Western bowie dating
It's all kind of murky and just passed on like we are doing here. I have been trying for some time to compile dating info and as you probably know there are some gray areas. It can also be identified by the smaller pins in the handle.
Any dates I have assigned to a variant are based on the best information I have at this time, as gleaned from books, advertisements, anecdotal evidence (stories) and SWAGs. In the case of a dual year designation, e.g., 73/74, what is known is that different info sources will list different dates. At first only a jobbing business, by 1920 construction and machinery purchases were underway to begin manufacture of knives. Platts, was able to draw on his extensive friendships and family connections in the cutlery world to start Western States Cutlery and Manufacturing of Boulder Colorado.My abbreviations for references used are: TKMWWW refers to “The Knife Maker Who Went West” by Harvey Platts, 1977COLE refers to “US Military Knives, Bowies and Machetes” Books 1, 2, 3 or 4 by M. Cole So, here is MY list of the Western Bowie/W49 version descriptions as of 12/14/2017 - WW2 version Version 1 – WW2 Bx-54 Bushman (mistakenly called a V44 by many folks) 1943 - 1944Viet Nam Era versions Version 2 – Western Bowie (two sided tang stamp) 1964?– 1965/66Version 3 – Western Bowie (single sided tang stamp) 1965/66 - 1967Version 4 – Western Bowie (Guard Stamped – both sides) 1967 – 1968Version 5 – Western Bowie Stainless Steel (Guard Stamped – both sides) 1967Version 6 – Western W49 (Guard Stamped – both sides) 1968 – 1973Version 7 – Western S-649 Stainless Steel (Guard Stamped – both sides) 1968 – ????