z Sold Antique Ashley St. Louis made Bowie knife
z Sold Antique Ashley St. Louis made Bowie knife
Antique Ashley St. Louis made Bowie knife - Click to Enlarge Image

z Sold Antique Ashley St. Louis made Bowie knife

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 This superbly-preserved antique hand made Bowie or splitting knife may look SCARY, and up close and personal it WILL take your breath away.  But by handling it, your fears quickly give way to envy for the skills of the men who produced it over a century ago. It is  MASSIVE. Whatever you use it for...WHAM!...end of story. It's uniquely versatile and remarkable for its condition. Most pieces like this have cracked handles, and numerous hammer marks on the top of the blade's spine. This has none of those problems, and though used, its condition is  excellent, its edge is so finely honed it could shave a man's face. Its carbon steel blade was hand-forged with a full tang, and the ironwood  handle attached with brass screws over a full and tapered tang.  
Makers Marked with 3 XXXs and the back of the sheath the same 3 XXXs with the makers name and city "ASHLEY ST. LOUIS"
The sheath does show some damage at the throat, but stands as evidences the two pieces have started out together.

It has great collector value, though it would be a shame not to use it. Carbon steel blades of this vintage can hold a razor's edge like no other. It would be perfect for hunting or collecting. Comes with a whopping 9 1/4" blade (13 1/2" overall length) that is 1 5/8" wide at its widest. 

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