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Thought I would start a blog here to showcase the work of my favorite knifemaker.   I stumbled across Alan Davis, a knifemaker from Boerne, Texas, in late 2012.  I was blown away by his knife designs.  Even more astounding was the fact that they were virtually all one of a kind creations.  Alan didn't just make one or two patterns and then just outfit them with different materials.  Each and every one was pretty much different.  While he did have a few designs that people seemed to like and ask for, even those were made a little differently to make them unique.  Alan works with all types of handle and blade material ... but does prefer Damascus blades.  I currently own 53 of his knives (mainly his linerlock folders, do have a few frame locks and fixed blades) and jokingly told Alan that I would love to have 100 of his knives before I die.  Not sure that will happen (while I rarely sell any of his knives, I have been known to give a few away to close friends, so that they understand why I keep praising Alan's work!).  He is the only maker who I would have no problem asking to make a knife for me and leaving everything (material/design) up to him ... and be confident that I would be thrilled with the results!  I have done this twice .... and thrilled both times!  

To start things off, here is one of my favorites that I picked up in 2014  (though I have so many I love, that picking favorites is a very difficult task!).  It is a beautiful linerlock folder with amber Sambar stag scales and M3 composite bolsters.  The blade measures 3.375" and is made from Damascus by Zoe Crist (in his Blackhawk pattern).  Pocket clip is also Zoe's Damascus.  Backspacer and liners are nuggetized and anodized a sort of plum color.  All in all, a beautiful knife that feels super nice in the hand and is not too large or heavy to carry around clipped to your pocket all day.  Hope you like it.

Stay tuned .... for those wood lovers (and I am a huge wood lover!), got a bunch of  Alan's knives outfitted with some outrageously gorgeous woods!!!!

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Comment by Dennis Hibar on July 18, 2018 at 16:25

Looking forward to seeing them Rick.

Comment by Rick Propas on July 17, 2018 at 18:58

It's been said, but it is absolutely stunning. A great combination of horn and metal! Well done, my friend. With your leave I may show off a couple of my more recent acquisitions from Alan's forge.

Comment by Dennis Hibar on July 17, 2018 at 16:52

Thanks John.  Alan told me he calls the horn a fluke.  It wasn't this green before he started working and shaping it.  The more material he took off, the nicer it became ... revealing those nice green, yellow and orange hues.  Fluke or not .... I'm in love with it!

Comment by John Bamford on July 17, 2018 at 12:31

Fabulous knife Dennis.

Comment by Dennis Hibar on July 17, 2018 at 4:57

Thanks Jan. I have to laugh when I say this, but the horn is one of the primary reasons I bought this one.  The reason I laugh is that my daughter would say ... why don't you just buy a piece of horn if you like it so much ... to which I would reply that it is just not the same as having it adorn a knife!

Comment by Jan Carter on July 16, 2018 at 21:55

wow!  That horn is stunning

Comment by Dennis Hibar on July 16, 2018 at 21:14

Just arrived today is this little beauty from Alan.  I just happened to be in the right place at the right time to scoop it up.  It sports some outrageously beautiful Himalayan ram's horn scales, blackened titanium bolsters and back spacer, and a 3.25" A2 blade that Alan stonewashed.

Comment by Dennis Hibar on July 16, 2018 at 21:04

Here's one of Alan's special orders (no, not mine!) that was recently featured in Blade Magazine:

Comment by Dennis Hibar on April 22, 2018 at 17:35

And the size is perfect Jan!  This one will be seeing lots of pocket time.  Alan doesn't do many small slip joints like this ... was glad to stumble across it shortly after he put it up for sale.

Comment by Jan Carter on April 21, 2018 at 18:10

The hamon on that blade is outstanding!

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