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Old 12-13-2010, 05:50 PM
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just wondering if any of the knife guru's can help me to i.d. this knife....it's a S&W texas ranger bowie marked on the box as TXRBB....made by taylor cutlery...states it is #31 of 301..overall length is about 16 inches...one side of the blade is stamped smith&wesson/texas rangers...the other side has the #0031 as well as designed by stewart taylor limited issue...
can anyone provide additional details such as when this knife was made?value?it also has a large black sheath....any information would be appreciated!
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Taylor produced a number of "Bowie" style knives of the same blade pattern and with various material for the handles in the last 1/2 doz. years. The blades have various markings, such as TEXAS RANGER BOWIE, etc . You see them occasionally on Ebay and other websites for discount cutlery. On ebay they usually don't bring more than $20-$30 range, and sometimes much less. The problem with Taylor knives and S&W collectors is that Taylor makes 100s of knives marked S&W, out of which maybe 10% are selected by S&W for factory sales. The other 90% wind up on the surplus knife market & Ebay. Whether your Texas Ranger version was ever accepted by the factory for sale as an officially S&W endorsed knife can only be answered by the factory, or Taylor. I don't find a listing of it in the S&W knife catalogs I have.
There are some S&W official Bowie knives - The 145th Anniv Model, for example. I have seen several different S&W Bowie knives with marking commemorating the Texas Rangers. One has a Ranger badge over an outline of Texas and a says "1823 -150th Anniversary-2003" and "1 of 1000"on the other side of the blade. Another version says "Texas Hold'em" Those knives appear in the factory knife catalogs for 2003-2006. Ed.
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thanks so much for your input ed...this is a china taylor cutlery so i wasn't expecting a lot.....it is kinda pretty though
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I recently sold this texas ranger commemrative set. The knife wasnt near 16"s, probley about 8"s. But it was numbered to the gun like that. I know they also sold the knife indivigaly too. Sounds like a different deal I hadnt heard of before. 16"s is close to a short sword!

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feralmerril, That set is the original type "Bowie" knife, designed by Roy Jinks, John Wilson & Blackie Collins, circa 1973. The later types I mentioned above & the one that kennyb has, are a later concept and much larger, and were made in China for Taylor. Ed.
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I recently sold this texas ranger commemrative set. The knife wasnt near 16"s, probley about 8"s. But it was numbered to the gun like that. I know they also sold the knife indivigaly too. Sounds like a different deal I hadnt heard of before. 16"s is close to a short sword!

I had the exact same knife, except it didn't have the revolver with it, but it did have the same type box.

I sold it on ebay a few years ago, and it brought $175.00
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opoefc, thank you,i now know who "had a hand" in the knife,but who manufactured it? (the tr comm. in the set) anyone know,or know how to find out? it appears to be of excellent quality.(the revolver as well!) thanks.
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