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Dozier 1943 Fighter

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Item #: DKWW-RS1


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Bob Dozier has used the classic Springfield as inspiration for the first in what he plans to be a series of knives based on WWII fighting knives. In 2007, he produced about 65 of the Dozier 1943 Fighter and A. G. Russell™ knives sold nearly all of those. After producing those knives, Bob moved on to other demands on his time and set the pattern, and the project, aside. Around the end of October, 2009 he began to talk about producing the knife once again.

The 8-1/2" blade is A-2 at 59-61 Rc. The size of the blade is true to the original Springfield at 1-3/8" wide and 3/16" thick, with a satin finish. The brass guard is true to the original as well, while the dural butt has been replaced with 6061 aircraft alloy. The stacked leather used for the handle is the finest (densest) sole leather available and will last many years longer than the original.

While the sheath is the same left hand model intended for pistol wearing service men and officers of WWII, it is of the finest shoulder hides available, the leather is nearly 50% thicker than that used in 1943. The snaps are the same as the original. The stone pouch is exactly the same, but the stone in that pouch is soft Arkansas stone rather than the original manmade stone of the 1940s wartime quality. The knife measures 13-3/4" blade tip to the end of the pommel and weighs 12.4 oz. I do not know exactly how many Bob intends to make, but I seriously doubt that it will exceed 300 pieces. Made entirely in Springdale, Arkansas. Can be ordered with a right-handed sheath by special order.

If a Dozier knife is not in stock when you order, delivery typically takes 3 to 4 months.


Dozier 1943 Fighter - Left Handed Sheath

Left Handed Sheath.

Item #: DKWW-RS1 $895.00


Dozier 1943 Fighter - Left Handed Sheath

  • Type
  • Blade
  • Blade Length
  • Blade Steel
  • Rockwell
  • Butt Cap
  • Handle
    Stacked Leather
  • Overall Length
  • Weight
    12.4 oz
  • Sheath
    Brown Leather
  • 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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