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Bob Dozier Loveless Style Fighter

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Green Canvas Micarta

"In the nearly 50 years that I have been in this business, I have been impressed by many knifemakers, but none have had more impact on my mind and career than the two Bobs. In the 1960s and 1970s, I learned more about knifemaking from these two men than I had learned in the previous 20 years of work and study. Dozier has talked for years about the debt owed to Loveless by the knifemaking community. Most of today's knifemakers are unaware of their legacy, yet the two makers who they most often copy (even if the maker is unaware of the original source) are Robert W. Loveless and Robert L. Dozier, the first for his magnificent designs and the second for his very basic, hunter oriented, simple knives."  You have heard me say this many times and will probably hear it many more.

This Dozier Fighter is based on what has become a classic fighter design first introduced by Bob Loveless close to 50 years ago. Bob tells me that his intention is to continue making the simple knife designs that Loveless started in the late 1960s – no wildly shaped blades, just simple lines and impeccable workmanship. The 5-1⁄8" clip point blade is Powder Metal D2 at 60-61 Rc. Bob chose powder metal for the fine finish he can get and D2 for the aggressive cut. The handle scales are Green Canvas Micarta®, Loveless's favorite and most used handle material which are attached with stainless bolts. Has a full tapered tang and double hilt of 303 stainless. Measures 9-3⁄4" from tip to butt. Weighs 6.6 oz. The sheath is hand made by Dozier of a quality to match the knife and is based on sheaths designed and used by Loveless. Knife and sheath are both made in St. Paul, Arkansas. If a Dozier knife is not in stock when you order, delivery typically takes 3 to 4 months.

  • Type
    Fixed
  • Blade
    Clip Point
  • Blade Length
    5-1/8"
  • Finish
    Satin
  • Blade Steel
    D2
  • Rockwell
    60-61
  • Hilt Guard
    303 Stainless
  • Handle
    Green Micarta
  • Tang
    Full
  • Overall Length
    9-3/4"
  • Weight
    6.6 oz.
  • Sheath
    Leather
  • Origin
    USA

Dozier Knives

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.

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