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Bowie knife
Material and Medium: steel Antler
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: T508
This style of knife is named after James Bowie, who famously fought and won a duel with his hunting knife in frontier Mississippi in 1827. Sheffield cutlers were quick to respond to the demand which followed in the wake of the legend and soon dominated the American trade in this style of knife. It became fashionable to inscribe or etch fighting knife blades with impressive slogans such as ‘Never draw me without reason nor sheath me without honour’, but this knife appears to misquote the phrase. Scratched roughly onto the blade are a scroll pattern and the words ‘Never draw me without reason nor sheath me without dishoner’. It is not clear whether the inscriber misremembered the quote or changed the words deliberately.
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