Giant Bowie knife will stand in TX town with the same title

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 1:42 AM

City executive declare the knife is the largest in existence and hope to have it certified by the in time for the city’s annual festival in June.

Giant Bowie knife will stand in TX town with the same title

In a town named after Jim Bowie, could there be a more appropriate landmark?

A giant Bowie knife will be unveiled Thursday in Bowie, a town of about 5.000 residents seventy miles northwest of Fort Worth.

City executive declare the knife is the largest in existence and hope to have it certified by the in time for the city’s annual festival in June.

The knife is impressive in size:

feet long, including a handle fashioned from a nearby bois d’arc tree.

feet, 5-inch blade (hollowed out stainless steel).

pounds.

The knife, which stands at an angle on a 3-foot high base, is designed to withstand winds up to ninety miles per hour and an inch of ice, both of which are fairly common in N Texas. It'll be located in , just N of U. S. 81.

The knife was the idea of Bob Hadley, a well-known horse trainer and a sculptor. He died in a car wreck in two thousand-thirteenth, but his concept lived on.

The Bowie Knife Project was launched by the Bowie Chamber of Commerce later that year. Van Baize, who co-chaired the Bowie Knife Project committee with Bryan Brown, said it took about a year to develop, engineer and get permits for the knife.

The knife was designed and constructed by Albert Schlabs, of A. S. A. P. Abrasive Waterjet Cutting Services in Wichita Falls.

“Bryan and I decided to look the project completed in honor of Mr. Hadley,” Baize said. “... The major challenge has been getting people to look the vision of what it can do for the community.”

He said they're still raising money for the knife, but that an anonymous donor provided $100.000 of the $170.000 that the knife cost.

The giant Bowie knife will be unveiled at noon Thursday at Pelham Park, four hundred thirteen Pelham Road, Bowie.

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