Ka-Bar Mini Dozier Folding Knife

Meet the Ka-Bar Mini Dozier Folding knife. This is a small, lightweight knife that features a stainless steel blade and a plastic “Zytel” handle. The Mini Dozier also features a reversible thumb stud to assist in easy opening and a removable/reversible clip to keep it safely attached to my pocket. As well, Ka-bar offers the Mini Dozier knives in a variety of colors: black, pink and hunter orange. Not to mention, these little jewels can be found on Amazon for a measly $15!

Over the last few months I have purchased a few different inexpensive knives to try out while backpacking. And honestly, I have been happy with all of them. However, in my quest for going lighter, I have looked at things with a new eye, and I realized that maybe I didn’t actually need as much knife as I had been carrying while on the trail. All that I have really used my knife for was cutting packages open, cutting string and maybe some food here or there. However, there has been a few times in which I used my Mora Clipper to whittle down some wood to have dry shavings to start a fire. But in the end, I have decided to give a smaller, lighter knife a try. (Besides, if it doesn’t work out, I still have my others at the house.)

So, how about real stats on this little knife?

  • Blade Length: 2-1/2 inches (6.5 cm)
  • Blade Tip: Spear (Drop) Point
  • Blade Finish: Black Powder Coated (Only offered on the Hunter Orange Knife)
  • Blade Materials: AUS 8 Stainless Steel
  • Rockwell Hardness: 56 – 58
  • Handle Length: 3-3/8 inches (9 cm)
  • Handle Material: Zytel
  • Handle Color: Blaze Orange (Also available in Black & Pink)
  • Overall Length When Opened: 5-3/4 inches (15 cm)
  • Overall Length When Closed: 3-3/8 inches (9 cm)
  • Weight: 1.1 oz (31 g)

I will admit that I was a little nervous about ordering such a “tiny” little knife. But after actually handling the knife, I will also admit that it feels better in my hand than I had expected it too. Don’t get me wrong, it is not a full size knife, so the Mine Dozier does not fill my hand by no means. On the other hand, I still feel confident in my grip which I have on this knife for the small tasks in which I have so far needed a knife for.

At this point, the only concern I can imagine having is the handle. From what I can tell, Zytel is a “plastic” made by DuPont and is (from what I can tell) essentially a mixture of nylon and fiber glass. Upon initial impression, I feel like it will be suitable for the task in which I will be using it for, but I do imagine that if anything were to truly fail on this knife, it would be the handle. But only time will tell…

Considering the “plastic” handle, I am quite surprised at how solid the locking mechanism seems to be. Again, for the typical task I plan to use it for, I do not see any reason to worry about the lock failing. (Again, only time will tell…) As well, unlocking the knife is an easy enough task. It is easy enough to press in the lock in the handle to allow the blade to fold in, but not so easy that it should happen accidentally. The blade swings opened and closed in a nice smooth motion and has no spots in which the blade feels to be sticking or to be swinging to loosely. No matter which position the blade is in between being completely opened or closed does the blade swing freely. Tight just right!

The knife does feature a reversible thumb stud, however, the knife comes with the thumb stud in position for a right-handed person (at least as far as I can tell) so I have no need to change it around. I can successfully open the knife using the thumb stud, although, it probably is not as pretty as some people can make it look! I will also add here that opening my Gerber Paraframe with the thumb stud is not quite fluid-like either, so it could just be me…

The clip is also reversible and the knife comes shipped with the clip on the opposite side of the knife of the thumb stud. To be honest, I cannot see how it would matter which side the clip is on, so I left it on the side that it came on. On a good note, I have found that the clip is plenty tight enough for me not to feel like I constantly need to check my pocket to be sure that the knife is still there. On a side note, the clip on my Gerber Paraframe is so tight I sometimes have trouble getting it clipped on my blue jean pockets, which is sometimes a little annoying. One thing in which I did find odd about the clip though is that when it clips into my pocket, the tip of the blade is pointed up. I cannot see how this matters, but I am just used to the clips being on the other end of my pocket knives. Oh well…

The last thing I want to mention is the color. Blazing orange. Typically, I get my gear in black, but for this tiny little knife, the blazing orange color made too much sense. However, with this little piece I am hoping that if I forget to replace the knife back on my pocket, the color will scream very loudly so that I don’t look over it and leave it lying there. Plus, pink just isn’t my color!

So, anyway. This seems to be a promising little knife. In my opinion, all the features I really need and at a very light-weight. And the price really is the selling point for this knife. $15.00 So, if you are interested in getting one, check it out here on My Amazon Store.

(Disclaimer: by clicking on the above link and purchasing the Ka-Bar Mini Dozier, it may entitle me to a couple of cents…)

Thanks for reading!


6 Responses to Ka-Bar Mini Dozier Folding Knife

  1. bubonicplay says:

    I ended up buying the Spyderco Ladybug Salt H1, LYLP3. Yellow (for visibility out in the woods).

    All I can say is wow, .6 ounces, great grip for being as tiny as it is. I think its a perfect ultralight backpacking knife.

    You should definitley get it, and do a review on it! I love your reviews.


    • Stick says:

      That is the exact one that I was talking about, and is in my wish list. I imagine I will likely end up getting it before my Mini Dozier wears out, but it will still be a while. Anyway, glad to hear you got it, and that you like it! (And thanks for prodding me even more… 🙂 )



  2. Loneoak says:

    Have you had need to sharpen it yet and it so, how easy was it to sharpen ? I miss the the old carbon steel knives


    • Stick says:


      I did sharpen it about 2 or 3 months ago, not because I felt it needed it, as much as I was just sharpening all of my knives since I got the Spyderco Sharpmaker. It was actually quite easy to sharpen the knife, and now it is super sharp. It sliced my thumb open good on our last trip when I was slicing through some summer sausage…



  3. bubonicplay says:

    How are you liking this knife? Do you still take it backpacking? If not what knife is better/ lighter? Have you tried the Spyderco Ladybug, it is lighter but smaller.

    Let me know, I am in the market for a new knife, my current one is the SOG flash 2, 2.9oz.


    • Stick says:

      I do still carry this knife, and it has been fine. I have recently removed the thumb stud on the blade, as well as the pocket clip (for me, they were not necessary, thus, useless weight). I have also sharpened it up quite nice using my Spyderco Sharpmaker. It has served me well, which has been to cut cord, open food packs, slice sausage (I learned to watch out for my thumb…) and maybe a few other small things… nothing big. The coating has begun to come off in places, but other than that, it is still in great working order.

      I would recommend this knife, especially since it is so inexpensive. However, once this one starts to wear down (or more likely, once I am ready to spend a little more money) I will replace this one with the Spyderco Ladybug with H-1 steel. After owning a few other Spyderco knives, I feel like the Ladybug will be a superior knife to the Ka-Bar Mini Dozier, and the H-1 steel is quite rust resistant. However, this knife comes at a higher price…

      Hope this helps some.



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