The classic Bowie knife is a large fixed-blade sheath knife built to work in a variety of survival and practical situations. Like all hunting knives, a Bowie knife will end up becoming dull before its time and may suffer from other forms of disrepair if it is not properly maintained and stored. The good news, of course, is that with no moving parts, it is generally quite easy to keep your Bowie knife sharp and in good condition for as long as you own it.
One of the best things that you can do to keep your Bowie knife in good condition is to keep it in its sheath when it is not in use. This will prevent accidents from chipping the tip or otherwise damaging the metal of the blade, and will also ensure that no one is hurt accidentally by the knife. Periodically clean and oil the knife so as to prevent rust or other corrosion, and use a good quality knife sharpening kit or whet stone to keep a fine edge on it. Take the time to learn how to sharpen your knife properly so that you don’t damage it in the process. Perform this simple care regularly and your Bowie knife will stay in great condition for years with no other work needed.