The Bowie Knife takes its name from Jim Bowie, the soldier who died at the Battle of the Alamo (1836). He famously carried a Bowie Knife with him after customising his fighting knife to his own design. Please click here for more information on Jim Bowie & The History Of The Sheffield Bowie Knife.
Sheffield Bowie Knives have been in mass production since the mid-19th century and are extremely popular in North America and many other parts of the world. Sheffield steel has an international reputation for quality and these Bowie knives are no exception.
These knives are the real deal - high quality Bowie knives made using traditional hands-on methods, not mass produced nor of inferior quality steel.
Bowie Knives Made In Sheffield
The Bowie Knives available on this web site are 100% Made In Sheffield.
Beware of cheap, inferior Bowie knives, or ones that are simply finished off here in Sheffield.
Sheffield steel has a reputation second to none. These knives are made from top quality carbon steel. As you will see from the photos on this page, these Bowie Knives are gleaming in appearance and the handles are made from a choice of materials that enhances the overall look and feel of the knives.
Care Of Your Bowie Knife
Note that carbon steel is not stainless steel so be sure to clean and dry your knife after use to avoid tarnishing. Even the chemicals in fingerprints can cause staining so give the blade a quick polish with a dry cloth before storing.
If storing long-term, remove the knife from the sheath as leather can sometimes seep moisture onto the blade and cause tarnishing. It is advisable to check regularly to ensure that humidity in your home is not finding its way onto the blade and rusting it.
Carbon steel is a degree more brittle than stainless steel so do not mis-use your knife e.g. by using it as a lever, or you could break it or cause pieces to be chipped off. Carbon steel can always be re-sharpened but it may become a major task if a chunk is missing because someone tried to cut through a metal bolt with a knife.
Postage Delivery Restictions Warning
UK Postal Authorities (Royal Mail/Parcelforce) are now occasionally refusing to accept the carriage of knives. They regard Bowie Knives and similar as "weapons".
If you wish to order from us, this will now have to be at your own risk of delivery arrival. If the knife is returned to us following refusal of the carriers to handle the package then we will refund your knife price less 10%. If the knife is confiscated and not returned, then no refund will be made.
Therefore, we would advise that you ask us before ordering a knife to be sent out. If you do order, then we will assume that you accept the risks involved.
For Sale To Over-18's Only. Please pay using a credit (not debit) card to proove your age and do not use the PayPal payment option during check-out. If a credit card is not used or if payment is made via PayPal then proof of age will be required. This can be achieved by sending us a copy of your passport/driving licence or some other credible document via e-mail.
Bowie knife making today is still carried out in Sheffield, England, but the manufacture of the Bowie Knives is now performed by a dwindling number of highly specialised craftsmen in the city. Master cutlery craftsmen in Sheffield are called "Little Mesters", a term that has endured for many years. Little Mesters are usually single specialists who run their own businesses, in their workshops, with skills that have been passed down through the years and through the generations, often from father to son. See Cutlery History for more details.
About The Maker
About The Arthur Wright Workshop
Established since 1947, Arthur Wrights are a traditional knife manufacturer. They produce a range of bowie knives, pocket knives, gardening tools, kitchen knives and scissors. All of the processes involved in the manufacture of the knives are completed in-house to ensure a quality product is the end result. Please also see the About Arthur Wright page.
Sizes and Customisation
Bowie knives are available in sizes from blades of 4 inches - 6 inches to a larger 10 inches. See below for the options.
You will notice a big difference in the prices below as one goes from 6 inch blades to 7 inch blades. This is because the manufacturing process is different for the longer blades and the design/sheaths are more elaborate. See the photo at the top of the page (This is an image of a 10" blade knife).
Should you require any engraving, please see our Engraving Page and supply us with the wording/artwork that you would like to be added.
Thank you very much for the knife, absolutely awesome. Arrived today. Can't believe it. Good days. Thank you, much appreciated workmanship.
Yes I have received it and it was well worth the wait. The quality was excellent. It's a monster. It won't be the last. Please pass on my thanks to Reg.
for working with me on the Green River knives. They arrived on time
and were exactly what I was looking for. I delivered two of them as
gifts to my friends and they were very grateful. I hope to do business
with you in the future".
"I thought I must write to thank you for the Bowie Knife that
my wife has bought from you as a present for me. She only ordered
it one week ago and it arrived this morning. A beautiful piece of
"The knife is very, very nice - Thank you!"
"Just to say the knife arrived today, and wow, what a beauty!
It is superb and well worth the wait!
"I am very pleased with the product and will treasure it for years to come."
"I got it - its beautiful, more than I expected."
About The Knives
We can offer knives with a choice of Buffalo Horn, Leather, Rosewood, Snakewood, Stag Horn or Bone Stag handles.
Stag handles are imported and are getting harder to find, especially for the longer knives, but a new material is being offered - "Bone Stag" which you can see pictured below.
The handles are polished to a beautiful appearance that sets off and compliments the knife blade.
These Bowie knives feel extremely comfortable in your hand and are perfect for any hunting or country-type activity where knives are required.
Bone Stag - The usual stag is now very hard for the makers to get hold of and they are offering "Bone Stag" instead for blades above 6" long.
This is a natural bone material which is probably a harder-wearing substance than antler stag and which has been machine-fashioned to look like usual
Up to 6" - Often in stock. Above 6" - 8-10 Weeks.
Estimates may vary - Please ask.
Please order very early to avoid missing a deadline or a Christmas/Birthday gift.
Blades under 6 " are usually in stock. For 10" blades we are estimating 8-10 weeks for manufacture.
Please note that all materials used to make these knives are genuine, not artificial. Some sites we have seen offer goods with plastic or synthetic handles. Only genuine materials can be found here.
All Bowie Knives are supplied with a leather safety carrying sheath that can be slotted onto a belt. The larger sizes have a more elaborate carrying sheath. As you will see in the illustrations, the Bowie Knife handle can be 'locked' in place by a press-stud just below the end of the handle. The studs may be quickly released in the event that fast use of your knife is required.
A word of warning - These knives can come with sharp blades so do be on your guard when handling one for the first time. Having said that, the larger heavy Bowies may not be as sharp when supplied as the smaller versions. The reason for this is that carbon steel is a harder, more brittle metal than, say, stainless steel and a thin ultra-sharp edge is at risk of fracturing during heavy use. You may use your own sharpening tool to put a sharper edge onto the blade but we caution against making the edge too thin for fear of damaging it in use. Large Bowies are not meant to be scalpel-like.
Please take great care to keep your Bowie Knife out of the hands of persons under the age of 18. Remember that knives are extremely dangerous in the wrong hands and should only be entrusted to mature, careful, responsible persons.
Whether buying for yourself, for a loved one, or for a friend, a Sheffield Bowie Knife will be a treasured possession that will last for years. Remember to look after your Bowie Knife by keeping it clean and always storing it in a dry location. Your knife can be re-sharpened. If/when needed, please re-contact us and we will be able to let you know the cost and procedure.
Our Selection Of Knives
Prices Exclude Postage & VAT
Due to there being an element of hand-manufacture in the making of these knives, the quoted blade lengths should be regarded as approximate and may vary slightly. Measurements include the whole of the blade length.
(The following relates to a Bowie with fading leather which we sold at a discounted price ) -
Parcel/Knife arrived this morning. Absolutely perfect for me. The fading on the leather actually gives it a bit of character, so I am kind of glad the original one ordered was out of stock!
Thank you for superb customer service. I will be keeping details of your website as I will definitely be ordering again in the future.
Many thanks.KC, UK
Hi Robert, forgot to say, the knife arrived as you said, and it's great, thanks for turning that around so quickly.
Have a great long weekend.
Thanks again, SM
"Received the knife today. Absolutely stunning. Far superior to the Puma, Boker etc I have. A tribute to a craftsman."
"Hello, just to let you know that I have received the wilderness knife and it is very nice indeed.
Thank you for the efficient service, I was advised on Wednesday afternoon that a package had arrived and I picked it up yesterday.
I look forward to doing buisness with you again.
J. S., Spain
"Thank you very much for my order which arrived today. I would like to say I am so very please with the knife that's been delivered. It was packaged well and arrived without a scratch. It has obviously been made excellently and now sits with pride in my collection. Please pass my thanks on to all involved especially Reg".
"I am just writing to let you know I received the knife and I absolutely love it! The craftsmanship and level of detail is incredible, truly amazing.
One can tell that this is carefully hand made product!
Also your services and communication were excellent so cheers for that".
"I am really pleased with my Bushcraft 4 inch Stag Handle knife, it is beautifully hand crafted. I was also really pleased with the excellent customer service and speedy delivery service. Relatives are no longer struggling on what to buy me for birthday or christmas. I am already choosing my next knife! Thank you".
"Just to let you know the AW 5" Stag knife arrived at 12.45 this afternoon, safe and sound. Thank you for your help and have to say it looks and feels great, and a nice balance & I look forward to using it and it giving me good service.
Super service, and look forward to doing business with you again.
"My 6 inch Arthur Wright Bowie knife arrived very promptly and my expectations have been exceeded. Wow what a special piece of kit . Workmanship overall quality weight and sharpness superb. I love the details and hope this art can continue for generations of Little Mesters to come!
"Hi, Just recieved my knife - absolutely stunning. Thanks.
"Just to let you know the knife arrived today and I have to say it is by far the most beautiful knife I have ever seen. I should also say Reg Cooper is a gifted craftsman. Could you please pass on my sincere thanks to Reg for a most wonderful knife.
"Received knife today - Very happy, thank you".
"I received my knife on Friday, and I must say that the quality has exceeded my every expectation. It's good to know that as a country we still have
skilled craftsmen that can produce such an excellent an item such as the Bowie knife I now own.
Many, many thanks".
"The knife was delivered today and is beautiful. You can tell it is handmade by a craftsman not on a production line. It has its little marks that shows authenticity and that is good. A big Thank You to you and Reg".
Would just like to say received both parts of my order and I am highly pleased with them. It is such a pleasure to have such things of great craftmanship much obliged. Thank you once again".
Regards, PW, UK
Would just like to say received both parts of my order (Pocket knife and bowie knife) and I am highly pleased with them. It is such a pleasure to have such things of great craftmanship. Much obliged, thank you once again".
"Just to say the knife arrived today, and wow, what a beauty!
It is superb and well worth the wait!
"Received my 8 inch blade knife today and am absolutely delighted with it. Lovely workmanship and looks stunning.
PO, Northern Ireland
"I would like to thank Mr Cooper and hope that he is feeling well. What a great knife a really good job, thanks mate, nice one,
"The 16" Bowie arrived by personal delivery by Robert Day. I recieved a phone call to ask if the knife could be 'Bobbed' round within the hour. I couldn't have been more impressed with the service I recieved, and to hear good old Yorkshire slang being used was a delight.
The knife is awesome in its appearance and I'm very pleased to have invested in such a work of beauty, especially from my local 'Little Mester' Reg.
A BIG thank you".
"I picked up the new Bowie knife with bone stag handle from the post office earlier this week. I just wanted to say a big thank you to Reg Cooper, it's a fantastic piece of craftsmanship and I will enjoy owning this knife for many years to come.
MJ, Jersey, C.I.
"Thank you so much for the exquisite Bowie knife which arrived safely on Friday.
I am delighted by the workmanship that has gone into producing this gorgeous piece of steel - plus the incredibly fine Stag handle and guards that complete the piece.
"Bowie received safe & sound on Monday thanks. It is indeed a very sharp & excellent piece".
"We received these knives today, and they are absolutely Fabulous!"
"My knife arrived today, I would like to thank you for such a beautiful job you have done, wonderful piece of craftmanship it is truly magnificent just what I wanted I will treasure it forever, will look forward to using it at work on Monday, thank you so much & all the best for the future".
"I just received the Bowie Knife today. It is very nice and I hope to another in the near future. Thank you for your assistance".
"Many thanks, I have received the bowie knife, and it is in excellent condition.
Really first class craftsmanship and I am very pleased.
"Received my knife this morning, it's great thank you".
"Thank you for your e-mail in response to my order.
I have a Puma White Hunter with staghorn handle, treasure it. Why? My hand never slipped, wet or dry. So am pleased you can offer me the Bowie
with the staghorn, please send ASAP.
You thank me for my custom...I thank you for your customer service, to that end you first in my list for anything else I want that you can provide, tell my friends also".
"Sorry I have not replied earlier.
The Bowie Knife arriived the next day....
I am using the knive for my sport of Archery - When arrows dig deep into the wooden stands they sometimes have to be cut out. This is just right for the job.
Many thanks for such a swift response".
"I just picked up the knife at the post office today - thank you for checking for me on the delivery. I just didn't know how long it would take on the shipping. The knife is very, very nice - Thank you!"
"Many thanks for your very efficient response to my order which I received safe & sound this morning (Saturday).
I am very pleased with the product and will treasure it for years to come.
Once again many thanks; it has been a pleasure dealing with you".
"I recivied my knife today - Thank you very much, its perfect".
"Sorry for the delay in replying, i've been away for a few weeks. I can confirm that i have recieved the order, very nice it is too, many thanks for everything..."
"I got it - its beautiful, more than I expected."
"Received my bowie knife today and am very pleased, the weight and finnish are excellent.
Many thanks for the quick delivery".
"The knife arrived, and its great, many thanks, and thanks to Reg".
Regards TH, UK
"I have just received delivery of my bowie knife and it is perfect and a beautiful example of British workmanship.
Thank you very much for your craftsmanship".
Kind regards, JH
"Thank you. The 7" knife arrived today. I have not been allowed to see as it is for me at Christmas. However I have been told it is good so thanks. I have ordered a 6" for my brother I will let you know when it arrives.
"I received the bowie knife today, thank you very much, just what I wanted".
"Received the knife today. Absolutely stunning. Far superior to the Puma, Boker etc I have.
A tribute to a craftsman".
Regards, KW, UK
"Thank you. The bowie has arrived promptly and looks fantastic".
Regards SM, UK
"Received the knives. I couldn't be more happy with them. They both look and feel great.
Many thanks for your help".
"Just a quick e-mail to confirm safe arrival; lovely knife, just like the ones I had 50 years ago in my well-spent youth!"
Many thanks. BS, UK
"Just to let you know the knife has arrived, can you please pass on my gratitude and thanks to Reg the "Little Mester"a true craftsman in every sense of the word, I will treasure my Bowie for the rest of my life".
Many, many thanks. NG, UK