Dozier K-15, any comments?


Jan 2, 2002
Can someone give some comments about this knife? I am right now looking for a small fixed blade and this one is the cheapest model on his website. Does it feel good in hand? Does it have hollow ground or convex ground? Thanks!
I have owned two Dozier knives so far, a Companion and the Personal that I recently bought at NYCKS. I ended up selling the Companion a year or two after I bought it, because 1) I needed the money, 2) it was a little to large to really be very useful for me on a regular basis.

Both knives were top notch quality wise, felt very comfortable in the hand and came with razor sharp edges. I really like Bob's Kydex sheaths, the knives fit well and stay in, yet are easily removed when you want to get them out. His D2 holds a great edge, is easily sharpened as long as you don't let it get too dull, and I have never had any rust problems with it.

Bottom line is that he makes a great knife for the money, and it would be pretty hard to find a better custom knife at the same price.
If I have the false edge of this knife sharpened. As shown in the picture (from Bob's website), it's just about 2/3 of the spine, will it be considered as a double bladed dirk by LEOs and court? Thanks.

huh said:
If I have the false edge of this knife sharpened. As shown in the picture (from Bob's website), it's just about 2/3 of the spine, will it be considered as a double bladed dirk by LEOs and court? Thanks.

Honestly I don't really know, but why take the chance?
Cause I think it would be nice if I can have a Bob's super-sharp hollow-ground main edge for normal cutting jobs, while having a thick convex false edge for tough jobs.
One can use any kind of knife any which may they like. But this K- 15 was originally intended to be a last resort piece. In a size this small it has to CUT and potentially penetrate. It' s high hollow grind with top swedge will accomplish this. By sharpening the top you will have a second edge. Ergo, you will have a double edge. In some states and local areas this may be illegal. Know your local and state laws before possessing such implements. "Dirk" can have another meaning altogether. See previous statement. Should you choose a sharpened top edge on the K- 15, you will still not have a CONVEX edge. But rather a flat ground bevel commonly called an axe grind. Convex and to an extent the flat grind is intended for heavy duty use and even abuse if called for. As small as the K- 15 is, you can only pry, lever, pound on it so much, if at all, before it chips the edge or snaps the blade. Imagine attempting to split wood open with the swedge, you' d have to hit the hollow ground edge! :eek:

But the Dozier shop can make one for you with a convex edge if you prefer. There is an increase in labor cost and a current 12 month wait time.

A few years ago Bob termed this K- 15 "The New York Minute" when there was no name for it. Then it was called the No Name neck knife! Now it is the K- 15 neck knife. The current model has removeable rough finished G- 10 scales. It may a bit harsh against the skin. You can request at time of order for the standard finished G- 10. Underneath you will find a drilled out tang for lightening purposes. In my experience you can use this for light chores. It is fairly comfy in the hands since it has no finger grooves, pinky hooks, swells,
etc. A neutral feel if you will. Bigger jobs require a bigger blade. There is a good "stock" of blades available right now at the Dozier web site under their "inventory" section.

Hope this was of some help. Good luck with choosing your Dozier made.

thanks a lot Nakano!

Of course I never planned to use a neck knife to chop off a tree! :D The purpose of this edge will be scraping and cutting paper -- sometimes, an edge too sharp cannot cut paper cleanly.

I am interested in convex edge also because I read several threads on dozierknives forum regarding Bob's excellent work on convex-ground. And a convex edge also seems to be easier to resharpen. BTW, are you sure convex ground will cost more at Bob's? Initially I thought hollow ground is harder to make than convex or flat ground.

My concern about the removable handle slabs is that whether this function introduces potential risk of rusting in the handle under the G-10 slabs. Any comments?

"New York Minute" is an interesting name an I wonder how Bob came with that name and why he changed it later. :)