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Old 03-26-2019, 09:10   #1
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"Cowboy Knives"

Last summer I jumped into the sport of Cowboy Action Shooting (CAS). Part of the enjoyment is the 'costuming' nature of the competition. Overall, CAS is like modern day 3-gun competition but without the steroid rage and scary black firearms.

I am looking for some a decent period-correct knife that will fit on a 2 1/2 or 3 inch leather pistol belt and a decent period-correct leather sheath but I don't really know anything about "knives" that extends past what tools are useful on a Leatherman or how to keep a modern hunting/skinner sharp and clean.

What is a good starting spot for a decent Old West cowboy knife?
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Old 03-26-2019, 11:07   #2
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Box, Depending on your outfit, Green River Knives may fit the bill. Finding a butcher knife you like would only require a sheath being made. Good luck!

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Old 03-26-2019, 12:12   #3
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Utah Bob is into CSA.
Need to poke him up some..


Don't forget a folder. Look for "equestrian" or one with a hoof hook.
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Old 03-26-2019, 12:32   #4
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Some guys favor a bigass Bowie just for style points but I think they get in the way. I prefer this one a fella in Maine made for me out of an old saw blade. It's got a 6 1\2" blade and comes in handy for cutting patches, leather and for removing the occasional stuck cartridge case.
here are several vendors that handle knives like Dixie Gun Works https://www.dixiegunworks.com/index/...s+%26+Sheaths/
and Track of the Wolf https://www.trackofthewolf.com/Search.aspx?search=knife



And go here for fun.
http://sassvets.homestead.com/index.html
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Old 03-26-2019, 12:57   #5
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removing the occasional stuck cartridge case - that is the utility I am looking for - with whatever possible style points I can collect along the way
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Old 03-26-2019, 13:14   #6
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most of the cowboys here in NM and AZ either carry a big ass Bowie or utility knives like the Green River's here is a photo of the most common. Go to Tandy and get some leather and you are setup in 30 min.

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Old 03-26-2019, 15:15   #7
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most of the cowboys here in NM and AZ either carry a big ass Bowie or utility knives like the Green River's here is a photo of the most common. Go to Tandy and get some leather and you are setup in 30 min.

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Looking tghrough those knives, I'm sure he'd be really popular with the crowd if he came moseying in and proudly stated, "Considering all of my options out there, I decided to buy a 6-inch Stiff Boner from my local guy!" (Let alone going for the 8" wide boner!!!)
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Looking tghrough those knives, I'm sure he'd be really popular with the crowd if he came moseying in and proudly stated, "Considering all of my options out there, I decided to buy a 6-inch Stiff Boner from my local guy!" (Let alone going for the 8" wide boner!!!)

Easy now, no need to go overboard with the boasting.......
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most of the cowboys here in NM and AZ either carry a big ass Bowie or utility knives like the Green River's here is a photo of the most common. Go to Tandy and get some leather and you are setup in 30 min.

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As previously noted, you'll probably have to make your own sheath if you want something "authentic". The best local leather source for us is Zack White's in Ramseur (https://www.zackwhite.com/). If you have any interest in leather work, it's well worth the one hour (+/-) drive. Saturdays before noon or training holidays work best with our schedules. You might have to exercise restraint when you get there given the options available - patterns and materials for everything from the afore mentioned knife sheaths to chaps, gauntlets, gun belts, holsters, etc., etc. They've even been known to stock genuine rawhide lariats.
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Old 03-27-2019, 07:40   #10
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The skinner is along the lines of what I'd like. Just enough to use as a cowboy accessory - but still useful as a skinner. Bowie knives are to bulky for what I need and I wouldnt know what to do with an 8' boner if I had one. I'd probably just hurt myself playing with it.

I do like those green river knives - thanks for the heads up.
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The skinner is along the lines of what I'd like. Just enough to use as a cowboy accessory - but still useful as a skinner. Bowie knives are to bulky for what I need and I wouldnt know what to do with an 8' boner if I had one. I'd probably just hurt myself playing with it.

I do like those green river knives - thanks for the heads up.
Contact "Barbarian" from this site. Every knife he's made for me were precisely what I asked for, and didn't break the bank.👌
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A friend who's been shooting SASS for many years has one whose configuration is exactly that 5-1/4" skinner shown above. I don't shoot SASS but have a knife like that anyway. It's shown itself to be really useful for a variety of tasks, and short enough not to be in the way.
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Old 03-28-2019, 06:59   #13
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Old 03-28-2019, 07:24   #14
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Google is your friend. Image search, cowboy knives 1880's. Lots of fellow period gun builders, knife makers, and friends @contemporarylongrifleassociation.
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Old 03-28-2019, 08:24   #15
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If you want you can have my skinner. It has patina and a history. I made the sheath in 74. It has seen some use and skinned a lot of deer, elk, etc.

It just gathering dust on the shelf now and could use a good home.

Let me know......

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