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


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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
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.
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.
Cold Steel 88CSAB 1917 Frontier Bowie Fixed 12.25" 1055 Carbon Blade, Rosewood Handlesrated 3.643 stars out of 5 (28 reviews)
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Cold Steel 88CSAB 1917 Frontier Bowie Fixed 12.25" 1055 Carbon Blade, Rosewood Handles
rated 4 stars out of 5
Colorado USA
Oct 13, 2020
Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Materials, Overall Quality, Weight, Blade Material, Finish
Cons: None
All in all, not a bad knife!
I use it to mess around with, I'm a knife collector (especially bowies) and I have no concerns about whether this piece of art will function as a hacker/whacker/chopper/slicer/alligator-knacker should things call for it. About all I wouldnt use it for is a thrower (as some have done to my knowledge) but that is because I don't throw my knives, period. The only real concern I have is the rosewood grip- I like the wood feel/fit/finish fine- that's just me. BUT I prefer a smooth phenolic or micarta grip- much more durable than wood. The shape of the grip doesnt fit my hand as well as it might, but some judicious time on a sander will take care of that should I decide to alter it. The blade shape itself reminds me of a bayonet blade more than the bowies I'm used to. However bowie blades come in any number of styles and shapes. The edge has a slight curve to it which assists in cutting and is common among fighting bowies. It doesnt come as sharp as CS knives generally do but some time on a stone will take care of that, as well as the unsharpened clip. All in all, not a bad knife, and one I would trust my butt to if it came to that. Not my personal First Choice in a grab and run situation (I have another personal preference) but it would do the job- about any job a bowie might be called on to do.
Cold Steel 88CSAB 1917 Frontier Bowie Fixed 12.25" 1055 Carbon Blade, Rosewood Handles
rated 5 stars out of 5
Sep 03, 2020
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None
KING of all BOWIE knives!
This BOWIE is SICK! It's MEAN and it's all BUSINESS! If you think it looks cool as hell now on the website, wait until you hold it and see it in person. When I think of Jim Bowie and vision him fighting at the end of the ALAMO I invision him with this BOWIE and no other. If it was armageddon and I had to pick a knife this would be it, no questions asked! The fit and finish are great, the sharpness is perfect for this blade. The weight and balance is perfect for combat and survival if needed it can play both roles. I'll end this review by saying..... BUY THIS DAMN BOWIE NOW!!!!!! NO REGRETS WILL BE HAD!!!!
Cold Steel 88CSAB 1917 Frontier Bowie Fixed 12.25" 1055 Carbon Blade, Rosewood Handles
rated 5 stars out of 5
Cheyenne, Wyoming
May 26, 2020
Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Finish, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Blade Material, None
Cons: Blade Sharpness
Now that's a Knife!
When I found that this knife was made by Windlass Steelcraft, I was not expecting it to be razor sharp, but could have been sharper. I cleaned the Cosomile off the knife with WD-40, then hot water and some dish soap, looks great. Scabbard/Sheath was, is a bit tight, so I applied a bit of WD-40 to the inside of the sheath. Now the leather is water proof. I've done this same trick with other of my long high carbon steel blades. All in all this will make a good knife to carry when I'm out hiking. No bears will get this old man :)
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