John Wayne Commemorative Bowie Knife.
Like John Wayne himself, the Bowie knife has become an integral part of heritage. One of the most important tools and weapons used on the American frontier, it was named after James Bowie, a hero of the Texas Revolution who had designed a hunting knife with a long bolster adjoining the handle making it an effective defensive weapon as much as a hunting tool.
Used by Texas Rangers, Mississippi boatmen, and the brave pioneers, the Bowie knife was greatly responsible for carving out much of the American West.
Thus steeped in American tradition, the Bowie knife is a fitting tribute to John Wayne. An authentic recreation of the very knife in John Wayne's personal collection of historic guns and knives. The John Wayne Commemorative Bowie Knife is a spectacular display piece crafted of tempered steel, rosewood handle, sterling silver and accents of gold.
The Bowie knife has an overall length of 15¼" and the blade itself in 9¾". It is mounted in a wooden display box 21" by 10½". The box has a green felt backing and the box has a hinged glass cover.
Issued by the Franklin Mint on 20 March 1992 with a price of $395.