Searles Bowie / Legacy Arms.
I recently purchased the Searles Bowie made by Legacy Arms from Kult of Athena, and I really like it: The steel seems to be of very good quality as it has a sharp edge right from the box that I sharpened up with minimal effort to a near razor sharp edge.

The flat of the blade isn't actually flat as it has a very subtle hollow grind as well as the main bevel also having a hollow grind. There is some distal taper to the blade and it balances at the guard, this makes it a very fast knife but optimized for draw cuts. A camp tool might be better with a bit more forward balance but this is really a fighting knife as one would expect from one of the " traditionally believed " original Bowie knives, or at least a version that Rezin Bowie had made as presentation knives and may have used himself.

The one Jim Bowie used in the Sand Bar fight may have been different and just a large butcher knife, and maybe by the time of the Alamo it might have been replaced by a knife like this ? Mostly speculation, I believe, and I'm writing this from memory so it would be good for people to do some fact checking.

The pics on the KoA site are pretty good, but I took a few pics myself to show it in hand.

This seems to be a very well made copy of the original, but in that case the only criticism I would have of the original is that the handle would be better with an oval cross section rather than a round one for easier edge alignment in a cut.

The blade is 3/16" thick at the guard and 1/8' thick near the point.

Oh the scabbard is a perfect fit holding the blade in the scabbard even when the scabbard and knife are held up side down, and even a bit of shaking doesn't make the knife fall out of the scabbard. At the same time a firm tug on the handle is enough to pull out the knife: The scabbard may have been a little tighter when I first got the knife but the scabbard just loosened up just a bit, but not too much even after having the knife for a few months and many cycles of pulling out the knife. ( Can't say if all the Legacy Arms knife/scabbard Searles Bowies have this near perfect fit, but mine does have it ;) :D :cool: )

As usual customer service by Kult of Athena was excellent.

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Shows the thickness of the blade and distal taper.

Last edited by Jean Thibodeau on Wed 14 May, 2014 8:46 pm; edited 1 time in total
Searles Bowie / Legacy Arms.
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Jean, I believe your knife is a replica of the one used by Bowie himself during the Battle of the Alamo.


nice, it looks a little on the hefty side - but I actually like a knife with a big beefy spine on them.
Speaking as a life-long old Texas country boy.....That's a sweet hand full o' steel. Bowies and large knives were my first passion before old age stuff...........You got a good'un there. :D .......McM
Daniel Wallace wrote:
nice, it looks a little on the hefty side - but I actually like a knife with a big beefy spine on them.

Not too hefty compared to some Bowie knives with blade 1/4" or more thick: It has enough beef to be strong, but not more than needed to be a good cutter and not feel like a 5 pound brick in the waistband. ( Forgot to mention that the scabbard has a side pin that keeps the scabbard in place if one wears the knife between waist and one's belt ).

Oh a leather thong attached to the ring on the scabbard can also be used as an extra way to secure the scabbard from loss.

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