Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Jim Bowie On Western Wednesday...!

One name comes to mind very quickly when we talk about weapons of the old west...Jim Bowie.

What made Bowie famous was his well known knife and Bowie's willingness to put it to use. They both developed quite a reputation, both good and bad!

Jim Bowie stabs a Louisiana banker with his famous knife

After a duel turns into an all-out brawl on this day in 1827, Jim Bowie disembowels a banker in Alexandria, Louisiana, with an early version of his famous Bowie knife. The actual inventor of the Bowie knife, however, was probably not Jim Bowie, but rather his equally belligerent brother, Rezin Bowie, who reportedly came up with the design after nearly being killed in a vicious knife fight.

The Bowie brothers engaged in more fights than the typical frontiersman of the day, but such violent duels were not uncommon events on the untamed margins of American civilization. In the early nineteenth century, most frontiersmen preferred knives to guns for fighting, and the Bowie knife quickly became one of the favorites. Rezin Bowie had invented such a nasty looking weapon that the mere sight of it probably discouraged many would-be robbers and attackers. Designs varied somewhat, but the typical Bowie knife sported a 9- to 15- inch blade sharpened only on one side for much of its length, though the curved tip was sharpened to a point on both sides. The double-edged tip made the knife an effective stabbing weapon, while the dull-edge combined with a brass hand guard allowed the user to slide a hand down over the blade as needed. The perfect knife for close-quarter fighting, the Bowie knife became the weapon of choice for many westerners before the reliable rapid-fire revolver took its place in the post-Civil War period.

Good or bad, the name Jim Bowie will likely be well known for many years to come as a legend in the stories of the Old West.

Coffee on the patio again today. Won't be long before we'll be forced inside because of the 'skeeters.


linda m said...

I will always remember Jim Bowie from the old Westerns on TV. His name is synonymous with The West. That knife would scare the bejesus out of me. I'll be happy to join you before the "skeeters" carry me off.

HermitJim said...

Hey Linda...
I think that the knife was designed as much for intimidation as anything else. The Army is spraying for the nasty 'skeeters almost daily, so maybe they won't get too bad.
Thanks for stopping by this morning!

JO said...

So Jim Bowie wasn't such a hero? That knife sounds pretty bad I always thought it was for him to fight off bear.

See you on the patio.

HermitJim said...

Hey Jo...
The knife wasn't for bear, but for people. Seemed to work just fine for that, too!
Thanks, sweetie, for dropping by today!