I don't know about the bowie specifically, I have purchased some western knives in the past few years and I wasn't impressed with the quality. For the money, its hard to beat though. But hey, if its a design you like go for it, its not a bad knife. Honestly though, if I was going to get something that big, I would probably go with the Ka-Bar big brother. That's if cost wasn't an option, that one is a little high.