Daniel Searles proverbially carved himself into Bowie history when he made several Bowie knives for Rezin Bowie, brother of James.
Daniel Searles was a gunsmith and knife maker during the 1830's in Baton Rouge Louisiana. Rezin Bowie commissioned him to make several exquisite knives that Rezin later gave away as gifts. One he presented to Josiah Seth Stafford of Alexandria and the other recreated here was presented to H.W. Fowler of the U.S. Dragoons. The original of our Searles knife is currently on display at the Alamo.
It seemed that Rezin enjoyed grabbing a bit of personal attention cashing in on his brothers fame after the Sandbar duel by sporting well crafted custom knives. These silver adorned fancy weapons were later presented as gifts by Rezin to notable worthies of the day. Rezin would spend much of his later life putting various spins on the origin of the first known Bowie knife usually not realizing that those interested were really only concerned with what Jim used in the Sandbar duel and might later have carried in defense of the Alamo.
The Searles Bowie definitely has its place in history however by being the Alamo display knife and having the undisputed refute of being owned by a Bowie at one time. It may be the only "confirmed" knife in existence that historians are sure "was" owned by a Bowie. Although never provable it is possible it may have been a Searles.
Enjoy this fine reproduction of the most viewed knives in history on display at the Alamo.
From historian Rick J. Baer
Since this is a historical copy we felt it necessary not to put any other markings other than what was on the original, but it will come with a lamented card with each knife with a brief history and stating this is "only one of 200 to ever be made". This is and will be a highly collectable knife, but we felt that it need to be a working knife, not just a stainless steel generic version as many are that have been made.
This knife it made from 10/60 carbon steel, all hand hammer and hand ground, then highly polished, with a full tang and this blade comes with a sharp (workable) edge.
The handle is made from an exotic hardwood that will last. The scabbard is wood that has been wrapped in leather with steel accents
* Blade is 1060 tempered carbon steel
* Tang is peened over top of the end cap of handle.
* Period scabbard is included.
Wait time is 3-4 months
Blade Length: 9 3/4"
Blade Width: 1 3/4"
Overall Length: 15 5/16"
Handle Material: Exotic Hardwood
Weight: 1 lb 8 oz.
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