The man who invented the Bowie knife lived an interesting life.
©Shutterstock, 2010 The namesake for the Bowie knife was Jim Bowie who fought at the Alamo.
A popular weapon of the American West, the Bowie knife was named after Jim Bowie (1796 - 1836), who was killed at the Alamo. According to most reliable sources, his brother Rezin Bowie might have been the actual inventor. The large knife blade measured up to 2 inches (5 centimeters) wide and its length varied from 9 inches to 15 inches (23 to 38 centimeters).
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