Marc Larsen Bowie Knife

Marc Larsen was a very talented knife maker from Camp Verde, Arizona. He learned most of his craft from Tim Hancock. He forged his own steel and Damascus. Now in his late 70’s, he’s pretty much retired from knife making. Here is an excellent example of the knives he produced:


Straight Back Damascus Bowie Knife

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Click here to purchase this knife

New Custom Knives

Five Knives by the following Knife Makers:

Larry Brandstetter, Chuck Morey, Jason Oblinski, Greg Sutherland, & Hans Weinmueller

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The History of George Wostenholm

The History of George Wostenholm

Along with Joseph Rodgers, George Wostenholm is possibly the most famous name in cutlery. These two, once great rival companies have sat alongside each other in The Egginton Group since 1986. Perhaps more than any other cutlery company, the history of Wostenholm is steeped in folklore.

Although Wostenholm was reputably formed in 1785, it took three generations and one name change for the company to really make a mark in Sheffield’s cutlery history. Originally the family name was spelt ‘Wolstenholme’ but, story has it that George Wostenholm the second found this name too long for smaller knives so he omitted the letters ‘l’ and ‘e’. The name has been spelt Wostenholm ever since. The second George Wostenholm also built the Rockingham Works (known locally as the Rockingham Wheel) in around 1810. Knives made in this factory and marked “Rockingham Works” are highly prized by knife collectors to this day.

In 1831, the famous I*XL trademark, which had first been registered in 1787, was assigned to Wostenholm.

It was the third George Wostenholm who ensured that this trademark became arguably the world’s most illustrious and best loved knife brand.

An ambitious industrialist and fiercely determined salesman, he came to the company’s helm in 1833. The company had already taken its first steps into the American export market as early as 1830; however, it was the third George who made numerous gruelling sales trips to America. This was at a time when the trans-Atlantic passage would take many weeks. Demand from America for superior quality cutlery was growing and George Wostenholm’s efforts had made certain that the finest cutlery of the time, his I*XL knives, were the knife of choice for Americans.

Trade flourished and in 1848 a new factory, the fabled Washington Works on Sheffield’s Wellington Street, was opened.

As the popularity of Wostenholm’s knives grew, so too did Washington Works and it soon became nearly four times its original size, employing over 800 workers.

Wostenholm was now making knives in a volume never witnessed before. It is important to note though that George ensured that quality was never sacrificed and knives continued to be made by the finest cutlers using only the best materials. For the Great Exhibition of 1851, to demonstrate the height of their craft, Wostenholm made three exquisite hunting knives from designs by noted English artist Alfred Stevens.

George Wostenholm, after having reportedly declined the position on a number of previous occasions, finally became Master Cutler 1856. He also held the office of Justice of the Peace for Sheffield. His influence on the city of Sheffield was considerable. He purchased an entire suburb of 150 acres and designing the streets to be laid out to reflect the leafy residential roads of the villages he had visited in New York State. The Sheffield road names of Wostenholm Road and Washington Road as well as Wostenholm’s huge house Kenwood Hall (now a hotel) are lasting reminders of his impact on the city.

Wostenholm’s influence on history was also felt across the Atlantic. Wostenholm had begun making hunting knives in the 1830’s.

Many of these were exported to America to keep up with demand for highly crafted knives in this incredibly turbulent time in American history.

There are two claims made about Wostenholm and the relationship with one of America’s most famous sons, legendary frontiersman Colonel James Bowie. The first claim is that Bowie ordered knives for himself and his close friends directly from Wostenholm.

The second, more famous claim is that, on March 6th 1836 when Bowie died at The Alamo while General Santa Anna’s Mexican Army attacked, a knife found on his body was one made by Wostenholms. Whether or not these stories are true is impossible to say for certain as company records from that period no longer exist, but it is nice to imagine that the paths of these two great men once crossed.

What can be said for certain is that Wostenholm’s dedication to his company and its products meant that the I*XL trademark has come to be regarded as the absolute pinnacle in knife manufacture.

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AKCA Knife Makers Class

Hancock Class

This is a demonstration you won’t want to miss. TimHancock will be demonstrating the construction of hisfamous frame Bowie handle and the manufacture of the silver button heads that decorate the scales.
Tim is no new comer to hot steel. He was learning to shoe horses before he was out of grade school and began teaching an older cowboy the art at the age of fifteen. Tim became a pipe welder with enough expertise to become a welding engineer in the nuclear
power plant construction industry. By 1987 Tim began forging a blade for a Sioux quilled sheath that belonged to his father. By 1992 he had become a full time knifemaker and earned his Journeyman Smith stamp fromthe American Bladesmith Society (ABS). By 1994 he hadacquired the prestigious ABS Master Smith stamp. Alongwith high quality Damascus forged blades he forges top
shelf bits and spurs.
For more information on Tim I would suggest theexcellent and exhaustive compilation of Tim’s work in David Darom’s, Tim Hancock, The Western Blade Smith.
All classes will have an 8:00AM sign in and 9:00AM start. Members pay $25.00, non-members pay $50.00. Minors are free and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Pay-ment for the class/demo goes to the club. Bring an item for the raffle which is held at every demo. Raffle proceeds go to the club.
Bring a bagged lunch unless told other-wise or you know of a local eating place. Lunch will be from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. Demon-
strators will be paid $300.00 from the club. The demonstrator may or may not auction the day’s product so be prepared to
bid if there is something you are interested in. Cash payment only and proceeds goes to demonstrator.

Bowie Nation

Added a new section to the website tonight, Bowie Nation. This is for all you lovers of the large Bowie knives


20″ Bowie Knife

There is not too many of this sized Bowie knives around. Believe me when I say this is one big Bowie. At just under 20″ this knife was designed by and made for Western Artist John Hill by custom knife maker Jim Ort of Oz knives.

Ort/Hill Bowie

Made of 1095 high carbon polished steel

Ort/Hill Bowie

The blade alone is 14.25″ long

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Beautiful Crown Stag Handle

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Leather Sheath also by Jim Ort

Interested in adding this to your collection? Check it out on the web site here


S-Guard Bowie by Roger Bergh

Roger sent me these photos from Sweden of a project he is working on; A Custom S-Guard Bowie.

Thought I’d share:

Boker Plus KAL 10 Fighting Knife


Boker Plus KAL 10 Fighting Knife

Scavanged by Baehr Manley

Many zombie survival experts tend to lean towards some hardcore tools and weapons, like swords and crowbars, but most of us here at ZPrepared prefer a rugged combat knife. It’s not the greatest weapon against the undead (firearms can’t really be beat in most cases), but the sheer versatility can’t be argued. It’s a tool and a weapon, they’re always easy to carry, and chances are, you’ve always got one on your person. So when we saw the Boker KAL 10 Fixed Blade fighting knife, this was an easy choice to add to the site. A knife as rugged and tough as the Automat Kalashnikov, with just as much style belongs here. The thumb notch and grip make it perfect for combat handling, and the point is tailor-made to punch right through to the cash and prizes of a zombie’s cranium.

From the blog Zprepared

Joe Frank’s Smithsonian Fighter Bowie

This is one nice knife made back in the 70’s by Joe Frank Martin of Lubbock, TX.

Smithsonian Fighter

Smithsonian Fighter

Weinand Custom Knives

I received about a dozen of Gerome Weinand’s custom knives in and have begun to place them up for sale on the website here.

It may take me a few or more days to get them all listed, here’s a few I already have done:


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