Texican Chihuahua Mexican Spanish Style Bowie
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After the Spanish left the Mexican territory Many of the Mexican people crossed the Rio Grande and moved up in, what we call texas. They came to Texas long before Stephen Austin brokered the Texas Empresario Grant deal with the Mexican Government. These people were known as the texicans. They were Traditional mexican citizens that were considered separate from the white texans. These Texicans adopted the bowie blade and added the blade to the traditional spanish hilt and handle.that traces back to the conquistadors.
Nickel handles were used readily in the 1830’s especially by the Mexicans. Nickel was easily available in the Texas region.
Our Texican Bowie is a large knife at 14” long. The knife has the traditional scimitar blade, a left over from the Spanish and is 9” long. Comes with hone bezil and edge, and very sharp. The blade is made from hand forged Amalgamated steel, all carbon, forged into hardened steel. Handle is a traditional nickel nickel brass pin..
The tang is full on this knife. There is a flat finger spot, technically called the ricassa and choil. This is a non sharp part of the knife between the edge and the hilt. This groove has several functions. The groove is an excellent holding place for the fore finger. Use this groove for sharpening balance, and works well for hand to hand combat as well with butchering and skinning.
The Bolster/qullion is made from traditional brass. Brass was the choice of many knife makers back in the 1830’s. It was available, pretty easy to work with and gave the knife that look, that flair of class. This brass Qullion gives this knife a unique look that you won’t see very often in modern historical replicas.
The sheath is out together with a Metis whip stitch, Badger learned from his Grandfather.
The traditional seed bead work is Badgers wife’s, Talking Bird, also a Metis tribal member. Talking bird has her art, uses her own unique stitch, always with a traditional native flaw. This flaw cannot be replicated by machinery, making it an authentic stitch. This flaw is native tradition teaches us the lesson of vulnerability. Nothing is perfect. Everything and everyone has flaws Nobody is perfect we are all human with a creator, being a part of who we are. Talking Bird uses her own unique seed bead patterns..
Carbon blades are known for there patina… and rusting without oiling. Forging a carbon blade is an art. The blade needs to be taken care of with a light coat of oil regularly. I oil my blades weekly with machine oil like a 3 in 1. I emphasize weekly to get that beautiful blue Patina these old blades were known for. That is why so many modern blades are made from a form of stainless steel. Stainless blades are hard to keep sharp but they do not rust. There is not much work involved in a stainless blade but the regular sharpening process because they do not hold an edge. Carbon blades hold an edge and are stronger and more versatile.
Little Badger Knives are made using the same techniques and styles of the original frontiersman knives of the 1820’s and 1830’s. Very few of those men used a mass produced knife. They were forged by the local blacksmith. In this same tradition, each Badger knife is an individual piece, one of a kind knife. Individual quality. No two knives are ever the same.
Each knife is unique, no two knives are the same. I ship knives, well oiled, wrapped in plastic wrap. Do not touch the blade. Touching the blade of a newly forged carbon blade can leave permanent prints from the oil in our skin. I never touch the blade with my skin. I always use a fine cloth. When you get your knife Wipe the oil on the knife and re oil. It only takes a couple drops. Oil weekly and you will build a beautiful blue patina on the blade.
Bowie History: After the Spanish left the Mexican territory Many of the Mexican people crossed the Rio Grande and moved up in, what we call texas. They came to Texas long before Stephen Austin brokered the Texas Empresario Grant deal with the Mexican Government. These people were known as the Texicans. They were Traditional Mexican citizens that were considered separate from the white Texans. These Texicans adopted the bowie blade and added the blade to the traditional Spanish hilt and handle that traces back to the conquistadors.
*Authentic Native American Knives
As a member of the state-recognized tribe, Cherokees of Northeast Alabama, Keith Little Badger is in full compliance with The Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. This Act protects Native American Artisans. All products must be marketed truthfully regarding Indian heritage and tribal affiliation of the producers.
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