Two year ago, I had the privilege of owning a Larry Brandstetter Bowie. It was nice to be able to put it in the hands of a friend of Larry’s many years later. For those of you unfamiliar with the story check it out. Brandstetter Bowie
It’s rare that you get the opportunity to make this kind of connection with a knife that was made roughly 40 years ago. Particularly when the maker is no longer with us. I was really pleased to get the info posted in the earlier blog post. It was even nicer to get this update and photo from the same individual.
Thought I’d send you a photo of my very early Brandstetter knife. This is one of his first knives, sold at one of our rendezvous ‘. I didn’t buy it. It has an odd history. The knife itself was supposed to be a bowie. It originally had an 8 to 10 inch blade. Larry dropped it on concrete and cracked the blade. Rather than toss it, after all had had a lot of time in it, he cut and reshaped the blade making it a boot knife. The only problem was the solid brass pieces in the pommel. This made it handle heavy. It tends to tip over in the sheath. Larry sold it for $25, that was $5 an inch on the blade which was how he sold them at the time. A 10 inch Bowie was $50. A friend of mine …… bought the knife. Ronnie was in gun club with us and he and I worked together. In fact Ronnie was the one who informed me of Larry’s death. Any way, years later Ronnie stopped by the house and brought me the knife. Here, he said, you need this and he handed me Larry’s boot knife. Three weeks later he dropped dead of a heart attack just like Larry. I treasure both these knives, because they were made by Larry and because Ronnie owned one.
Sometimes we see an oddity of a knife and wonder why or how. In this case, now we know. It’s hard to imagine how it felt to have dropped the knife to begin with. It’s great he finished it off and made the best of a bad situation. I was really stunned to see the pricing formula Larry used to sell his knives. $5 an inch would hardly cover the cost of the blank blade today.
Again, thanks very much to to contributor of the info and photo’s!!! If anyone else owns a Larry Brandstetter Bowie, I’d like to hear from you.