The Lost Bowie by Jack Crain is a limited edition of 20 and 1 Prototype, this one is #16 according to the paperwork. It has a hand rub satin finished blade with sharpened top edge and notched thumbrest, .245" blade stock and 1.733" blade depth, hidden tang construction. The handle has a black iron guard, collar and butt with an oak grip. Comes with COA and quite a few letters between Jack Crain and the previous owner. The knife is in excellent condition. Comes with a wooden presentation box with
This is what the COA says:
"The Lost Bowie" is the 1986 historical edition of Jack W Crain and is strictly limited to twenty knives and one prototype. All were built in 1986 and bear the Crain 1836-1986 Texas Sesquicentennial logo. With all contractual questions now resolved, these knives will be delivered in the first part of 1987. "The Lost Bowie" is the third and last limited edition Mr. Crain will do on the world famous knife called the Moore Bowie. In 1982, Carin's "The Seige Bowie" became the first limited edition based on The Moore Bowie to use actual wax impressions taken from the original knife. "The Lost Bowie" of 1986 is now the first custom limited edition fully endorsed by the Moore family. Mr. Crain made an exact mold of the Moore Bowie's handle and guard and this very mold serves as the pattern for this year's historical project. Articles continue to be written on the Moore knife as it constantly captures the unceasing and increasing interest of knife collectors and historians. The twent-one knives of this 1986 limited edition have been made of stainless steel, completely hand ground with a hand rubbed finish. The guard and pommel are of iron with a rich, deep black form of platina. Like The Moore Bowie, the wood handles are oak. However, this oak comes from the uncharred remains of the second oldest documented oak tree in the nation (until it burned in 1981). This mighty 300 year old Champion oak tree stood near the inn where Jim Bowie once stayed in Washington, Arkansas, the birthplace of the legendary Bowie knife, according to the Congressional Record.
Each knife is presented in a hand made, walnut display case, inlaid with polished and etched, stainless inserts, telling of the beginnings of the Republic of Texas and the tragic fall of the Alamo.
Each knife will be accompanied with two Limited Edition Prints of "The Lost Bowie". "the Lost Bowie" print is exclusively endorsed by the Moore family and commissioned to Mary Austin Talley. Ms. Talley was commissioned for "The Lost Bowie" Print because of her ability for reproducing exacting detail and it was printed in Texas in the Sesquicentennial year. Each knife will include one of the standard Limited Edition Prints and one of the Remarqued Limited Edition Prints with the matching serial number as the knife.