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Cold Steel 97BWM12S Bowie Machete 12" Carbon Steel Blade, Polypropylene Handles, Cor-Ex Sheath

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Part Number: CS97BWM12S
Manufacturer: Cold Steel Knives
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CS97BWM12S: 97BWM12S Bowie Machete
Cold Steel
Cold Steel's Bowie Point Machete is quick, fast, and lively in the hand, making it an outstanding slashing blade and admirable chopper. But its most winning attribute is its clipped point, which makes it an excellent piercing tool. It will penetrate just about any obstacle in its path and will lend itself to knife-like utility jobs when a smaller handier blade is unavailable!

If you always wanted a Bowie knife, but could never afford one, the Cold Steel Bowie Machete can be yours for a fraction of he price.

Fully sharpened, with a tough baked on matte black rust resistant coating and equipped with a sturdy Core-Ex sheath, you will be proud to add this Machete to your collection.
  • Item Number: 97BWM12S
  • Name: Bowie Machete
  • Blade Length: 12"
  • Overall Length: 17 5/8"
  • Steel: 1055 Carbon Steel w/ Black Baked on Anti Rust Matte Finish
  • Weight: 14.3 oz
  • Blade Thickness: 2.8 mm
  • Handle: 5 5/8" Long Polypropylene
  • Sheath: Cor-Ex™

UPC Code: 705442010821

Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
1055 Carbon Steel
1055 Carbon Steel
An extremely tough steel with high carbon content and a hardness between 60-64RC, 1055 is best suited for high-impact and high-stress applications.
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5 out of 5
Pactolus NC
Feb 12, 2015
Pros: Blade Material, Materials, Handle Material, Weight, Overall Quality
Cons: None
12" Bowie Machete Review
This Bowie machete is exactly as described and expected. There were no surprises. The balance and heft are appropriate for light chopping, clearing vines or light brush, and if you take time with the edge it's pretty good as a knife. Being that it is all black, I highly recommend tying it to the sheath, a belt or belt loop, something, so it doesn't get left on the ground somewhere. I would like to see an option for a LH sheath. I did not list finish or blade sharpness as pros because finish of a machete is unimportant to me and I feel the edge on a machete is my responsibility to get it to my liking.
5 out of 5
Charles N
Oct 31, 2014
Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: Blade Sharpness, None
best buy for the buck
Love this cold steel bowie machete. A perfect balance of knife and machete. I probably have fifty machetes and at least as many large knives and this is the handiest of the lot. It did however require a LOT of sharpening. I'll be buying a few more for my van and B.O.B.
5 out of 5
Aug 21, 2014
Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Weight, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Weight, Blade Material
I bought three
Delicate handling and solid power. I use it for gardening. The tip is thin and delicate enough for poking and weeding. I pick and sort with the tip, the blade tip easily inserts into dirt 4 inches and its stiff enough to torque or do roots. No cap on handle so you cant't hammer it in but a little light baton on the cap is OK. 1055 Blade is what I call dead. I don't especially like 1055 for edges but that's just me. I like AUS 8a and spring steel. The Bowie Machete does not sing like my 1095 imacasa double edge machete which I can make evil sharp in no time at all. Being short and stout the Bowie isn't really quick enough to cut tall grass and bush leaves but it's ok for stiffer twigs and vines. A bit tip light, and heavy in the belly it sort of seems like a light hatchet. However, it doesn't seem likely to cut firewood or big pine trees. Your elbow will hate you. No wild limbing and slashing through willow thickets like the long old army latin style ontario? machete I had in Alaska. Not for building tree forts but the bowie can handle cutting in tight areas where the latin machetes don't have room to swing and are long and clumsy. All in all, I consider it a machete bowie more than a bowie machete. But hey..I bought three!
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