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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 5:08 pm 
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Ray I'm sure you would no better than I.......But I had a Western USA W49 J Bowie and I know it was made in 1989 ..with the method your talking about wouldn't that make mine made in 1987?..unless fixed blades were different. ::shrug::
I was just going by the tang stamp...I only have the pic not the book that it came from.
Sorry if I posted any wrong info. :(

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 5:12 pm 
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I guess I better buy the book or start reading the fine print!!!....SORRY guys!!


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No need to apologize, Johnnie. I am just relying on Goins. Possibly not applicable to fixed blades, I am not sure. On your knife, maybe the 'J' preceding BOWIE is just the first initial, for Jim or James. Who knows!

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 5:25 pm 
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::tu:: ......I need to get me a Goin's. :shock:

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 6:33 pm 
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Paladin wrote:
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Doesn't the 'H' on the tang designate the year of manufacture? 'A' was for 1977, thus 'H' would be 1984.

Ray


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I thought about H designating the year of manufacture, but didn't know when to start counting... :)
1984 is entirely possible. I purchased the knife from a place where they probably did not sell many of those knives and they may have had them in stock for some time.
I don't have Goin's either... May have to get me a copy..!

Thanks again guys for using your time to help!

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