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1942 Commando

by Dozier, R.L., Dozier Knives

SKU 1093484

Date Added 05/23/2024

# Available 1

Price $1,250.00


This 1942 Commando by Bob Dozier features a satin finished blade with false top edge, .190" blade stock and 1.481" 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.


Product Details

Blade Length 10

Overall Length 15.75

Weight (oz) 15

Source Previously owned

Additional Specs

Knife Type Has Sheath, Hidden Tang

Blade Material A2

Blade Details Upswept/Trailing

Handle Material Leather & Skins, Metallic

Other Details Tactical

About the Maker

Dozier Knives
Dozier Knives

I began making knives when I was a boy, learning from my grandfather how to forge files and springs into usable knives. In the early 1960's I was making and selling roughly made knives that local hunters in central Louisiana liked. They like them because I made the steel harder so it would hold an edge even with rough use. In 1965 I began reading the articles in the gun magazines and Gun Digest by A.G. Russell and by Ken Warner, and realized that there were other people out there making knives. Seeing knives made by other people, led me to reach for new levels of fit and finish in all of my knife work. This was during a time when knife making was beginning to change; Al Buck had turned from being a knife maker to owning a factory; W.D. Randall had 15 to 20 men making his knives; Bill Moran, Harry Morseth, and a few others made up the entire world of handmade knives. By 1971, I was made to feel that I fit into the top levels of current knife making. Bob Loveless had come from nowhere to become the most respected name in knife making. Articles on knives were appearing everywhere, and I was mentioned in most of them.In late 1971, A.G. Russell, the leading figure in knife sales, asked me if I would be willing to come work for him and to help in saving the Morseth knife company from extinction. I saw this as an opportunity to learn more about my craft, and indeed, in the next three years I made as many knives as one man could be expected to make. I finally experienced what is now called "burnout", left knife making and went back to my work as an iron worker. As I traveled the eastern half of the United States doing ironwork, I carried my knife making equipment and managed to make a few dozen knives a year. Just a few years ago, I returned to make the Morseth knives for A.G. Russell, and now have my own knife making business. I find that I would much rather make basic hunting knives from the highest quality tool steels at very reasonable prices, for people who will use them, than spend expensive time hand rubbing a finish for collectors. I will probably make a few fancy knives each year, but my heart is with the knives you see online."