Western Bowie Knife, Vietnam?

Western started making the W49 in In Western started the practice of adding a date code to most of the knives they produced. That practice continued after the Platt family sold the company to Coleman in thru to when Camillus bought the rights to Western at auction. I’ve identified at least 6 variations and I think there may be a 7th between the years and The first two variations in the W49 were marked on the blade and they didn’t include the stock code W49 but did have the name Bowie on them. In Western’s catalog they say that all of their fixed blade knives are marked on the guard with the stock number of the knife. The markings on your knife appear on both what I call , the 4th and fifth versions. These are the guard markings that were on the W49 when they changed from the original handle to the version in your pictures. This is why I identify it as version 5. I haven’t found a precise record for the dates of each of these versions, but at this time IMHO I believe your knife is from around

c.1977 Western Bowie W49

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Western W49 Bowie

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Mar 30,  · The Western W is made of carbon steel. I bought one at a Sheriff’s auction about 20 years ago. I cut the hilt down took some belly off the blade, had a sheath made and for a total investment of $ got a knife that has served me well.

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The most common by far is the bowie with the wooden handle the (W49). Also they produced the stock number () a bowie with a handle made of synthetic stag for the handle. According to Western’s catalog they started producing the W49 in

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was the first year that Western knives started using the alphabet, starting with the letter “A”, to date code their knives. It was also the last year they were made in Boulder, CO. – They moved to Longmont, CO. in and continued the alphabet dating code for another 15 years until they were sold at auction to Camillus in

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The knife on the left is the 2nd variant of the W49 and is blade marked: WESTERN / BOWIE / USA The knife in the middle with the larger pins and modified guard is an example of the 5th variant, c

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Apr 11,  · The first two variations in the W49 were marked on the blade and they didn’t include the stock code (W49) but did have the name Bowie on them. In Western’s catalog they say that all of their fixed blade knives are marked on the guard with the stock number of the knife.

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