Western bowie w49 dating websites
With the above in mind at this time I would advise you to look for knives with one of the following markings: This is generally excepted as the first variation of the W49 W49pic2 W49pic1This is the next version of blade marking the W49 W49pic1IMHO many more variations on these knives also fall into the proper Vietnam time period.But without more evidence to support them the above examples are my recommendation at this time.
My knife has an abbreviated guard that was done by a previous owner and is currently semi-Bagwellized.
However one cant say that such detailed information ever did exist on paper.
It appears that much was lost during the periods that Western changed hands.
If it is legible and anyone can fill in any blanks or dispute any of the data, I am receptive to discussion. It was also the last year that Western manufactured their knives in Boulder, Colorado. To the best of my knowledge the 4th variant would have the larger pins and would be guard marked similar to the 3rd variant. So their history is rather murky, to say the least.
The exception being that instead of the word Bowie on the pile side it would say "W49." I also believe that the guard marked "W49's" would have been made during the 1970's but prior to 1977 when the alphabetical date code started. I have attempted to research these Western knives, of late, and, to be honest with you, the the deeper I dig the more confused I get. Here is the best that I can find as far as their tang stamping is concerned...