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Dozier King's River Semi-Skinner African Wild Olive Handle Vertical

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Daniel Crotts now manages the Dozier Arkansas Made knife shop and, with a small crew, makes all those knives. Bob has set up a new shop out in the country where he makes Dozier folders and the narrow tang knives. The King's River Semi-Skinner was designed by Daniel for the Dozier Arkansas Made line, which is basically for those with Kydex® sheaths. We introduced this model in November 2010 with Desert Ironwood and Natural Canvas Micarta® handle scales.

We are always looking for new and interesting woods that are dense enough with enough strong grain to make good and beautiful handle scales. Four or five years ago, we found a source of several hardwoods where the trees were being removed to build a dam in South Africa. The trees were being piled and burned. One of the men who worked for the South African Department of Conservation was disturbed by the waste and got permission from the government to harvest usable wood from the piles that were ready to be burned. This wood came to us from that source.

The 3-5/8" blade is hollow ground from 1/8" D2, then heat treated in the Dozier shop to 60-61 Rc. D2 blades heat treated in the Dozier will take and hold an edge as well or better than any other steel being used in knife blades today. The handle is shaped into the distinctive form used for many of Dozier's working knives. This blade and handle merge into a useful tool that can be used hour after hour, functioning comfortably, efficiently and safely. Instead of the traditional leather sheath that would, over time, grow limp and rot, each individual knife is precisely fitted with a Dozier made Kydex® sheath. Without attention, the sheath will last as long as the knife. Measures 7-7/8" overall and weighs 4.8 oz., 6.1 oz. in sheath. Handmade in Arkansas.

  • Type
  • Blade
    Drop Point
  • Blade Length
  • Blade Steel
  • Rockwell
  • Handle
    African Olive Wood
  • Tang
  • Overall Length
  • Weight
    4.8 oz.
  • Sheath
    Kydex Right Hand Vertical
  • 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.

$ 255.00

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