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Bowie's Big Knife expected to go up next week

BOWIE, TX (KAUZ) -

Bowie could soon be a Guinness Book of World Records destination.
The largest Jim Bowie knife is near completion and almost ready to be showcased in Pelham Park.
However, the knife's handle was too heavy so engineers had to hollow it out in order for it to meet the weight requirements.
The 20 ft 6 inch knife made up of brass, steal and wood can sustain 90 mph winds and up to two inches of ice.
Van Baize, Co-chairman of the Bowie Knife Project said his team is also waiting on security cameras to be installed before they put up the knife.
The cameras will be used as surveillance and to track how many people come to see the record setting knife, and due to its location Baize expects a lot of traffic.

           
When people exit off of 287, it'll be one of the first things they see me when they come under the overpass, said Baize.
This attraction will be an economic boost for the city of Bowie. Baize worked with a small business development center to discover just how much of an impact it will have.
           
If only one percent of those cars pulls off, it will make an economic impact of over a million dollars a year, said Baize adding the city will receive a two percent sales tax from the revenue.
The entire project has been privately funded through community support, businesses and civic groups.

The knife project committee is still in need of donations to help bring officials from the Guinness Book of World Record to Bowie.

You can be a part of history and help the biggest Bowie knife ever make its way into the book by purchasing a donor tile.
Bowie's big knife will be installed sometime next week if weather permits.

To donate to the Bowie Knife Project and help the knife make its way into the Guinness Book of World Records email Van Baize at vanb4501@gmail.com. 

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