View Full Version : The Big Bowie Parade - Part 2

11-04-04, 02:29 AM
Hi Guys,

Here are a few more of the big bowies for you to have a look at:

1) By Australian blademsith Sean McIntyre - 9 1/2" blade of tiger stripe damascus (1073 and 15N20 steels), ring gidgee handle and blued steel fittings.


2) By Roger Massey - a shade over 10" of forged 1084 with crown stag. Nickel silver S-guard and engraved ferrule:


3) And finally one of my all-time favorite bowies - by Steve Filicietti. That's a random pattern damascus blade of some 11 1/4" with box elder burl handle and gun blued steel fittings:


And a close-up of the guard:




11-04-04, 02:32 AM
Lucky me that I have seen those before on CKD... my heart would not take another round... :wink:

11-04-04, 07:32 AM
gurgle gurgle goo goo ootchie cootchie woo ..... words fail me! ;)

11-04-04, 09:57 AM
beautiful knives Roger.

Sorry to be ignorant but what is a "ring gidgee handle" ? I've not heard that term before.


11-04-04, 10:05 AM
gidgee is a type of tree/wood

11-04-04, 10:35 AM
gidgee is a type of tree/wood
Thanks Mushi.


11-04-04, 10:48 AM
apparently it gives off a foul and repugnant smell when it rains ..... i hope that's not a problem with the knife Roger? .....

11-04-04, 02:21 PM
Its always the third knife you show, that just takes your breath away. And tempts you back for another look. Beautifull.

11-04-04, 02:22 PM

If you think of a wood that looks similar to curly maple, but with the density and stability of desert ironwood, that whould give you a good idea of what rined gidgee is all about. I've heard it said that its density actually surpasses ironwood and is more in the category of lignum vitae. It is a very tough wood, and a good choice for a working knife. It's weight also helps to counterbalance the long bowie blades that I prefer. Plus, I think it looks really good - here's a close-up of a handle on a Filicietti knife:


MushiSushi - I haven't heard about the rain / smell effect before, but then I haven't been dancing in the rain with my McIntyre bowie either. :wink:

11-04-04, 02:38 PM
I have long loved Steve's knives. Let me know if you see one for sale!

11-04-04, 02:45 PM
Small Australian tree Acacia cambagei which gives off an unpleasant odour at the approach of rain; also known as stinking wattle."

although i have seen it used for bowl making .. and Don Fogg has used it for a few handles too ...... so maybe it only has the smell as a bush and it's not the wood itself

11-04-04, 04:29 PM
I love Bowie's and these are some of the most beautiful example that I have seen.
They are very inspirational to me.
Thanks for letting us have a look.


Roger Gregory
12-04-04, 08:51 PM
Roger, thanks for showing those knives again. Of course I have seen them before but that's fine, I like them all and if you post them in a new thread every month I'll still drool over them :)

I'd be very happy to own any of the three and I'd have a lot of trouble knowing which one to take .....


13-04-04, 10:18 AM
Roger, thanks for showing us such amazing, stunning knives!!! :biggthump

Greets, Wolfgang

Dave Barker
13-04-04, 01:15 PM
gidgee is a type of tree/wood

I've wanted some for ages.... any tips as to where?

13-04-04, 03:16 PM
Thanks for all the comments guys. :D Dave - I know that Steve Filicietti from Australia sells some periodically. I'll send you his e-mail address when I get home later.


13-04-04, 04:16 PM

13-04-04, 04:20 PM
Absolutely beautiful !

I whish one day I will be able to approach this kind of perfection. Fortunately I'm not the kind of guy to sit down and cry.
Good to see that learnings never ends.

C'est en forgeant que l'ont devient forgeron !

12-02-13, 10:13 PM
Just browsing back some old threads and this one is worthy of a bump. :)

13-02-13, 01:46 PM
I do like a big blade :D

13-02-13, 01:50 PM
Just browsing back some old threads

Any older and it would be prehistoric. :D

13-02-13, 02:08 PM
Any older and it would be prehistoric. :D

Worth it though. ;)

Nephilim killer
16-02-13, 10:35 AM
Great looking Bowies, really nice! I love the tiger stripe.