Joe Watson Knives

High performance, American handmade knives for concealed carry and every day utility use.

This operation is a one -man-show by a former US Army Combat Infantryman, outdoorsman and practitioner of weapons based martial arts.

His goal is simple: to produce quality, handmade cutting tools for the working man to carry and use daily. There are so CNC machines, mills or even grinding jigs in his small shop. He has always liked items that had their own soul and an organic feel, not pieces that look and feel like they rolled off an assembly line. Each knife is built by Joe, one step at a time using only US sourced materials.

If you're looking for a prybar or screwdriver, this is not the maker for you. These knives are what knives are for- cutting and puncturing things.

Mr. Watson's History:

"I originally started out doing knife & sheath modifications. Growing up, I couldn't afford a custom piece, so I tried to modify cheap factory knives as best I could. Upon entering military service, I found that there where primarily knives for hunting or "tactical knives" that functioned like a fantasy knife. A major issue with most knives available were sheaths, many sheaths out there are incompatible with service equipment or highly impractical for quick access and secure retention. I started making kydex sheaths for factory blades, as well as thinning handles and re-profiling edges. This was done so the knives would take up less space, and perform cutting tasks better. Still, the factory knives have terrible heat treating and are typically cut using high-temp laser cutting, so they do not keep an edge for long. Also, most factory knives had sharpening notches, which can snag badly on materials during fast and frantic cutting. I have witnessed numerous times someone cutting something they did not intend to, or a knife getting stripped out of their hand in this manner. I realized that buying from a skilled custom maker, I could get a quality piece built how I wanted. However, I was also paying a premium for immaculate fit/finish and aesthetic details I personally did not need or want. So, I set out to make my own blades with good cutting geometry, perfect heat treat and reasonable, yet rugged fit and finish.

A small fixed blade has always been better for me than a folder. They're more quickly deployed and stowed. They do not malfunction due to sand found in the middle east, there are no screws to lose and no moving parts to break. A fixed blade in a good sheath is also FAR less likely to fall out of  pocket or get removed by a person's environment, never to be seen again.

If you're looking for a small, easy to carry, unobtrusive knife to stash on your gear or for concealed carry use, I may have something to offer you."

Joe Watson Small Bowie Knife: Review

If you’re looking for a fixed-blade knife that is big enough to handle most outdoor tasks, yet small enough to be carried as a concealed defensive tool, the Joe Watson Bowie knife might be exactly what you need. 

The combination of the blade thickness and the heat treatment means you’ll be able to handle any survival task without fear of the knife failing. With a Rockwell hardness of 59, the tip will bend before breaking if you find yourself needing to pry with this knife.

The Tracker Dan sheath that comes with this model is one of the best sheath designs on the market. The retention is strong enough to keep the blade from coming out on its own, but not so tight that it won’t deploy when you need it to. The clip design of the Tracker Dan allows you to clip the sheath onto clothing with or without a belt. You can run, skydive, swim, or pursue whatever outdoor adventure you enjoy with the satisfaction of knowing your blade will be there when you need it most.

The blade, sheathed and ready for work



Style of knife: Small Bowie Knife

Blade length: 4″ cutting edge, 8″ overall length

Type of edge: Flat V-grind blade with a dark stonewash finish.

Blade and handle materials:  5/32″-thick CPM154 steel with a Rockwell hardness of 59. The handle is cord-wrapped and epoxy-hardened with Stingray skin inlay.

Sheath: Tracker Dan-designed Kydex sheath with improved spring clip. It’s ambidextrous in function so you don’t have to worry about the bowie knife blade orientation in the dark. The convenient spring clip keeps the sheath secure with or without a belt, and has a tuckable feature for those wishing to wear an IWB fixed blade with a tucked-in shirt. This sheath has a wide-mouth opening for easy one-handed re-sheathing on the move.

Unique features: The epoxy-soaked grips make the deployment of this knife so easy, it seems like the knife will never leave your hand. The grip is also enhanced when used in wet weather or during any type of maritime activity.

Application: Survival, camping, hiking, or as a concealed-carry defensive blade

Pros: This bowie knife will last you a lifetime. It’s made in the U.S. with military SOF input. One of the most commonly overlooked criteria when it comes to knives is the sheath: There are so many outstanding blades on the market, but the sheath they come with is usually crap. Not the case here. Joe teamed up with Tracker Dan to develop one of the best combinations of blade and sheath available today.

Cons: For some, it will be the price tag. Other than that, I haven’t really come across any cons of this knife, and I’ve been wearing it on a daily basis since I purchased it.

Bottom line/overall performance: This Joe Watson Small Bowie Knife is made of only the best materials, knowing that they will be in the hands of military, law enforcement, and those of us that depend on our gear for our adventures. This knife will be your trustworthy companion whether you’re out on the town or out in the field.

About the Author

 is a former Marine Infantryman. Served with 2ndBn/8th Marines and was later attached to the 24th MEU(SOC) during a deployment to the Mediterranean. He has received training in Desert Warfare at 29 Palms, Mountain Warfare/Survival School at the MWTC in Bridgeport California, Korean Mountain Warfare school in Pohang Korea, and Jungle Warfare in Okinawa Japan. Scott has also cross trained with the Korean ROK Marines, French Foreign Legion Parachute Regiment, and the British Royal Marines. Follow Scott on Tumblr @

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