmith test in '08. To me, this is a classic Bowie design. The blade is just over 9" of 440+ layer "raindrop" pattern damascus with forge-marked and acid soaked flats. The fullered oval guard is forged from jail-bar wrought iron as is the fullered spacer behind it. The handle is A-grade Desert Ironwood Burl and topped off with a stainless steel set pin. The knife comes with a fully tooled leather blade sheath with belt loop and retention strap and has an overall length of 14 5/8".

Price for a similar piece, with leather sheath: $1,850.00


"The Mississippi" Bowie

This Bowie is forged from multi-quenched W2 steel with acid soaked/forged flats and an etched hamon. The blade itself is 7 3/4" long. The fullered oval guard is wrought iron as is the threaded pommel that has been filed to match the stag. The handle is Sambar Stag, with black spacers on each end, and a "throat" spacer behind the guard of mosaic damascus. The overall length of this piece is 13" and the knife comes with a tooled leather blade sheath with belt loop and retention strap.

Price for a similar piece, with leather sheath: $1,275.00


"Mountain Thunder" Hunting Bowie

This large Bowie has a 14 1/2" blade of thousand layer "staggered ladder" pattern damascus forged from 5160, 15N20, L6, 1084 & 1018 steels with forge-marked/etched flats (you can see the damascus pattern even in the forge-marked areas). The full knuckle guard, threaded pommel & finial are all forged from "wagon wheel" wrought iron and have file worked accents. The handle itself is A+ grade Sambar Stag with a throat of stabilized Mammoth leg bone with copper/black and red brass spacers. The fully tooled leather blade sheath has Fish skin (Carp) inlays dyed by Tess, a matching belt loop (loop and back are fully tooled as well) and a Moose hide leg cord. This piece has an overall length of 21 1/4".

Price for a similar piece, with leather sheath: $4,950.00


"Rain and Arrow" Bowie Knife

This Bowie is a variation on my "Short-Fat Bowie" series. This hefty little knife (weighing in at 1 lb.) has a 5 5/8" long blade forged of 500 layer "raindrop" pattern damascus steel with forge marked/acid soaked flats and is 2" high (from spine to edge) at it's widest point. The knife has a two-piece "raindrop" pattern damascus guard and threaded pommel forged from the same billet as the blade. The handle is lightly dyed, A-grade Curly Maple with a stylized "Arrow" inlay done in .999 fine silver wire. This knife has an overall length of 10 3/8" and comes with a rawhide/inlayed sheath with a belt loop by John Cohea. 

Price for a similar piece, with Cohea sheath: $1,975.00


Gentleman's Bowie Knife In Ironwood Burl
Gentleman's Bowie Knife In Ironwood Burl

This Bowie knife has an 8 1/4" blade of 5160 spring steel with a hand-rubbed finish and a 13 1/8" overall length. The knife has an oval guard and threaded butt-cap of satin finished stainless steel. The handle is Desert Ironwood Burl wood with a throat made up of stabilized blonde Buckeye Burl wood and stainless steel spacers. This knife comes with a fully tooled leather blade sheath as well.

Price for a similar piece, with leather sheath: $995.00


Basket-weave Gentleman's Bowie Knife
Basket-weave Gentleman's Bowie Knife

This bowie knife is similar to our original Gent's bowie but, with an 8 1/2" blade forged in "basket-weave" pattern mosaic damascus. The oval guard and threaded pommel are also mosaic damascus and the handle is Desert Ironwood burl with a throat consisting of two pieces of nickle-silver sandwiching a fullered black Micarta spacer. The knife is 13 1/2" overall length and comes with a tooled leather blade sheath with belt loop and retention strap.

Price for a similar piece, with leather sheath: $2,300.00


"Texas Spirit" Bowie Knife

This Musso-inspired Bowie knife has a 10 1/2" blade forged from 1084 powder and inlaid with tiled mosaic damascus featuring the state of Texas and the Lone Star. The knife has a back-bar, guard and spacers of nickle-silver & brass mokume (the mokume was made by Phillip Jones). The handle is exhibition- grade Desert Ironwood Burl with a stainless steel pin. The knife comes with an open-backed leather blade sheath with Rattlesnake skin inlays, loop & snap.

Price for a similar piece, with leather sheath: $5,550.00


"Mosaic-Ribbons" Bowie

This hidden-tang Bowie knife is Mosaic damascus with 400 layer dividing "ribbons". This 7¼" blade is forged from 1095, 15N20 & 5160 high carbon steels. The contoured, double guard is Silica Bronze with a black spacer and thumb drop. The handle is Presentation grade Desert Ironwood Burl secured with a Silica Bronze pin. The overall length of this piece is 12 1/2" and it comes with a fully tooled leather blade sheath with loop & strap.

Price for a similar piece, with leather sheath: $2,175.00


"FAT" Bowie: Stealth Version

The blade is forged from W2 high carbon steel with an "antiqued" finish. The blade is 5 1/2" long and just under 2" at it's widest point. The contoured double guard is 400 layer "random" pattern damascus with a black spacer and the handle is Premium Amber Stag. The knife is finished off with a threaded matching damascus pommel filed to match the Stag and is approx. 11" overall. This knife, of course, comes with a tooled leather blade sheath.

Price for a similar piece, with leather sheath: $1,450.00


"The Hana Basics" Bowie

Here is a clean and classic style Bowie knife, all you would need traveling the winding Hana Highway. This full tang Bowie is forged from W2 high carbon steel with a clay (edge) quenched blade, forge marked/acid soaked flats and hand rubbed, then etched bevels. The tang is fully etched as well with "jimping" on the spine for a thumb rest. The handle scales are A-grade, stabilized Hawaiian Curly Koa wood done in a "palm swell" style and secured with stainless steel handle bolts and a matching lanyard liner. The blade has a 7" cutting edge with an overall length of 11 1/2" comes with a fully tooled leather pouch sheath with a belt loop.

Price for a similar piece, with leather sheath: $650.00