Knives have played a role in human affairs for millennia, dating all the way back to the Stone Age and before. Throughout its long history, the knife has gone through repeated evolutions and refinements, becoming more and more an ideal tool. Today, you’ll find knives specifically designed for many different tasks, from the humble butter knife to modern military knives such as those used by the Navy Seals. However, in all of history, few knives have attained the fame (or infamy) as the Bowie knife. What is a Bowie knife?
First, unlike many other types of knives in the world, the Bowie knife is a single edged implement. Any knife with two sharpened edges is immediately disqualified from consideration. In addition, the blade is at least six inches in length, though they are often quite a bit longer than this, particularly in the case of modern day reproductions. The blade of a Bowie knife is usually at least an inch in width, though these can be up to two inches wide, as well (longer blades are proportionately wider).
The blade tip is yet another defining feature of Bowie knives. While the majority of knives, whether modern or antique in origin, have a tip in line with the spine or back of the blade, the Bowie knife does not. In fact, the point is considerably lower than the spine, for several reasons. First, this provides better control of the knife tip during use. Second, it offers better penetration, because the tip is considerably smaller than it would be if it had a traditional design. You will also find that some of these clipped tips actually have the curved (or clipped) portion of the blade sharpened, which results in better penetration.
In terms of guard shape, bowie knives are well known for having a double guard (that is, an upper and lower guard). However, the upper guard did not jut straight out, like the lower one. The upper guard is angled outward, toward the tip of the knife. This is a special feature, purportedly created to help the wielder trap an opponent’s knife in the case of a fight. The bowie knife was designed for personal protection, as well as general-purpose use in camping, hunting, and fishing. This is why the blade is so large and thick – it has to be to deal with such a wide variety of different uses. While you will find that specialty knives do a better job in their very specific field, a bowie knife will outperform other knives, simply because you can use it for such a wide range of different things. You can skin them, chop brush, gut fish, chop vegetables, cut through bone and more.
However, bowie knives have a uniquely shaped blade that allows them to function just as well whether you’re using them to skin, gut, clean or cut fruit. So, bowie knives, while a well-known factor in the hunting world, are not used solely for any one particular purpose. This means that the purchase of such a knife will ensure that you have numerous benefits. Bowie knives provide versatility, durability, and longevity. This is a tremendous advantage over traditional hunting knives. With the right bowie, you can carry just one knife with you, rather than having to pack and carry several different types of knife to deal with any situation that might arise.
How do you throw a Bowie knife accurately? Actually, it can be quite difficult to throw one of these large blades with precision. Therefore, it is certainly not recommended that a beginner tries throwing Bowie knives right off the bat. A better option is to start with something better balanced. A Bowie knife, with its very long blade, does not have the same center of balance found with a regular throwing knife. This means that it is awkward and difficult for a beginner to gain any accuracy. Bowie knives can be thrown from a relatively decent distance, though you will need to take certain steps to ensure that you hit your target. For instance, with a traditional throwing knife, you aim for the point that you intend to hit. With a Bowie knife, you will need to aim above your intended target. This will allow the blade to arc through the air, rather than flying straight. If you were to throw your blade straight, chances are good that gravity would pull it off course. It would still arc, and it would hit lower than you had intended.