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The Odd History of the Tru-Bal “C. W. Dux Combat Bowie”

Tru-Bal Combat Bowie


This is one of only a small known handful of custom knives made with a cross-guard by Harry K. McEvoy, Jr. of the Tru-Balance Knife Company. It came with a very interesting origin story that says it was made for the controversial martial artist figure, Frank Dux of Bloodsport fame that, unfortunately is just not true. Frank Dux made no such claims himself, but others tried to tie this knife to him, perhaps in order to boost it’s reputation. Continue reading The Odd History of the Tru-Bal “C. W. Dux Combat Bowie”

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Model No. 91 Stinger Bowie Throwing Knife Serial Number 57

Tru-Bal Serial No. 57 Front

Stephen McEvoy told me that this is an early version of the Model No. 91 Stinger Bowie throwing knife made by Harry McEvoy in late 1991 or early 1992 at the latest. Sometimes Harry would put serial numbers on the first 50 but certainly not more than 100 knives when he released a new model. He evidently stamped serial numbers on the first 100 of the Stinger Bowie. This is number 57.
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Model No. 44 BATTLE MASTER Throwing Knife

Model No. 44 BATTLE MASTER Front

The Tru Bal Model No. 44 Battle Master came along after I stopped selling Tru-Bal knives the first time. So to fill in the gap in my collection I purchased this knife from a collector in 2011. He had purchased it from Bobby Branton earlier when he sold out his Tru-Bal collection.
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Model No. 8 PRO-MASTER Throwing Knife by Harry K. McEvoy

Tru-Bal Model No. 8 PRO-MASTER Front

In 1983 I received the new Tru-Bal catalog but unfortunately by that time I had started to move on to other things and so I was not able to purchase this model or the new Model No. 83 SUPER-PRO (same knife, no handles) that came out that year. So to fill in the gap in my collection I purchased this knife from a collector in 2011. He had purchased it from Bobby Branton earlier when he sold out his Tru-Bal collection. In Bobby’s old Tru-Bal catalog pages it says this was made from 1983 to 1988.
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Early Tru-Bal Model No. 1 Professional

Early Tru-Bal Model No. 1 Professional

This is an early Model No. 1 Professional throwing knife from Tru-Balance that I picked up a few years ago. This model was made by Harry K. McEvoy for 30 years from 1953 to 1983 when he sold the design to Tru-Bal West along with some others. By then he was no longer putting the hole in it. Early models like this example have a hole in the blade near the handle. The model no. 1 that I bought from Harry in 1983 did not. Another give-away that this is an early model is the style of sheath it comes with which has a different quality of leather that is much softer than the leather used in later years and is put together with only rivets and no stitching. This sheath is also much narrower than their one-size-fits-all sheaths they began making later. It fits this knife like a glove.

Early Tru-Bal Model No. 1 Professional
Early Tru-Bal Model No. 1 Professional

This one is certainly not pristine but it’s not in absolutely terrible shape. It’s been used and has the standard black pitting on the blade, but no rust. The handle shows some wear and has a few scrapes and dings. The blade has been sharpened which will make throwing this by the blade a bad idea. Because of it’s rarity it is still highly desirable and collectible but you could still go try it out on a target in the back yard and not risk losing any value if you aren’t too crazy about it.

Early Tru-Bal Model No. 1 Professional
Early Tru-Bal Model No. 1 Professional

You can see an advertisement from a vintage Corrado Knife Album No. 68 which shows the early “Professional” model with the hole in it…

Corrado Knife Album No 68
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Model No. 6-A Tru-Bal™ RIFLEMAN Throwing Knife by Harry K. McEvoy

Tru-Bal Model No. 6-A Rifleman

An old Tru-Bal catalog identifies this model as the original design for the RIFLEMAN. It was only made from 1975-1976 before it was revised in 1977 in the form of a model #6-B. Here is the description of the< Model No. 6-A RIFLEMAN from that old catalog:
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Model No. 4-A Tru-Bal™ BATTLE BLADE Throwing Knife by Harry K. McEvoy

Tru-Bal Model No. 4 BATTLE BLADE I Purchased on eBay

This is a Tru-Bal Model No. 4-A I won on eBay in February of 2009 from the same gentleman I purchased a Model No.70 from. I bid on it because I did not already have a Model No. 4 that was made by Harry. This model wasn’t being made in 1983 and 1984 when I was purchasing Tru-Bal throwing knives. The one that was being made then was the Model No. 4-B BATTLE BLADE COMBAT THROWER. So I had to have this one.
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