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11 of the Best Bowie Knives to Buy and Use

You know how frustrating it is not to have the right knife for the job. The best Bowie knives around can be used for skinning, cutting meat, and hacking through branches.

There are a lot of bad quality Bowie knives on the market. Cheap, low-quality steel and bad workmanship are rife. We’re here to help you find only high quality Bowie knives.

Owning the best Bowie knife you can will help you whenever you’re outdoors. They’ve got a truly incredible range of uses for the modern outdoorsman. Whether you’re a hiker or love heading out on hunting trips, a strong, full tang Bowie knife can change your life.

Want to learn which knives are worth your time, and which belong in the trash? Read on, and stay sharp!

11. The SOG Super SOG Bowie Fixed Blade SB1-TL

One of the best American-made Bowie Knives, this is one incredible knife. The 7.5 inch blade is extremely sturdy, and the leather handle provides fantastic grip.

The balance is great, and it’s made of strong AUS-8 steel. This knife isn’t cheap, retailing at $199.99, but it’s worth every penny.

10. Cold Steel Natchez Bowie

Another Bowie knife made in the USA, the Natchez is a fantastic option. The blade measures nearly 12 inches, and is made of O-1 carbon steel.

Its handle is made of polished Micarta, which gives solid grip. While not as luxurious-feeling as the Super SOG, it’s a very good option.

9. Buck 124 Heritage Frontiersman

Buck is about as trusted a name in knives as you can get. The full tang Buck 124 Heritage Frontiersman Bowie knife is a fantastic compact option: the 420HC blade measures in at just 6.25 inches.

The knife is sturdy enough for any use you care to name. It’s well-balanced, and the Micarta grip looks classy. It’s cheap too, costing just $149.99.

8. Winchester 14.25″ Bowie Knife

For those on a budget, this monster Winchester Bowie knife is worth a look. It may lack some of the features found on more expensive knives, but its construction is solid.

The huge stainless steel blade can take a beating, but we wouldn’t recommend using it for leverage. This knife is lacking a full tang, so requires a bit more care. Stainless steel also needs a bit more care when sharpening, so bear that in mind.

It’s surprisingly well balanced, though, and also has an impressive pricetag of just $39.99.

7. Ka-Bar Becker BK9

Easily one of the best bowie knives on the market, the BK9 sits at the sweet spot of price and quality. Its nine-inch 1095 Cro-Van 9-steel blade has been thoroughly tested to ensure it withstands anything.

The handle is made of lightweight Grivory, making using this knife a joy. The blade has also been coated in epoxy powder, to add corrosion resistance. All of these features don’t demand a high pricetag: the BK9 costs $124.99.

6. Muela Magnum

This is a knife for those with a taste for the finer things. The Spanish-made Muela Magnum features a handle made of genuine Red Stag antler, which feels like heaven in the hand. The blade is made of 440 chrome-vanadium-molybdenum steel, and is supremely durable.

The handcrafted sheath that comes bundled with the Magnum is the icing on the cake. A heavy, exceptionally well-made knife, the Magnum is Bowie knife royalty.

5. Ontario Spec Plus Raider Bowie

Much like the BK9, the Raider Bowie knife is inspired by our armed forces. Coated in epoxy resin to reduce shine and corrosion, the beefy 9.75 inch blade is seriously strong.

The handle is made of Kraton and gives superb grip. It’s as sturdy as the blade, too, and its pommel can be used as a makeshift hammer.

It’s weighty, seriously tough, and incredibly well-made. There may be more expensive knives, but this is one of the best Bowie knives for value around.

4. Ka-Bar Heavy-Duty Warthog

The Heavy-Duty Warthog is an odd-looking Bowie, but it’s superb at what it does. That being, going for a long time between sharpenings and being used near-constantly. If you want a truly tough knife, this is the best Bowie knife on the market.

The 6.75-inch blade might bear more resemblance to a cleaver than a traditional Bowie, but it can be used as one just the same. The Kraton handle is just as tough as the blade, and can really take a beating.

For under $60, this blade makes a superb knife for any outdoorsman.

3. Schrade SCHF45 Leroy Full-Tang

Priced at just $52, you might not have high expectations for the Schrade SCHF45. You’d be wrong.

The 10-inch blade is heavy enough for any use you’d care to name, and is very well-made. The handle is made of TPE, which, while not a top-class material, is far from terrible. The finger grooves are a very nice feature.

Sharp, cheap, and well-made, this knife offers amazing value.

2. Case Cutlery White Hunter

If you’re looking for a unique Bowie knife, they don’t come much more distinctive than the White Hunter. Its characteristic white polymer handle is eye-catching, while providing solid grip.

The Tru-Sharp blade is absolutely incredible, too. One of the sharpest Bowie knives around, this baby can cut through anything with ease. It’s mirror-polished too, adding to the stylish look of the knife.

Easy to sharpen, incredibly good-looking, and very practical, this knife will have pride of place in any collection.

1. Ka-Bar Full-Size US Army Knife

The world-famous Ka-bar Bowie knife is one of the best all-rounders on the market. It has to be, developed into its current legendary form by generations of servicemen.

If you need to build shelters, skin game, or even fight off a predatory animal, then this is the knife for you. Don’t let its reputation as a fighting knife put you off. It’s just as practical for the great outdoors.

For under $100, this knife offers practicality, strength, and high build quality.

What Do You Think Are the Best Bowie Knives?

We’re curious to hear what you think are the best Bowie knives on the market today. Which knives do you trust? Let us know in the comments; we’d love to hear from you!

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3 Comments

  1. Wanted pictures to go along with the knives.

  2. Ka-Bar is known as the knife of the Marine Corp and the Navy. HMPF!!

    I agree that despite those argue the best design, this is a good list. I can’t afford expensive knives, but I do like the SOG bowies and Ontario offers tremendous value for the money. A $100, more or less for a good, strong blade is very reasonable when that knife will last for years with regular use.

    I purchased a Khukri under the Winchester brand because it was on sale and while not a high dollar knife, it is extremely sharp. I almost sliced off a piece of my index finger while cleaning the blade. So yeah, even common day stainless steel can be very capable or dangerous 🙂

  3. Cold Steel, Survivalist. Drop Forged 52100 high carbon Steel with a 8 inch full tang blade.

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