As a hunting knife, the Bowie knife has been a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts for years. It has a sturdy construction, an elegant design, and it’s one of the toughest sporting knives available. But many Bowie enthusiasts don’t realize that the knife also has a very interesting history. It all started in the early 19th century when Colonel James Bowie popularized the then-unheard of clip point blade, a variation on the popular Spanish hunting knife. The rest, as they say, is history.