Parker Cutlery Japan SELF DEFENDER Bowie presentation grade circa 1982 limited edition issue with mother of pearl handle and original leather sheath; RARE – only 1000 serial-numbered knives made
Extremely hard to find presentation grade huge “SELF DEFENDER” Bowie with genuine polished buffalo horn handle scales – part of the short-run 1982-1983 limited edition issue by Parker Cutlery Co. (Parker used this name from 1979 to 1983). The Bowie is in unused condition and it comes with even more scarce original leather sheath. These large high-quality replicas of the famous Civil War era Bowie knives were manufactured circa 1982-1983 in Japan, using modern tools and high quality materials. Hand-finished by the Japanese craftsmen, each type was limited to just 1000 serial-numbered knives – a great find! Each of these Parker “presentation grade” stainless steel blade Bowies are listed at over $700 in the Pocket Knife Trader’s Guide and double of that for the damascus blade option; don’t miss your chance to add it to your collection!
This Bowie is a fantastic piece of work – large clip point blade is beautifully etched SELF DEFENDER; serial number 148 is engraved at the base. Ricasso is stamped PARKER CUT. CO. / HAND MADE on one side and SURGICAL STEEL / MADE IN JAPAN on the other. Full-tang construction of an excellent overall quality; this big boy is about 14-3/4″ / 37.5 cm overall; razor-sharp satin-polished blade is about 10-1/4” / 26 cm. Coffin-shaped handle with “half-horse, half-alligator” beast on the cast German silver pommel – the beast meant to be “strong as a horse, fearsome as a gator” – nice piece of marketing! Genuine polished buffalo horn handle scales with red spacers; solid German silver handguard and nickel pins. The handle is solid; all parts are tight. This Bowie comes with mega-rare original-issue brown leather sheath stamped JAPAN on the back; the leather is soft and supple; the stitching is intact.
Besides this Parker Cutlery Japan SELF DEFENDER Bowie buffalo horn specimen we have several serial-numbered “presentation grade” vintage Parker Cutlery replicas of the famous Civil War Bowies and giant folders. All were purchased at the same time by the same owner; all have serial # 148; all are in mint condition – please check out our Collectable Blades section for similar listings.