Bowie Knives in Film
There are differences in opinion on the actual chronological history of this knife, also called an Arkansas Toothpick, but one thing is certain, its basic design has definitely stood the tests of time. Decades of hunters and survivalists have found the bowie to be the perfect tool for the wilderness. It has been defined by Arkansas culturalist and researcher as, “It must be long enough to use as a sword, sharp enough to use as a razor, wide enough to use as a paddle and heavy enough to use as a hatchet.” If you want a knife that unquestionably illustrates these qualifications, check out the Massive Big Foot Bowie Knife.
Col. Bowie definitely was given his due on the big screen, as well, because dating back to 1915’s “Martyrs of the Alamo” he has been portrayed in numerous films. The most recognized being “The Iron Mistress” with Alan Ladd and The 1960’s “The Alamo” with Richard Widmark. The Western Alamo Bowie Knife is an officially licensed replica of the bowie knife that was carried by Widmark in the “The Alamo” film.
The film industry’s liberal use of the Alamo defender’s famous weapon comes down to one repeated theme: strength and size. Whether it was John Rambo or John Matrix this knife was built for battle and the image of these knife-wielding characters have stuck in popular imagination. The sure feeling of power that holding the sturdy handle of
a bowie knife gives or the confidence that it is big enough to get the job done is what makes it come right out of screen legend and into the hands of countless people across the world. Aside from just being impressive looking, the bowie knife has many practical uses including skinning game, splitting firewood and cutting rope that make it an excellent tool for hunting and camping and secures it in history as much more than a film star.