Blade Length: 7.125 in/18.10 cm
Overall Length: 12.125 in/30.80 cm
Blade Steel: A-2
Steel Thickness: .215 in/5.45 mm
Weight: 11.75 oz
The Bark River Rogue Bowie is our version of the first real Bowie Knives made in this country. The period was 1827 and the place was Natchez, Mississippi. The very time and place that Jim Bowie came into world prominence for his rough fight on the Vidalia Sandbar. The Sandbar was just south of Natchez, Mississippi and local blacksmiths began to answer the request for ” A Knife Like Bowies”. The Rogue is done in the early natchez style and ours is sized from a vintage example in the Arkansas State Museum that has been credited to early bowie maker, James Black.
We feel strongly that the knife in the Arkansas Museum was not actually made by James Black. Here is the actual example that we used as a basis for our version.
“On September 19, 1827, near Natchez, Jim Bowie participated in the Sandbar Fight, which developed at a duel between Samuel Levi Wells III and Dr. Thomas Maddox. After the principals had exchanged shots without effect, two observers continued the affair. Alexander Crain fired at Samuel Cuny, and when Cuny fell, Bowie fired at Crain but missed. Wright shot Bowie through the lower chest, and Bowie, said an eyewitness, “drew his butcher knife which he usually wears and chased Wright.” The Blanchard brothers shot Bowie in the thigh, and Wright and Alfred Blanchard stabbed him in several places. As Wright bent over him, Bowie plunged the knife into his assailant’s breast, then raised himself and slashed Blanchard severely. All the witnesses remembered Bowie’s “big butcher knife,” the first Bowie knife. Reports of Bowie’s prowess and his lethal blade captured public attention, and he was proclaimed the South’s most formidable knife fighter. Men asked blacksmiths and cutlers to make a knife like Jim Bowie’s.”
This knife is supplied with the Rogue sheath. However, it can also be matched with the Hudson Bay, and Canadian Camp II sheath as well.