I guess one idea about the label Bowie, to make it short, can be either exptremely stringent, Ie:
a. Only the or an original xhould be called Bowie;
b. ok-too stringent, then only a fully functional replica correct in every detail should be called Bowie;
c. only knives that follow the proportions of the original scaled down to having a bade not less that 9' can be so labeled;
c. any knife having incorporated the basic design concepts of the Bowie, long lower blade sweeping to a point and joining the sharpened or could be sharpened convex sweep of the back strap
Ok, well, you get the idea:
Weeeel, before I get to putting up all my Bowies (lost a few) Case MADE a beauty, it got stolen, etc.etc.
The above is from John Wayne's version of the Alamo, it is allegedly the same as the version carried by Alan Ladd in the Ancient Movie "The Iron Mistress" (great flick and better book) but I will have to read some more to verify that.
Allegedly a pic of the Original from "Musso's Collection".
I will check the source tommorrow., and put up some more pics.
Oh, Hugh, I demo'd the offending Viking. The Tang did shrink down to about 1/3 the bladewidth at the base, is about 3 1/2 inches long at that dimension, then it has the typical Rattail bolt welded on, only of about 3/8" which is seceured by a nut in the Pommel.
The Guard and Pommel are mixed non ferrous metal.
The partial tang in rattail are (or were) closely fitted with a medium soft wood, so it was necessary to hacksaw the hilt apart.
The sheath is suede like over a cedar wood base (can't mistake that smell, like a cedarwood chest). The grip is wrapped in the same material (or it was)
The blade is heavy SS which is fairly flexible. You can sense where its limits are.
I am sure I will find a use for the blade sometime in this decade, but I am going to say this sword probably up to doing what I asked it to do, and maybe not much more.
There are at least two you tubes
of cuttesting the Coldsteel version.