James “Jim” Bowie, (April 10, 1796 – March 6, 1836), was a 19th-century American pioneer and soldier. Bowie played a prominent role in the Texas Revolution, culminating in his death at the Battle of the Alamo. Countless stories of him as a fighter and frontiersman, both real and fictitious, have made him a legendary figure in Texas history and a folk hero of American culture.
Born in Kentucky, Bowie spent most of his life in Louisiana, where he was raised and later worked as a land speculator. His rise to fame began in 1827 on reports of the Sand Bar Fight. What began as a duel between two other men deteriorated into a melee in which Bowie, having been shot and stabbed, killed the sheriff of Rapides Parish with a large knife. This, and other stories of Bowie’s prowess with the knife, led to the widespread popularity of the Bowie Knife.
Bowie’s reputation was cemented by his role in the Texas Revolution. After moving to Texas in 1830, Bowie became a Mexican citizen and married the daughter of the vice governor of the province. His fame in Texas grew following his failed expedition to find the lost San Saba mine, during which his small party repelled an attack by a large Indian raiding party. At the outbreak of the Texas Revolution, Bowie joined the Texas militia, leading forces at the Battle of Concepcion and the Grass Fight. In January 1836, he arrived at the Alamo, where he commanded the volunteer forces until an illness left him bedridden. Bowie died with the other Alamo Defenders on March 6. Despite conflicting accounts of the manner of his death, the most popular, and probably the most accurate accounts maintain that he died in his bed, Bowie Knife in hand, after emptying his pistols into several Mexican soldiers.
“As the owners of the Jim Bowie Brand and Registered Trademark we thought it fitting to introduce a knife that was a practical tool for our modern day outdoor heroes, gamekeepers, beaters, shooters and all lovers of the great outdoors.
The Jim Bowie 1827 ® Liner Lock Pocket Knives are designed to be compact and convenient ‘everyday carry’ general-purpose knives. Their robust construction features 420 surgical steel blades and bodies, whilst the blades themselves are Titanium coated for greater longevity. Handles are crafted from tactile South American ‘Zebra Wood’ with its distinctive graining.
The Liner Lock is a nifty design of folding knife with a side-spring lock that can be opened and closed with one hand without repositioning the knife in the hand. The lock is also self-adjusting for wear, making these knives supremely practical in everyday use.” said Mike Hurney, Chairman, The Shooting Party.
Jim Bowietm knives and multi-tools are manufactured for the brand owner, The Shooting Party of Shenstone, Staffordshire, UK.
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