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Back in the mid 1980's I developed an interest in collecting a few good knives including forged knives. (I developed an interest in knife collecting) Survival talk was big back then so I decided that maybe I should look into picking up a couple of good knives that would last "through the coming holocaust". Well, that phase passed but I still kept the knives "just in case". I really don't have many but I like them quite a bit. I enjoy owning my Randall #1 and my Bill Bagwell Bowie which are both at the top of my list. I especially love my Bagwell.

Back in 1985 I contacted Bill Bagwell directly and talked at length about why I need to spend so much for one of his knives, what the forging process was all about and learned quite a few other tidbits. My co-worker turned me on to Bill's knives after seeing a very impressive demonstration at the "Soldier of Fortune" convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. That story sure sold me on Bill's knife designing skills. By the way, when you order knives from Bagwell, he wants all of your measurements. Your arm length, body length and weight, right handed or left etc. It's made to order for the individual user. It really does feel like an extension of my arm.

So with that said, you can view some of the photos of his and other knives I own below!!

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BAGWELL Page about Bill Bagwell {short description of image}
Carbon Steel Bowie {short description of image}
Click graphic above for another photo w/sheath
Close-up photo of his name stamp Front cover of his sales brochure from 1985 Back cover of his sales brochure from 1985 Autographed business card
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BAGWELL
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Click graphic above for another awesome view!
On January 31st 2007 I received an email back from Bill when I asked him if he could date the bowie above.
His reply, "I made that Damascus Bowie in the 1970's between 1975 and August of 1978. I did not use that stamp after August of 1978."
Click here for a of both knives together
Click here for a closer view of the blade pattern Click here for a close
view of the stamped logo

About Damascus steel:
is a name currently used to describe steel that has been laminated by forge welding two or more types of ferrous metal. It is more accurately referred to as pattern welded damascus steel to differentiate it from true oriental damascus steel which is made using an entirely different process. In theory, by using layers of harder and softer metal, a blade can be produced which will get its edge holding properties from the hard component and its shock resistance from the softer one. A factor which works against achieving this goal is carbon migration. At the temperatures required for forge welding, carbon migrates rapidly from the high carbon steel into the lower. Another complicating factor is that at forging heat, the outside of the bar is decarburized creating a new thin layer of low carbon metal. So as both of these processes occur, the steel loses total carbon in proportion to the time spent at welding heat.

The goal of the smith then, is to accomplish the welding in as few heats as possible, and to keep the layers substantial enough so that they retain some difference in carbon concentration. It is for this reason that many smiths find that their best blades don't have a high number of layers.


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RANDALL
Randall #1 {short description of image}
Click graphic above for another photo w/sheath
Close-up photo of the name stamp Autographed Sales brochure. Signed by "Bo" Randall
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STEK About "Stek" Knives
Texas Bowie / Damascus Blade {short description of image}
Made April 2001
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My Other Knives
Punisher Knife Here's an Emerson Police Utility Knife used onscreen in the 2004 movie "The Punisher."
Authentic Kukri Tradional knife, made in India, used by Gurkas.
ANZA Knife Visit their web site. These knives have blades made from files which have been annealed, cold ground and polished. Handles are constructed of laminated plastic impregnated wood. Colors will vary. All knives feature full tang construction and come with a top grain cowhide belt sheath..
Phoenix Systems Ballistic Knife Some call this a Russian Spetznaz-type ballistic knife. Not sure if the Russians really had these or not.
USN MK 1 Pal RH-35 Knife

Still in Paper Wrapper never Drawn from Scabbard unwrapped, Like New Original WW2 Knife

Pal Cutlery Co. was in business from 1934 to 1953. In 1940 they purchased the Cutlery division of Remington Arms Co. The Mark 1 I have was made during World War II. Pal produced many thousands of these knives. The RH-35 was the designation left over from the Remington purchase, "Remington Hunting" model 35.

Ontario "Gambler" Bagwell Bowie Beautifuly created with wood handles and flat ground long and pointy blade Inspired by the design genius and artisanship of the "King of Bowies" Bill Bagwell. Blade is 9.2" and the Pakkawood handle is 5.2". The blade is flat ground and a full 0.3" thick at the handle Weight 0.74lbs / 330 gr
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KNIFE LINKS
American Bladesmith Society
Jerry Fisk Knives Ellis Custom Knives
Exquisite Knives Robertson's Custom Cutlery
Jerry Hossom Knives Blade Forums
Knife Art Ontario Cutlery (Bagwell Knives by Ontario)
Randall-Made Knives Arizona Custom Knives
River City Sheaths All-Blades (many knife links)
Professional Knife Makers Association Stek Knives / CRAIG & ADAM STEKETEE
"Damascus" Links Bill Moran - Father of Modern Damascus
Knivemaking Traditions and the Arkansas Toothpick Sunrise River Custom Knives / Repair too!
Texas Knifemaker's Supply:
The Complete Source of Knife Making Supplies!
Knife Encyclopedia
Knife Education
ComTech (James Keating)  
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