Cold Steel’s latest Really Big Knife is this footlong ‘1917 Frontier Bowie.’ The overall length of nearly 18″ renders it a tad too big for discreet EDC, but it will give you a real Mick Dundee moment when you draw it.
The sword-like blade has a deep fuller, and is made of quarter-inch thick 1055 low-carbon steel. This is the same steel that Cold Steel and other manufacturers use for heavy-use machetes; the blade hardness isn’t specified, but 1055 machetes are typically left somewhat soft to prevent brittleness.
I thought my Becker BK10 was a honking huge knife, but this monster has it beat hands-down. It weighs nearly 24 ounces, which is only slightly less than a fully-loaded Glock 19. It comes with a heavy-duty leather sheath with blued steel throat and chape, as well as a detachable frog.
The Cold Steel website lists the 1917 Frontier Bowie for $200, but says they’re currently backordered. That’s not a bad thing (if you want one) because Knife Center has them in stock at press time for $120. If you wear this knife, be sure to wear suspenders too.