Western bowie dating
My abbreviations for references used are: TKMWWW refers to “The Knife Maker Who Went West” by Harvey Platts, 1977COLE refers to “US Military Knives, Bowies and Machetes” Books 1, 2, 3 or 4 by M. Cole So, here is MY list of the Western Bowie/W49 version descriptions as of 12/14/2017 - WW2 version Version 1 – WW2 Bx-54 Bushman (mistakenly called a V44 by many folks) 1943 - 1944Viet Nam Era versions Version 2 – Western Bowie (two sided tang stamp) 1964?– 1965/66Version 3 – Western Bowie (single sided tang stamp) 1965/66 - 1967Version 4 – Western Bowie (Guard Stamped – both sides) 1967 – 1968Version 5 – Western Bowie Stainless Steel (Guard Stamped – both sides) 1967Version 6 – Western W49 (Guard Stamped – both sides) 1968 – 1973Version 7 – Western S-649 Stainless Steel (Guard Stamped – both sides) 1968 – ????
The problem with using purchase records for dating is that a particular piece could have sat on a shelf for a while, becoming “NOS”.
A reported date of purchase (along with a receipt) can be used to move the initial use date of a stamp backwards in time, but such evidence can never definitively indicate when the use of a particular stamp ended.
At first only a jobbing business, by 1920 construction and machinery purchases were underway to begin manufacture of knives.
Platts, was able to draw on his extensive friendships and family connections in the cutlery world to start Western States Cutlery and Manufacturing of Boulder Colorado.
Eventually purchased by Camillus in 1991, Western continued until Camillus expired in 2007. Pictures will be added to my posts over time as quickly as I can get my act together.