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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.

Back in 2017 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 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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