The Dawson Knives “Victory”

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When I got this at the gun show, I wasn’t sure of the model name. I looked it up and found the Timber Wolf. 4.25″ blade, 3/16″ thick and made from 52100. Before I began using it, I measured everything to verify specs, it was all wrong. I went back to dawsonknives.com and after looking closer I discovered I actually had the “Victory” model.

So, the proper specifications are, 4″ blade, 1/4″ thick 5160 steel with and OAL of 9″. Micarta handles. The blade finish is burnt bronze Cerakote. Makers mark for this knife is Dawson Tactical. Some of their knives are marked G3 to indicate the 3 generations of the Dawson family that make knives.

So, you have to wonder how such a compact knife performs, especially since it is 1/4″ thick which is something you might expect to see on a much larger knife. Smaller knives tend to be a little thinner to cut/slice better.

The sheath is Kydex and comes with a couple of attachments. I just use paracord to allow me to wear the knife between the belt and waistband of my jeans. Convenient and conceals easily.

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You see the recessed hole in the sheath around the handle of the knife? It matches with a rivet in the handle which locks the knife in the sheath. When drawing, you simply use you finger or thumb to push it out a bit. With a bit of practice, it becomes a fluid, single move.

Using the knife some over the last week has been fun. Cutting a little cardboard, feathering a few sticks and cutting up a chicken breast and a potato. Nothing major, just a few common things to see how it compares to other knives I have.

It comes with a good edge that was hair scraping sharp, a few swipes on a steel had it hair popping sharp. It cuts well, as you might expect, being fairly small and very thick, it’s not quite the slicer that a 1/8″ ffg blade might be, it gets the job done though. Feathering sticks is easy and no hot spots on the handle to hurt your hands.

You can see that there are integral guards to keep your hand from sliding up on the blade. The pommel is extended and can be used for impact.

The edge held up very well as did the finish which has just a couple of very minor dings in it. I must say though that it has not seen extended heavy use but I am looking forward to really putting it through its paces.

Overall this is a really nice knife from a maker (now family of makers) that’s been doing this for something like 40 years.

A thinner knife might slice and cut better but you lose something in durability of you find yourself having to really push your knife in an emergency/survival situation.

The “Victory” is a compact knife that can slice and cut fairly well but I suspect would really be a comfort if you found yourself in a situation where you might have to do things with your knife that would be considered abuse. My guess is that this knife is about as indestructible as a knife can be.

I intend to use this a lot more over the coming months and will update this review at a later time.

Overall I think it is quite a nice knife.

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One Response to The Dawson Knives “Victory”

  1. Great review! We’d love to hear what you thought of the Victory after having the opportunity to work with it for a few months. Update when you can!

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