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Dozier – Yukon Skinner With Spalted Hackberry

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The Dozier Arkansas Made knives are designed and produced for the serious user, the man who makes his living in the woods, on the farm, in construction or other occupations where a serious cutting tool is demanded. Instead of the traditional leather sheath that would over time get limp and rot, Daniel Crotts who runs the Arkansas Made shop, builds precisely fitted sheaths of Kydex® for each knife. Without attention, the sheath will last as long as the knife, your lifetime and your son's. Better than any production knife and far less expensive than most of the handmade knives you will see.

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 Yukon Pro Skinner is a serious knife for the hunter. Made of 1/8" hollow ground D2, hardened by Daniel to 60-61 Rc. Almost without exception, the blades are found to measure 60.5 Rc. It is not unusual for one of these knives 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 to touch up the blade when many animals are coming into camp.

With the 3-1/2" blade and the almost 7-7/8" overall length, this is about the minimum working knife for professionals, any one but Dozier would have to make it bigger. The handle is shaped into the distinctive form that Dozier uses for working knives, (as distinct from good looking knives). This blade and handle merge into a useful tool that could be used hour after hour, functioning efficiently and safely. Weighs 4.7 oz. in a horizontal sheath. Knife and sheath handmade in the U.S.A.

  • Type
    Fixed
  • Blade
    Skinner
  • Blade Length
    3-1/2"
  • Finish
    Satin
  • Blade Steel
    D2
  • Rockwell
    60-61
  • Handle
    Spalted Hackberry
  • Tang
    Full
  • Overall Length
    7-7/8"
  • Weight
    4.7 oz.
  • Sheath
    Kydex
  • Origin
    USA

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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