Designed by Bob Dozier, marketed by Ka-Bar, and manufactured in Taiwan, the Bobcat Dozier from Ka-Bar looks much like Dozier’s larger fixed blade designs when open and locked. The Bobcat offers similar grip strength and versatility in a folding lockback build with qualities tactical users and woodsmen both appreciate.
This plain-edged version of the Bobcat unleashes a strong AUS 8 stainless steel clip point blade that’s flat ground and beveled at a sharp 15 degrees. Opening the Bobcat is a one-handed procedure for either right or left hand, due to the dual thumb studs at the blade’s base. That’s one of the few arguable faults of the Bobcat, which is a little awkward to open because of the otherwise very practical bolster formed from the pivot area of the handle. It’s a tolerable trade-off; that same handle shape does increase the knife’s safety in slippery conditions.
The Zytel handle may get more attention than the blade, because it’s certainly more handle than you get in most pocket clip folders. Five-and-a-quarter inches when folded, the knife offers leverage and control you won’t find in the usual compact and slimmed-down style. Textured Kraton inserts increase the friction of the handle slabs, and the inner liners of stainless steel form a very strong foundation for heavy work.
The lockback blade brushes the legal limit of 4 inches for a pocket folding knife in the U.S. and should be enough for utility work, cleaning small game and fish, and even field dressing the occasional white-tail. If you choose the eight-ounce Bobcat for bloody work, remember that folders aren’t the easiest field knives to clean. Camp work and other chores suit them best.
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