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    I have a Dawson kozuka comming. I guess it is a forged blade. Bought it off ebay nib for a pretty darn cheap price. What does anyone know about them. Seller raves about them but truthfully I don't know that much about them. This has the improved handle and sheath. Oh yea the Japaneese style cord wrapped handle. keepem sharp and thanks for the info.

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    If it is Barry Dawson then it should be a good knife. Not sure if he forges any knives, all of his I have or have seen were stock-removal. Under-rated maker IMO.

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    Well its' defenitly Barry Dawson. I thought it was forged due to the comments on stress risers etc. May not be though. It is a Kozuka which he usually makes for the swords he makes. Didn't know he made swords either. Looks good and the seller says it has a killer edge on it. Nice sheath etc. Its his new handle style and wrap. Beats me but when I get it I'll do a review. I know it was an excellant price for nib. keepem sharp

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    Mr. Dawson is a great guy. At a Blade Show 2 years ago I wanted 1 of his FB 3" Pocketknives but he had sold all 3 by the time I got back to his table. He reached into his own pocket and took his personal knife and sold it to me for 60$ vs the 100$ for a new one. That knife has been my one of my favorite EDC's.

    While I have seen a few fancy knives by him that might of been forged, most are utilitarian designs. Most of the knives at Blade I have seen are ATS-34 with a dull grey finish and Micarta handles for around the 100$-200$ range.

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    I can't post pics but saved a pic of the knife to my desktop. This is a polished blade from what it appears. Has the fancy handle wrap over maybe rayskin? Haven't seen the sheath but it comes with one. Handle wrap looks perfect. This is the new and improved kozuka style knife. Don't know much more than that other than the seller from Ariz. said it has really smooth lines, which it does, to relive any stress risers. Looks nice anyways. Keepem sharp

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    Barry, and his neice Lynn, who studied under him, usually do several west coast shows together... They both are into stock removal, and their workmanship is Grade A+...

    I have a neck knife with Devin Thomas's spyrograph SS Damascus by Barry and a nice 440c(IIRC) hunting knife by Lynn with her own engraving...

    Both are great people and they have a website at http://www.knives.com/

    Good steel from good people!

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    Dawson is my favorite maker because he offers a fine balance of quality and value. A long time maker with a lot of skills.





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    Well this is interesting. Nice site he put up and nice work! But the knife I won isn't on the site, not even anything like it. Looks like a bright blade, straight backed, chizel edge with a hollow grind on the opposite side of the edge for ease of sharpening. Well I'll know next week. It is a mystery for sure. keepem sharp

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    Thumbs up

    lookin good longbow!

    post some pics etc!

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    Longbow,

    Just left the Las Vegas Classic Custom Knifemakers Show and enjoyed an extended talk with Barry. All I can do now is echo the good comments about Barry and his work and kick myself for not snapping up one of his kerambits when he offered to me it for $110.00. He does stock removal on CPM-440C for the bulk of his knives and ATS-34 on most swords. Fit and finish are top notch from the examples I saw.

    He does do some special custom models and that sounds like what you may have. Check out the bowies and fighters on his home page for some of his special custom work. Would this be your kozuka??



    Suweeeeet!



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    Last edited by java; 02-12-2006 at 08:53 PM.

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    There's a Dawson Karambit on eBay...
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    Looks like a nice knife.

    Here's Dawson's site

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    That is the general shape just the blade is different. Well mine isn't a tanto tip. It is more traditionally Japaneese styled with the more trad. point. Also the handle has a little indent for your first finger to rest in. Hence the new and improved model. Excellant workmanship and it is in ats34 which when I emailed him he said he didn't do that many in that steel. It is light in the hand and razor sharp. A very very cool knife for sure. keepem sharp

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    I just bought a Dawson in 440C from a Seabee for $45- it looked interesting, and $45 shipped was pretty cheap. When I received it two days ago, I was simply AMAZED!

    Looks like the web site is down. I think I may sell my other knives. This is something else and a wiicked sharp and easy to re sharpen edge...

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    Bought another one.

    Hey ya Marine,

    Glad you like the knife, I just didnt like the top guard on it I prefer to have a thumb ramp for more control. I just purchased another Dawson at the Del Mar gun show today. I bought the 5" camp model with a satin finish and am pondering a custom order to my specs. They are great knives and I will go back again. They had a wide range of knives for sale, many from John Roy, Lynn and Barry and others. Check out Lynnknives for the Cook tantos, they are real nice. Enjoy.

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