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Bob Dozier Folding Hunter with Desert Ironwood and Mother-of-Pearl Inlay

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Bob makes three different sizes of his Folding Hunter which he began making in very limited quantities in 1994. We have chosen the middle size which measures 4" closed and seems neither too large or too small for practical use, no matter the size of your hands. The 3" blade is 1/8" thick and made of D2 at 60-61 Rc. Because of the heat treat method that Bob developed a number of years ago, this is the D2 blade that holds an edge the longest and performs the best. You'll not find another blade steel that will stand up to the performance of a Dozier D2 blade. The lock is Bob's version of Michael Walker's Liner-Style Lock. The liners are approximately 3/32" thick which provides the strength for a very positive blade lockup. Bob has chosen Desert Ironwood with a strong contrast for the handle scales. Mostly golden brown with black. We have shown two knives to give some indication of the difference in the wood from knife to knife. Each will be unique. Weighs about 4.0 oz. Made in Bob's shop in St. Paul, Arkansas.

  • Type
  • Blade
    Drop Point
  • Blade Length
  • Blade Steel
  • Rockwell
  • Lock
  • Handle
    Desert Ironwood
  • Closed Length
  • Weight
    4.0 oz.
  • Origin

Arkansas Made Dozier

Bob Dozier made his first knives when he was only twelve or thirteen years old. He told me the other day that after those few knives, he did not make another until he was about twenty-three and working as a rough neck in the oil fields in Louisiana. He talked about that first simple knife and then told a story about a co-worker asking to come to watch him make knives. Bob had made several knives by then and had created a small rough shop. He said the man stayed and watched until the knife was finished which took most of the day. When it was finished, he asked to look at it. After handling it for a while, he asked Bob how much he wanted for it. Without giving it any thought, Bob says he said $12.50. The man pulled out twelve one dollar bills and two quarters, laid them on the bench, got in his truck and left. Bob went in the house and told his wife he had just sold a knife which took him most of the day to make for $12.50. But, he told me, at that moment he knew he was going to be a knifemaker. That was about 1963.

If you had the opportunity to look through Bob’s collection of his old knives, you would find that he has made many different kinds of knives; hunters, Bowies and fighters, and more recently folders. You can definitely see a relationship between a pair of fighting knives he made in those early years and the practical, utilitarian fighters that began to appear from handmade knifemakers and knife manufactures from the late 1960s and became tremendously popular during the Viet Nam War era. These knives used to be called fighting knives. Today they are called Tactical Knives.

$ 665.00