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Svord Von Tempsky Bowie

Svord Von Tempsky Bowie


This replica Forest Ranger Bowie Knife is based on the knife design that von Tempsky issued to his company of Forest Rangers in 1863.

Gustavus Ferdinand von Tempsky, adventurer, soldier and artist, learned the benefits of the Bowie knife in California while working in the gold fields. He possessed a fine knife of American manufacture for his own use, but had about 30 bowie knives made to his personal design by a cutler of Shortland St, Auckland. These were issued to the men of No. 2 Company, New Zealand Forest Rangers, under Major von Tempsky's command.

The knives were made from waggon spring steel - being one of the few sources of suitable steel available to blacksmiths in Auckland in 1863.

The big knives were used to clear tracks through bush, dig defensive positions, cut fire wood and for general use about camp.

Svord's version uses high carbon tool steel for it's eleven inch blade and is supplied with a leather sheath.


Limited Edition: No
Brand: Svord
Blade Material: High carbon tool steel
Blade Length (cm): 27.9
Blade Thickness (cm): 0.4
Overall Length (cm): 39.9
Handle Material: Wood
Sheath: Leather


Tempsky was well armedReview by John Lammergeier
Deadly fast service and delivery as usual. If only all sellers were this on the ball. Thanks to HH, you are the best. This knife makes the Downunder Bowie look like a toy, pure non chinese made quality and comes with a great sheath. I cannot see any reason to buy another Bowie, this one does and has it all. (Posted on 14/03/2013)

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