I think it is safe to say that NONE of the dozens of knives supposed to have been used by James B were marked with his name.
So, really, anything marked "original bowie knife" is not only not "original", it is, probably, not even pretending to be original.
It is, simply, a marketing ploy.
I suppose what I am saying is that the manufacturer isn't trying to fool anyone....just cashing in on an image.
I mean... the term "Bowie" has lost all meaning. My impression of a "Bowie knife" is of a large, fixed blade weapon (as against "tool")... but, now, we have some rather puny FB Bowies and, even, pocket folders.
Personally, I believe that most(if not all) of the handful of knives actually used and given away by Bowie were made in the US. Despite the hint I recently saw on Egginton's website that he might have died in possession of an I*XL Sheffield bowie.
Admittedly, it WAS only an implication.
Like Ka-Bars insistence that they designed the Mk2 fighting knife.
I suppose that "repro" is not a fair description......unless of course, it is a copy of something that existed.
[This message has been edited by brian w edginton (edited June 29, 2001).]
A thing worth doing should be left to someone who can do it well.