www.bladeforums.com | February 2012.
I was totally surprised by the result of a competition in the American BladeForum. Every year after Christmas, the election for the Best Bowie of the year is held there. My knife No. 300 was nominated and won the race as a pure outsider.
I’m really excited – but I’ve been thinking about it since then… The six other knives in the final were all more perfect, more complex and made by better colleagues (whom I respect very much). My Bowie was just… different, maybe that was it…
“German wins in USA”
“At the end of the year, the competition for the best Bowie knife of the year was held in the American knife forum www.bladeforums.com. A German won!
Gerhard Wieland from Bayreuth prevailed against strong competition. The 8.5-inch blade of his winning bowie is forged from C105 carbon steel and selectively hardened. The parrying element consists of 150-year-old puddle iron (also forged). Gerhard Wieland has incorporated a bronze finger rest into the handle. With this knife he was not only able to celebrate victory, but also an anniversary: it is his 300th knife.
More knives on the website www.wieland-der-schmied.de
Claimed against strong US competition: The best Bowie of the year comes from Bayreuth.”
Here are the details of the knife: