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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  • Perry Anderson
    Perry Anderson Hour ago

    that is Awesome what you done. i love it. i own two that are almost like the one you have done

  • Toca do Índio
    Toca do Índio 5 hours ago

    Perfect 👌

  • Wayne Cullinan
    Wayne Cullinan 16 hours ago

    I love your restoration videos. I do have a question about this one though... How does the sheath attach to a belt?

  • Oberon4278
    Oberon4278 Day ago

    That's a beautiful sheath, but if I may say so, it appears you have more experience working with leather than with metal. I couldn't help but cringe a bit when I saw your method for removing stock on the lathe =\

  • Jeff Holliday
    Jeff Holliday Day ago

    You brought it back to life. I had one like it when I was a kid. It ended up in worse shape over time. Wish I still had it to bring it back life. Great video.

  • Nobody
    Nobody Day ago

    What's was applied to the leather at 19:40 before stropping?

    • Bwx Bwx
      Bwx Bwx Day ago

      Leather compound many types all do the same job it helps a lot

  • daniel burchett
    daniel burchett 3 days ago

    What to do while your wife is menstruating

  • Daryl Trawick
    Daryl Trawick 3 days ago


  • MasterSam85
    MasterSam85 4 days ago

    9:16 shawarma anyone ? :D (or döner / kebab / whatever)

  • Fer221201
    Fer221201 4 days ago


  • Omar Sade
    Omar Sade 4 days ago +3

    See kids this is how you deal with a Knife altercation.

  • John McVeigh
    John McVeigh 4 days ago

    clearly not your trade but it was a good effort and the result is rather good too, I must say I was wincing at times

  • B n frôle Frôle
    B n frôle Frôle 5 days ago

    😍très beau !! Magnifique.!

  • Battle Clown
    Battle Clown 6 days ago +1

    That the smallest knife I've ever seen lol. Not sure that counts as a bowie knife.

  • Tom Shepherd
    Tom Shepherd 9 days ago

    My grandad left my dad his old hunting knife that looks almost identical to this. That thing has most likely gutted hundreds of deer and so it's really special to my dad. I don't have the means to restore it like this, though, but I always wanted to find someone who could. Would you be interested in round 2 if I paid for your time, materials, and shipping? Let me know!

  • tizmon
    tizmon 9 days ago

    a great job. i wish you didn’t have to put the holding pin on the middle blade side. it’s interfering with the blade and dulling it. or at least not making the case not so snug so that the blade won’t be pressed into the pin so hard. too bad because it’s a great job otherwise.

  • one gaussian
    one gaussian 11 days ago

    Dang that's one nice knife

  • The Alphabet
    The Alphabet 11 days ago +26

    who else just loves it when people don’t put crappy music on them restoration videos

  • Max378
    Max378 12 days ago +3

    That will increase with at least 120€ at the steam market

  • Manka
    Manka 13 days ago +7

    You even made the leather holster! That is a OP GG in my book!

  • ILikeGlocks
    ILikeGlocks 13 days ago

    Like a knife, but more so.

  • Vinny Toretto
    Vinny Toretto 13 days ago

    Cool resto, loved the shieth leatherwork, well done

  • Uncletaco supreme
    Uncletaco supreme 13 days ago

    I love a simple and elegant Bowie knife. It is for a working man. Beautiful resto brother.

  • Volbla
    Volbla 13 days ago

    1:20 Bathe it in some soy sauce.

    • Volbla
      Volbla 10 days ago

      @CHANG THENG YUE - Well, i was just joking around, but thanks for clarifying :)

      CHANG THENG YUE - 10 days ago

      it ain't soy sauce it's black vinegar

  • Aubrianna Burch
    Aubrianna Burch 14 days ago

    would be of you have done his and in the

  • Borko Borkic
    Borko Borkic 14 days ago +2

    you get like from me but if i can i would make one million profiles just to give you 999 999 likes more! well done brother!

  • Rob Houg
    Rob Houg 15 days ago


  • Romulus Uchi
    Romulus Uchi 15 days ago

  • Rickson Chung
    Rickson Chung 15 days ago


  • Phil Plasterer
    Phil Plasterer 16 days ago

    JOB WELL DONE!!!!!! I am gonna make one like this with leather from my next buck. 🦌

  • Orlando Balderas
    Orlando Balderas 16 days ago

    I want to give that to my dad

  • Manuel Pouparina
    Manuel Pouparina 16 days ago +1


  • Eric Riddle
    Eric Riddle 16 days ago

    Nice work man looked awesome

  • Mitch Johnson
    Mitch Johnson 17 days ago

    whats that stuff he puts on the board at the end?

  • Othmane Chabane
    Othmane Chabane 17 days ago

    Hmmmm I would think you add one last piece on the back or something just to be able to holster the knife onto your belt or pants unless it’s just meant as a protective case either way I thinks you nailed it and I love when you use leather

  • HEAVENBOUND Homestead
    HEAVENBOUND Homestead 18 days ago

    I have a knife exactly like that. I was 12 when I got it. That makes it in the sixties. But because I loved old knives I am pretty sure it was used. So that makes it closer to the 50s. I do have to admit I cringed as you took it apart. But it really does look nice

  • zeroxwolfx
    zeroxwolfx 19 days ago

    Original Bowie knife, "made in China"

  • Caleb M. F
    Caleb M. F 19 days ago

    Looks more like a k-bar to me

  • 700 lyn
    700 lyn 19 days ago


  • Marc PuiG
    Marc PuiG 19 days ago

    I have a similar knife, and want to to the same. How do you atach it to a belt ??

  • Carlton Braxton
    Carlton Braxton 20 days ago

    Sorry for so late a comment, these knives were made brand name Sabre, in Japan, from the mid 60's thru the 70's I bought a case of 12 in '78 for my scouts to use in wilderness survival training, think they were like $2.25 ea. Nothing fancy but would keep a decent edge. Still have 4 of them. Your restoration is spot on, even to the new sheath. Great job.

  • Ifk 1899
    Ifk 1899 20 days ago

    Beautiful knife and great work!

  • Skeeter Lewis
    Skeeter Lewis 20 days ago

    Nice job. Well done.

  • David Poncier
    David Poncier 21 day ago

    Great job,but would like to know how you plan to carry it on a as you didn't cut any slots on it or cut it long enough to fold over on itself to create a loop.

  • Patrick Culley
    Patrick Culley 21 day ago

    My fathers knife looks extremely similar. Would love to have it restored also

  • Adrian Arnold
    Adrian Arnold 21 day ago

    Nice restoration! Why not use a welt when doing the sheath?

  • Pacifikorse
    Pacifikorse 24 days ago

    well done Will :-)

  • Serenity Boggan
    Serenity Boggan 24 days ago

    This video is a "Bowie Knife Rhapsody".

  • dat boi
    dat boi 26 days ago

    Now it's a American Bowie knife

  • Salmon Paw
    Salmon Paw 27 days ago

    are you sure its a david bowie knife and not a mick jagger one?

  • Rise Critical
    Rise Critical 27 days ago +2

    16:37 is it just me or can you hear someone yell "shut up" in the background following that you can hear a woman whimper if you listen carefully

  • Jason Hauer
    Jason Hauer 27 days ago +1

    Now I know how to do the leather handle . Thank you for the video . I use wood for the handle

  • Sam Andersen
    Sam Andersen 28 days ago +3

    Only improvement would be to make it able to attach to a belt

  • SpicyKetchup Man
    SpicyKetchup Man 28 days ago


  • Chris & Sam Living the Dream

    Awesome buddy awesome

  • Sam 420
    Sam 420 Month ago

    Nice knife and everything and great job on the sheath but uh no belt loop?

  • CaveraBlack scorpion

    só os pássaros cantando eu falo portuguêse

  • Paletoe
    Paletoe Month ago

    I have one of these. You have done an excellent job!

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