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Dozier - General Purpose With Spalted Hackberry

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Item #: DK-K2SHBH


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In my opinion, the Arkansas Made Dozier knives are the best hunting or everyday utility knives that can be found for the money. Bob has used D2 steel in these knives for decades and long ago perfected his heat-treat of the steel to get the best edge holding blade you can find. These knives are completely handmade in the Dozier shop in Springdale, Arkansas including the grinding of the blades, the heat treat, the blade and handle finishing and the Kydex® sheath which is individually fitted to each knife. There are no frills, just solid design and workmanship.

The hackberry is known by many different names such as sugarberry, beaverwood and nettletree. The wood is light yellow, with a coarse-grained pattern and is used in kitchen cabinets and furniture.

The General Purpose semi-skinner blade has a deep belly and hollow grind which makes it a great skinning knife and also a great everyday use knife. The 3-1⁄2" blade is D2 with the Dozier heat-treat at 60-61 Rc. Full tang with handle scales of stabilized Spalted Hackberry. Measures 7-7⁄8" overall. Weighs 4.5 oz. Knife and sheath handmade in the U.S.A.

  • Type
  • Blade
    General Purpose
  • Blade Length
  • Finish
  • Blade Steel
  • Rockwell
  • Handle
    Spalted Hackberry
  • Tang
  • Overall Length
  • Weight
    4.5 oz.
  • Sheath
  • Origin

Dozier Arkansas Made

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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