This 1942 Commando by Bob Dozier features a satin finished blade with false top edge, .205" blade stock and 1.525" blade depth, hidden tang construction. The handle has a brass double guard and a aluminum butt cap with brass lanyard bail, stacked leather grip, red/white/black spacers. Comes with a brown leather sheath. Excellent Condition.
Soon after WWII began a customer of America's best known maker of handmade knives placed an order for a massive combat knife. At his request, it was modeled after a Turkish Simatar, with a blade measuring 10" in length, 1-1/2" wide and a full 3/16" thick. The 5" handle of stacked leather washers had a curved brass guard and a durel butt with a brass loop for a thong. It seems that this might have been a one-of-a-kind. Bob Dozier knows the current owner and had the knife in his shop for weeks. Bob is making a limited quantity replica of this WWII era knife. This is the second in what he plans to be a short series. The first was his 1943 Fighter.
The Dozier 1942 Commando is being made with a blade of A2 high carbon tool steel, hardened to 58-60 Rc. The stacked leather handle, brass guard, butt of 7071 high strength aircraft alloy and brass thong loop add 5-1/2" to make the overall length of the knife 15-1/2". The left hand sheath, as was traditional for the fighting man (his pistol was always on this right hip), is made by Bob himself of top quality leather with a molded stone pouch (Arkansas stone included). The knife weighs 16.1 oz. and the sheath weighs 9.3 oz. Knife and sheath are both handmade in Northwest Arkansas.