Conestoga Bowie Knife


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Custom, hand made knives for hunters and collectors   

Custom handmade knives and high performance cutlery for hunters, collectors, and chefs

Michael H Mara  

(708) 969-2424


Here are the knives. Some are sold, and some are currently available, as described in the captions. I can duplicate a sold knife, or work with you to create a custom piece. Lead time for custom orders is currently 6 to 8 weeks.

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Conestoga Bowie Knife            

Conestoga Bowie Knife @2012 Michael H Mara

This very unique Bowie knife is so named because all of the component materials came from covered (or buckboard) wagon parts. The Bowie features an 8 flat ground, clip point, hand forged blade of wagon axle steel with 2 1/2 false top edge and curved choil at the ricasso. The blade is hardened to HRC 58. The knife is 12 overall. This Bowie features a handle of wagon wheel spoke Oak with contoured finger grooves, with a wrap around guard and pommel nut of wagon wheel rim wrought iron. Includes custom handmade leather sheath. $695 SOLD

The sheath:

Progress pics:

The wagon axle from which the blade was created, the blade forged and rough ground:

The amazing pattern in the steel after forging, unfortunately lost in the heat treating:

A pic of the wagon wheel that the wood was cut from:

The raw, weathered spoke, and the Oak, sanded:

The wagon wheel rim wrought iron:

Forging the guard out of the wrought:

Forged, polished, etched, and fitted to the knife:

The knife construction:

The pommel nut, also made from wagon wheel rim wrought:

Michael H Mara   (708) 969-2424

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