The KA-BAR Folding Dozier is a hard-working budget folder from one of the great knifemaking minds of the last few decades.
Bob Dozier has made thousands of knives over his career and nearly left knifemaking after feeling burned out. But he eventually returned to the craft with a new philosophy: making basic hunting knives using high-quality materials at reasonable prices for those who will actually use them.
That philosophy manifests itself in the Folding Dozier from KA-BAR. This folding hunter features a 3-inch blade made from AUS 8A stainless steel and utilizes Dozier's award-winning lockback design. It also has a drop point blade and thumb studs for easy opening.
The handles on the Folding Dozier are practical and durable. Made from Zytel, the handles maintain their grippiness in all types of weather conditions without cracking in harsh environments. This version has handsome blue handle scales for more personality.
Rounding out the knife is a functional pocket clip and a lanyard hole for extra security. For a reliable, no-frills folder that doesn't cost an arm and a leg, the Folding Dozier is a safe bet.
|Blade Material||Stainless steel (aus8)|
|Country of Origin||Taiwan|
|Lock Type||Back lock|
Making a quality KA-BAR product requires the talent of experienced craftspeople performing dozens of processes with precision and skill. Each knife undergoes specific manufacturing processes to ensure corrosion resistance, strength, edge holding ability, and an out-of-the-box razor sharp cutting edge.
Soon after its introduction in the mid-1920's, the KA-BAR trademark became widely known and respected. There have been many versions of how the KA-BAR name came to be, but all evidence points to a letter received from a fur trapper. This particular fur trapper's testimonial turned out to be the most significant ever received by the company.
He wrote, in very rough English, that his gun had jammed and that he had therefore relied on his knife to kill a wounded bear that was attacking him. In thanking the company for their quality product the trapper described using his knife to kill the bear. All that was legible of his scrawled writing was 'k a bar'. The company was so honored by this testimonial that they adopted this phrase and used it as their trademark, KA-BAR.