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Dozier 1942 Commando

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Item #: DKWW-RC42


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Soon after WWII began a customer of America's best known maker of handmade knives placed an order for a massive combat knife. At his request, it was modeled after a Turkish Simatar, with a blade measuring 10" in length, 1-1/2" wide and a full 3/16" thick. The 5" handle of stacked leather washers had a curved brass guard and a durel butt with a brass loop for a thong. It seems that this might have been a one-of-a-kind. Bob Dozier knows the current owner and had the knife in his shop for weeks. Bob is making a limited quantity replica of this WWII era knife. This is the second in what he plans to be a short series. The first was his 1943 Fighter.

The Dozier 1942 Commando is being made with a blade of A2 high carbon tool steel, hardened to 58-60 Rc. The stacked leather handle, brass guard, butt of 7071 high strength aircraft alloy and brass thong loop add 5-1/2" to make the overall length of the knife 15-1/2". The left hand sheath, as was traditional for the fighting man (his pistol was always on this right hip), is made by Bob himself of top quality leather with a molded stone pouch (Arkansas stone included). The knife weighs 15.4 oz. and the sheath weighs 8 oz. Knife and sheath are both handmade in Northwest Arkansas.

The quantity made will be limited by what Bob can make in a given period of time. If a Dozier knife is not in stock when you order, delivery typically takes 3 to 4 months.

  • Type
  • Blade
  • Blade Length
  • Blade Steel
  • Rockwell
  • Hilt Guard
  • Butt Cap
  • Handle
    Stacked Leather
  • Overall Length
  • Weight
    15.4 oz.
  • Sheath
    Leather w/stone pouch
  • 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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