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Dozier 1941 WWII Inspired Fighter

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Item #: DKSP-WW41L


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For the past several years, Bob Dozier has been building fighters inspired by knives used by our troups during World War II. He will always add his own variations to those knives, making a knife that is truly his own design with just an influence from the original WWII knife. The first of these knives was his 1943 Fighter which we first offered to our customers in 2007. The second was the 1942 Commando which we first offered in 2015.

Bob has done it again with his 1941 WWII Inspired Fighter. Stacked leather handles were common during that time so Bob has developed a way to treat the leather washers to assure that they do not shrink, so the handle will retain its integrity over many years of use. He has added two wide green G-10 spacers with thin layers of brass and red fiber as accents and to separate the brass double hilt and the leather. The aluminum butt cap reflects Bob's sense of utility and design. The 6-1/8" swedged clip point blade is satin finished D2 with the Dozier heat treat at 60-61 Rc. Measures 11-1/4" tip to butt. Weighs 9.5 oz.

The quality of the Dozier built leather sheath is miles beyond what would have been available to our troops during WWII. As a matter of fact, the quality and durability of Bob's leather sheaths is beyond almost any knife sheath you will find in today's market. Knife and sheath both designed by Bob and made by him in his shop in St. Paul, Arkansas.

  • Type
  • Blade
    Spear Point
  • Blade Length
  • Blade Steel
  • Rockwell
  • Hilt Guard
    Brass Double
  • Butt Cap
  • Handle
    Stacked Leather with Brass and Red Spacers
  • Tang
  • Overall Length
  • Weight
    9.5 oz.
  • Sheath
  • Origin

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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