Bob Dozier 2020 Classic Hunters
Item #: DKSP-H20IWIW
Sixteen years ago, Bob made two versions of this Classic Hunter with the swedged top of the blade. The two versions were the same, except one had a finger grooved handle and the other did not. We have convinced Bob to make this classic hunter again. At the beginning of 2020, we asked him to make a variation with a desert ironwood spacer behind the guard instead of the two black micarta spacers used in the previous versions. The Butt Cap is African Blackwood. We are not putting a fixed limit on these two knives. The quantity made will be limited to what Bob can produce as a part of his overall production capability, which is not huge since he is making these knives himself.
In the process of making knives for that first delivery, Bob found that he liked a different blade grind and a handle shape which he prefers. He made a sample with a hollow grind almost to the top of the blade instead of with the long swedge. This version has a desert ironwood handle and a desert ironwood spacer. We compromised and decided to make both.
These knives are built with the same narrow tang construction that has always been used in making Morseth knives. The tang runs the full length of the handle with a tang nut that, along with epoxy, holds the parts of the handle securely in place. Both blades are D2 at 60-61 Rc. with the special Dozier heat-treat still being done in the Dozier shop. The guards are 416 stainless steel. Measures 8-3/4" tip to butt. Weighs 6.3 oz. Each sheath is handmade by Bob himself and individually fitted to the knife. Knife and sheath are both handmade in St. Paul, Arkansas.
Dozier 2020 Classic Hunter - Hollow Ground Drop Point
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Dozier 2020 Classic Hunter - Swedged Grind Drop Point
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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.