This full-tang sawback Bowie knife is designed for heavy use in brutal survival situations.
―Inventory Description

The Bowie Knife is a cosmetic knife that was released in the February 17, 2016 update for Operation Wildfire.


The Bowie Knife is cosmetic only, and shares the same performance as the default knife.


  • The Bowie knife was created by James Black in the early 19th century for Jim Bowie, who had become famous for his use of a large knife at a duel known as the Sandbar Fight.[1]
    • Coincidentally, the Bowie knife was added to the Global Offensive after the death of rock star singer David Bowie, who was named after the knife.
  • The knife is officially called the Bowie knife, but all files refer to the knife as the "survival bowie."
  • The design of this knife is modeled after the real-life AITOR Oso Negro.
  • Due to the way Valve has re-sized the Case Hardened skin for the Bowie Knife, the chances to get a completely blue Case Hardened Bowie Knife are much higher than the other knives.

Behind the scenes


  1. The Bowie knife on Wikipedia
  2. vmtcache.txt
  3. "materials/models/weapons/v_models/knife_survival_bowie/knife_survival_bowie.vmt"
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