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Dozier Loveless Inspired Dagger with Desert Ironwood

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Item #: DKSP-T19DI


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Bob Dozier came into the knifemaking world at about the same time that Bob Loveless did. A.G. called them the Two Bobs and often said that he learned more about knifemaking from these two men than all the rest put together. Bob Dozier greatly respected Loveless' knifemaking and especially his knife designs. That respect is captured in the Loveless style knives he has made over the past several years beginning with the drop point hunter.

In 2019, Bob made his version of a lesser well-known Loveless model - a dagger with Green canvas Micarta® handle scales. Many, even Loveless collectors, had never seen this model. There was at least one in the Al Williams collection as recorded on page 85 in Living on the Edge - Logos of the Living Legend, a book by Al Williams and Jim Weyer. There are also at least two in the John Denton collection as recorded in his new book. We now have that dagger available with Desert Ironwood handle scales.

The 5-1⁄8" dagger style blade in the Dozier knife is D2 with the special Dozier heat treat at 60-61 Rc. The blade is double ground, sharpened only on one edge with a full tapered tang. The guard is 303 stainless. Measures 9-1⁄2" tip to butt. Weighs approximately 5.6 oz. Knife and brown leather sheath both made in St. Paul, Arkansas.

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

  • Type
  • Blade
  • Blade Length
  • Finish
    Mirror Polish
  • Blade Steel
  • Rockwell
  • Hilt Guard
  • Handle
    Desert Ironwood
  • Tang
  • Overall Length
  • Weight
    5.6 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.

$ 925.00