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


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Part #: CS88CSAB | Cold Steel Knives
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CS88CSAB: 88CSAB 1917 Frontier Bowie
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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 3.577 stars out of 5 (26 reviews)
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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 :)
Cold Steel 88CSAB 1917 Frontier Bowie Fixed 12.25" 1055 Carbon Blade, Rosewood Handles
rated 5 stars out of 5
Endless Mountains, Pennsylvania
Oct 15, 2019
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None
Most Attractive finish EVER
88CSAB= COLD STEEL SITE HAS IT LISTED AS 1085 steel .I dont understand why I see these listed in different steels but I got an early one and the finish is a work of art.Mine is wonderful steel,nice and sharp out of the box,great profile,lines,grinds.,sheath...I am always amazed these are just over $100 bucks.WHAT A QUALITY KNIFE..I honestly give this value award for the money.I know is some "Wanna "Be" fool", speaking reviews on here,using words like green horns,etc while everyone has a different use and may like their knife razor sharp (above utility edge)when entering the bush as I do.If chopping is needed(Which MAY DULL CHEAPER BLADES at faster rate) I use the area close to hilt so to preserve the front portion of blade for tasks a sharp edge is needed.I have bears,bobcat's,foxes,coyotes,skunk's just walking by my door.Even must escort my pup out to wee at nite..Rabid animal attacks occur here and when I need to flick,I want my tip portion razor sharp.That guy talking like he is Bowie himself is a people chase the traits in your knife for your life, and let the muppet speak of $1200.00 Randall he never chopped with a day in his worse than a know it all fool.Everyone here has a different need and a different region for their blade.I will admit,I normally can find a axe or large machete to chop rather than scuff up my side knife.Anyone doing that with a Randall unless in survival situation,is again,A here Frontier 1917's are great knives.I even bought a used one to beat up and have my new one in the box greased in Johnson's floor wax to enjoy the cosmetic bliss of the finish...You'd be pleased with these
Cold Steel 88CSAB 1917 Frontier Bowie Fixed 12.25" 1055 Carbon Blade, Rosewood Handles
rated 4 stars out of 5
Keith B
Horizon City, Tx
Oct 28, 2018
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!
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