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Cold Steel 88CSAB 1917 Frontier Bowie Fixed 12.25" 1055 Carbon Blade, Rosewood Handles


MSRP* : $199.99 | You Save* : $80.04 (40%)
Part #: CS88CSAB | Cold Steel Knives
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CS88CSAB: 88CSAB 1917 Frontier Bowie
Cold Steel
From its huge imposing blade to its handsome rosewood handle, every inch of our Frontier Bowie screams perfection! The tempered carbon steel blade begs to be used and the sheath looks and feels absolutely awesome. This is a beautiful package in both the collection and the hard use categories.

Almost sword-like in its cutting and thrusting performance, the Frontier Bowie features a wide, wickedly keen hand-sharpened blade with a generous clip and huge fuller. Made from 1055 Carbon Steel, it is heat treated to a hard spring temper and beautifully blued to a lustrous finish. Its blade is both long and stiff enough to oppose even much larger weapons, while wide and sharp enough to make the most of every opportunity to cut, thrust and deliver a "palpable hit".

The Frontier Bowies handle is a perfect accompaniment to its battle-ready blade. Its big "S" shaped guard offers excellent hand protection while the slim, flat profile stops it from twisting in your hand and keeps your edge alignment true even in the heat of combat. Its modified pistol grip also keeps the knife locked safely in your hand even when utilizing a palm reinforced grip for extended reach and leverage in the thrust.

To further compliment this exceptional knife, Cold Steel has created a high quality leather sheath with a blued steel throat and chape. Its swiveling leather belt frog is wide enough to accommodate even a thick military belt and fully detachable to allow you to slide the knife into your belt for a more traditional carry.

This versatile knife is suitable for historical re-enactment groups from the 1830’s onwards, Cowboy Action Shooters, civil war re-enactors and even modern Military groups. This truly battle ready blade is ready for any adventure, so whatever your Frontier, make sure that you have a Cold Steel Frontier Bowie by your side!

Please Note: These do come a little rough from Cold steel. There is a heavy coat of oil on the blade, grind lines are not perfect from time to time and the wood handles vary in wood grain and color hue. There may be slight imperfections in this piece.
  • Item Number: 88CSAB
  • Name: 1917 Frontier Bowie
  • Blade Length: 12.25"
  • Blade Thickness 1/4"
  • Overall Length: 17.625"
  • Blade Steel: 1055 Carbon Steel
  • Weight: 23.8 oz
  • Handle: 4.625" Rosewood
  • Sheath: Leather Scabbard With Blued Steel Fittings
  • Made in India
Leather Sheath
Leather Sheath
Leather is known for its durability and traditional appeal. When compared to Kydex it is preferred for its silence when bumped against other objects, as well as blade retention.
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.
Wood Handles
Wood Handles
Provides a traditional, natural look and feel to a modern tool. Wood absorbs shock well and is popular in axe handles.
Cold Steel 88CSAB 1917 Frontier Bowie Fixed 12.25" 1055 Carbon Blade, Rosewood Handles3.458 (24 reviews)
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Cold Steel 88CSAB 1917 Frontier Bowie Fixed 12.25" 1055 Carbon Blade, Rosewood Handles
4 out of 5
Horizon City, Tx
Pros: Blade Material, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Weight, Materials, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None
1917 Frontier Bowie
Mine came in great shape. Solid, and well built. A true Texas style bowie. Only issue was a little screw up on the secondary bevel on one side of knife. I plan on full convexing it anyway. Doesnt seem overly heavy for its size. Well worth this price for such a great knife!
Cold Steel 88CSAB 1917 Frontier Bowie Fixed 12.25" 1055 Carbon Blade, Rosewood Handles
5 out of 5
Washington state
Pros: Materials, Handle Material, Blade Material, Finish, Weight, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard
Fantastic knife for the connoisseur on a budget
These 1 star reviews seem to be people who either don't own one or don't understand knives.As an ABS trained bladesmith I have a fair amount of knowledge on the topic.The construction hasn't been 1055 in years so the info on this site is out of date. It is "hard" to sharpen due to being hard spring tempered 1090 steel, not because it's poorly tempered as the "operator's" review implies. Take anyone who calls themself an "operator" with a grain of salt as only airsoft kids and armchair soldiers tend to use that title.Mine is hefty, well fitted, and holds a razor edge through heavy use. It is dull upon shipping, but if you can't hand sharpen to a razor edge, you don't need a knife like this to begin with.The imperfections are par for the course with any hand forged blade for less than a grand, but add charm and a touch of authenticity.Weighted for chopping it is not a fighting bowie, but rather an all purpose bowie however the finger groove in the choil makes the blade far more nimble.It is not "dipped in black stuff" as the "operator" claims either. It is in fact blued and has a bit of cosmolene on it to protect during transport.All in all the best bowie for your money and far sturdier than either the Laredo or Natchez bowie.I can't recommend it enough, it's become my everyday carry knife.
Cold Steel 88CSAB 1917 Frontier Bowie Fixed 12.25" 1055 Carbon Blade, Rosewood Handles
5 out of 5
Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA)
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None
Outstanding Old School Bowie Knife!!
I love Cold Steel knives. I have owned both versions of the CS Trail Master Bowie knife...the hogh carbon one And now I proudly own the CS Trail Master San Mai III Bowie knife!! Been wanting that one for a long while. Got an unexpected refund. I bought it and a Rhondo handmade custom fitted sheath made Specifically for the CS Trail Master Bowie knife.I also had bought the CS Marauder Bowie knife too. I tell you, I Loved that knife. But I decided to give that one and my other Trail Master Bowie knife as gifts to 2 different co-workers. So far I have given at least one high end production knife such as my 2 Cold Steel Bowie knives, and a few handmade custom bowie knives, to eac of my co-workers. I feel that sinceGod has been so good to me with Blessings, I should also spread those Blessings.Anyway, still, I Love Cold Steel knives and Love my new CS Trail Mastee San Mai III Bowie knife!!Now, I have had my eye on the CS Frontier Bowie knife for a while now. And based on very positive reviews on this knife Everywhere, I decided to buy this awesome knife tonight!!I will leave an update on the knife when I receive it. And if it is as rugged, big, and badass as others have claimed in their review of it, then I am sure...no...Positive...that my review will be yet Another hogh end positive review as well!! I Am really excited aboutnit and cannot Wait to receive my brand new Cold Steel Frontier Bowie knife!! Thanks for reading!!!
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