70’s S&W Bowie Knife Model 6010- serial #2713
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 is Number 28173.
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 blade was stored in a sleeve, the blade appears close to perfect. The sheath is the Texas Ranger sheath S&W developed for that model, but I have occasionally seen the 6010 with that sheath. Sheath is spotless. No box.
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