The Bowie knife—named after Col. Jim Bowie—is as American as a knife can get.

The large, fixed-blade fighting knife boasts a gritty construction and durable design, which is what made it so notable at the infamous Sandbar Fight.

For some more insight on the Bowie knife, check out this great video of knifemaker Daniel Winkler walking through how an original Bowie is made, why it’s so significant and some of the knife’s history.