Hi, my name is Dan and I’m a knife addict. I don’t know if there’s a 12-step program for my condition, but I haven’t really hit rock bottom yet, so I’m pretty sure I can handle it. No, really I can.
Anyway, I have a lot of knives…EDC blades of all shapes, sizes and steels. But one of the knives that impresses me most is this simple, inexpensive $21 KA-BAR folder.
The unassuming Dozier Precision Hunter lock back won’t be confused by any knife knut as a prestige item. It’s made in Taiwan and features an AUS-8 blade with Zytel fiberglass handle, all of which keeps it light and very affordably priced.
But what makes this such a great little knife is its design. The oval thumb notch means easy one-handed opening. The 3-inch hollow grind blade has a nice belly and AUS-8 — probably the best of the budget steels — resists rust well and sharpens easily.
Plus, priced at just over a Jackson retail, you don’t have to worry about beating it up. It’s a great blade to throw in an emergency kit, go-bag, tackle box, or — like mine — keep in your car’s center console. With it’s (fairly stiff) clip, it also makes a pretty darned good, slim, pocketable EDC option.
I have knives that cost more than ten times as much as the Dozier Precision Hunter, but this thing is, all things being equal, one of my favorites. It clearly doesn’t suck.