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The Bark River Rogue Bowie Knife Review From BRK

Bark River Rogue Bowie Knife

Bark River Rogue Bowie Knife Review

BRK, or Bark River Knives, is a company owned and operated by Mike Stewart and his family. It used to be called Bark River Knife and Tool and it is based in Escanaba, Michigan. Stewart is an experienced knifesmith and he works with a group of skilled craftsmen. He shares all his knowledge in creating knives with his employees and together they put out some of the finest production knives available in the market.

The Rogue Bowie is one of my favorites in the whole range of designs from Bark River Knives. It is their own version of the Natchez Bowie.

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The Bark River Rogue has a total length of 12 1/4″ and it features a drop point blade measuring 7 1/4″. This blade made from A2 steel was hardened to 58-60 on the Rockwell scale of material hardness. The knife which tapers slightly has a bolster which is made from stainless steel. A set of two small stainless steel Corby bolts keep the bolster in place.

On the website of BRK, the Rogue is shown with black handle slabs made from black Micarta and they are shaped following the classic coffin associated with the Bowie. Incidentally, the handle slabs are some of the best selling points of this knife, as you can choose from a wide variety of Micarta colors and materials. Whether it is an exotic hard wood or burl wood, they definitely have something that can match your preferences.

Lastly, you get a very tough, traditional sheath made from genuine leather when you buy the BRK Rogue Bowie. It also features a belt frog that can be detached.

As far as I am concerned, Bowie knives have always fascinated me. Part of it could be the legend which comes with the popular type of knife. Actually I have done a very thorough research on Bowie knives; I have read almost everything I can find about it. This fascination has even brought me to the Alamo and it was here where I saw the knife which the Texas state claims to be the exact same knife that the fabled James ‘Jim’ Bowie used in that final battle with the soldiers of Santa Anna at the Alamo.

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Just like many other legends however, the Bowie knife and its real design and history is not without its own set of controversies. One story, for example, tells that Rezin Bowie, Jim’s brother, asked a local blacksmith by the name of Jessie Clifft to forge a knife for Jim. Some say that it looked similar to a big butcher knife.

In fact, Rezin Bowie said that the blade had a length of 9 1/2 inches, a thickness of 1/4″ and a width of 1 1/2 inches and it had a straight back. According to witnesses, it looked similar to a large butcher knife without a clipped point or a hand guard. The handle was supposed to be made of a wood scale, simple and riveted.

All we know for sure is that on the 19th of September 1827, James Bowie had a fight on a sandbar along the Mississippi River, close to Natchez. The Sandbar Fight was the name given to the historic duel. It is said that two men, Dr. Thomas Maddox and Samuel Wells the Third started the fight. Apparently, the two had a serious misunderstanding.

The two fired shots on each other but unfortunately they did not hit their targets. However, Alfred Wright took out a pistol and fired at Bowie, who took the shot above his abdomen.

An eyewitness later stated that Bowie took out his knife and ran after Wright. The latter turned around and shot the former once again, this one going to the thigh. Wright’s brother Blanchard worked with Alfred in bringing down Bowie, stabbing him with sword canes. These weapons were a hit in the Southern states back then.

But Bowie stuck his knife into Alfred Wright’s chest as the latter was bending over the former. Bowie then got up and put some deep slashes into Blanchard.

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What makes the legend even more mysterious was that all the witnesses recall the knife that Bowie used while they never came up with a cohesive account on how the fight really happened. They all described Bowie’s weapon as a huge butcher knife. After that, the story of the famous duel went around. The public became fascinated with the fighting spirit of Bowie and he became known as the greatest knife fighter of the South.

Then as the popularity of Bowie and his knife rose, he and his brother started working with James Black and other knifesmiths such as Searles and Constable to develop the Bowie Knife and market it.

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As a result the Bowie knife, a large and heavy knife, became quite popular in America, a country that did not have any sword culture so to speak. Because of this the Bowie knife had many unique interpretations from each region such as these: California Bowie (Clip Point design), Fowler Bowie (straight-back design), Natchez Bowie (Drop Point design), Rio Grande Bowie (Spear Point design) and Sheffield Bowie (Clip Point design)

Based on this list, it can be concluded that the BRK Rouge Bowie follows the Natchez Bowie design and for me this knife is very beautiful.

The blade design is quite versatile. It can be a hunting knife to be used for big game and it can also be used as a pure survival knife. Apart from that, the Rogue can also serve as a chopping knife as well as a carving knife because of the considerable heft that it has as a result of having a length of 7 1/4″ and width that is almost 1/4 inch.

The drop point type blade moves the tip away when you are removing the hide of your captured game and the Rogue is weighted toward the bolster, giving the knife a nice balance to make the tip light. BRK succeeded in compromising sharpness and toughness with the flat ground blade. However the A2 steel would need more care to keep it from corroding from rust.

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This weakness is compensated by the blade’s composition, containing 4.75% 5.50% Chromium, 0.95% 1.05% Carbon, 1.0% Manganese, 0.90% -1.40% Molybdenum, 0.30% Nickel and 0.15% 0.50% Vanadium. These materials make the A2 steel one very hard blade.

Aside from those, I consider the classic coffin shape of the handles one of the Rogue’s strong points, as well as those stainless steel bolsters that have no quillion. All these add to the beautiful lines of the blade.

Lastly, I see this knife as a knife to own. I really like it and if I could nitpick, I would suggest that the steel blade be swapped for stainless steel variety. Apart from that I cannot see any other area of the knife’s design that needs improvement.

In conclusion, I would be very happy to bring along the BRK Rogue Bowie to use for a hunting knife or survival knife.

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Kenneth Blackburn

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