1974 S&W Bowie Model 6010 #11478
In 1972 Smith and Wesson worked with a well-known and innovative knife designer Blackie Collins to introduce the company into the knife business. This program was announced in 1975 and seven knives were initially offered. Called the Survival Series they included a Bowie, Outdoorsman, Survival, Skinner a folding hunter knife, a fisherman knife and a filet knife. This is the Bowie Model 6010 Serial Number 11478.
The blades were forged from modified 440 Series Stainless Steel. A total of 47 operation from forging to hand polishing are performed on the blade before fitting to the handle on the Survival knife. The amount of work necessary for these knives caused S&W to fall behind on production and delivery to the retailers. Smith and Wesson produced in house a few other knives but none that required the amount of hand fitting as this series. The most beautiful knives S&W ever produced in house.
This is model 6010 the Bowie Knife which is a traditional Bowie Style blade configuration with similar shaped sharpened false edge. The Wessonwood handle is blended smoothly with the double quillion brass guard and pommel. The Bowie has a 6” blade, 10” overall and weighs 13 oz. This knife was stored in the sheath protecting the blade. The knife and sheath are in excellent condition no signs of use with small handling marks, the snap on the belt flap has pulled off. This knife was produced in 1974. No Box. Judge for yourself.