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Dozier Kings River Semi-Skinner

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  • Item #: DK-K5NCM $225.00
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The Kings River Hunter proves that Daniel Crotts has absorbed and continues to push Dozier's number one demand on his knifemaking: the constant striving to build a better knife in the most efficient way possible. This model was designed by Daniel for the Dozier Arkansas Made line, which is basically for those with Kydex® sheaths. It is currently being made with Natural Canvas Micarta® or Desert Ironwood handle scales.

It is not unusual for a Dozier Arkansas Made knife to keep a usable edge through 6-10 big animals; not field dressing, but breaking briskets and reducing the animal to transportable size. The average hunter could sharpen his knife once a season and do fine. The pro will want to carry a small diamond sharpener or the A. G. Russell™ Field Sharpener (AG3750 . . $39.95) to touch up the blade when many animals are coming into camp.

The 3-5/8" blade is hollow ground from 1/8" D2, then heat treated in the Dozier shop to 60-61 Rc. No one heat treats D2 better than Dozier. 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 efficiently and safely. Instead of the traditional leather sheath that would, over time, get 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 4.9 oz., 6.1 oz. in sheath.

Better than any production knife and far less expensive than most of the handmade knives you will see. You will not find a better hunting knife than a Dozier knife made with D2 blade steel.

If a Dozier knife is not in stock when you order, delivery typically takes 3 to 4 months.


Dozier Kings River Semi-Skinner Natural Canvas Micarta

Item #: DK-K5NCM $225.00


Dozier Kings River Semi-Skinner Desert Ironwood

Item #: DK-K5DI $260.00


Dozier Kings River Semi-Skinner Natural Canvas Micarta

  • Type
  • Blade
    Drop Point
  • Blade Length
  • Blade Steel
  • Rockwell
  • Handle
  • Tang
  • Overall Length
  • Weight
    4.9 oz
  • Sheath
    Horizontal Kydex
  • Origin


Dozier Kings River Semi-Skinner Desert Ironwood

  • Handle
    Desert Ironwood

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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