Bowie Knife Restoration

  • Published on Jan 27, 2018
  • This "Original Bowie Knife" was my father's. It's been on the to do list for a long time. My father passed many years ago when I was a teenager and I have very little of his, so it's all the more special. This knife was lost for a long time and unfortunately lost its sheath along the way.
    I'm pretty sure this knife is from the 60's or 70's. Made in Japan. It's not the fanciest knife nor the best looking, but it's sentimental to boot. Time for some loving and restoration!
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  • Татьяна Литвак

    Это бритва для рук? Хорошенькая!

  • OS Kydex Sheaths
    OS Kydex Sheaths 3 days ago

    Outstanding work!

  • be nice
    be nice 3 days ago

    soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo nice be nice

  • Wadim S
    Wadim S 3 days ago

    Super! fine

  • Ton Phobe
    Ton Phobe 4 days ago


  • Dane Grant
    Dane Grant 4 days ago

    can i have it please

  • Michael Andersen
    Michael Andersen 5 days ago

    Use thinner leather?

  • Kevin McMahon
    Kevin McMahon 6 days ago

    There have been many makers of the original Bowie knife. The original pioneer version had a blade about a foot long, from hilt to tip.

  • 1NSTINCT 58
    1NSTINCT 58 7 days ago

    hand of god

  • -_I S0E D4RK L3G3ND_-
    -_I S0E D4RK L3G3ND_- 7 days ago +1

    Holy that knife is so epic

  • Уробо́рос12 _

    а мне больше штык нож от м9 напомнил , ибо у Боуи кончик больше на щучку похож . имхо

  • The Geezer
    The Geezer 9 days ago +2

    You're a craftsman. Great job! 🥇👍

  • Nikolay
    Nikolay 10 days ago

    Мастер, забыл сделать крепление чехла ножа к поясу

  • roby clarey
    roby clarey 11 days ago

    Great work, if I could buy it, would be very happy

  • Spector Joy
    Spector Joy 12 days ago

    But how do you where it where is the belt loop

  • Михаил Миронов

    Смотреть очень нравиться , красивая работа !

  • theoriginal
    theoriginal 13 days ago

    You sir are an ARTISTE!!! I got teary eyed watching this! God bless you and your talent!

  • Howard Smith
    Howard Smith 14 days ago +1

    It's not a Bowie knife, just a regular hunting knife. But still, a nice job of restoration.

  • Frank Gonzalez
    Frank Gonzalez 15 days ago

    Good job man that is awesome work

  • Howard Trott
    Howard Trott 16 days ago

    Nicely done from start to finish!

  • mahbin
    mahbin 16 days ago

    So how where you going to mount it on you belt???

    SHAMAN ASIMO 16 days ago +2

    Забыл сделать крепление для ремешка) Потеряем нож с чехлом)!

  • Kjlp Rhino
    Kjlp Rhino 16 days ago

    He hit his hand at 4:36

  • John Theo
    John Theo 17 days ago



    а на ремень как

  • Gtavidy
    Gtavidy 19 days ago

    great work

  • Ernst Becker
    Ernst Becker 20 days ago

    Well done ! I learned a lot from your video.

  • Дима Лофт
    Дима Лофт 20 days ago

    Очень много лишней возни с прошивкой чехла, всё это делается на много быстрее и проще с помощью сапожного крючка - шов ровный и прочнее чем прошивка иглами. И почему нет петли для крепежа на ремень? Острие ножа опробовал обрив себе руку - полный дебилизим😄😄😄 ЧуДо-МаСтЕр😄😄👎👎👎

  • Rodrigo
    Rodrigo 21 day ago

    Fico top.
    Excelente trabalho 👍

  • christian P
    christian P 21 day ago +1

    Whaou, magnifique travail !
    A ce niveau, on appelle cela de l'Art.

  • Coofee
    Coofee 21 day ago


  • Геннадий Мальцев

    молодец, все хорошо!!
    Единственное, что на мой взгляд не хватает - нет крепления на ножнах под ремень(.

  • t m
    t m 24 days ago

    Great work!! The only thing im going to complain about is that i think you should have made a belt loop on the sheath but other than that it looks great!

  • Mark Norwood
    Mark Norwood 24 days ago +1

    Just curious to how many of us who watch these videos have workshops and resources these guys have and use.
    I know I don't.
    Interesting, but, basically Useless.

  • Sunflowerr
    Sunflowerr 25 days ago

    It’s 5am I’m a 14 year old girl what am I doing here?

  • Ben Berg
    Ben Berg 27 days ago

    Wow. Amazing restoration. Flawless

  • yese
    yese 27 days ago

    Awesome job, your work is amazing!

  • mmh3999
    mmh3999 27 days ago

    Beautiful workmanship. Thank you for sharing. Also, can you please share the material you have used?

  • Ron
    Ron 28 days ago

    I thought you did a very nice job! I'm sure your father is quite happy of your work! I'm just an old man appreciating one sons remembrance of his father.

  • Roger Smith
    Roger Smith 28 days ago +1

    A nice memento of your dad! Nice work too! 👍

  • Роман Абзгареев

    Классный ножик

  • Jed Don
    Jed Don 29 days ago

    As a kid, I had a WW2 "USN" knife. The cast aluminum pommel or bolster looked identical to this one. But
    my knife was stamped "USN" on the blade, perpendicular to the sharpened edge, near the guard. But the leather grip
    was almost identical. Mine came w/ a plastic and metal sheath, and a fabric handle retainer. I wish I still had it.
    This was a great restoration. I have two of my father-in-laws Korean era Army knives which I may restore one day.
    He was a Colonel; maybe this is why he had two knives and his war issue 45 cal. side arm.

  • NetshadeX
    NetshadeX 29 days ago

    Odds are the quality of the steel doesn't justify the amount of work you put into that but the sentimental value obviously does. Amazing job man, loved the video! With your skill you should aquire a quality tang from a skilled bladesmith and start from scratch

  • Snow Cat
    Snow Cat 29 days ago

    I showed this to my mom and she said please don’t cut yourself

  • archangel Michael
    archangel Michael 29 days ago

    Great job 👍

  • Jāy Pōōl
    Jāy Pōōl Month ago

    Do you have an ordering catalog?

  • Fke Fke
    Fke Fke Month ago

    Why dont you just buy a new knife

  • Marcos Sanchez
    Marcos Sanchez Month ago

    Pues 20 minutazos que me he tragado

  • William Denehy
    William Denehy Month ago


  • I’m kinda Irrelevant

    use gloves and vinegar first

  • Rudy O
    Rudy O Month ago

    Awesome video"
    Thank you for sharing.

  • Андрей Титов

    А что яица себе не побрил?

  • PIERRE Global view
    PIERRE Global view Month ago +3

    Nice job, but you should write or show products and materials you use..

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    MIGUEL RIOS Month ago

    Es una porqueria....

  • Дмитрий Боев


  • Vencah Dedavena
    Vencah Dedavena Month ago


  • Ramon Arroyo
    Ramon Arroyo Month ago

    Lmao that was cool

  • Josh Lanford
    Josh Lanford Month ago

    What was that liquid you put it in?! whoa

  • e-Rekt
    e-Rekt Month ago +1

    Why is this not monetized?

  • Chickenator X
    Chickenator X Month ago

    I knew the restoration would be fun to watch, but the construction of the sheath, from scratch, was almost more entertaining. Nice surprise, and a fantastic result.

  • Rick Sanchez
    Rick Sanchez Month ago

    Fine job, I am sure he'd be proud. My best friend is a south paw, inside joke about things need to be made for his "minority", guessing that left handed sheath was for that?

  • Александр Коловрат

    На ремень как вешать?

  • dilshah
    dilshah Month ago

    Beautiful Looks like a collectors item . How much would U sell it for ?????

  • junaid altaf
    junaid altaf Month ago

    its a piece of are an artist bro..thumbs up...

  • Ignis Ninja
    Ignis Ninja Month ago

    beautiful work mate

  • Paweł Socha
    Paweł Socha Month ago


  • Not Important
    Not Important Month ago

    Nice work!

  • костик мостик

    перчаток в доме видимо нет

  • Bob Clifton
    Bob Clifton Month ago +6

    That's not a bowie. It's a WWII Navy combat knife. They sold for next to nothing back in the late 40's and early 50's in surplus sotres all over.

    • SSGT Graziano
      SSGT Graziano 28 days ago

      @Roger Smith Hey, Roger. Check your replies. I never said anything about this being a WWII combat knife. You got the wrong person.

    • Roger Smith
      Roger Smith 28 days ago

      @SSGT Graziano A WWII combat knife made in an Axis country?!? And marketed for the U.S. with "Bowie" engraved in English?!? Oooookay. 😒

    • SSGT Graziano
      SSGT Graziano 29 days ago

      @Ardor It may say "Original Bowie Knife" on it, but that's still not a bowie knife. It is a Navy Combat style of knife.
      Bowies have a crossguard at the heel of the blade, a clip point tip and the width of the blade is wider than the thickness of the handle.
      This knife has no crossguard at all, the handle is thicker than the width of the blade, and it resembles a pilot's survival knife more than any bowie I've ever seen.
      James Black purposely designed his knives to be exaggeratedly massive in order to be intimidating. This is a slender little thing.

    • Ardor
      Ardor 29 days ago

      It literally has "original Bowie knife" engraved into it.

  • Frank Boyle
    Frank Boyle Month ago

    It looks like a USMC K-bar. Nice work though.

  • David Kiser
    David Kiser Month ago

    I thoroughly enjoyed watching. I think you did a great job of the use of speeding up and slowing down to show what you were doing. Congrats on the satisfaction you must have from the ownership and now the restoration project.

  • Ezra Mendez
    Ezra Mendez Month ago

    1:25 why did he put soy sauce over it

    • {•Gacha Krystal•}
      {•Gacha Krystal•} Month ago

      I dunno if that's soy sauce, but it's probobly to remove any rust and grime on the knife.

  • RatdogDRB
    RatdogDRB Month ago +1

    The sheath should have a welt, keeping the blade from cutting the stitching when sheathing/unsheathing the knife. You also did not incorporate a means of hanging the sheath from a belt. With a good contact cement, and a welt, there is no need for the rivets with a good saddle stitch. And, if you put a coat of Neets Foot Oil on the leather prior to application of the dye, the dye will have a more even appearance, and the leather will not tend to dry out.

  • jorge amado acuña
    jorge amado acuña Month ago +1

    Excelente trabajo,felicitaciones.
    Saludos desde Chile

  • Mr. Quan
    Mr. Quan Month ago

    Thank you Sir! Brilliant

  • rhai acuna
    rhai acuna Month ago

    would be nice if there would be an explanation on what you were doing every step

  • rotary _ rsr
    rotary _ rsr Month ago

    Beautiful video love it. Thought that was a ka-bar not a Bowie tho ?

  • Jim Bob
    Jim Bob Month ago

    I like that you leave in your mistakes, that moment when you realize you didn't flip the leather and you paused lol 12:45

  • Bruce Sims
    Bruce Sims Month ago

    Had a simpatico moment when you mentioned your father passing. My mother passed when I was 14 and there was Very little in the way of personal items to pass along to us kids. In today's throwaway culture your sentimentality might seem dated but it gave a special energy to restoring this piece. Nice job! It will make a great heirloom gift to your son. BTW Is there a treatment for cork handles to offer conditioning and preservation that you know of?

  • Hector Cilona
    Hector Cilona Month ago

    Un trabajo hermoso Te felicito Qué lástima que tanto trabajo y dedicación para hacer la funda de cuchillo y no le has colocado un pasa cinturón. Muchas gracias por compartir tu trabajo 🇦🇷👍

  • Benny Blanco
    Benny Blanco Month ago

    Nice job overall. Impressive metal work and leather work. The fact that it was your dad's knife makes it an even better project.

  • Your mother and the sand people

    That's not a Bowie knife

  • felidae9
    felidae9 Month ago

    Yah the zoom on the hammer blows was sublime.

  • Edward Trujillo
    Edward Trujillo Month ago

    Me terminó convenciendo el hecho de que no usara guantes de protección para nada
    Por eso me suscribo hahaha

  • Arctodus Simus
    Arctodus Simus Month ago

    Outstanding work!
    It was a pleasure to watch this video.

  • iCity
    iCity Month ago

    Nice job how many times spent ?

  • Sankai tv
    Sankai tv Month ago

    very nice work

  • Steven Tanner
    Steven Tanner Month ago

    Why no loop on the sheath to carry it on a belt?

  • Владимир
    Владимир Month ago

    Ваще огонь..... Мастер!

  • easyki84
    easyki84 Month ago

    I learnt a lot from watching. Thank you.

  • Ian Campbell-Harris

    Beautifully restored ! I have a knife almost identical to that one.

  • Ricky Pastille
    Ricky Pastille Month ago +2

    Beautiful. The leather work was as impressive as the metal work.

  • 麻央佐伯
    麻央佐伯 Month ago


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      easyki84 Month ago

      Yes, hing Hong chon sushi ramen cat jew star. haha ha!

  • Henry Wilson
    Henry Wilson Month ago

    Great job!

  • Mushtaq Ali
    Mushtaq Ali Month ago

    Beautiful meticulous work !

  • Justin Kennedy
    Justin Kennedy Month ago +1

    Some background sounds like qld ? Loving your work .thanks

  • Adrian Larkins
    Adrian Larkins Month ago

    Gee, this guy works so fast!! Love the little buggie giving a tweet of approval at the end.

  • Arlis Austin
    Arlis Austin Month ago

    BADASS MAN!!!👍👌

  • Mike Gunnells Ministries Inc

    That was a awesome job well done