Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What size belt should I order?

A: We recommend that you order a belt that is at least 2-to-4 inches larger than your normal pants waist size. For example, if your pants waist is 34″, we suggest you order a size 36″ or 38″ belt. The holes offer a range of 6 inches for waist fluctuation.

If in doubt, always go for the bigger size. Our belts tend to run slightly tighter than average.

Q: My belt is too big/small. Can I exchange it?

A: Yes. Simply fill out the return card included in your package and ship it back to us. We’ll replace your belt and send it back to you with free shipping. Please send the belt with details of the exchange to:
Bowen Knife Co.
P. O. Box 9030
Fayetteville, AR 72703

Q: Whoops- I lost my return card!

A: Don’t sweat it. Just include a note that indicates what size you would like in exchange, with your current return address.

Q: I’m having problems ordering online; is there another way I can order?

A: Email us at and we’ll be happy to help!

Payment methods include: credit cards, debit cards, and check/money order by mail.

Q: Is the buckle included with the purchase of a belt?

A: The buckle and belt are sold separately to offer you a wide range of customization from our 7 different belt/buckle combinations. For example, choose from the Wide Single Edge or Wide Double Edge buckle-knives. These two can be worn with any of these four options: Brown Wide Belt, Black Wide Belt, Brown Moneybelt, or Black Moneybelt.

Q: Love the hidden knife, but is it legal?

A: Since 1969 we have sold the Bowen Belt-Knife in the USA with no legal issues this far. However, the legal status of a product like this varies from state to state, and country to country. Please read our disclaimer and check with your local and state laws before purchasing or wearing this belt.

Q: What are the buckle-knives made of?

A: Our buckle-knives are made of 420 stainless steel and heat treated to RW 54-56. We guarantee the strength of our product with a lifetime warranty. If your buckle-knife somehow breaks at any point, send it back to us and we’ll replace it free of charge.

No proof of purchase? No problem! Our emblem is heat-crafted right into the blade, so you know it’s a Bowen.

Q: It looks dangerous. Will I stab myself in the gut?

A: This knife is just as dangerous as any sharp knife and should be handled with care. But never fear! The belt is equipped with a concealed sewn-in leather sheath to protect you from any unintended harm. The blade slides smoothly into the cut-proof leather casing where it secures to the tail of your belt.

Q: I bought Bowen buckle decades ago. Will an old buckle still fit with a new belt?

A: Yes. Since 1969, Bowen Knife Company has chosen to use the same design proportions so that our products will continue to be compatible with each other throughout time and wear. We are proud to stay true to that early decision and create belts that will fit with all past generations of buckle-knives.

Q: I have an old Bowen pocket/hunting knife. Can you tell me its value?

A: Unfortunately, anyone who would know about the older pocket knives and hunting knives is no longer with the company. You can try searching online knife forums and eBay/Amazon for more information.

Q: Do you ship orders outside of the United States?

A: Yes, we do ship outside of the United States with the cost of International Shipping. Our website directly handles international orders, but please be sure to select the International Shipping option when checking out. If you have any problems please email our customer service line:

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