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Spine thickness of bowie?

Discussion in 'Custom & Handmade Knives' started by shqxk, Sep 2, 2019.

  1. shqxk


    Mar 26, 2012
    What is your opinion about reasonable stock thickness at ricasso for each size of bowie?

    In my opinion 3/16" is fine for 6-8" blade and 1/4" for anything longer.
  2. Tony Mont

    Tony Mont KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 15, 2018
    I used to follow a similar pattern myself. Nowadays I prefer ~1/4'' for smaller blades (5-8'') and thicker (~5/16'') for longer blades with a drastic distal taper (that applies on both). It may seem excessive but the distal taper makes them really fast in the hand.
  3. Dawkind

    Dawkind Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 3, 2000
    Like Tony stated, it’s all in the distal taper....front to back, top to bottom...the more the better to my notion.

    I’ve got several large Bowie’s and Choppers with 3/8” spines that are very lively, proper heat-treat is a must...always.

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