If you want a big bowie with similar features and you don't want to pay a premium for what has become a collector's item, consider the Ontario made Marine Rader Bowie. Logo of the Western Knife Company The Western Knife Company was a manufacturer of hunting knives which began operations in , in 1896. Western Knives cannot repair some of the products due to unavailability of the parts and other related items. Tough and Reliable Material Construction The material construction of Western Knives is the major highlight as it is robust and provide additional strength to the overall structure. When I see a Vietnam used knife for sale that is in mint condition I usually pass.
The company is liable to repair or replace any defected product if with the new item. A new name, Western Cutlery Company, was given the business in 1951 when Harlow Platts and his son, Harvey, reincorporated the company. The company worked under many parent companies including Camillus Cutlery and Acme-United group due to low profits and finance issues. Used one for years for yardwork, camping, etc till I discovered machetes. Expect to see hard use and pitting on any knife used in Vietnam as the jungle destroyed them pretty good. The products are available with durable sheaths and lanyard hole for safe storage and transportation of sharp cutting-edge and drop-point blade tools. The product catalog includes a wide array of knives and other tools including folding knives, tactical knives, , and axes.
This pattern is not exclusive to Western although they were the last to mass produce it. . Blade etched First Production Run. Platts was descended from a long line of knife makers and, in turn, his descendants were to have a significant impact upon a number of U. It could have been a special order as there were Western Bowies ordered by 5th Special Forces with blade inscriptions. In fact in 20 years of service, was never given a Vietnam carried knife. I'd sure like to find one and would pay good money to acquire it.
Mine comes out once a year to clear fire lanes at the deer spot. There are at least 4 more variations in knife markings and wooden handle type from then to 1977 when Western started date coding their knives on the blade. Comment by on October 14, 2013 at 8:45. Western Cutlery was sold at auction to Camillus in 1991 Western was owned by Coleman 1984-1991. The factory was moved to Longmont, Co. These two variations appear during the time period of 1964 to at least 1967.
This practice was continued after Western was sold to the Coleman Co. It holds a razor sharp edge and for a knife with a 9 inch blade does a wonderful job. Longmont, Colorado: Long Peak Press. Western Cutlery remained in Boulder until its 1978 relocation to nearby Longmont, Colorado. The second problem is defining the Vietnam time period for these knives and other equipment. They used to be quite affordable, but the prices on the Internet would make me look at some of the other knives in that size catagory.
Getting back to the subject of Bowies during the Vietnam time period. Unable to obtain satisfactory profit performance, the company's brands, machinery, and tooling were sold to Camillus Cutlery Co. More than likely mfg by Western but could be Kabar. Obviously the work would go faster on a grinder but I am not skilled enough to use one without doing damage to the heat treatment of the blade. His experience led him to work in the blade grinding and finishing department of a new knife factory operated by Cattaraugus Cutlery Company. They sharpen up like a razor and I need to make heavy duty sheaths for them.
Although it is not as pleasing to the eye as the wooden handled Western, it does have many of the same features as the V-44 pattern of old. Just when you think you have them figured out one turns up that does not fit the mold. In fact, here are a couple of videos with him sharing some of his vast knowledge of Bowie knives and how he makes one of his famous Bagwell Bowie Knives: He is truly an amazing man and has contributed so much to the world of cutlery. Accompanying Platts and his family to their new home was a determination to continue his lifetime work in the cutlery industry. There is a version of the Western Bowie that appears in the 1968 catalog.
World War I had begun and had brought shortages of material and labor. The company's early owners, J. This was the last year that Western knives were produced in Boulder, Colorado. Getting back to the subject of Bowies during the Vietnam time period. I like them very much.
Champlin and his son Tint, were joined temporarily in the business by four brothers of Mrs. The second problem is defining the Vietnam time period for these knives and other equipment. Very few guys that I can recall actually had theirs. The one I have is chromed on the blade, crossguard and handle pins. Absolute beast on chopping soft wood-maple.