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    Username Post: Solingen 68 bowie info        (Topic#919171)
    01-25-12 12:39.11 - Post#2435609    

    My grandfather gave me a solingen f.a.bowler "bowie" made in germany with 68 on the other side of the blade. I dont know how to post pics but ive only seen one on the internet,it was on ebay for $950.00 but I would like to know if its really worth that amount. Im not selling it but would like to know more about it. It has the original leather sheath. it also looks as though the handle is bone.its about one foot long. Any info would be great. I was going to have the knife sharpend but dont want to if its worth the above mentioned price. Also he says its a 1957.

    Edited by Polgolock on 01-25-12 12:45.22. Reason for edit: No reason given.

    01-25-12 12:42.39 - Post#2435611    

        In response to Polgolock

    I spelled solingen wrong sorry im a knife noob lol.
    01-25-12 12:59.11 - Post#2435615    

        In response to Polgolock

    Are you sure there is an "L" in Bowler?

    Levine's Guide lists an "F.A. Bower" "L".
    Says that Bower was a US importer of knives in the 1950s.
    Was in Jacksonville, FL.

    Levine rates value as "low".

    There were lots of knives imported from Germany and Japan in those days...and later..many were standard models and only varied in that the various importers had them marked with their own brands.
    Stamped numbers were, I believe, item numbers to assist ordering.

    Pictures might help someone, though.
    If you want to win an argument, it is best to stick to the truth.....or,at least, provable untruths.

    01-25-12 13:29.08 - Post#2435632    

        In response to brianWE

    Yes its bower, no "L". Thanks for the info. This knife has really sparked a new hobby for me and I have only had it one day.
    01-25-12 13:44.32 - Post#2435635    

        In response to Polgolock

    Welcome to the addiction

    I guess we will see you here, often.

    You will need some books.
    The "bible" is Levine's Guide.
    Out of print...but turns up on eBay from time to time.
    Mr levine has a forum, here. He may tell you where you can find a copy.
    If you want to win an argument, it is best to stick to the truth.....or,at least, provable untruths.


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