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Dozier Bridger Beavertail

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Stacked Leather with Stag Butt

Jim Bridger was one of the foremost mountain men who explored and trapped the Western United States between 1820 and 1850. In 1850, he found what would be known as Bridger’s Pass, which shortened the Oregon Trail by sixty-one miles and later become the route for both the Union Pacific Railroad and Interstate 80.

A few months ago Bob Dozier, one of America’s foremost knifemakers, dreamed he was in a conversation with Bridger. In this talk, Jim described a knife that he called the Beavertail Skinner, a knife suitable for camp, field, fighting with wild indians, or even wilder mountain men. Jim described the blade as less than 1/4" thick and 6" long, almost spear pointed in shape and just under 1-1⁄2" wide. Of course, Bob had to make that knife. He has chosen his own heat-treated D-2 for the blade steel because of its toughness and edge holding ability, added a double brass guard, stacked leather washers for the handle with spacers of scarlet vulcanized fiber and brass, and an India Stag pommel. This hefty, man-sized knife measures 11-1⁄4" overall and weighs 11.5 oz. Bob has included a heavy leather sheath, which he makes himself, that will last for generations. Knife and sheath are both handmade in the Dozier shop in rural Northwest Arkansas.

  • Type
  • Blade
    Spear Point
  • Blade Length
  • Finish
  • Blade Steel
  • Rockwell
  • Butt Cap
  • Handle
    Stacked Leather
  • Tang
  • Overall Length
  • Weight
    11.5 oz.
  • Sheath
  • Origin

Dozier Knives

Bob Dozier has been a big name in handmade knives since the 1960's. He is an expert in making knives with state of the art fit and finish at a cost of several hundred dollars each. What he really prefers, though, is making knives like you see here with the very best materials, fitted perfectly, and with a working finish. This allows him to put the knives in your hands at prices that a working man can afford.

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