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A. G. Russell Shopmade California Bowie African Ironwood

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Item #: SMR-773AI


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African Ironwood Handle Scales

Ed Henry was the maker of the finest handmade "English" style Bowies. He made knives at a time when there was no computer driven machinery to cut or grind - all the work was done by hand. No one surpassed the quality of this man's work. His guards were so well fitted you could not tell if the knives were machined in one piece or if you were looking at the world's finest solder job. Utilizing modern processes, we have tried to accomplish that same fit with our California Bowie.

The 8-1/2" classic Bowie blade is 154CM at 59-61 Rc. It measures 1-1/4" at its widest point. The overall length is 13-1/4". The hilt, of 420 stainless steel, is fitted as precisely as we can manage. The handle scales are African Ironwood, a new and interesting wood we have brought in directly from South Africa. Handmade in our own shop here in Rogers, Arkansas and marked "A.G. Russell Shopmade®". The sheath is our own design and is handmade in the U.S.A. of first class American leather.


  • Type
  • Blade
  • Blade Length
  • Blade Steel
  • Rockwell
  • Hilt Guard
    420 Stainless
  • Handle
    African Ironwood
  • Tang
  • Overall Length
  • Weight
    10.6 oz. /15.9 oz. in sheath
  • Sheath
  • Origin

A.G. Russell Shopmade

Our Shopmade® program makes maximum use of our assets. Our knowledge of who can do the best job of waterjet cutting, heat treat, wire electro-discharge machining, and rough grind all allows the greatest productivity from our rarest asset, the time of our expert knifemaker(s). When our shop has done the finish blade grind by hand, put the handles in place, shaped them and sharpened the blade and the knife has gone through our quality control, then we can be sure that you have the very best knife we can provide you for the money you are spending with us.

Thank you A.G. Russell for promptly answering my question. All items I have purchased from the A.G. Russell Company in the past have always been as described, carefully packed, shipped promptly and arrived safely. For the most part, these have been working items for daily use. Fit and finish has always been exceptional. The A.G. Russell Shopmade Bowie I purchased fully met all of my expectations. A dazzlingly beautiful thing. It was purchased as a memorial gift to a good friend when his father passed away recently. I had the blade engraved with his father's birth and death dates. As always, this was a most satisfactory transaction with the A. G. Russell company. I will look forward to more suitable purchases from the A.G. Russell company in the future. Edward, B. Albany, GA
$ 395.00

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