Product Review: Spyderco’s Street Bowie Knife

Spyderco’s Street Bowie knife is a design too tough to die.

The Fred Perrin-designed Street Bowie has returned to the Spyderco line — with upgrades.

The new production version of the Street Bowie knife features a non-reflective ceramic blade coating and an enhanced polymer sheath design.

Spyderco Street Bowie

Spyderco brings back the Fred Perrin Street Bowie knife design with a black ceramic coating and Kraton inserts in the handle.


The Street Bowie’s flat-ground VG-10 stainless steel blade offers both power and finesse. It features a straight clip point that centers the tip for control and penetration. The injection-molded fiberglass-reinforced-nylon handle is bonded to the tang of the blade for strength and features Kraton rubber panels. This construction, along with Perrin’s signature index-finger groove and extended “jimping” (textured grooves) on the spine of the blade, provide an exceptional grip even in demanding circumstances.


The new Street Bowie knife’s redesigned sheath is injection molded from polymer, with a high throat for positive retention while still providing a full grip on the knife at the outset of the draw.

It also includes Spyderco’s versatile G-clip attachment, which supports both belt carry and clip-style inside-the-waistband carry. Configurable for vertical, horizontal or diagonally canted carry, the G-clip can be attached to both sides and both faces of the symmetrical sheath to provide a range of carry positions and edge orientations. The sheath’s grommet-style construction allows it to be easily lashed to any MOLLE platform with parachute cord, and its narrow design makes it ideal for discreet, space-efficient placement behind magazine pouches.


The popularity of the Street Bowie knife design began as a Perrin handmade. It quickly attracted the attention of Spyderco and became one of the company’s earliest knifemaker/manufacturer collaborations.

The Street Bowie is a versatile knife for both utilitarian and personal-defense applications. It’s also a reflection of its designer, Fred Perrin and his understanding of functional simplicity.

Story by Knives Illustrated staff, photo courtesy of Spyderco