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Home Products Bagwell Bowie, The Fortress

Overview

This is a discontinued Bill Bagwell designed Fortress Bowie, made by Ontario Knife, features a bead blasted blade with sharpned top edge, .283" blade stock and 1.326" blade depth, hidden tang construction. The handle has a bead blasted stainless steel guard, wooden coffin shaped handle with nameplate. Black leather sheath. Excellent condition. Comes with original box and papers.

Product Details

Blade Length 10.00

Overall Length 16.5

Closed Length 4.5

Weight (oz) 14.15

Source Previously owned

Additional Specs

Knife Type Has Sheath, Hidden Tang

Blade Material 0-1 Tool Steel

Blade Details Clip Point, Drop Point

Handle Material Metallic, Wood

Other Details Tactical

About the Maker

Bagwell, Bill

Bill Bagwell has always been fascinated by knives. He made his first knife at the age of 10 from an old saw. While he was in high school he began to forge knives in the industrial arts shop, and by the time he was 15 he was forging hunting and Bowie knives as a hobby. He made and sold knives while he was in college and became a full-time professional bladesmith in 1969. Bagwell is one of the true pioneers in the making of Damascus blades in the United States. He completed his first successful Damascus blade on December 1, 1973, after about six months of trial and failure. In early 1976, with the late Don Hastings, B.R. Hughes and Bill Moran, Bagwell became one of the founding members of the American Bladesmith Society and wrote the original charter for that organization. He also served as the society's first secretary and was on its first board of directors.

Ontario Knife Company

Visit this maker's website: Ontario Knife Company.

Hinderer, Rick
Hinderer, Rick

In the mid 1980’s Rick Hinderer began his knife making journey making art knives in a small 14′ x 18′ turkey coop with none of the modern amenities, like heat or running water! Art knives are a far cry from the tactical scene which Rick is so deeply entrenched in now. Over the years his meticulous attention to knife design and knife making, coupled with his real world experience as a Fire Fighter / EMT sets him apart from the rest. Rick’s design philosophy is deeply rooted in his experience with using his knives as part of his first responder tools. That catalyst of change from art knives to hard use tactical was after Rick joined the rescue dive team. He really began to look at knives and designs more as hard use tactical tools than works of art. Rick began changing over from old world knife making techniques to modern CNC precision manufacturing. With the combination of designing art knives, and his real world experience as a first responder, this unusual perspective allows him to design hard use tactical folders that are not only aesthetically pleasing to the eye, but extremely comfortable in the hand. All of Rick’s products are engineered to go the distance when it counts the most whether it be when life is on the line, or you just need a good cutting tool! Visit this maker's website: Rick Hinderer Knives.

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