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Old 28th September 2021, 05:43 PM   #1
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Does anyone have a copy of I*XL Means I Excel -A Short History of the I*XL Bowie Knife by William R Williamson that they could reference for me?
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Old 14th October 2021, 02:06 AM   #2
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Does anyone have a copy of I*XL Means I Excel -A Short History of the I*XL Bowie Knife by William R Williamson that they could reference for me?
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Norman.
Yes I do Norman , what would you like me me to find for you ?
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Old 14th October 2021, 06:30 PM   #3
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Thanks for replying. Can you tell me the time scale for this Bowie profile. I know it is after 1848 as that was when Wostenholm moved to the Washington Works on Wellington Street and this is stamped on the blade. It also says 'As designed by Col. Jim Bowie' or words to that effect. I suspect it is mid 20thC but as always I could be wrong. Thanks again.
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Old 15th October 2021, 11:39 AM   #4
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Hi Norman , I have found a very similar knife illustrated in I*XL however I would need more details from you to be sure . Does your address include 'England' in it after Sheffield ? Yours appears to have been re profiled as the illustrated knife has a blade length of nearly 11 inches. Is your guard German silver or brass ?
Let me know and I will get back to you .
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England is in the address after Sheffield on the blade. I have found a few similar Wostenholm blades on the net but no indication as to when they were manufactured. The total length of the knife is a bit over 15 inches so the blade length you mentioned would tally. I think the guard is brass. B.t.w the knife isn't mine so I'm afraid I can't give you absolutes re the specs. Thanks again for you help.
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OK looks like its turn of the century ( 19th - 20th ! ) .... this knife seems to be a similar model to yours.... see attached pic from the book .
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Hi,
I found a Wostenholm catalogue page from the late 19thC which shows the one you posted, third from the left, but not the one I posted. I think this would put mine well into the 20thC so I guess not within the scope of this Forum. Thanks once again for all your help.
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