United Cutlery Marine Force Recon Sawback Bowie review

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The first question that you ask yourself what is this knife good for. Is it good for collecting – yes. How about survival? Maybe.

This is a pretty impressive knife. Whenever you purchase it, you need to decide what you are buying it for. Is it for looks or functionality? If you happen to be purchasing it for a collection, then there are no issues and to go with it. It looks great, but it just seems to be created more for showing off than for any type of functionality.


KnifeRatingOverall lengthBlade lengthBlade materialPrice
United Cutlery Marine Force Recon Sawback
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4.616.37511.5AUS-6 Stainless Steel blade$$


Firstly, it is a huge knife. It is almost 16.5 inches long and that means that it is just an inch shy of being a machete. The knife has good weight to it and it seems to be perfect to use.

There are a few issues with it though. The Marine Force Recon thing sounds pretty awesome when you are purchasing it. Once I seen it and being part of the military, I can tell you right away that no soldier would even carry this knife due to the size. It is too impractical to carry. The Force Recon logo is too gaudy. That is why I used OD green tape to cover it up. Anything that is gaudy on a knife will render it non-tactical. That is why I stated that it seems to be built to show off. Also if you plan to use it, then you will need to spend plenty of time with a sharpener because when you get it, it’s not very sharp at all.

United Cutlery Marine Force Recon Sawback

It is pretty good when it comes to be ergonomical. The handle was built with a good design and I don’t believe that if you were in a serious situation that it would slip out of your hand. That is one issue that I have had in the past with most bowie knives. The handles often have very little grip and if you are in a combat situation with a human or animal, they can slip out of your hand quite easily. Even though most people will never be in those types of situations, but having a good survival knife just in case means that if you had to you would be able to do some serious damage to your attacker.  It can be purchased here.

When it comes to the steel, I am not an expert so there is no need to comment on it. People are able to argue about the grade of steel daily, but the truth is only time will tell if it is good or not.

The sheath is pure garbage. It is bulky and made from black nylon that has a liner to protect the blade.


  • Looks nice


  • Not sharp
  • Not tactical
  • Sheath sucks


When it comes down to getting a bowie knife, the United Cutlery UC2863 Marine Force Recon Sawback Bowie may not be your best choice.  I think that the Night Stalkers Survivor Bowie is a better option.  If you’d prefer a knife with a survival kit included check out the Rambo First Blood knife or the Rambo 2 knife.


United Cutlery Marine Force Recon
Written by: John Rambo
4.6 / 5 stars