Texas Myth# 471

JAMES BOWIE INVENTED THE BOWIE KNIFE.
No, one of his brothers did. Rezin (pronounced “Reason”) Bowie designed the big, butcher-style hunting knife in the mid-1820’s while the two were living in Louisiana. When Jim started feuding with a local ruffian, Rezin lent him the weapon. Good thing, too, because on September 19, 1827, outside Natchez, Mississippi, the enemies clashed in a free-for-all known as the Sandbar Fight. Jim withstood multiple wounds before the bowie knife saved the day. Jim’s victory made a name for his weapon and himself—but not for his brother.

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