Bill Bagwell – Custom Orders

Note: Blaydz Purveyors is pleased to represent Bladesmith Bill Bagwell. We can fill small orders from reasonable stock on hand, shortening the usual order time (which could be as long as two years) to only a few months. We can also facilitate custom orders, moving your spot up a few spaces! If you would like to know more, please contact us. At this time (May 10, 2013), due to health reasons, Bill will not be able to begin any custom work at least until another three months.

Please note: Bill requires the measurements of your hand, wrist, height, and shoe size – specs which all have a bearing upon the optimal weight and design for your unique body shape.

Just contact us if you would like to place a custom order.

  1. James
    February 5, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    I am interested in having a custom Hell’s Belle Bowie made by Mr. Bagwell and was wondering what the average price runs and the wait time. Thanks!

    • May 10, 2013 at 7:48 am

      James, we may have inadvertently overlooked your inquiry. For that I apologize. For health reasons, Bill’s time line is a bit delayed right now (until another three months), but we do have two Hells Belle knives of his (in Damascus) in stock. One for $4,000 and one for $3,000.

    • Wayne Newby
      September 19, 2015 at 1:06 am

      It is a personal dream to own a Bill Bagwell fighting bowie. I look forward to you contacting me. Many thanks

  2. Bert
    May 10, 2013 at 4:18 am

    How much would a Hells Belle set me Back? Thank you

    • May 10, 2013 at 7:46 am

      Bert, we have two different Damascus Hells Belle knives in stock at this time: one for $3,000 and one for $4,000.

  3. Sullivan Meyer
    May 30, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    I haven’t talked to Bill since around 1975,in Vivian La.I’d like to get in touch,We first met at Griffth Park in L.A.on the Sunday Morning “Races up the Backside” Both of us are members of “Griffth Park BACKSIDE SLIDERS”If Y’all can get word to him,I’d appreciate it,My E-mail is sandmanicorps@yahoo.com.I think he’ll remember my BeemerR60/6,I sure remember his Duck and how it went up the backside.Thanks,Sullivan Meyer (213-248-0826)

  4. June 2, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Sullivan (or Sully, I think), I’ll call Bill today and give him your contact info I hope he gets in touch with you,

  5. June 2, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Well, I called him and he took your number and I guess he’ll get in touch.

  6. Durand Crawford
    June 28, 2014 at 12:58 am

    I watched Bill making one of his first Damascus steel blades. He was living and working near Trees, LA. I was pastor of the local Baptist church there and John Peas and I went by his shop as he was bending and pounding out the small blend of steel and iron. John later did some work For Bill and Bill presented him with his first Damascus steel knife and a letter of authenticity.
    This has ever been a proud piece in his collection. I would love to have done something that valuable to have earned such a proud possession. This was about 1972 also. Bill was bigger than life way back then. What a wonderful experience meeting Bill Bagwell and watching the man in his craft! This first blade was only about 3 inches long but had the looks and function of a beautiful Damascus steel blade.
    Durand Crawford
    craw8400@aol.com

    • July 3, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      Thank you, Durand.
      You will be, I think, pleased to know that Bill is still hard at work making blades in Damascus, as well as carbon steel.
      And just as he was improving his creations as he was when you knew him, he is constantly improving and refining his knives. He considers his present work the best he has ever done. We can’t help but agree,
      Steve Hurewitz
      Blaydz

  7. Jim Stevens
    August 12, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    I am interested in having a custom Bagwell Hell’s Bell made. How do we go about getting it done?

    • August 13, 2014 at 10:27 am

      Jim
      We have three Bagwell Bowies in stock right now, unfortunately they are not Hell’s Belles. You can order one from Bill through me but the timing will have to be worked out, as he has a few knives that he has to get to. It would be best to call me at 201-857-2162 to discuss specifics.
      Mike H.
      Blaydz

  8. Bradfordb
    January 6, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Steve – if you would be so kind as to say hello and thank you to Bill for me. In ’81 he made a custom bowie for a young Marine and i still have that treasured knife. I am thankful to Bill for the time he took to correspond with me and to help explain the best type of fighting knife. My knife was never used in a fight but it did make two Mediterranean floats and an extended stay in beirut. The knife and original sheath have held up all these years. Thanks Bill. – brad

  9. Ron
    January 11, 2015 at 11:10 am

    What’s the basic starting price on a bowie

  10. January 11, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Hi Brad, we’ll be sure to pass along your comments to Bill. thank you!

  11. June 7, 2015 at 4:18 am

    I would like to have a Damascus Hells Belle made by Bill .He has made 2 knives for me in the past. It is strange but my hand wrist, height, and shoe size is the sane as his. If he keeps records of past knives my name is Tony Jackson, I can be reached at ka2lar@rocketmail.com

  12. Mateo Delgado
    September 13, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    I am interested in a Bagwell Bowie. Are they still available? What are the prices and time lines for ordering?

  13. Wayne Newby
    September 19, 2015 at 12:58 am

    It is a personal dream to own a Bill Bagwell fighting bowie. I look forward to you contacting me. Many thanks

  14. Tyler Turpin
    November 9, 2015 at 12:40 am

    I always carry a knife on me, and just recently purchased a cold steel Laredo Bowie, now that I know about Mr. Bagwell I feel like I must purchase one, I live in northern British Columbia, and would like something that I could use to defend myself against a bear as well a man, do you have any Bowie’s available for immediate purchase? , and can you specify if the price is in Canadian or U.S. dollars, thank you very much

  15. Sam Williams
    December 4, 2015 at 9:05 am

    I’m interested in a Hell’s Belle in Satan’s Lace. Is Bill still making these fine blades?

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