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In this battle Bowie was stabbed, shot, and beaten half to death but managed to win the fight using the large knife.
Black produced the knife ordered by Bowie, and at the same time created another based on Bowie's original design but with a sharpened edge on the curved top edge of the blade.
The fate of the original Bowie knife is unknown; however, a knife bearing the engraving "Bowie No.
(A brass back is an indication of modern construction.) Bowie knives often had an upper guard that bent forward at an angle (an S-guard) intended to catch an opponent's blade or provide protection to the owner's hand during parries and corps-a-corps.
A brass quillon, usually cast in a mold, was attached to protect the hand.
The Bowie knife's design also lends itself to use as a hunting knife for skinning or butchering game.
Some Bowie knives had a notch on the bottom of the blade near the hilt known as a "Spanish Notch".
The Spanish Notch is often cited as a mechanism for catching an opponent's blade; however, some Bowie researchers hold that the Spanish Notch is ill-suited to this function and frequently fails to achieve the desired results.