The Bowie Knife is a fixed blade fighting knife. James Black created it for Jim Bowie. Although the knife is a short sword, its best use is for close-quartered fighting. Some of the earliest versions started around the 1800s. Today's bowie's are more ornate with elegant handles and guards. They come in stainless steel and Damascus steel. The bowie knife gained more popularity as the movies the Alamo, Rambo, Expendables, and some of your best Horror movies came out.