Hello everyone, this is my first post!!! :cheerful: So, I've been wanting a Bowie knife for years now, and I think it's finally time I get me one. I am wanting a "working knife", something that I can take in the field and use for light tasks like cutting cord wood for fires, clearing light brush, and for possible secondary personal defense uses/wilderness protection. That being said, I need a tough Bowie knife that I can count on to do good work. I also don't want to spend more than $200 on the thing if at all possible. So after some research, I came across many favorable mentions of the Svord Von Tempsky Bowie knife. Apparently, this is a pretty tough knife. I love the looks of it, what is the darkening on the blade? I like it alot but am not sure if it's some sort of bluing or patina? All in all I love the rugged looks. However, I know looks aren't everything. Does anyone out there have any experience with this blade? How does it perform, does it stay sharp? Is this a good knife maker, is the steel used high quality? If this isn't a good Bowie knife, care to point me in the direction of a traditional style Bowie that won't break the bank and is useful in the field? I'm quite new to the world of blades, thank you for your help and I hope to have many great discussion with all of you!