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valentin_84
02-28-2010, 12:43 PM
Anyone have a concealed carry bowie? Here's mine!

5/16" thick 5160 steel
10" blade
Micarta scaled handle

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u92/valentin_84/weapons/DSCN2667-1.jpg

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u92/valentin_84/weapons/DSCN2656-1.jpg

Will C
02-28-2010, 12:51 PM
Well, I don't have one of my own, but I'm very impressed with yours! What sort of IWB sheath are you using?

bae
02-28-2010, 12:57 PM
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_8bdYFKk3OW4/SpHW0u6lCII/AAAAAAAAAVs/WAFG2n20YVM/s800/bowie-in-sheath.jpg

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_8bdYFKk3OW4/SkpTV-3WtzI/AAAAAAAAASI/WR1-2fgAy08/s800/b1.jpg

valentin_84
02-28-2010, 01:00 PM
It's a custom one. I'll post some pics of it when I get home. I couldn't believe how comfortable it was to carry the first time I put it on. I drove with it on and it didn't bother me, went to the movies and felt fine while I relaxed in the seats.

valentin_84
02-28-2010, 01:02 PM
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_8bdYFKk3OW4/SpHW0u6lCII/AAAAAAAAAVs/WAFG2n20YVM/s800/bowie-in-sheath.jpg

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_8bdYFKk3OW4/SkpTV-3WtzI/AAAAAAAAASI/WR1-2fgAy08/s800/b1.jpg

Oh that thing is mean lookin! Is that the Southern Comfort sheath? How comfortable is it with that huge guard?

bae
02-28-2010, 01:15 PM
Oh that thing is mean lookin! Is that the Southern Comfort sheath? How comfortable is it with that huge guard?

Yup, that's the SC sheath, and once I found "the spot", I don't really notice the guard or the knife all that much. A good sheath setup seems key to actually carrying large blades.

Texican_gal
02-28-2010, 02:04 PM
I was so happy with it that I even carried it to work one day and no one had a damn clue that I had a gigantic knife on me!:eek:

And to top it all off, you're from Surprise, Arizona?!

valentin_84
02-28-2010, 02:14 PM
And to top it all off, you're from Surprise, Arizona?!

Yes, the city is actually named Surprise... lol!:rolleyes:

Horsehide
02-28-2010, 02:18 PM
Are you happy to see me or is that a 10" Bowie you have in your pants?... :eek:
You KNEW someone had to say it!!!

I wish we could carry decent size blades around here... :(

Shdwdncr
02-28-2010, 02:24 PM
Those are great looking knives.

I'd like to see some pics of how exactly this type of knife is worn concealed though.

How hard and how fast is it to deploy in summer clothing?

How about in winter clothing?

What is the advantage of carrying such a large fixed blade versus a similar folding type?(Voyager X2 comes to mind).

S.

Silver Bullet
02-28-2010, 03:22 PM
:eek: Wow! Haven't seen any nice coffin-handle bowies in quite some time. They're both beautiful! Out of curiosity, who made that fine Damascus blade?

Will C
02-28-2010, 03:40 PM
What is the advantage of carrying such a large fixed blade versus a similar folding type?(Voyager X2 comes to mind).


It's hard to find a folder with a good back-edge or a blade over about 7.5" or so.

David III
02-28-2010, 03:51 PM
Big bowies are easy to carry in Mike Sastre's summer comfort sheath. I just let the IWB portion (the blade, basically) float around just behind my hipbone. I have carried a Laredo bowie this way this past fall with no problems. I am not sure whether my deployment is fast but it's hard to beat having a blade that big just appear out of nowhere.
I am sure body configuration would play a part, just as with appendix carry. I'm 5' 8" and about 155 right now, so I have more room for the blade to float around and get into the right spot. This may, of course, become a problem if I continue to lose weight as the end of the sheath might then print, but I'm not sure whether anybody would know what it was -- nor do I particularly want the male part of the population looking at my rear...

HamburgO
02-28-2010, 05:47 PM
Question for you guys with the Southern Comfort: I have an Ontario Fortress with that sheath, and while I really like it for carry comfort and speed of draw, have been hesitant to get one for my custom bowie (see 1st pic) made by WT member "Samuel Bell". On the Fortress, the SC sheath has made a little scratch on one side of the blade just under the handle (see 2nd pic). I'd hate to see that happen on my beautiful Damascus. Anyone have the same problem, or is it just a fluke?

HamburgO
02-28-2010, 05:50 PM
:eek: Wow! Haven't seen any nice coffin-handle bowies in quite some time. They're both beautiful! Out of curiosity, who made that fine Damascus blade?

I believe that's another fine production by WT member "Samuel Bell"...

MesserMan
03-01-2010, 03:43 AM
Question for you guys with the Southern Comfort: I have an Ontario Fortress with that sheath, and while I really like it for carry comfort and speed of draw, have been hesitant to get one for my custom bowie (see 1st pic) made by WT member "Samuel Bell". On the Fortress, the SC sheath has made a little scratch on one side of the blade just under the handle (see 2nd pic). I'd hate to see that happen on my beautiful Damascus. Anyone have the same problem, or is it just a fluke?

No experience here with the Southern Comfort, but lots of experience carrying a variety of knives in both leather and kydex sheaths. With kydex sheaths, your blade will get scratched; there's really no way of getting around it, short of luck.

EDIT: You could make yourself, or have made, a kydex sheath with a thin leather liner for the blade.

Silver Bullet
03-01-2010, 03:50 AM
...... On the Fortress, the SC sheath has made a little scratch on one side of the blade just under the handle (see 2nd pic). I'd hate to see that happen on my beautiful Damascus. Anyone have the same problem, or is it just a fluke?

Yup, that's a Kydex rub-mark! My practice holsters are OTB Kydex; and all of my EDC pistol slides show fine scratches and rub marks from frequently drawing and holstering in an occasionally dusty environment. Kydex, steel, and airborne dust just seem to do that.

If it really bothers you find someone with a glass bead polishing machine. That mark will come out with little or no evidence that it was ever there. You might, also, be able to glue a small piece of sueded leather on top of the sheath's rub point.

valentin_84
03-01-2010, 06:30 AM
Are you happy to see me or is that a 10" Bowie you have in your pants?...
You KNEW someone had to say it!!!

I was waiting for it.... But, it's a 15" bowie with a 10" blade, get it right buddy! lol!


Those are great looking knives.

I'd like to see some pics of how exactly this type of knife is worn concealed though.

Well, I have some pics of the sheath but none of me wearing it. Let me tell you, I'm wearing it right now and I guarantee no one would have a clue. It just sits there secure and since it's a blade it's not thick like a gun so you don't really feel it.

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u92/valentin_84/weapons/DSCN2654.jpg

This was the first try. I was gonna have the maker put a stud on it like the Southern Comfort but then we agreed that we may be able to make it more secure.

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u92/valentin_84/weapons/DSCN2652.jpg

Second try. I liked this idea but it didn't fit right. I also wanted a backing that protected my side from getting stabbed when re-sheathing. Also to protect me from getting cut open if I ever have to draw fast.

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u92/valentin_84/weapons/2010-02-28_191514.jpg

So this is what he came up with. I freakin love it!

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u92/valentin_84/weapons/2010-02-28_191443.jpg

It's got a great leather protection guard on the back that makes it so comfortable to carry, plus he replaced the hooks with really strong velcro so that I can adjust it to whatever belt I'm wearing that day!


With kydex sheaths, your blade will get scratched; there's really no way of getting around it, short of luck.

Yes, there isn't much you can do about it, it will get scratched! The maker wanted to make the sheath out of leather for me but I wanted it kydex because of all the sweating in the AZ summer. He warned me about scratching but I'm willing to take a few scratches. This isn't a show piece, I had it built to my specs for a weapon to carry every day.

HamburgO
03-01-2010, 09:45 AM
Thanks for the responses re Kydex sheath. I like the idea of a thin leather/suede lining around the top.

Very nice carry solution, Valentin! I might hit you up for some contact info...

bae
03-01-2010, 10:27 AM
I don't worry about the scratches, as I use the knife anyways. It cleans up.